I never feel better after I cry
I spent 6 months of my life just wanting to die
I’m learning how to be alone without be lonely
learning how to be lonely without losing my mind
self diagnosing is so hard because everytime you’re like “maybe I am mentally ill” theres also a big part of you going “nah you’re probably just a naturally lazy/nasty/disgusting/useless person trying to find an excuse for your behavior” because of the institutionalized ableism that runs through everything
So go to the doctor and get an actual diagnosis?
Why don’t poor people just buy more money?
Look, I’ve been vegan for four years and I’ll be the first to say that the meat industry and meat consumption exacerbates so many of the world’s problems, from heath problems to unsafe working conditions, low wages, to environmental destruction, but for vegans to say that it’s possible for everyone to be vegan in today’s world is just absurd. Of course, there’s the issue of food deserts, which exist in highly populated low income areas, putting families in a position where fresh fruits and veggies, the core of healthy vegan food, aren’t available to someone who doesn’t have a car or enough money to take a cab to a grocery store. Families who rely on convenience stores and fast food for their diet are simply not in a position to go vegan.
Even for low income families who do have access to grocery stores and healthy food, eating vegan and healthy is often still unreasonable. For simplicity’s sake, lets look at three aspects of eating habits: health, cost, and time. When I look at my eating habits over time, these three aspects switch priorities based on my current needs. Any combination of the two is possible, but the third will suffer. I can eat healthy and convenient, but it’s going to cost a lot; I can eat healthy and cheap, but I have to spend a significant amount of time shopping, planning, and preparing the food; or I can eat cheaply and conveniently, but it won’t be healthy. And I’m only cooking and shopping for myself. Yes, there is a lot of cheap, healthy, vegan food out there, but almost all foods that fall under those categories take a lot of time. Dried beans, rice, vegetables and fruit (fresh or canned), whole grains, etc. all take so much planning that they’re not really practical for people who need to work two or three jobs, find childcare, etc.
In order for us to make any sort of positive change, vegans really need to re-analyze the way we approach the issue. First, we need to realize that when discussing veganism with meat-eaters, we are introducing an entirely new way of thinking and seeing the world. Yes, the ideas behind the animal rights movement are common sense to us, but we’ve spent years looking at the subject and had to completely shift our way of thinking to get to where we are. If we want to convince people to be vegan, there has to be a focus on patience, education, demonstration, and accessibility. Shock value works on some people, but just pisses most people off and completely turns them away from the movement. When asking someone to completely change the way they see the world, it’s not going to be immediate. It happens in small steps.
Second (and this is where most of my success has been in advocating for veganism) is demonstration. People often avoid vegan food because they are under the impression that they will be sacrificing quality of food. If you’re in a position to cook for someone in any capacity, whether it’s having someone over for dinner, bringing cookies or snacks to an event, snaking with friends, or even going out to eat, do it! This is usually the first line of education. What I’ve found most successful is convincing people to make small changes in their diet. Between roommates, parents, friends, and family members, I’ve probably gotten 15-20 people to switch 100% of their milk consumption to almond, soy, or rice milk and a significant portion of their butter consumption to Earth Balance. It seems small, but little changes like that can make a big difference down the line. These small changes introduce people to alternatives, a new way of thinking, and if nothing else, start the thought process that can lead to bigger changes.
The last thing I’m going to rant about here is accessibility. Healthy vegan food simply isn’t a possibility for a large portion of the population. The vegan movement needs to put more focus onto bringing good food into underprivileged areas. The absence of this effort, I think, is the biggest failing of the vegan movement as it exists today, myself included. I don’t have the answers of how to do this, but there needs to be an acknowledgement of these problems and discussion of what action we can take to make healthy foods more accessible.
If your veganism doesn’t intersect with race and class, you need to take a step back and think about your outlook and strategy.
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
Falling In Love With Your Best Friend - Paul Baribeau
I heard a song once
about falling in love with your best friend
I’d give about anything to hear that song again
last summer I was
singing along with my favorite band
every word they’d scream was neon green
I already knew I’d fallen apart
but that was the first time I’d noticed
that I was slowly but surely coming back together
if i ever misgender you or use slang (bro, man, gurl, dude) that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable please tell me because your gender identity and comfort is more important than any word i may use to refer to you
I use dude a lotttt and I intend it in a gender neutral way, but if it makes you uncomfortable at all please let me know.
^Ditto to this.
Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson, aka The Best of #PumpkinFest, PT 1. #staywoke
in this week’s episode of shit black folks would get murdered or jailed with no trial for
I’m gross and my hair is greasy, but the Packers are dominating and the Bears and Lions are losing. Today is a good day.
"2081" the full movie (23 min 20 sec)
Based on the short story Harrison Bergeron by celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal… The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.
Reblogging this to remind myself to watch it later because reasons.
we live in a world where pizza gets to your house before the police.
That’s because the pizza guy has consequences if his job is done incorrectly.
but not by the pizza guy
My brother made sure I didn’t die, it could have happened one hundred times, and we both escaped that place, we’re only known for past mistakes. Well I’ll sit back and dream about sleep again, well I’ll sit back and dream about sleep again.