Ten Things Not to Say to Someone Who Self-Harms

The one I heard the most was “stop looking for attention.” I’ve also heard “do it right the next time or don’t bother.”

Rose with Thorns

Self-hate and self-harm When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves. – Chuck Pahlahniuk

For centuries, people have used self-harm to cope with life or discipline themselves. From religious ascetics to depressed teenagers, SIB (self-injurious behavior) can be found in all cultures and eras. Some societies have embraced it while others criticize it. Currently, most people lack awareness and even empathy for this symptom of mental illness.

I am not going to debate what drives every form of self-harm and the validity behind those motives. There are people who believe one can self-harm for good reasons. However, any form of inflicting pain on oneself (outside of for some extreme purpose) is problematic. Yes, that is very controversial and black-and-white. Yet, I have seldom, if ever, seen an exception to this.

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Who Are We At War With?

He goes off on a couple of tangents, but he raises some important questions. The first is, why does the Department of Homeland Security feel the need for vehicles with 50 caliber machine guns mounted on them to patrol the U.S./Mexico border? We are not at war with Mexico. We have no need for weapons of this magnitude to stop potential defectors from crossing the border. I think he’s implying that the vehicles actually serve a more sinister purpose. In any case, they are overkill. Firepower of this magnitude is not necessary to combat potential defectors attempting to cross the border from Mexico.

There is another question raised regarding free speech. I personally noticed when watching news conferences following 9/11 that no reporters were daring to ask the tough questions. I do feel that the mainstream news media has an agenda. I’m not citing any particular liberal or conservative bias. I simply feel that the mainstream media has been told by those in control not to ask certain questions or air certain issues. They keep it clean to make the government look good.

Following 9/11, I also noticed that if anyone dared question the actions of our government, they were automatically accused of being unpatriotic and potentially a terrorist sympathizer. This is a dangerous trend. When people are unable to express criticism of the government without fear of attack, we, as a nation, are not abiding by one of the most important tenets of our own Constitution. It does not mean that a person is anti-American if they express distress regarding certain policies or actions. Wanting to improve the quality of life for and grant a level of equal freedom to all people is not treason.

~Blooming Psycho~

 

Rape Culture at the University of Ottawa

Think sexism no longer exists? Think oppression of women doesn’t exist in the modern world?
Think again.

The Belle Jar

On February 10th, Anne Marie Roy, president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, was sent screenshots of a chat that had taken place earlier in the month between two student federation board members and several other students who are either elected to or participate in various faculty associations. The chat had taken place during the student federation elections, and all five men involved were members of a campaign opposing Roy’s (Roy has been president of the student federation since May 2013, and was re-elected this month). The conversation was about Roy, and the portion she was given contained graphic sexual descriptions about what the men wanted to do to her, including a rape joke that could, potentially, be taken as a rape threat.

Below are the screenshots. The participants are as follows:

Bart Tremblay: a non-elected student involved with the association for the Arts faculty

Alexandre Giroux:…

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