CN: extensive discussion of the experience of being in an abusive relationship, discussion of physical abuse and the painful process of recovery after abuse, mention of sexual abuse.
Being able to recognize that you are being abused, while the abuse is still happening, is mind-bogglingly difficult. I say mind-boggling because even though dozens of people trying to tell me that my relationship was abusive was completely ineffective for me, it’s still my first instinct when someone’s partner exhibits abusive behaviors to try to tell them that. I know that this extremely straight-forward tactic...
CN: chronic illness, police brutality, racism, mental illness, medical neglect, forced stay at mental institution.
Note: This blog post heavily references a specific article that goes into far more detail of the above topics than this one does, in addition to a number of other heavy topics such as sexual assault, addiction, and domestic abuse. The article referenced does not include a content note.
Three or four years ago, I somehow came across an article that had a tremendous impact on me, on my activism, and on my understanding of myself, for years to come.
Today's guest post is pretty unlike anything I've published before, but it really indulges my love for literature, for looking at the historical context of social issues, and for re-examining old concepts in a new light. I think you're going to enjoy it. I'll let Violet introduce themselves.
CN: discussion of him as stole the US Presidency; mention in passing of r*pe
wealth without virtue is no harmless neighbor
but a mixture of both attains the height of happiness
—Fragment 148, Psapphō, tr. Anne Carson in If Not, Winter
CN: chronic pain, general discussion of disability and health issues
Three years ago, I began a chapter of my life in which I had a part time job, a full-time disability, and round the clock pain. I spent a lot of time thinking about my body, my pain, and grappling with how to balance acceptance for myself with maintaining quality of life.
CN: Objectification, sexist slurs, sexuality, body image, racy imagery
CN for linked article 1: nudity
CN for linked article 2: sexism, sexuality, mention of rape
In feminism, bodies are a touchy subject. There’s a lot of baggage around how women’s bodies are viewed, used, and treated, as well as our relationship with our own bodies. In addition, all of that baggage is influenced by things like race, class, body type, and ability. This shit is complicated.
It’s also a deeply emotional subject for most women. We’re taught that to be a woman means to have no intrinsic value and the only way we...
CN: (for the featured thread) sexism, misogyny, sexual assault, disability, suicide.
Periodically I will do posts that I call, “Content That Changed My Activism,” or CTCMA for short. These posts will focus on articles, videos, or other types of media that influenced my activism and awareness of social justice in a powerful way.