It is so much bigger than any of that. Ableism is structural, institutional, interpersonal, sneaky, blatant, violent, confrontational, slithery, outrageous, embarrassing. It gets funded by government, it gets theorized by privileged academics, it gets used as a promo tool by liberals who want to look good, its buzzwords get used by anarchists so long as it doesn’t mean actually doing anything about it, it gets used by queers who want their parties to look inclusive but who easily fall back on “outsider status” to stick with the status quo.
Did you know that:
- Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder
- Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44
- About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders
- Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18 veterans die from suicide (x)
Mental illnesses are still highly stigmatized. Whether you chose to share your story or just offer to listen and help another, spread the word. We are people too and we deserve to be heard.
When bloggers with a chronic illness completed this sentence,”It kills me I can no longer … “. The first two responses were,”work full time,” and “work as a chef… ” With all they have lost, they listed work first. Patients with chronic illnesses are not being lazy.
In this case Alicia Beltran, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, sought early prenatal care and confided in health care workers about her prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use on her own. Instead of commending Ms. Beltran for her progress, she was arrested on July 18, 2013 by Wisconsin law enforcement officials. She was arrested under a Wisconsin law passed in the guise of protecting fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses from any pregnant woman who “habitually lacks self-control in the use of alcohol or controlled substances.” According to papers filed with the court, Ms. Beltran was forcibly taken into custody by law enforcement when she was 15 weeks pregnant, put into handcuffs and shackles, and brought to a court hearing. Although a lawyer had already been appointed to represent her fetus, Ms. Beltran had no right to counsel — and therefore had no attorney — at her initial court appearance. Then, without testimony from a single medical expert, the court ordered her to be detained at an inpatient drug treatment program two hours from her home.
In case there’s any question that “personhood” laws exist exclusively to deny people with uteruses personhood.