How does the stigma against mental illness impact you and the rest of our society? Stigmas and silencing protect a hurtful status quo, causing the most harm against those who are most in need of support. So how can you respond? Read on to learn why we must show compassion to combat stigma – and why you have to start with showing compassion to yourself.
A recent study finds that girls who’ve suffered sexual harassment often see it as “normal stuff” that “just happens” because it’s what “guys do.” Translation: they frame their own experiences of harassment based on cultural notions about what gender and sexuality are — or should be. Sad, then, isn’t it, that those cultural notions are often bullshit.
At 17, I lost my religion. Today, at 27, I want my faith back. I long for a world where we don’t have to choose between our individual freedom and the collective strength provided by our religion. Faith can represent everything good in life — community and shelter and acceptance. Is there a way to push society toward gender equality, without having to lose this?