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July 17th, 2012

BRITNEY FOR EVER AND EVER











BRITNEY FOR EVER AND EVER

July 17th, 2012

"Even if your particular depression does include sadness, it’ll only be one of many other symptoms…."

Even if your particular depression does include sadness, it’ll only be one of many other symptoms. The others might be much more painful and salient for you than the sadness is. Some people can’t sleep, others gain weight, some think constantly about death, others can’t concentrate or remember anything. Many lose interest in sex, or food, or both. Almost everyone, it seems, experiences a crushing fatigue in which your limbs feel like stone and no amount of sleep ever helps. Then there are headaches, stomachaches, and so on.

So, depression doesn’t necessarily mean sadness to us. (And a gentle reminder to non-depressed folks: being sad doesn’t mean you’re “depressed,” either.)

Depression is not sadness; it’s an illness that often, though not always, involves sadness. No amount of happy things will make a depressed person spontaneously recover, and, usually, no amount of sad things will make a well-adjusted person with good mental health suddenly develop depression. (Grief, of course, is another matter.) And sadness, on its own, does not cause suicide.

[…]People don’t kill themselves because they’re sad. They kill themselves because they have an illness that, among other things, makes them feel sad. It also makes them feel like their life is worthless, like they’re a burden to others, like death would be easier, and all the other beliefs that lead people down the path to suicide.

There is a tendency, I think, to assume that people are depressed because they are sad. A better way to look at it is that people are sad because they are depressed. That’s why, even if we could “turn that frown upside down!” and “just look on the sunny side!” for your benefit, it would do absolutely no good. The depression would still be there, but in a different form.



- Miriam Mogilevsky, Depression Is Not Sadness: Junior Seau and Public Discourse on Mental Illness (via finedineonmyvegangenitalia)
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July 17th, 2012

nuditea: remember just over a year ago when laura and i were…



nuditea:

remember just over a year ago when laura and i were fawkes and hedwig for the hp2 premiere

This remains the absolute best.

July 17th, 2012

Unearthing the Weeping Time: Savannah’s Ten Broeck Race Course and 1859 Slave Sale

Unearthing the Weeping Time: Savannah's Ten Broeck Race Course and 1859 Slave Sale:

In 1859, one of the largest slave sales in U.S. history took place at the Ten Broeck Race Course, now an obscured landscape, on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. 436 enslaved persons from the Butler plantations near Darien were sold in an event remembered as “The Weeping Time.” Despite the prevalence of historic monuments in the U.S. South, memorials to slavery are rare or recent arrivals. Not until 2008 did the city of Savannah and the Georgia Historical Society place a marker near the site of the sale. In this essay, Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson examines how this once hidden landscape can be re-imagined into Savannah’s historic memory through archival research, oral history, physical observations of the landscape, and the art of mapmaking.

The Weeping Time

July 17th, 2012

Navy introduces gender-neutral bathrooms!

Navy introduces gender-neutral bathrooms!:

That’s the headline on every story about the new naval bathroom, but it is totally deceptive. They are gender neutral in design, but not in practice:

Urinals are omitted from the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers, due to hit the fleet in 2015, as both a cost-saving measure and an attempt to make bathrooms more gender-neutral. Urinal-free ships allow the Navy to easily switch a bathroom’s designation between male and female, helping the ship adapt to changing crews. The U.S. Navy has deployed women on ships since 1994, but every carrier built since then has included urinals.

I mean whatever, yay the women in the Navy won’t be traumatized by possible seeing a urinal! OMGEE. But that is not “gender neutral.”

GAGAAAHHHDDDD.

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July 17th, 2012

elisabethdonnelly: The evolution of Lana Del Rey is fascinating…



elisabethdonnelly:

The evolution of Lana Del Rey is fascinating (and I quite like this). Obviously she’s always been her own Americana-fetishizing 60s babe before it was a thing, but it’s interesting how much she dovetails with that sort of twilight of the empire nascent Americana-fetish of the past few years?

July 17th, 2012

"The reason why trans* rights within the feminist fight are considered a ‘conundrum’ or a ‘debate’ is…"

“The reason why trans* rights within the feminist fight are considered a ‘conundrum’ or a ‘debate’ is because there are some very loud people with some very strong misunderstandings about how gender based oppression works in real life. These people see a penis and think ‘rape,’ instead of ‘complicated.’ They see a uterus and think “universal experience.’”

- Allison Moon, Trans Women Included: Feminism and Trans Intersections (via transfeminism)
July 17th, 2012

I swore I wasn’t going to talk about this but what Daniel Tosh said wasn’t a joke. It was a threat.

July 17th, 2012

moptop purse (via the cools, via Sydney)



moptop purse

(via the cools, via Sydney)

July 17th, 2012

bouvier: Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was…









bouvier:

Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron’s speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak. (via)

Oh, what’s that about blacks being homophobic snobs? Where are you white people?

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST