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The quandry experienced by mentally ill people in a society that hates us no matter what we do can be acute. We’re bad if we take medications: We should just try yoga, deep breathing, meditation, a vegetarian diet, something else, something natural, we should just try harder, everyone has bad days sometimes, it’s not that big a deal if you feel sad/angry/edgy sometimes. We’re bad if we go to therapy: We can’t think independently, we’re letting someone with a meaningless degree tell us what to do, we’re wasting money on pointless therapy appointments.

But if we don’t ‘control’ our mental health conditions, then we’re bad. We’re acting ‘crazy’ and people can’t trust us. We’re not dating material, we can’t be trusted to look after children, we can’t be allowed in the workplace, we’re not welcome in social circles, our communities will shove us to the fringes because we can’t be full members of society. Not when we’re all crazy, and especially when we’re ‘off our meds,’ acting ‘insane,’ being ‘batshit.’ When we reach out for help because we’re struggling, you’ll stick us in institutions or shoot us, because we’re crazy, and we don’t have any social value.
Mental Illness, Medication, and Social Attitudes – this ain’t livin’ (via sociolab)

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squeakybisnotamused:

social-justice-wario:

when someone you thought you could trust reblogs one of those “reverse racism/heterophobia/misandry is bad too!!~uwu~” posts

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Is it really about trust, though? I mean, are they betraying trust by saying, “Please…

I think where the trust comes in can sorta be two-fold (heck, maybe more-fold, but I can think of two). From the perspective of a woman looking at misogyny vs. misandry it does cut a bit when I see a woman say that “sexism against men” (lol) is just as bad and totally the same as sexism against women. It does feel a bit like a betrayal, especially since women tend to do this when they don’t want to be viewed as one of those dirty man-hating feminists! (gasp!) Personally I’ve tried to keep myself from resenting women who make those statements so much since I know that it’s partly a survival thing and it’s hard out there, etc. etc.

The other thing though, which is more insidious and which I thankfully haven’t suffered through myself, is when people who are in actual danger for being who they are (like non-gender-conforming people) see posts about, for example, cis-phobia being “just as bad” reblogged by…cis people. People they thought were their friends. People who should’ve known, should’ve understood what they were going through, but no. Because they think they have it “just as bad.” I’m only speaking from second-hand experiences there, though.

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sourcedumal:

brokenchi:

amazoniakat:

NO.
NO.
NO.
Do you know why this word exists?
Drapetomania is the fictitious disease  that the Southern slave doctor Samuel A. Cartwright created to categorize the tendency for slaves to run away as a mental illness to be cured.  Because white people wholeheartedly believed that enslaving us was a service to us ( saving us from our brutish, lascivious, and lazy ways)  and any right minded individual could see that..The prescribed punishment treatment for drapetomania was torture and hard labor.
Do not put this on your artsy blogs.
Do not erase the deplorable history behind it.
This is a truly heinous word. Whoever originally posted this was an ignorant fuck. And this definition is a crock of shit.
An overwhelming urge to run away. 
Go fuck yourself.

^^THANK YOU!!

Did someone seriously erase the fucking history of this word?Wow. Fuck you dude.

sourcedumal:

brokenchi:

amazoniakat:

NO.

NO.

NO.

Do you know why this word exists?

Drapetomania is the fictitious disease  that the Southern slave doctor Samuel A. Cartwright created to categorize the tendency for slaves to run away as a mental illness to be cured.  Because white people wholeheartedly believed that enslaving us was a service to us ( saving us from our brutish, lascivious, and lazy ways)  and any right minded individual could see that..The prescribed punishment treatment for drapetomania was torture and hard labor.

Do not put this on your artsy blogs.

Do not erase the deplorable history behind it.

This is a truly heinous word. Whoever originally posted this was an ignorant fuck. And this definition is a crock of shit.

An overwhelming urge to run away. 

Go fuck yourself.

^^THANK YOU!!

Did someone seriously erase the fucking history of this word?

Wow. Fuck you dude.

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squeakybisnotamused:

social-justice-wario:

when someone you thought you could trust reblogs one of those “reverse racism/heterophobia/misandry is bad too!!~uwu~” posts

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Is it really about trust, though? I mean, are they betraying trust by saying, “Please don’t hate people.”?

That’s my point in posting them, anyway. I hate hate. I get irritated by people no matter what they do, if what they do is PURELY motivated by hate.

I understand the social justice aspect of heteronormativity (is that even a word? not sure, sorry if it looks weird), I’m bisexual, I hate the guys who suggest that I’m a slut just because I’m bi, but I don’t hate all guys because of a few idiots. I also don’t hate all heteros because some of them are complete jerks. I take people at as much of an individual face value as I can, and when I respond or repost something, it’s because I either generally agree with the sentiment as it applies to the people I’ve encountered, or there’s something in the comments I agree with.

I hate to have a “#notallmen” moment, but not every repost is canon for someone. Some of us just don’t like being confrontational to a wide group because of some awful people, even those awful people are in the majority. You condemn everyone, you don’t leave room for any hope of change.

(Posting this because a couple of people I follow have reblogged this, and I’m a little miffed at the “trust” aspect.)

One of the reasons I reblogged this and have reblogged other posts on the subject is that as a straight woman I can absolutely tell you that “I hate straight people” statements do me zero harm. They don’t reinforce systemic prejudices against me as a straight person because I am in the position of privilege where that is concerned. It isn’t the same as people talking shit about homosexual/bisexual/asexual people. Treating bi people like sluts for being bi actually reinforces genuinely harmful societal norms. Calling straight people boring or even saying we’re all assholes doesn’t do that.

And I can recognize that when people say “fuck straight people,” they are almost always using “straight people” to talk about the privilege we have, and how messed up it is that we have it in the first place—that we don’t fear losing our jobs if our bosses find out we’re straight; we don’t fear facing violence or murder if people find out we’re straight.

The only place of systemic inequality I really inhabit is as a woman, and while I’m not a big fan of saying “Men suck,” “men are the worst,” “i hate men,” I actually really don’t want to be told that it’s the same as misogyny because it absolutely isn’t. Misogyny is more than hurt feelings. It’s more than just somebody calling you a mean name on a website.

What I’m railing against here isn’t people being anti-hate. I’m railing against false equivalencies.

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