I Am Never Getting Better and That’s OK

I have come to realize recently that my struggles with mental health are always going to be there. I can’t magically make my depression, anxiety, and PTSD disappear. I can’t magically change my brain into a neurotypical one.  Read More I Am Never Getting Better and That’s OK

6 Reasons Not To Be A Jerk About Trigger Warnings

As you meander around the internet, you may occasionally encounter an article or video prefaced by a trigger warning (or the abbreviated version, TW). A trigger warning is a note that indicates potentially traumatic content. These notes applied to such varied topics as sexual assault, graphic violence, racism, transphobia, eating disorders and child abuse — basically any discussion that could cause a post-traumatic stress reaction for certain people.

Trigger warnings are an important and necessary tool for many people. For others, they are at worst a minor inconvenience. You would think this would mean that the inclusion of trigger warnings would be a no-brainer, yet some folks still insist on being nincompoops. In case you’re in danger of becoming a nincompoop, here are six reasons not to be a jerk about trigger warnings. Read More 6 Reasons Not To Be A Jerk About Trigger Warnings

Study Reveals Sexual Harassment Leads To “Insidious Trauma”

For many women, sexual harassment is (sadly) common. Those of us who experience it frequently are all too familiar with its negative effects… to the extent that it’s hard to understand how anyone could possibly not understand such impacts.

The truth is, though, that many persist in believing harassment doesn’t really do harm; that, to use the oft-quoted phrase, it “isn’t that bad.” For those people, we now have a study to prove them wrong. Read More Study Reveals Sexual Harassment Leads To “Insidious Trauma”

Dissertations, Employment, and Other Terrifying Things

I am thinking about the future, which is not something I’m good at.

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This Week in Misogyny Loves Girls

It’s misogyny time! We’ve got one victory in the abortion-rights fight (but more bad news), a fantastic Twitter hashtag in response to a horrible “motivational” speaker, Fox News idiocy, and the best Beastie Boys cover ever!  Read More This Week in Misogyny Loves Girls

Responsibility, Duty, and Mental Health in the Military

On the U.S. Army’s recruitment site, http://www.goarmy.com, there are all sorts of reasons why the army might be right for you. There’s a page for parents, too, which lets them know how the military will affect their children, with a section on personal growth: Read More Responsibility, Duty, and Mental Health in the Military