currently reading: the sleeper awakes by h. g. wells
lana del rey - west coast
Something keeps me real quiet, I’m alive I’m a-lush
reminder that physical illness is a valid reason to stay off school or work but mental illness is not. reminder that the loudest voice ‘for’ autism wants to ‘cure’ it. reminder that society will give investment bankers millions but doesn’t want to give people with disabilities enough money to live on. reminder that education is geared to teach the ‘intelligent’ they deserve the world at the disadvantage of the ‘less-intelligent’. reminder that all mentally ill children and teenagers are just ‘attention-seekers’. reminder that all mentally disabled children and teenagers are just ‘lazy’. reminder that all mentally ill and mentally disabled adults aren’t even acknowledged.
reminder that women used to be labelled as ‘hysteric’ if they dared to be anything other than complacent tools for men to use, reminder that ‘hysterical’ women were ‘cured’ through institutionalization and abuse, reminder that boys are 5 more times likely to be diagnosed with autism and society is still more willing to call this a biological fact and not rampant misogyny.
reminder that queer people and trans people are still frequently labelled as mentally ill. reminder that huge swathes of people still believe queer and trans people need to be ‘fixed’. reminder that homosexuality was only declassified as a mental health disorder in 1990. reminder that being transgender is still classified as a mental health disorder. reminder that navigating the mental health profession as a queer and/or trans person is a minefield because of all the homophobia and transphobia. reminder that the only reason people are researching the ‘causes’ is because they want to find a cure.
reminder that ableism is a tool used to oppress every minority. reminder that ableism is something that needs to be talked about.
reminder that ableism makes me incredibly angry and it should make you incredibly angry too.