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Revised thanks to recent events:
My name is Valerie Grimaude-Valens, but you can also call me Freya. I am an 8 foot tall Squirrel Werewolf who rejected heaven. I'm a sister to @AliceGrimaude and a mother to a few adoptees.

I am a former fascist who had reformed into an anarcho-syndicalist and a supporter of antifa. I sometimes talk about my time in the AltFurry cult to help people avoid falling in with that bad crowd, and to demolish the rhetoric they use to poison the community.

You know, the Jevil's theme from Deltarune fits what's going on in this world, to a tee.

Like, how do you tell a culture that is so used to weaponizing shunning and tossing people out, as a corruption of community self defense measures, that they're driving vulnerable people to suicide?

How do you pull them away from that cop-like judgemental attitude, and towards community-building measures that encourage responsibility and growth?

The culture of disposability is very much alive in online leftist spaces, and until it goes away and decolonized itself, I will always feel like an outsider.

And to be honest, I don't know how to break this culture on here. Telling people they're acting white only causes them to double down and focus on their own judgement of others, which is super white.

And let me tell you, there are a lot of dark empaths in public social media spaces, and on here, a lot of them are instance admins.

After the Seattle postfurry scene tried to silence and erase me for speaking up about what happened to my GF on here. I've never really felt welcome here.

It also doesn't help that two of the biggest reasons I got on here in the past, which is Snouts and PlayVicious, is gone, driven out by dark empaths with a lot of clout.

I've been picking around in smaller groups around telegram and discord, and the difference is night and day. Without the overarching need to grind out social currency in the public discourse, there is a far lower stranglehold over our communities that a lot of the dark empaths that predate on our vulnerable have.

I hate that social media cultivates FOMO.
I hate that, on fedi, Twitter....all social media, really... for all the philosophizing done on leftist topics, we still act like white colonizers when faced with people making mistakes, or when we were called out on a mistake.
I especially hate the sense of hopelessness it's been cultivating in our current generation.

To be honest, after the whole fedi bullshit with Elekk, Monads and Myasstodon earlier this year, coupled with the slow death of FLO. I've been less and less inclined to be on social media overall.

Also, if you have any doubts. Allow me to validate you by saying you're awesome.

If you're my friend, I love you, and I will consensually smooch you in the face to show my appreciation, as well as consensually hugging you.

Also, normalize telling your friends that you love them, and not making it awkward by having a whole thing about clarifying that it's not romantic.

Normalize smooching your friends on the face, not as anything romantic, just to show appreciation for them. (With consent, of course)

Barbados will became a republic, removing the British monarch as head of state as of Dec 1 2021:

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