Would-be writers of fantasy often assume that fantasy worlds are easier to write than stories of the everyday. They also assume that in fantasy, you can ignore all the rules that govern the writing of non-genre fiction. This isn’t strictly true. You may be able to break the laws of physics in…
So, there’s this pattern. People hear about someone doing a horrible thing, or being systemically abusive to another person, or being bigoted, or being generally hateful, violent, or evil, and then express their disapproval by saying things like:
- She *needs help*
- He needs serious therapy
- I hope he gets the help she needs
And, that’s a horrible thing to say. Because mental illness is not the same as being an abuser. Having a mental illness is not a moral failing, and treating others horribly is not a mental illness. Conflating those categories hurts people badly.
Some people do need therapy, medication, or other forms of treatment. Some people who need mental health treatment are also terrible people, but that is not because of their mental illness. It’s because of their choices and values. And many abusers and other dangerous people are not mentally ill at all.
Many, many good people struggle with serious mental illness and depend on medical treatment. Similarly, many good people struggle with mental illness and have no access to treatment for various reasons (eg: lack of insurance, lack of safe providers, fear of losing their jobs due to stigma). These people deserve better than to have their struggles thrown up as a way to insult abusers.
Mental illness is real, serious, and horribly stigmatized. It is not the same as being an abuser, and it’s really important to stop equating the two.
if the words “mlp” or “bronies” or “brony” are in your post, it’ll get saviored automatically, if not any tag with those words in it should be picked up by my blacklist, thanks!
publishing this as a PSA that if you don’t tag for this show already it would warm my heart and improve my Tumblr experience if you did.
I’m so tired of my entire life revolving around my body.
bill I love you but that is the third prozac joke you’ve made in the last hour and I am not impressed.
I want to have a bunch of this kind of bottle around my house and fill them up with juice or soda or whatever so I can have guests over and randomly take a swig of mysterious liquid.
Maybe right when I need them to leave. ”You’d better go now. It’ll start working soon.”
(bottles by Daryl McMahon)
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