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Bye Toronto, be good. I’m visiting your much older, more handsome, more interesting brother. Its purely a physical thing, you know my heart is with you.
Be back on Monday.
Ta

I’m not gay, but if I were there is an older bear sitting across from me on the train that I would want to take me out to a nice dinner.

Also, on a related note, every straight guy has these thoughts and feelings. Ones who say they don’t are a filthy liars.

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Should I wear a T-shirt and shorts, or snow pants and my winter jacket? A tale of Springtime in Canada.

There is something perfect about having your head crushed by powerful, sexy thighs.

If I could choose a way to die…

(Source: somecomix, via kevinchristopherclay)

It strikes me how similar mental illness and terminal illness are.

For mental illness we often speak of relapse, of the struggle, of the fight. There exists deep emotional strife. We have treatment plans and specialized units and support networks. There are diet changes and exercise regimes and lifestyle changes. In some cases mental illness, like terminal illness, can claim a sufferer’s life.

And yet, with mental illness, there doesn’t seem to be as much attention paid as there is for terminal illness. 

Think of cancer. Think of how much money is raised to fund research, how much is spent building state of the art facilities and clinics, how advanced the treatments have become. In a few decades cancer has gone from a certain death sentence to a disease for which many successful treatments exist. In “advanced” nations, it would be inconceivable, inhumane, to think cancer could cause someone to become an outcast, to become bankrupt and homeless. With mental illness we cannot say the same.

When I tried to kill myself and required a hospital stay, I was astounded to see the lack of attention mental illness is paid in our healthcare system. Myself and nine others stayed in the ER because the mental health unit was full. The nurses provided wonderful care, but the mental health team only came around once a day for a brief visit. Patients who were well enough to leave after the mandatory 72 hour hold were asked to seriously consider it, the beds were needed for others - the mental health unit was still full.

In a society in which mental health is a prevalent and varied problem, in a society in which many people become homeless due to severe mental illness, in a society in which great amounts of stigma and ignorance surround mental illness, you would think we would collectively agree that we should be spending just as much attention, resources, and funds on mental health as we do other crippling and destructive illnesses. 

Although being diagnosed with depression or schizophrenia or boarder line personality disorder or panic disorder may not be a possible death sentence like cancer or HIV or meningitis, mental illnesses can be just as destructive, traumatic, debilitating, and defeating.

We need to demand better from our healthcare systems, our governments, our education systems, and ourselves.  

Richard Kachkar requests move at mental health facility

From the article:

The review board ruled last year that Kachkar should be allowed escorted passes into the community, which was beyond the privileges Kachkar’s lawyer requested.

The Crown appealed that decision, but Ontario’s Appeal Court dismissed it, siding with the review board in ruling that granting Kachkar escorted trips into the community posed minimal risk to the public.

Russell’s widow Christine called the board’s previous decision a “slap in the face” and is attending Kachkar’s hearing, along with her family.”

Mr. Kachkar hijacked a snowplow and killed a police officer, but was found not criminally responsible for his actions. 

I feel for the victim’s family. Losing a loved one, especially violently and suddenly, is the worst thing people can have happen to them. It was a tremendously wretched event.

However, the only “slap in the face” here is the ignorance of mental health issues. 

Yes, your family had a devastating thing happen, but when someone commits a crime, any crime, and is not criminally responsible, they shouldn’t be treated as we treat criminals. 

Anonymous asked: telling someone to smile is sexist. UNFOLLOW

Oh hey thanks for engaging in discussion so we can reach a mutual understanding. Shutting out opposing opinions is totally how we advance as a society.

Have a nice Earth Day!

"You should smile!"

I see, on a daily basis, posts about girls complaining of guys telling them to smile. Each post is about how terrible men are, and how this is another example of the patriarchy in action.

Forgive me if I’m ignorant, but I really think this is an occasion of people making a mountain out of a molehill. I think people are finding things wrong with something that is innocuous. 

Many, many times I have been told to smile. Both men and women have told me I would look nicer if I smiled. Both men and women have taken time out of their day to tell me, a complete stranger, I should be smiling. Once an elderly lady had a conversation with me about how the world would be a much happier place if everyone smiled more. Customers at my retail jobs, my co-workers, people passing on the street, all shades of people have told me to smile. And you know something? Even when I’ve been in a really shitty mood, they’ve lifted my spirits a bit. When someone tells me to smile, to me, it’s a reminder that people care about the happiness of others. 

While there are many, many instances of sexism, I don’t believe someone telling you to smile is one of them. Misguided (albeit well intentioned), sure. But sexist? I think that’s a stretch.

SCIENCE...FOR HER!

meganamram:

What’s up, everyone! How have you been? Did we ever find the plane?

With that, I am overjoyed to announce that my book SCIENCE…FOR HER! comes out NOVEMBER 4, 2014, published by Scribner.

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Science…For Her! is a science textbook written by a lady (me) for other ladies (you, the Spice…

Megan Amram is a treasure.

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Criss-Cross, 2014

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

Hear, hear!

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Live at the It Club with self portrait # 17, 2014