I just ordered Mind Over Matter Zine badges, so that I can give one away free with each order. I’m also considering a fun way to make the covers colourful and appealing.
I am way too pleased with myself about that. Small pleasures, I guess.
Also, thank you for the pre-orders I have received so far. It’s going to make printing an easier task!
I had an interesting discussion with a patient about the pitfalls and difficulties of being a good ally to oppressed/marginalized people, particularly when it comes to calling out and confronting oppressive and bigoted people on their phobias and “isms.“ We went on for a while about “other people and their isms” until it dawned on us simultaneously that we needed to rephrase what we were saying from “their isms” to “our isms.” Because as liberal-minded allies we can never ever lull ourselves into thinking that we are 100% unbiased or lacking in prejudice, even if it’s only from some small and deep dark fearful recess in our mind or from our early social conditioning. Being a good ally must always include continual self-assessment and monitoring for when our own oppressive ideas, phobias and isms rear their ugly heads. It’s heartbreaking to know that after all the work I have done on myself and with this issue that I am still only human and prone to coming from a place of fear and misunderstanding.
Yes yes YES.
So it seems I was under the impression that I was editing a book, and I’ve formatted enough zine pages for about 2 or 3 issues… In that case, issue #1 will come out this month, then I’ll drop issue #2 in January. Awesome!
I’ll set up a bigcartel next week when the first batch is printed and put a link here. printed copies are £2 and you can pre-order with the ‘donate’ button on the home page here. l’ll also make a pdf copy available to download for free :)
BLESS YOU. I’m waiting on an overdue pay cheque from my last job, then I’m getting it printed up hopefully next week. I’m looking into taking it to a local printer rather than photocopying, as I want it to be awesome quality… but we’ll see what my enquiries reveal!
I think all of the best zines are made in the dead of night. Should be finished with the master copy tonight.
An explanation of the new ‘donate’ button on the home page of mindovermatterzine:
When I started the blog for this zine, I had about 5 followers. Within a year, this has exploded to over 5000. I was initially planning to publish the printed zine on a run of about 50, but I’m getting e-mails every day from many people expressing interest in getting hold of the printed zine, and I soon realized that 50 wouldn’t be enough.
I want to make the zine accessible for all, with a pdf copy available online for free, and printed copies for £2 - just under enough to cover paper and printing (I’ve had a quote from a printing company, which will work out 0.75p per sheet cheaper than photocopying down my local post office and comes out at £2.10 per zine). To make a print run to meet demand, I’m going to have to create several hundred copies at least, but I don’t have the capital to do that, and it would be very difficult to print a single issue off each time someone buys it.
I don’t want to raise the price of the zine, because I think that would compromise accessibility. I also can’t set up a kickstarter.com page, because I don’t have a US bank account. Thus the donation button on the blog homepage.
Please don’t feel obliged to donate. If you want to just read the pdf zine online for free, I’m cool with that. That’s what it’s there for! If, however, you would like to donate a little to help me get the printed zines out there, that would be greatly appreciated. If you enter your address with the donation and it’s the price of the zine or over, I will send you a copy for free, so I guess it’s more of a pre-order than anything.
As it stands, I am currently on track to start printing before Christmas. It’s going to be a really chunky zine, with submissions by others and articles written by me. I’m determined to find a way to make it happen regardless, but I thought I’d create a donations button and see if anyone might want to help me on my way.
ask @rethink on twitter
Ah yes, good idea. MIND also probably have a good list.
Hmm, that’s quite an open-ended question! if you give me more of an idea of what kind of thing you’re looking for, I can probably make some suggestions: 5 years of studying has given me some exposure to some great books! What disorders? What issues? Therapeutic / neuroscientific / psychological / psychiatric perspectives? Social issues? medication issues? Treatment isues?
[Trigger Warning: Discussion of suicide]
“ Some people protest carrying signs. Some people protest by making activist radical music. Sometimes people try to just make it through a day and not kill themselves, and that’s their activism for right then, because that’s all they have.”
- Kathleen Hanna
When I started working for a non-profit I found that I was one of the few people who had never volunteered, interned, or otherwise engaged with a non-profit before. I was surrounded by kids who had the luxury of not needing paying jobs, had the money from parents to study abroad or who were able-bodied enough that they could volunteer and balance a full load of classes.
To these kids, I was seen a mercenary. After all I had a paying job from the time on was 15 on. I “chose” to take more classes instead of building wells in South Africa with my church (I didn’t have a church either but … that’s a different story).
No matter how I tried, I couldn’t make them understand what it was like, at 19 years old, to suddenly be unable to trust your own body to carry you through even the simplest things. What seemed to them as blatant selfishness was a desperate struggle for survival for me. And they were too young, too sheltered and too assured of their own greatness to see that I was no less caring than they were.
And so we get me, four years later, being the last individual that anyone thinks will end up in a heaven. I do stuff to get paid, I would rather someone give us $1,000 and volunteer their time. So I don’t say what I’m thinking. That they are spoiled. That they can be kind to the faceless, nameless poor people of Africa but when faced with suffering in front of them, they turn the heads and refuse to see.
Not all the new generation of activists are like this, nor do I think that they are all from privileged places. But activism is a privilege and one not everyone shares access to.
So this quote was nice to read. Someone finally said what I hoped was true, that I’m good enough, activist enough, and that my struggle just to survive counts for something.
Relevant to discussions where ‘armchair activism’ is maligned.
Well it seems like this issue has been resolved but I’ll add my two rambling cents anyway.
Raising awareness is a form of activism and Tumblr is a platform that reaches a lot of people. I’m interested in the way words are misused/stigmatize shit in general so I think the content of this blog is valuable. Gathering examples and discussing it all is a sort of intellectual exercise that has helped me explore how I feel about various terms and the broader picture of how everyday messages affect the way others & I view mental illness. I wrote earlier about how I feel about the phrase “she suffers from mental illness” - its not nitpicky and waste of time, it helped me realise how I feel about myself when that’s used as a discription and made me think about a term I’d like better (“struggles with mental illness” or “lives with mental illness”).
Language also reflects society, if it’s alright to use a word like that the prejudice is bigger and more hard to fight, it’s important to know that oppressive language show us that the way we treat a group is wrong.
YES. e.g. the fact that ‘psycho’ and ‘homicidal person’ seem to have become synonymous terms in the media. That says a lot about how the public view people with psychoses. It’s not ‘just a word’.
I need to czech myself before I wreck myself because I can’t deny this
the media’s perpetuation of archaic stereotypes is ever-prominent in our society (and has been, forever) and the words and images they used to portray the mentally ill are just all sorts of wrong
and who DOESN’T pay attention to the media? it’s everywhere, it’s our lifeblood
I do agree
these are not “just words”
Ok now I’m laughing because my dad rang me today and rapped ‘chiggity check yourself before you wreck yourself’, Ice Cube style, down the phone to me. Thank you.
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