24-year-old. Plains Cree First Nations & Red River Métis. Two-Spirited. Lives in Canada's prairies. Full time university student majoring in Indigenous studies & Women & Gender Studies. Probably owns more books than you, but you can borrow some.
Did you know that invisible disabilities make up 96% of all disabilities? I certainly didn’t until I met someone my own age with rheumatoid arthritis. I’m glad to have met some absolutely amazing people who live with challenges that the eye cannot see because symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome eventually became too big to ignore in my own body. I’m glad to know that I have so many others with invisible disabilities who understand me. I’m also glad to know that there are people who don’t understand, even though it can lead to hurt feelings and awkward moments, because I would never wish the pain I experience on anyone else. Regardless of whether or not you can empathize with my pain and my struggle, I deserve respect. I have the right to speak my story to people I trust and I also have the right to remain silent with people I don’t know. My disability is invisible, not imaginary.
"The bottom line is that everyone with a disability is different, with varying challenges and needs, as well as abilities and attributes. Thus, we all should learn to listen with our ears, instead of judging with our eyes.
Who the fuck cares if teenage girls want to stick a rhinestone on their forehead at a music festival like you guys are pathetic get angry about something that actually matters for once
it’s funny when it’s not your culture being turned into a fashion accessory devoid of it’s cultural importance and meaning when your culture is full of cheese whiz and extreme couponing witcho pale ass
“Raising awareness about cat welfare is a good look for your husband’s upcoming campaign strategy. Don’t you think supporting government action on missing and murdered indigenous women in this country would be a better look?”
— Hailey King, the 21yo university student who interrupted Laureen Harper (wife of Canadian PM Harper) during her opening speech announcing her “Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival” last night. Laureen responded, “We’re raising money for animals tonight. If you’d like to donate to animals, we’d love to take your money…That’s a great cause, perhaps another night. Tonight we’re here for homeless cats!” [source] (via randomactsofchaos)
I find it rather interesting (and counter-intuitive) that those so concerned about the plight of these women also foster animosity between indigenous peoples and police forces. If you want to prevent any more women from going missing and/or murdered logic would dictate that you would want to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and other state/legal apparatuses, as they would be the ones capable of finding and bringing to justice those committing these atrocious acts. Instead of adopting a practical approach to solving this issue, these activists want yet another commission established in an attempt to vindicate their viewpoint that past acts of state violence against the indigenous peoples of Canada are what is responsible for this tragedy, making the state seem more culpable for these murders than the social isolation, corruption, alcoholism and drug addiction that is fostered on the native reserves of this country. If these protesters want to enact any positive change for these women (who are being used as yet another vessel for leftists to bash the Harper government, this time essentially labeling them as Einsatzgruppen against indigenous women) encouraging better cooperation and resources for the RCMP and other policing agencies to help solve these murder/missing person investigations. Better yet, why not abolish the reservation system and allow the Indigenous peoples of Canada to become fully integrated economically and socially with the rest of the nation while not having to live with the corruption and misspending of “leaders” like Theresa Spence?
Dear Ignorant Self-Assured Settler,
you might wanna do some research before you get up on your soapbox.
proposing the dissolution of reserves and the forcible assimilation of Native peoples is really ignorant, offensive, and racist because it’s part of a colonial logic that strips indigenous peoples of our land rights and cultures (which are land-based), to the benefit of settlers (who seem to crave some kind of “multicultural” society operating under the myth that people living in the same city all have the same opportunities and services available to them…and who of course also are very interested in the privatization of tribal lands for resources extraction, resort/home construction, etc—see Dawes Act for historic example)
there are lots of indigenous-led organizations that work with federal governments, and pretty much every First Nation & tribe is required to do so when they deal with legal/jurisdictional issues in providing services & safety for the women in their communities (which colonial governments are not very supportive or helpful with to say the least; see VAWA 2013 tribal stipulation controversy)
indigenous nations should have the sovereignty to have their own police forces (most of them do), and they should have the jurisdiction to provide support to enrolled members and those in their community who experience violence; why should we have to go to the FBI or RCMP, when it’s clear that they are a major source of the problem? why is it assumed that we are incapable of providing justice ourselves?
so anyways, long story short dude, you’re really ignorant and don’t know shit about any of this. you’re also an asshole for deciding that a post criticizing Laureen Harper’s response to a question regarding MMIW warranted such stupid input—“ha ha stupid fuckin Indians hurting over thousands of women missing and murdered from their communities, imma tell em how to deal with the problem bc they’re obviously too angry and bitter to know anything about the proper way to understand a complex legacy of their own colonial genocide and occupation.”
next time you feel like opening your mouth, remember us angry bitter stupid Indians know a thing or two you don’t :)
sincerely, Native Woman Who Works in a Government-Sponsored Organization Fighting Violence Against Native Women
sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years
this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wow
Yes! I take Celexa and seriously it’s no magic pill! It just makes my brain function normally. The other stuff is what therapy is for. And now after that mix, I’m healthy and I’m training to be a therapist myself :)
This means a lot to me.
There were a few points in one of my classes where I wanted to flip a fucking desk and cry because so many people were spewing out this vile shit.
I take fluoxetine/prozac and I has literally saved my life. It has helped me become happy and healthy for the first time in my life. I will gladly stay on it for my whole life if that means never going back to the way I was with unbearable OCD, panic disorder and depression. Having a sick brain sucks. Prozac along with therapy, SAVED MY LIFE, and when people try and guilt me for taking something that is necessary for my survival, it makes me think they don’t care about me at all. Actually, wait, they DON’T care about me at all if they think I’m better suffering with unmanageable MI than taking “happy pills”. Ya’ll can eat shit!
The background here: my girlfriend had a 1944 dollhouse that she grew up with, and acquired bits of ‘furniture’ to make the experience more real. We were just down at her mom’s place for the holidays and, feeling nostalgic, she set up the bedroom. Her cat, Sunny, being the quirky thing that she is, finds new things interesting and manifests this curiosity by lying on them. These pics capture that moment: a small doll house bedroom with a gigantic Maine Coon, head resting on the pillow and everything. The first pic caught her getting comfortable, with her tongue just sticking out of her mouth.
Hey guys, so my eating disorder is really out of control again, and I need treatment, badly. I got accepted at Timberline Knolls, but they need $2,000 for my copay, plus I need a ticket to a from (I live in California). I spent 5 1/2 months at another…