the politics of shame

January 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm (blogging, flamewars, healthcare, mental illness)

there are many contexts in which vigorous conversation leads to a changing viewpoint, or strengthening of an existing viewpoint. sometimes we can take a bit of what the other party presents in a way that, at the very least, gives us a sense of the strength of our convictions. in the feminist community, there are plenty of topical opportunities for this; just look at all the debate stirred up over things like body image and who gets to call themselves a feminist.

but there are some topics that are so charged, so flammable, that it just doesn’t appear that folks can civilly disagree. the post that started here with kactus over at Feministe talking about her relief at getting pharmacological assistance in dealing with her symptoms, quickly escalated into a flamewar. a subsequent post commenting on the contention also escalated quickly.

mental illness is not a politically neutral topic. never has been. Read the rest of this entry »


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a new year, a new blog

December 31, 2007 at 10:00 pm (blogging)

so, welcome to the new digs.  after a rather inspiring recent evening in Seattle with a couple of bloggers from the intrepid Feministe, i have re-committed to the process of sociopolitical blogging.  i’m starting this one as an offshoot of my personal blog, where i’ll keep writing about the mundane personal stuff.  so thanks for popping by, and here we go…. 

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