19 10 / 2014
s/o to the black girls who wear bindis, henna, headpieces, and Arabic name necklaces but scream cultural appropriation when a white girl acts up
you ain’t exempt
19 10 / 2014
Anonymous said: What is Black Tumblr?
Technically, we are the collective members of Tumblr who subscribe to the Black/African diaspora. If we are alike in no other way, it is in our shared ‘getting shitted on’ by our respective majorities.
More specifically, we are the bump in the night for all those internet bigots out there. We are the sigh on the back of the neck as they hit the post button on that one text post. We are the side-eyes in the night. We are glorious justice.
DO NOT come for us, unless we send for you. And if we send for you, you’d better arm up because we are coming with a verbal assault so vicious, your children’s children’s great-grandchildren will know better. We will shade you up and read you down. We are the ones who knock. We are not the hero Tumblr deserves, but we are the hero that Tumblr NEEDS.
19 10 / 2014
Fun fact about American health care: if I ever need an organ transplant, I’ll somehow have to hide my autism, depression, and anxiety from the doctors, or else I’ll be disqualified under ideas about quality of life. It’s really great to know how valued disabled and neurodivergent lives are.
So here’s a thing many people don’t know about me: I used to be a medical data analyst. (I still do it occasionally, but not as a full-time job.) It’s a pretty self-explanatory job: I took data - often in enormous datasets - and analyzed it to find patterns. (Obviously, we couldn’t associate these with individual patients; this was just after HIPAA had come into effect, and so this data was very heavily scrubbed to remove any identifiable information.)
One of the patterns I looked for was quality of life and quality of care for people with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). For our purposes, that meant major depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and “other SPMI” (I encourage you to not send me messages telling me how those categories are terrible, because a) it was ten years ago and b) I wasn’t in charge of the categories.) In particular, we looked at injury, illness, and death in people with SPMI, compared with the general population, while they were in the hospital and at certain intervals after they were released (30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 180 days, and 1 year).
People with severe and persistent illness were much more likely to become ill and/or die in the hospital or shortly after discharge than the “general population”. People with schizophrenia had nearly ten times the deaths while in the hospital, and twelve times the injuries and illnesses.
Just as telling were the notes associated with the patient records. There was a significant pattern in the terminology used. In patients in the “general population”, doctors tended to use the word “is”: for example, “patient is suffering from abdominal cramping”. In patients with SPMI, doctors tended to use the phrase “claims to be”: for example, “patient claims to be suffering from abdominal cramping”.
It was clear to us that medical professionals - in general, I know for a fact that there are doctors out there who don’t do this - were assuming that patients with severe and persistent mental illness were inventing some, if not all, of their symptoms - that the symptoms were not real, and therefore did not need to be treated.
And because of that, these patients were falling ill and dying at alarming rates.
This isn’t personal anecdotes. I spent more than a year analyzing this data - which came from actual hospitals in the United States - and finding these patterns. There’s a problem here.
(I would prefer not to give out the name I was using then in public here, but if you’re interested, message me privately and I’ll see if I can get you links to the articles.)
Excuse me while I go stick my head in a bucket of water
19 10 / 2014
So far the response to the two GamerGate quotes I posted has actually been better than I expected - maybe I overestimated how many GooberGomers there are on tumblr - but I do have this one dude trying to tell me that the harassment of Wu is okay because she once called someone by an ableist slur.
That’s an absurd line of argument to pursue.
I didn’t say her harassment was justified, you fucking assuming piece of shit.
Just like feminist scum to jump to conclusions.
Okay, let’s reconstruct your line of thinking, then.
I post a Storify from Todd in the Shadows discussing how GamerGate collectively scorned his suggestion that he donate to Wu, Sarkeesian, and Quinn to prove that they condemn harassment. You suggested that he only pretends to be a feminist to get sex. I said that was stupid. You asked why else he would defend “people like this” and posted a screencap of a tweet by Wu using an ableist slur.
So. If you don’t think Wu deserves to be harassed by virtue of having used a slur, why does it surprise you that Todd would (to use your phrase) “defend” her? (I don’t really think he’s “defending” anyone so much as condemning a movement, but let’s stick with your framing for argument’s sake.)
Normally, when someone receives punishment they don’t deserve, it is considered good and proper to defend them. You are implying that Wu does not, to your mind, deserve her harassment. Yet you express incredulity at the proposition that Todd would defend her for anything but selfish reasons.
Can you reconcile these positions? They seem to me to be hopelessly at odds.
I post a Storify from Todd in the Shadows discussing how GamerGate collectively scorned his suggestion that he donate to Wu, Sarkeesian, and Quinn to prove that they condemn harassment.
No, he suggested that GamerGaters donate to them, even though they’re proven con artists and don’t deserve money. GamerGaters would much rather donate to respectable developers like TFYC.
You suggested that he only pretends to be a feminist to get sex.
His girlfriend is Lindsay Ellis, a feminist. If he says anything she doesn’t agree with of course she’s going to refuse sex, because feminists are closed-minded and despise opinions that deviate from their own.
So. If you don’t think Wu deserves to be harassed by virtue of having used a slur, why does it surprise you that Todd would (to use your phrase) “defend” her?
I was saying he’s blindly defending her just because she’s a feminist. That’s the very definition of a white knight. Blindly defending a feminist’s every action, whether their actions are good or bad, because they want sex or they’ve been brainwashed or they’re afraid they’ll look sexist if they dare disagree with a woman on something.
Your response is just a delightful cacophony of nonsense.
If your assumption that Todd only expresses his opinions to get sex was based purely on preexisting conceptions that “feminists are close-minded,” etc., then why did you bring up what Wu said as though it was in any way related to your comment?
If you don’t condone the harassment of Wu, why do you say that Todd is “blindly defending her?” If you think, as you imply but never outright said, that Wu doesn’t deserve to be driven from her home by abuse, why is it surprising to you that he would defend her from abuse?
I don’t actually expect a coherent response, but by all means, try to pretend like you aren’t just responding to everything I say with a barrage of mutually inconsistent proclamations.
" If he says anything she doesn’t agree with of course she’s going to refuse sex, because feminists are closed-minded and despise opinions that deviate from their own."
*literally crying with laughter at this point*