me watching titanic: maybe it won’t sink this time
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Anonymous asked: Okay I get that you shouldn't be mean to people who self-diagnose, but there are some people who basically mock anyone with the disorders by self diagnosing and being idiots about it and basically collecting mental disorders without any idea of what people with the issues have to deal with. Like I mean I'm pretty sure this is a troll blog but I have seen plenty of people do this sort of thing that were completely serious about believing their self-diagnostics; the blog is orochimarukin
I know such people exist, although far more trolls pretending to be such people exist than such people actually exist, and far more people inflate the numbers in their head so that every time they see one they assume the existence of dozens. I’ve known people like that. Although often they are actually confused, not mocking, and there’s a huge difference between the two. Being confused about your identity should not be a crime. Nor should trying on identities, including neurodiverse identities, during periods like adolescence when trying on identities is practically obligatory and people do things like that and it really isn’t the big deal people make it out to be.
They do less harm, even at their worst, than coming down against self-diagnosis in general does. And they do far less harm than assuming that self-diagnosis is always, usually, or even often like what they are doing. Most people who self-diagnose are people who have taken months or years to research themselves and their conditions. Most people who self-diagnose take it very seriously.
And I don’t think it’s fair to, when talking about self-diagnosis, jump to the worst examples. Because they are outliers, and because most people who self-diagnose are doing something pretty legit, and because then it just spreads the idea that self-diagnosed people are people who randomly collect mental disorders and/or mock people with mental disorders. Because that’s not what most self-diagnosed people do. And even bringing them up over and over in conversation makes it sound like there’s more of them than there actually are. (And I don’t count trolls. Trolls are trying to stir you up. I’m not going to go to that blog and look and judge someone, either.)
What’s it like to work alongside so many other women of color?
Be the person Uncle Iroh knows you can be
"Why do you want this job?"
Because under capitalism I am forced to sell my labor in order to subsist.
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
theres a fucking dude named otaku in korra
"you can’t ship that, that character has canon interaction with the opposite sex"