Because It Affects All of Us

This is a pretty fantastic post about a cis white guy and his response to an equally pretty awful post which appeared in the UK’s Observer:

Here’s why I take transgender issues personally…

Because I or someone I love might get cancer at some point, and a trans person who is capable of discovering the cure is otherwise occupied defending their right to exist.

I live in a world that needs leadership, and a smart, tireless trans person who should maybe be President is busy arguing that they deserve basic human respect.

I want to drive a fucking flying car someday, and the trans person who might invent it is stuck responding to Guardian editorials that treat them like they’re subhuman.

Dan Solomon, The Frisky

It shows that there are actually people don’t live solely in their own bubble, not caring about the consequences of what they say/do.  There are people who realise that unless we get our shit together and treating everyone else the way we expect to be treated, the way they deserve to be treated, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, and the way they choose to display their identity.  If we can’t do that, then every single one of us is fucked.  And that makes me despair for humanity a little less, and the future is a little less bleak.

H/T Violet Blue

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No Right Turn: Institutionalised misogyny in the UK

You can find the background and Idiot/Savant’s thoughts here:

No Right Turn: Institutionalised misogyny in the UK.

Cause, you know, there’s only one way of acting when you’re a victim. If you act any other way, then you’re obviously lying. You made it all up, and were never a victim at all.

I mean, why wouldn’t you tell the authorities that you were withdrawing the charges because the accused and his family were threatening you? Oh, I don’t know.. maybe because they were threatening you!?

Privilege, you’re doing it right, unfortunately.

Things I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago

I recently came across this post by Miss Amaranth. Seeing as it is my birthday today, and I’m being all reflective, I thought I would share it here:

*snagged in full, because it’s all so true*

  • “You are not a horrible unlovable slut if you don’t marry the man you lose your virginity to.”
  • “Sex is nice, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting it. It’s also okay NOT to want it. It’s your decision, always.”
  • “You’re bi, and that’s okay! For God’s sake, stop denying it!” (Well pansexual, but along the same drift, and I did identify as bisexual for a long time.)
  • “Someone doesn’t have to hit you for it to be abuse.”
  • “One fight doesn’t mean the end of the relationship. Arguments are very normal. Learn how to fight well, rather than aiming to never ever fight at all.”
  • “Anybody who will try to force you to change is not worth your time.”
  • “You’re allowed to leave someone as well, if you want to.”
  • “The One Big Love Of Your Life who will complete you, make you whole and take away all your problems is a myth.”
  • “There are more possibilities to love than the house → marriage → babies → happy-ever-after path. That’s one route, no more ‘correct’ than any other. It’s worth considering it might not be the right one for you.”
  • “When in doubt, communication is the answer.”
  • “You think this is ‘madly in love?’ Honey, wait until you see what Madly In Love really feels like!”
  • “A couple of years from now, you’re going to discover this amazing movement called ‘polyamory’ and a new world of fun, adventure, challenge and love will open up to you. Get ready to enjoy the ride, because it’s going to be intense!”

I have no regrets about my life so far, for that has made me who I am today. Knowing all of the above when I was younger probably wouldn’t have changed how I lived my life, or the experiences I had, but I think it would have been nice to have known.

Depression: Dealing with the Hard Stuff

Just looking at that title I’ve used makes me cringe, but I don’t know what other words to use.  Trying to figure out my thoughts before going to see my new counselor tomorrow.

I always feel like I’m not worthy of saying that I have trouble dealing with problems…. it feels like there are a hell of a lot of people out there that have much bigger problems to deal with than I face.

But is that what depression is all about?  I was diagnosed with clinical depression seven years ago when I was 18.  I’ve always felt that I had been battling it since I was much younger.  I was never really a stroppy child.  I only remember having one incident of teenage anger when i was about 16 years old.  It was to with something about the housework, I remember vacuuming and being sent to my room because I was violently assaulting the furniture as i pushed the vacuum cleaner around.  That was the only extreme outburst of anger that has left a lasting impression on me.

There were incidents of intense sadness once I reached intermediate school.  I had trouble making new friends after leaving primary school.  Most of my primary school friends had gone to different intermediates and the ones who had gone to the same intermediate as me were in different classes.

There was one night while on camp in Form 2 / Year 8 where all the other girls in my tent had gone to another tent with the rest of the girls from my class, but I was invited.  I stayed in my tent and quietly cried.

It was a little easier to make friends once I got to high school.  There was a group of about twenty of us.  I got invited to parties, going shopping etc but I never really fully connected with anybody, and I’m not friends with any of them now (except for Facebook, but that doesn’t really count).

I dropped out of school near the end of 7th Form / Year 13.  I wasn’t going to pass the final exams, so I didn’t really see much point in staying.  My parents agreed I could leave school if I found a job with semi-decent hours.  Luckily, I was already working part-time and was able to get my hours increased.

Once I was working, I decided I would be happier if I moved out of home and moved in with my second boyfriend (S).  What followed was emotional abuse, with him lying and arguing with me constantly (which he has since apologised for).  While still with him, I started a fashion design course.  Got three-quarters through the first year when I dropped out, around the same time I was diagnosed with depression.  It didn’t help that the first meds I was put on was Prozac, I couldn’t get myself to leave the house.

Broke up with S and moved back to Mum and Dad’s.  Changed to Aropax.  Got a new, full-time job.  Things were looking on the up, then I got made redundant after working as a receptionist for only three months, a month before Christmas.

I was still on medication at this time, but I stopped going to counselling.  I found it way to easy to lie to my counsellor (a problem I still have today).  I wanted to appear stronger than I was, had this silly notion that getting help was weak.  My subconscious still thinks this, even though now I now that it’s actually a show of strength to ask for help.

While looking for a new job, I started going out with AC, who I met through the old MSN chatrooms.  After three months, I found a new job (the one I still have now).  The office manager at this new job was/is a bully.  She makes herself seem smart by making others feel stupid.  Didn’t help so much with my self-confidence issues and I nearly lost my job after a year.  The rate of staff turnover at that place is stupidly high.  Anyway, she’s much easier to deal with now that I’m working from home while I’m at uni, and luckily she’s going to be on maternity leave when I go back to working in the office over summer.

Moved in with AC after being with him for ten months, got engaged at the same time.  Once we moved in together, I seemed to have lost my right to have an opinion unless it was the same as his and he certainly didn’t like me going out by myself.  I was at a friend’s hen’s party on the same night as the groom was having his stag party, with both groups meeting up partway through.  I didn’t want to spend time with him, as I was having fun with the girls (and actually enjoying some freedom for once).  He lost it and came very close to hitting me in front of everyone.  I left him a week later after the wedding.

I’m still pretty sure AC was cheating on me with an ex of his during our relationship, hence all of his mistrust.  In saying that, I did sleep with a mutual female friend of ours while we were still together, after he kept changing his mind over whether he was ok with it or not.  I was 19 and wanted to see whether the attraction I felt towards women was true.

There was also a lot of lying about various other things on AC’s part, found out later he was claiming unemployment and going out all day when I thought he was going to work.  I also ended up paying for rent, power, food etc.

After the breakup I kinda started what I thought was a relationship with my best friend, B (not the same female friend as above).  Turned out I was a lot more into the relationship than she was and we had a falling out.  I was left feeling used again.

About three months later I started going out with a mutual male friend of ours, T.  The relationship started out pretty good, so I thought at the time.  Looking back I realise there were warning signs everywhere, he even had my mother fooled.

Moved in together a week after I had my gall bladder removed.  I had stopped all antidepressant medication by this stage.

Once T and I were living together, everything changed.  He lied all the time.  Claimed he couldn’t get a job and was put on the sickness benefit.  After I kicked him out after living together for two years, I found out he had actually been working when his work posted some pay slips.  I opened them because there was no return address on the outside and I didn’t have a forwarding address for T.  He was getting all this money for himself while I was paying for rent, food, power, even registration for his car.

He used to hide things around the house, said and did things to make me think i was going crazy.  He hated me spending time by myself with my family and constantly accused me of cheating on him.  Where he thought I had time for this, seeing as I was either at work or with him was beyond me.  I did find out after we broke up that he did cheat on me though.

Breaking up with T was the best thing I’ve ever done.  It was getting to the point that I didn’t want to go home after work and be around him.

Mum and Dad had moved away out-of-town by this point, so I lived by myself for a couple of months.

This was the beginning of my “slut phase”.  Slept with several different guys, including one who was my flatmate for a short period of time.  Became a mistress for one guy, BT (fell for the old “of course I’ll leave her for you, just give me time” trick).  Fortunately I only waited for a couple of months.  Unfortunately before I called things off, BT actually anally raped me, though it took me until about six months ago to realise what he had done was rape (I said no, he went ahead and did it anyway).

Surprisingly during this period, I didn’t hook up with any women, though it wasn’t for lack of trying.  I just didn’t really know how to go about it.  I was more experienced with meeting guys, so meeting guys was easier.  Although I’m more experienced with meeting guys, all of the ones i did meet in this time were through NZD, except for one who i met on a bus trip.

Shortly after this I connected with J through OkCupid.  We met in person after talking to each other online for about a week and there’s been no stopping us!!  We’ve now been together for just over two years and got engaged early this year.  He’s the one who encouraged me to go to Uni, seeing that I was getting completely bored and stressed with my job.

Unfortunately, once I started back at Uni, full-blown depression started creeping back up on me and I was off to the doctor to get some antidepressants again (first Citalopram then Effexor).  I managed to get through the preparation course, but the first semester this year was a complete failure.  I kept getting repeated sinus infections then I had to get a tooth removed.  Result, mental breakdown due to being overwhelmed.  Failed entire first semester.  Virtually no one knows this though.  J (at my insistence) and I told both of our families that I did fine.  I didn’t want to appear as a failure, specially not to my Mum, having already failed fashion design.

While I have done somewhat better this semester, the earthquake and several strong aftershocks have really put a spanner in the works.  I don’t like leaving the house, I know that my house is safe if there is another large aftershock.  I just get so overwhelmed feeling.  I had a panic attack on Wednesday and couldn’t go to my final Political Science test, luckily I’ve done all the assignments for the paper, so I should still pass with aggregate.

It all links back to my burning need to be liked by everyone, to please everyone.  When I do my best and I still fail to make friends, it causes me great pain.  I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.  Why is it that I can only make connections with people online? Even those only seem to be half-hearted, I feel like I put in an awful lot more than I get back.  I let myself be used, let people do anything to me, in hope that they will like me.

I still don’t feel that what little I’ve been through really justifies why I get so overwhelmed, why I spiral down into my deep black hole.  there are thousands of people out there who have things a lot worse off than I do.