Sep. 30th, 2010 07:54 pm
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (lots: cara [angel on your shoulder])
cut for discussion of suicide and homophobic abuse )

+ As a response to the above, the It Gets Better project. I keep watching, and smiling, and crying because I'm a giant sap and I wish I'd seen some of these videos when I was fourteen.

+ In 'I blame [personal profile] glass_icarus' news, I appear to have been sucked into Health Month. I like the format - it's very easy to personalise and focus on your own health needs, including mental health, sleep and adding things to your diet. I've signed up for a little preventative mental health care and a couple of things I've been meaning to do to improve my blood sugar control. Not to mention that I couldn't resist joining Team White Lotus. Sign up for the October round runs for the next twelve hours or so.

+ Article about the casting of Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Undercovers.

+ [personal profile] sasha_feather: on living without a diagnosis.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: van gogh [tree])
Things that are rubbish: being too ill to meet [personal profile] woldy as planned today. *shakes fist at unexpected bout of hypoglycaemia*

Things are are win: Contest: towards an accessible future

What does a world, or space station, or whatever look like when it has been designed to be accessible to everyone and how would people live together there?

What would your fully accessible world look like? I find it both tricky and amazing to imagine. A world where everyone's access needs are catered for, from a world that's fully accessible to wheelchair users to a work ethic that accommodates those with mental health difficulties, to shops and restaurants that are able to cater to every dietary requirement - the list goes on.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (lev: parker [kristiny])
+ [personal profile] iamshadow wrote fic: Children of Time, River-centric gen. (Doctor Who)

+ [personal profile] bells on Parker. (Leverage)

+ [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy on Mina Hakuba. (Castlevania)

+ [personal profile] redsnake05 on Toshiko Sato. (Torchwood)


[personal profile] synecdochic wrote the ghost in the room, or, why modesty is a dirty fucking word. Well worth reading.

The rules of 'modesty' -- overwhelmingly enforced against women -- say that you aren't supposed to take credit for your achievements, no matter what those achivements are. That you aren't supposed to admit that you worked hard on something. That you aren't supposed to admit that you did something worthy of praise. This is, most often, made manifest by demurral: since you can't admit these things, therefore, the thing you are being complimented on must not have been an achievement, or required hard work, or been worthy of praise.

Expanding on what I posted in this week's pride thread: life's been throwing curveballs at me for a while now. I'm proud of the fact I'm getting on with things anyway, but in some ways I'm more proud of my growing ability to cut myself some slack. I'm learning to put my health before everything else, even my degree, and I think that's an achievement worth being proud of and working to cultivate further.

A lot of the culture I'm surrounded by places so much emphasis on driving yourself past your own limits in order to exceed - be better, faster, stronger, no matter what cost will be taken from you in return. I slowly, but firmly, reject this notion. Part of striving to be the best person I can be is being as well as I can be, and part of that is taking time, taking care, taking rest, and allowing myself to feel and react and process my life before moving onto the next thing.


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