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My name is: Michelle, but most people call me Dark online.
My gender-pronouns are: They/them/their.
I am: 27 years old, a feminist, liberal, an atheist, an omnivore, and an ISFJ.
The Feminist: Intersectional, body positive, pro-choice, and sex positive.
My privileged identities include: Female assigned at birth (trans* privilege), white, able-bodied, allistic (?), dyadic, monogamous.
My non-privileged/oppressed identities include: Gender-fluid, fat, gray-a, neuroatypical, and gay.
I have: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder.
I like: Pets & animals, animal welfare, pet care & pet care education, ~*SCIENCE!*~, anatomy & physiology, roleplaying, anime/manga, computer & video games, rock & metal music.
Fat people can have eating disorders, and reducing their mental illness to a “crutch” is damaging, harmful, and ableist.
Imagine the federal government holding conversations about your privacy - except yours is the only voice not at the table. This is what people with psychiatric disabilities are facing as the House Energy & Commerce Oversight Subcommittee takes up the issue of mental health and privacy rights under HIPAA.
Rep. Tim Murphy, Chair of the House Energy & Commerce Oversight Subcommittee, is holding a hearing this Friday to try and argue that the HIPAA protections that protect the privacy of people seeking mental health services are unnecessary and a threat to public safety. Regrettably, Chairman Murphy has a history of threatening the rights of Americans with psychiatric disabilities. This Friday’s hearing is a continuation of a roundtable Rep. Murphy organized last month to try and showcase the inaccurate idea that people with psychiatric disabilities are more likely to commit violent crimes. Although empirical evidence shows no such link between psychiatric disabilities and violence, the roundtable made no acknowledgement of this simple fact. Furthermore, of all of the many witnesses called to testify, not a single person with a psychiatric disability was invited to share their perspective.
When a caller on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program asked Rep. Murphy to explain his rationale for excluding the voices of people with psychiatric disabilities from the witness panel, he dismissed the need for the voices of people with disabilities themselves, claiming they would be incapable of testifying and that the most important conversation is one about parents and families’ experiences!
There is a time and a place for discussing improvements to the availability and quality of mental health services. A conversation about violent crime is not that time nor that place. It is inexcusable for public officials to use public safety as justification for an attack on the civil rights of an already marginalized and stigmatized population. Tell Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member DeGette of the House Energy & Commerce Oversight Subcommittee that the disability rights principle of “Nothing About Us, Without Us!” apply in mental health policy too. Don’t let our voices be forgotten.
Sign the petition and shut this shit DOWN.
“The reason people don’t go for help is because there is still stigma. People don’t talk about mental illnesses the way they do other illnesses.” [Maria Bamford] launches into impressions of people talking about physical maladies the way they talk about depression:
“Apparently Steve has cancer. It’s like, fuck off! We all have cancer.”
“I was dating this chick all this time and she let me know she’s been wearing contact lenses. I said whoa, do what you need to do but I don’t believe in all that Western medicine shit. If you wanna see like other people it’s all about attitude. You gotta want it.”
Uhh, the idea isn’t that feminists are crazy. First of all that’s ableist, second of all there’s intersectional feminists who are Doing It Right (or at least making efforts to).
But yeah, you hit the nail on the head with radscum actually helping the patriarchy more than hurting it.
in a nutshell:
- autism speaks does not have a single member on their board that actually has autism
- they use awful methods to raise funds and rely on shit stereotypes and villainizing autism to cause fear in people which is obviously the LAST thing we need
- they dont put their funds to very good use
- they want to cure autism altogether which basically means erasing people
- instead of worrying about how to actually Help Autistic People in their daily lives
- one time they made a video in which a mother talks about how she contemplated commiting a murder-suicide by driving off a bridge with her autistic daughter IN FRONT OF SAID AUTISTIC DAUGHTER and says the only thing that stopped her was her non-autistic daughter waiting for her at home
- they are responsible for the “I Am Autism” video in which an eerie disembodied voices talks over clips of children playing and says things such as
- “I am autism. I have no interest in right or wrong. I derive great pleasure out of your loneliness. I will fight to take away your hope.”
- “Your money will fall into my hands and I will bankrupt you for my own self gain.”
- “And if you are happily married, I will make sure that your marriage fails.”
- that is it
- that is what autism speaks thinks autism is