Ongoing misogyny from UK Labour regarding trans issues – they have no logic, no reason – only lies, slander and hyperbole

from twitter:  https://archive.is/zcb2q

note the “sheer scale of transphobic abuse that is rampant” and “onslaught of transphobic abuse from members through social media”  and  “transphobic abuse should be seen as grounds for expulsion” and “complaints should be accepted from any individual and should be sent to the Regional Labour Party to be dealt with”

Cultist witch hunts – the motion passed (canning town south) – and they’re taking the show on the road to push it through other constituencies as well.

ETA (Jan 24) ongoing here:

Ongoing misogyny from UK Labour regarding trans issues – they have no logic, no reason – only lies, slander and hyperbole

Awareness raising for mental health (and an interesting omission)

There’s a good article in the Guardian, which mentions a recent “outrage” about some nasty bratty youtuber who showed a suicide on his highly subscribed channel ($$$). Nasty little brat’s excuse was that it was to “raise awareness” – and that concept is the main point of the article.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/03/logan-paul-youtube-suicide-mental-health-raise-awareness

“The primary goal of much visible mental health activism became “raising awareness”, and it completely dominated the media: articles, books, TV shows all firmly focused on the idea of breaking down stigma. The actual day-to-day realities of people with chronic mental illness were seemingly unimportant – it didn’t seem to matter what they needed or how they felt, just as long as we knew they were there.”

Right, this is classic social media “slacktivism” – tweet and bleat at people but never engage in any practical way with the day to day realities (that would require actual hard work and a motivation beyond being “liked” online).

There is also a glaring omission in the article

“The politics of mental health – the impact that austerity has on the lives of mentally ill people, as well as poverty, racism, lack of access to services – have broadly been ignored in favour of simply encouraging people to “talk”.”

… austerity, poverty, racism, lack of access …

Ok, it’s probably not meant to be a comprehensive list, and developing that would be a whole other post (and not the point of that particular article) but even so, here’s the elephant (first few google hits, lots more besides):

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/23/stress-anxiety-fuel-mental-health-crisis-girls-young-women

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/23/mental-health-data-shows-stark-difference-between-girls-and-boys

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/why-are-so-many-of-britains-teen-girls-struggling-with-mental-he/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/30/one-ten-teen-girls-referred-nhs-mental-health-services-first/

 

 

Awareness raising for mental health (and an interesting omission)