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Not all of us are Social Justice Warriors ;)



man thinking about that post like

social justice warriors are sometimes the leeroy jenkins, they rush right in usually without buffs, without enough equipment, and probably in misguided and counterproductive ways but their hearts are usually in the right place so everyone who rushes in after them to try and back their asses up usually also gets wiped. refined warriors can usually manage aggro while tailoring their skills to fit the situation, but they gotta be careful.

social justice rangers (sup) occasionally have that One Post that resonated with a lot of people but most of the time they stand back and take potshots at easy targets. rangers are pretty good at getting to the point (if i do say so myself) but prefer to back up the party than to wander into the thick of the mob.

social justice paladins are righteous folks and they can take a lot of punishment, specifically baiting oppressive assholes to keep the attention off their more fragile party members. or they dash right in and start slugging away to draw aggro away from said fragile party members. damn, tanks are cool.

social justice monks are like the spiritual leaders, they’re versatile and wise. maybe a bit older than the usual demographic, they’re pretty zen, their blogs are usually about everyday things and they tend to have a lot of experience. they hold their own communities accountable but will wander into the fray, taking up whichever role needs to be taken.

social justice wizards are fucking cool. wide-reaching AoE and tons of damage, posts with like, tens of thousands of notes, they’re usually buffered against the backlash by tanks and backed up by the rangers. broad, widely-applicable statements suited for many circumstances. everyone wants to be their friend.

social justice rogues are those people who run fandom or hipster blogs who you never expect to give a shit about social justice but they follow a couple wizards and once in a while they’ll pop in, drop a bomb, and then flit away into the darkness. maybe they lose a couple followers, but man were they good at luring those fuckers into complacency. rogues are fuckin hilarious (and awesome) to see in action.

and social justice clerics are those absolute sweethearts who stay out of the line of fire but support and encourage the front line (as it were). whenever the tanks and DPS get worn down, the clerics drop in with a healing spell, maybe some HoTs and buffs. when they do draw the attention of mobs, they’re usually helpless because they’re TOO DAMN NICE and have far too much hope in humanity and just keep tryna cast healing spells on everyone. protect clerics at all costs.

This is too good.  OMG.

Some Thoughts about Allies

Apparently it’s Post Thoughts on Tumblr Week.  But again, this one is important, and it really does deserve its own post, even if I get rotten tomatoes thrown at me it is not the most popular post ever.  Anyway, this post is about allies.

As a person who is a member of multiple marginalized populations, I get frustration with allies—I really, really do.  Anybody can say they are an ally, and frequently, they aren’t actually all that supportive when you get right down to it, and sometimes people are downright nasty under the guise of concern trolling, and it sucks.  It all just sucks.

But here’s the thing that I think it’s super-important to keep in mind, enough so that I am writing it here:  Marginalized people often need to form tenuous alliances with the privileged majority in order to achieve sociopolitical change.  Yes, the fact that this is true is yet another thing about living as a member of a marginalized population that sucks, but it still is true, and it’s something we gotta keep in mind if we want to keep changing things.  And the thing is, someone doesn’t have to be an ally on all fronts in order to help at that one crucial moment.

I know this is a lot to swallow, so I’m going to point to a few examples in history (both recent and not) to back up my claim.  I don’t wanna be a jerk fake ally, so I’ll keep my examples to instances that affect me or my family personally as a marginalized person:  

  • Women needed allies in the American government in order to get the 19th Amendment passed (and if you don’t think that was an extremely tenuous alliance at times, research Alice Paul’s hunger strikes).
  • Queer families in MA needed allies on the state Supreme Judicial Court to get the Goodridge decision issued—and that was ultimately the cornerstone for marriage equality in the whole country.
  • Jews living in eastern Europe during World War II needed Allies in order to ultimately interrupt the death machine created in concentration camps.  It’s widely accepted that the arrival of Allies, and specifically American troops, is what ceased activity in these camps.  Eisenhower even allegedly insisted on photographing the sites and making locals tour them in order to document the atrocities, some of which ultimately contributed as evidence at the time of the Nuremberg trials.

I’m not saying that everybody needs to swallow everything that anybody calling themselves an ally says at all times.  I’m not saying that people who are horribly detrimental to social causes never masquerade as allies.  All I am ultimately saying is, keep in mind that we want to continue to move towards a future that holds respect, equality, and expression of fundamental rights for marginalized peoples.  And please keep in mind that we often need the grudging assistance of members of a privileged majority to do it.



This meme is false. Cashews are a source of tryptophan, which is needed for the body to produce serotonin - but it is in no way a significant a source of serotonin on its own, and even still, it’s not the same thing as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (which is not, as some may falsely believe, simply a pill full of serotonin). The chemical compounds of tryptophan and serotonin are different, not to mention that SSRIs don’t really work that way.

If you share this image, you need to understand that the armchair psychiatry that you learned from a meme could cost someone THEIR LIFE.

Leave science to scientists, and quit it with the religious belief in anything natural because it doesn’t always work. I have a lot of crunchy tendencies, but there’s a point where it stops being reasonable and starts being dangerous and deluded.

If you don’t have depression, and I’m not going to phrase this nicely: shut the fuck up about how other people should treat theirs. It’s not just a matter of being sad, nor is it solely a case of having low serotonin. Doing this is a dangerous game, it’s not your place, and you clearly don’t understand what you’re saying or the potential consequences of your actions. Mental illnesses are just as valid as physical illnesses, and the consequences of poor treatment are just as severe.

Anti-depressants are not always the right or only treatment, but they are frequently lifesaving medications. Cashews are not, and suggesting that they might be safer than a medication that you don’t need or even remotely understand the chemical composition of is reckless and uneducated.

Yeah holy crap, do you have any idea how much shit I’d be in if I swore off prozac in favor of freaking cashews? Sweet tap-dancing armageddon, a lot of shit. This is dangerous and wrong and NOPE.

oh my GOSH NO I seriously cannot believe I am reading this NO NO NO if you are currently taking fluoxetine DO NOT DISCONTINUE ABRUPTLY AND EAT SOME CASHEWS!

:( :( :(

Incredibly important note that I don’t see anywhere above:  Withdrawal side-effects for SSRIs (of which Prozac is one, though certainly not the only one) often includes a resurgence of symptoms, and sometimes the symptoms reemerge stronger than they were before medication.  In other words, if you stop taking an SSRI cold-turkey it might make you experience suicidal ideation, delusions, feelings of hopelessness, and other very serious symptoms.  In other other words, don’t do it.

(This message brought to you by your friendly (probably-not-)neighborhood clinician and mental health advocate.








This should be illegal.


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More people reblogged this than there are in my state??

More people reblogged this than there are in my COUNTRY??


More than twice the size of Irelands population yeow

aww thanks for the support guys

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i actually think the whole model of a petition that has to reach a certain number of signatures and then ~something vague will happen!~ is really harmful

i’m not against petitions in general, honest to god i’m not. but in my understanding, apart from this model, there are…

This is extra pernicious when you realize that our President was a community organizer and thus knows all of this.
It sucks. I don’t want a system where I feel heard, I want a system where I *am* heard, and between theatrics like this and a pro-money supreme court I can’t imagine American politics ever being that place.

I hear what you are saying, and agree that petitions from are particularly limited in value, but not because of the reasons stated above—and also, I do think they have at least some value beyond the obvious carrot-and-stick.

The true value of a petition, as far as I can tell, is that a wildly popular petition within a specific voting jurisdiction gives politicians information about how to vote on things—it is literally a clear statement of constituent intent.  This is, obviously, of limited utility in the White House because America is such a huge and contentious jurisdiction for the purposes of a Presidential election.

That said, I do think that even petitions are valuable as raw data in circumstances where the White House wants to claim popular support of a concept—that is to say, the petitions may still trigger something to actually happen, even though it is not by law, because it gives the executive branch some negotiating power when it is trying to push new legislation.  This is particularly true because petitions almost certainly give information about where constituents who sign the petition are living, which they can probably use as leverage if a politician from a district that is widely supportive is being obstinate.

Also, all of that being said, I have absolutely nothing good to say about Citizens United or the subsequent recent SCOTUS decision to remove limits on campaign contributions.  Those are appallingly bad jurisprudence that lead to a plutocracy—SCOTUS’s decisions are bad and it should feel bad. >:P

Some Commentary on the Prank It Forward 5-star homeless shelter





I wrote some thoughts in response to a post that was circulating praising the Prank It Forward 5-star homeless shelter on 4/1. I’ve been sitting on these thoughts since 4/1, and I decided that they were important enough that I want to give them their own entry.


I think there’s something very superior and patronizing about this commentary. They shouldn’t have filet mignon if they want it? The people who are it were probably happy to eat it. Yeah, maybe they got sick after, but it’s nobody’s place to say you shouldn’t eat that, it’s not good for you, ignorant poor people who don’t know what’s best! I’m lactose intolerant, do I want somebody wagging a finger because I want to eat ice cream that I enjoy? Does this commentator also go around telling fat people that they don’t need to eat things that aren’t ideally suited for their physical status? You can’t tell people they shouldn’t eat something they like eating.

I… whoa, what?  I think our wires got crossed somewhere along the way.

I wasn’t trying to make any statement at all about whether participants *should* eat filet mignon; I was saying that participants should have been consulted about whether they *wanted* to eat it.

Some Commentary on the Prank It Forward 5-star homeless shelter

I wrote some thoughts in response to a post that was circulating praising the Prank It Forward 5-star homeless shelter on 4/1.  I’ve been sitting on these thoughts since 4/1, and I decided that they were important enough that I want to give them their own entry.

A quick note about me: I work with indigent populations for a living, and about 25-50% of my clients are homeless at any given time.  The assertions below are based on my professional experiences.

For those of you asking, ‘5-star shelter what now?’:  The event involved converting a large homeless shelter in California into a five-star restaurant for a night on 4/1 and serving program recipients filet mignon and dessert.  It also involved a $5,000 donation to the shelter and distribution of toiletries.  I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the intentions and effort that went into this entire exercise, and I know a lot of people who really like Greg Benson.  In particular, rehumanization is very valuable, and so is donating toiletries and self-care items to people who need them.  

So what’s my problem with it?  Filet mignon is a really rough thing to serve people who are used to eating meals catch-as-catch-can, because it’s rich, fatty, and difficult to digest—you need healthy teeth to chew it and a healthy digestive tract to keep it down.  And many people who are homeless also have substance abuse or dependence issues that impact their ability to eat food, their appetite, and their ability to digest food and process food. I guarantee you some of the people who ate that dinner got sick afterwards, which really wasn’t the intended result of the exercise.  Also, it’s very expensive (obviously), which can result in some really complicated feelings for people about eating it whether they get sick afterward or not (but especially if they do).  

Also also, I have heard a number of people talk about how this event impacted poor people, many of whom have never been in a sit-down restaurant.  I think it’s important that I note that “homeless” and “poor” are not actually the same thing, and many people who are homeless come from lifestyles that do not preclude learning how to act in a sit-down restaurant.  It’s dangerous and problematic to assume that because a person is homeless, or even chronically homeless, that they lack basic life skills (although that is often true).  What they definitely lack is a home.

Tl; dr summary: I think that it is wonderful that so much time and energy went into helping participants at a homeless shelter, but wish that Mr. Benson had done more research into the population’s needs.

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