"Please stop calling this a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of colonizers, ex-slaves, ghosts of genocide victims, and preferred immigrants."
— Maurice Lucas Goes IN (via sonofbaldwin)
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.
"This person took meticulous time destroying EVERYTHING that was important to me; everything that I have worked very hard for all my life. He destroyed the plumbing and heating system in the building. He then completely destroyed all my medical equipment, ripping apart, breaking every glass object, bending, stabbing knives into or punching hammer holes into, and then methodically cutting and sticking knife holes into the faces of my friends and family, including pictures of my baby grandson. In my opinion, this is NOT the act of someone who was ‘high’ and didn’t know what he was doing, but rather someone who knew EXACTLY what he was doing."
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.
(Source: bebinn, via indielowercase)
"Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries."
— Mia Mingus, Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability (via a-bayani)
(Source: quelola, via evelark)
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.
Peter Joseph, from this lecture. (via universalequalityisinevitable)
this is so fuckin important
"26% were sexually assaulted at shelters"
If you wear jeans, you’re not a woman: Transphobia at women’s shelters » Zinnia Jones
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.
In the event of an intersex birth or infant genitalia that are seen in any way as “ambiguous,” we do NOT consent to ANY form of surgical intervention, including but not limited to tissue biopsies or exploratory surgery, reduction of any tissue, or “reconstruction” of any kind.
I included the bit about biopsies and exploratory surgery because doctors have been known, in the fairly recent past, to straight up lie about cancer risk or otherwise use consent to a diagnostic procedure only to irrevocably surgically alter infant genitals in the face of parental resistance.
Just for reference, about 1 in 1000 infants is identified as intersex at birth due to genital “ambiguity”; the actual prevalence of intersex conditions is probably somewhere around 1 in 150, since the majority of intersex people have genitalia that appear “normal” by medicalized standards.
Put this in your birth plan, if you have one (it’s a good idea to have one; think about what you want, whatever that is, so that you can advocate for yourself and your child). Talk about the existence of intersex and the inadequacy of our binary model for “biological sex.” The more we talk about these things, the more information any new parent of an intersex child is likely to have, and the better equipped they will be to protect that child from medical authority figures who may act to protect social norms rather than their patients.