“The Internet (and Tumblr specifically) has given me a great low-pressure platform to talk about my own mental illness and read about other people’s and, as cliched as it is, there’s something really valuable in finding out that you’re not the only one going through something (far from it),” she wrote.
Through GIFs, comics, and confessionals, Tumblr helps humanize the actual people living with mental illness, putting a face to a widespread, underhelped problem.
“Blogging is perfect for that, it’s an ideal way to get personal stories out into the world to help reshape what people think when they think of mental illness,” she said. It can also be a way for people who don’t have problems with mental health to find out the small things they can do to make someone they love’s life a little easier. Tumblr opens that dialogue.
— Tumblr’s Mental Health Community is Empathetic, Funny, and Thriving by Gaby Dunn via Daily Dot
“When I was fairly new to feminism I was at times also shocked with how direct some of the feminists I encountered could be. I too had been taught from childhood to choose my words carefully and to not piss people off,” they wrote. “I have learned that for many men empowering women is all fine and dandy as long as you, as a woman, give them the opportunity to ignore you. This is where the ‘be nice’ indoctrination factors in. … If you are more direct in your communications you quickly get labelled ‘a bitch,’ but they don’t ignore you.”
They added, “Sometimes you need to shout from the rooftops to be heard.”
Elyssa and I have been co-working in coffee shops all day. It’s been a LONG ASS DAY. Also I have a beetle pin.
By Gaby Dunn via Daily Dot
Last week, I called every Domino’s in the Salt Lake City area and got to make funny requests of the livefeed employees. I am great.
When you compliment a random woman who doesn’t know you, no matter how nice you are about it, there’s a good chance she’s going to freak out internally because for all she knows, you could be that latter type. And I get that it’s really unfair that women would just assume that about you. I get that it sucks that sometimes, expressing totally reasonable opinions like “hey you’re hot” will make women terrified of you or furious at you. That’s not fair.
But if you’re going to lay the blame for that somewhere, for fuck’s sake, don’t blame the woman. Blame all the guys who have called her a bitch and a cunt for ignoring their advances. Blame all the guys who may have harassed, abused, or assaulted her in the past. Blame all the people who may never do such a thing themselves, but who were quick to blame her and tell her to just get over it. Blame the fact that if she stops and talks to you and then something bad happens, people will blame her for stopping and talking to you.
Hello lovelies. What are some of your favorite mental health/mental illness blogs or bloggers on Tumblr and/or proprietors of said blogs that might be willing to talk to me for a story?