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  1. zuzu
    zuzu February 7, 2006 at 10:16 pm | *

    I did notice that earlier; I just wasn’t sure what to do with it, especially since I was in High Holy Rampage mode on the whole fat thing.

    Thanks for pulling this out and highlighting it.

  2. Tanooki Joe
    Tanooki Joe February 7, 2006 at 10:54 pm |

    Well, boys will be mentally unstable boys, after all. But she had the gall to get FAT!

    Jesus Christ. This whole piece just makes me want to take a shower. Ugh.

  3. randomliberal/Robert
    randomliberal/Robert February 7, 2006 at 11:05 pm |

  4. Jill
    Jill February 7, 2006 at 11:38 pm | *

    God. Reading the whole piece, I don’t know how you or zuzu even managed to pull our specific chunks. Every single line was nauseating.

  5. kate
    kate February 7, 2006 at 11:41 pm |

    Most drugs that treat manic depression, pschyzophrenia or depression cause severe weight gain.

    My experience with the mental health field has been different than described in the story. The general feeling seems to be that among adults, obesity is just a price the patient must pay to be ‘healthy’.

    All the while, they find their lives irrevocably changed by having to deal with an entirely new appearance and persona; the fat person.

    For women, the resultant social stigmatization can be extreme and lead to severe low self esteem, a feeling of not having control, associated health problems and worse, extreme social stigmatization.

    Like I said, the attitude I’ve witnessed among the mental health profession in the US is one of indifference. Especially considering that a large number of terminally mentally ill patients are at or below the poverty level and therefore research for newer drugs would have less payoff as government insurance (medicaid) will always restrict to the cheapest available alternative to acheive the effect regardless of side effects considered ‘mild.’

  6. KnifeGhost
    KnifeGhost February 8, 2006 at 12:42 am |

    Psychiatric drugs restored Nia’s sanity and destroyed her beauty, and she doesn’t mind

    Props to all of you, I couldn’t make it past that blurb.

    And come on. If she’s crazy, why is a mystery that she doesn’t care that she isn’t hot anymore? She’s CRAAAZY.

  7. Elayne Riggs
    Elayne Riggs February 8, 2006 at 6:47 am |

    We don’t know it was rape. They were found in bed together. We’re not given any other information with which to make the leap that there had been intercourse.

    This entire article was not written factually. You don’t know how much of it is about the doctors and staff and how much is just the wankers writing it. It’s filled to the brim with “truthiness,” flowery prose in a Harlequin romance style designed to call attention to the authors rather than their subject.

  8. La Lubu
    La Lubu February 8, 2006 at 8:11 am |

    No, we may not know it was rape, but this story sounds kinda familiar to me. Here’s some more background on that story.

    Women in mental hospitals are at higher risk for rape and sexual assault, by both staff and fellow patients. And their claims can always be conveniently written off as “hallucinations” or “fantasies”.

  9. Sarah
    Sarah February 8, 2006 at 10:13 am |

    You could say that having sex with such a severely mentally ill woman is rape almost by definition. It doesn’t sound as though she was in any position to give consent.

    Also the article focuses entirely on his repeated, obsessive attempts to get near her, nothing about her trying to get to be with him, nothing about what she wanted. Of course, given the quality of the reporting we should probably be careful how much trust we place in that article…

  10. Hershele Ostropoler
    Hershele Ostropoler February 8, 2006 at 10:21 am |

    Ms. Riggs:

    We don’t know it was rape. They were found in bed together. We’re not given any other information with which to make the leap that there had been intercourse.

    There’s also no indication she reciprocated his interest, or indeed was interacting with anyone notably well. I don’t know about her capacity to consent. If not rape, sexual assault.

  11. Thomas
    Thomas February 8, 2006 at 10:26 am |

    I stop short of saying that the mentally ill cannot consent to sex, but between her withdrawn state and his obsessive stalking, consent is not the most likely hypothesis. Probably she was raped.

    The authors here are pathological. One of them, at least, is a doctor, and ought to surrender his medical license.

  12. Dominika Kretek
    Dominika Kretek February 8, 2006 at 1:16 pm |

    I would not be surprised if, given all the negative attention her looks brought her, Nia were genuinely relieved to gain weight.

  13. Sarah
    Sarah February 8, 2006 at 2:34 pm |

    I didn’t necessarily mean that no one with a mental illness can ever consent to sex, but in this case where her illness was not being treated (she was being observed without medication) she was suffering psychosis and paranoid delusions, it seems unlikely that she was in a suitable mental state to give any kind of consent.

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