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A friend and I were talking a few nights ago. The topic of conversation was mundane – something about sports cars and middle-aged men. She ended the conversation with, “Alright, I’d better go. I need to take my whore pills before I go to bed.”...read more
This is a highly subjective account of my experience with FAAB on FAAB childhood sexual abuse. Trigger warning for detailed account of abuse. In addition, I want to emphasize that this piece is explicitly about *my* process, and I will be focusing on outlining the difficulties I encountered in my recovery, and discussing what I believe could have helped me heal more quickly and fully....read more
The Nude Revolutionary Calendar is a project undertaken in support of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, a young Egyptian woman who posted nude portraits of herself on Twitter last November, tagged #NudePhotoRevolutionary. Here’s a nude portrait of Elmahdy.
[Probably NSFW because, y'know, "nude portrait of Elmahdy." - C]...read more
I always ask “who benefits” from any given “social problem.”
The $60 billion diet industry or, as Dr. Deb Burgard has called it, “The Weight Cycling Industry” is in the business of cashing in on a problem of its own creation. Any truly efficient method of changing body size would put them out of business, but since none exists, they can keep making money as long as they can keep the hysteria flowing....read more
I’m a solutions oriented person. Find a problem and fix it, I always say. Okay, usually I don’t say that…I just proceed with the fixing. But, to be honest, I’m not sure there are “solutions” in this particular situation. People are and, in my view, should always be free to believe and to worship as they deem necessary limited only by the principle that they are not permitted to cause direct harm to others. In a pluralistic world the best that we can do is try to convince people to agree with us instead of with them. And it’s my guess that no matter how brilliant our arguments are, there will still be a non-zero number of people who will consider me to be possessed by a demon. The question then is not “how do we stop people from believing things” since…well, I think Hagee said it best:...read more
As promised in this post I’m going to continue the analysis into the Evangelical Christian Movement’s methods for achieving social and political change. I suspect that this post may be…shall we say… controversial? The methods up for discussion today are community activism and child rearing....read more
I touched briefly on the goals of the Evangelical Christian Movement last time, but I wanted to take a couple paragraphs here to address them explicitly. In the broadest sense, the goal of both the modern and historical Evangelical Movement has been to convert as many souls to Christ as possible. For some sects this is the mission given to them by Christ. For other sects, this is how they will build the Army of God to defeat Satan and all his minions. For other sects, this is how they show God’s love....read more
The Evangelical Christian Movement is a broad social and political group dedicated to reproducing a set of values that are antithetical to the very concept of social justice and equality....read more
Have you noticed a trend emerging from some of the more horrifying news reports recently?...read more
One of the discussions that I’ve seen pop up on Feministe a lot lately has been the question of how one can be an ally or an advocate without crossing the line into paternalism or playing savior. When it comes to madness or special education, I feel that the best way to be an ally is to be educated. The problems with how we see madness are so deeply rooted that, in my opinion, the only way to really start changing the way we think is by actively challenging the ways in which we experience madness as a concept and mad persons as individuals....read more
As some of you might know I’ve had the dubious privilege of sitting on a lot of different sides of the educational world. When I was very young I was given a series of trendy diagnoses and pumped full of drugs that made me sick, when they didn’t work I
attended was sentenced to survived several behaviorally-based programs for children with severe behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities. These were the kinds of schools where “reasonable goals” were about as ambitious as eventual independent living and a closely supervised service job.
Years of anti-gay bullying, teachers afraid to confront students for calling other students faggots because of a policy against supporting “gay lifestyles,” and a school district too cowardly to confront Evangelical political interests lead to a rash of teen suicides in Minnesota. Whats this got to do with madness and diagnosis? Well, as it turns out, the story includes two very good illustrations of the ways in which certain assumptions about madness serve to privilege certain interpretations of an event....read more