people will always call out people for saying “fuck skinny bitches” but when the diet commercial comes on, when the fat jokes are being made, when conversations about how fat people are detriments to society are underway, when a size 6 expects her size 26 friend to go with her to the mall even though there ain’t shit for her fat ass there, when girls are saying “i can’t cut my hair short because my face would look fat” & “when i learned that drinking alcohol could make you gain weight i felt like my life was over!!!”, and when family/friends/TOTAL STRANGERS are saying “we’re just worried about your health” y’all STAY quiet
because body-shaming someone who “doesn’t deserve it” would be the worst thing you could do, right?
unfortunately having your feelings hurt over body shaming isnt exclusive to one type of body
unfortunately having your feelings hurt isn’t synonymous with systemic marginalization based on body size (something skinny people don’t face on the same scale as fat people)
Abortion law in Australia is super murky. This website aims to inform young people about unplanned pregnancy options in simple language :’) It’s an initiative by Children By Choice, whihc is an amazing Brisbane-based organisation i’m in love with.
i am seeing a whole lot of concern about the mental health of white people who are staying silent about ferguson, and virtually none (at least not from white folks) about the mental health of the residents of ferguson, and other black people who do not have the privilege to ever opt out of this…
can we not use cries of ableism to further perpetuate white supremacy
can we not use the concept of mental illness to obscure the fact that the vast majority of white people who are ignoring this are not doing so because they will be triggered, but because of deeply embedded antiblack racism and apathy that is ENDEMIC to the institution of white supremacy.
what these posts are accomplishing is allowing white people off the hook and telling them they don’t need to interrogate WHY they feel justified in ignoring all of this. these posts encourage white people to place their needs above those of black people.
it is one thing to be triggered - it is another altogether to feel anxious or upset. there is at least one post going around that is specifically targeting people who are triggered and that is not okay - but i’m not referring to that post. i’m referring to the rest of the posts which coddle white people and tell them it’s perfectly acceptable to avoid everything ferguson-related if it makes them anxious. guess what: IT’S NORMAL to feel anxious and upset about what’s happening! i’d be more suspicious of someone who isn’t extremely uncomfortable about what’s going on. that’s the fucking point.
by all means, do what you need to do, but stop hijacking posts about white apathy with your accusations of ableism. any conversations about mental health and ableism MUST center on the needs of the marginalized if they are to be useful in antiracist discourse; if you are only interested in protecting the mental health of the oppressors then congratulations, you are part of the problem.
note: do not under any circumstances use this post to hurt people with ptsd who need to blacklist violence for their own safety - that is NOT what this post is about.
All the protein I just had has made me sleepy. Or I was sleepy earlier today actually. This whole day was nearly a write off except for doing the vacuuming and making a smoothie. People are being weird at me today and I don’t know how to react. So I will ignore everything.
The community in Ferguson is struggling to come up with the money to keep their kids fed, since school has been cancelled all this time, yet people have donated over $12,000 to the murderer who started all of this in the last 24 hours alone. Think about that. And then donate to the right cause.
Does anyone get me when I say that I perform health for doctors and nurses and concern trolls etc??? Tomorrow morning I’m going to get some regular blood tests done for diabetes and graves disease and tonight I am constantly monitoring my blood sugar so I don’t turn up tomorrow (after fasting tonight since 9pm so they can do hba1c) with a Proper Blood Sugar Level. I capitalise that because endocrinologists constantly fuckin’ sweat the Proper Blood Sugar Level and don’t have any fucking idea what it’s like to be diabetic (none of the endos I’ve seen in my 17 years as a type 1 diabetic have ever had the condition themselves).
So I go into the appointment, let the endo talk to me like I’m a noob who has no experience with the minutiae of diabetic life, wait for him to mention my weight, brace myself for the disparaging comments that do nothing to help me or my health outcome (you notice they say “lose weight” and don’t fucking say how because they know only a small percentage of people can lose more than 15% of their body weight and keep it off long term), nod dumbly at those comments and any other paternalistic bullshit and hold my hand out for another pathology form and some scripts.
These endocrinologists just demand me to perform health as a compliant diabetic, only ever seeing one facet of my whole human condition, because it’s too fucking hard to see how everything intertwines. I perform health not just as a diabetic but a diabetic with mental illnesses. It’s like the endos I’ve seen draw this line in the sand and say they’ll treat a patient like me to this point (the line is where the diabetes ends) but fail to realise that I am the sand and all the grains of sand are all the bits of me that can’t be sorted into neat piles labelled “diabetes stuff”, “bipolar stuff”, “ptsd stuff”, “social anxiety stuff” and so on.
So tomorrow I will go to the pathology office, and Nick will come with me because I freak out if I have to go anywhere alone. Tonight I will go to sleep willing my body to behave so my data is perfectly average and hopefully when I go to the clinic my blood pressure won’t be high again because I’m panicking. (Last time he prescribed pills for that.)
A 22-year-old woman dies while being held in police custody at South Hedland in WA’s north.
Let’s see if white Australians will give this tragedy them same amount of attention they give to injustices that happen internationally to PoC?!
Edit: Some suspect the woman was of Aboriginal descent, but that hasn’t been confirmed as true or false yet. However, Western Australia has one of the highest incarceration rates of Aboriginal peoples so it would not be unreasonable to wonder if she was Aboriginal or not. Deaths in custody has a long history in Australia and the news of her death has sparked conversations on Indigenous incarceration. Here is a more informative article on this tragedy.
Especially if you’re in the U.S., I have a new blog at heysenator.tumblr.com that is about contacting your elected officials. Please follow it, and reblog the posts (from there, obviously). I got a lot of great feedback on the one script for calling local officials that I posted here, so I thought I would make a home for that kind of thing. Also, if you want a script for a particular topic or issue, let me know.