— Deb Burgard, keynote at the 2011 NAAFA conference (via loniemc)
Slurs are not oppressive because they are offensive, they are oppressive because slurs by nature of being slurs draw upon certain power dynamics to remind their target of his/her/their vulnerability in a certain relation to power and as an extension of that, to threaten violence and exploitation of that vulnerability.
Anonymous said: How do we know in any given violent incident whether mental illness did nor did not play a role? I'm not questioning that mental illness is often used as a scapegoat or blamed in the place of access to guns or misogyny or racism- that pisses me off- but we just can't say with 100% certainty that the shooters mental health in cases like this doesn't factor in. Lack of access to mental health care and the stigma attached to it AND male entitlement are both PARTS of the problem, but not the whole.
Okay I’m probably going to get a lot of these anons tonight so I’ll break it down as quickly as possible:
(1) True, we do not know whether Rodger had a mental illness. However, people are assuming or outright saying that it had to have played a part in this while knowing fuck all about his state of mental health rather than accept the possibility that he was a gross guy who murdered people, and even if it does turn out that mental illness played a part in this the fact will be used to marginalise others through ableism rather than help combat it, every mass murder has the same cycle that ends this way.
(2) There is no evidence that Rodger had mental illness or that mental health care had anything to do with this case or that the incident could have been prevented with access to medical care, so saying that stigma and lack of access to mental health care part is an equal to the male entitlement part in this case is pretty shakey at best.
(3) Statistically disabled/mentally ill people are more likely to be murdered than to be murderers, i genuinely think advocating for better health facilities to prevent mentally ill mass murderers from killing misses the point and is counter productive. Male entitlement is the main componant in murderers of this kind and should therefore be at the centre of analysis on how to fix this problem.
Mentally ill people need better mental health facilities to keep us from becoming homeless, not because we are dangerous.
Also, calling this a “mental illness” issue allows people who share the shooter’s misogynistic views to pretend that they are not complicit in such acts.
It is a lie that most horrible acts of violence are committed by the mentally ill. If anything, the most horrible kinds of violence are committed by people who have tons of social support for what they are doing.
The worst evils committed by human beings are not individual acts of insanity but vast infrastructures of violence that can encourage individual acts of socially-condoned extreme violence.
Dr. Susan Cahill’s health clinic, All Families Health Care, was destroyed last week by Zachary Klundt, son of a board member for Hope Pregnancy Ministries, an anti-abortion organization.
Please donate to help Dr. Cahill repair the damage to her clinic and return to providing essential health care to Montana residents.(via pixyled)
— Mia Mingus, Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability (via a-bayani)
If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.
However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?
And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’
You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.
You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented."
this is so fuckin important
34% of trans women who had attempted to access shelters were denied entry outright. Of the respondents who did manage to access a shelter, 25% were evicted after it became known that they were trans. 55% were harassed by shelter staff or residents, and 29% of trans women were physically assaulted. 26% were sexually assaulted at shelters. Overall, 47% were treated so poorly that they chose to leave the shelter.