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Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump Is President...

Content notes:Donald Trump and friends, links containing mentions of domestic violence, descriptions of sexual assault, slurs, racism, including antisemitism, and more

Trump's now in office.

He's going to screw things up. And I hope it'll be in a way that will show his supporters just how bad a decision they made.

But they won't be the ones who will suffer the most. I'm worried about the people he'll hurt on the way down.

Monday, January 09, 2017

A series of haikus

I keep feeling tired
When will I have energy
I wish it would stop

Mental illness hurts
It drains everything it finds
I want it to stop

Functioning, only just
I'm tired of feeling stuck
With few options

I'm too broke for much
Wish I could afford to move out
And help people too

The world as a whole
Seems to keep on getting worse
And I feel helpless

Vile people in charge
Going to make everything
Just so damn terrible

And I want to write
But I keep feeling half-dead
Nothing seems quite right

So that is my vent
And I hope you enjoyed it
Thanks for reading

© 2017 by M.R.R.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

I hope it's better than 2016, but I'm not counting on it.

So here's to less bigotry, better mental health, Trump's downfall, and our survival.

© 2016 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Here, have some pictures of the chihuahua.

Little dog in a sweater looking away from the camera

Little dog in a sweater yawning

And one of our old mutt. It doesn't hurt as much to think about her now.

panting dog standing next to a car

© 2016 by M.R.R.

Monday, December 19, 2016

What "Reclaiming" Means

Since I would like to post more about social justice and I'm not sure how much of the common terminology all my readers know, I'm going to clarify some things in the next few weeks.

Reclaiming is taking something used against a group of people society has put at a disadvantage and using it in a way that puts it in a neutral or even positive context for those same people.

For this post, I'll be talking specifically about reclaiming slurs.

Not everyone does it, or wants to. But for lots of people, it's a way of saying "Yes, I'm X, what's the problem?" and giving the people and systems that limit you the finger.

Here are some examples.

-LGBTQIA+ people sometimes refer to themselves as "queer" (that's what the Q stands for).*
-Pink triangles, originally used by the Nazis to mark gay people in concentration camps, are now used as a pride symbol.
-The racist term "c*lored" has been reclaimed so that non-white people are collectively referred to as "people of color".**