the whole “anger is poisonous and bad for u” mindset was created by people who didn’t want to deal w the justified anger directed at them by others
anger is powerful and important, anger is fuel, and only you determine whether or not your anger is good or bad for you
I get stuck on this point a lot. Anger is valid and can be transformative, powerful, cathartic.
But I struggle in telling other people they should be angry all the time and cultivate their anger, to carry it all time, and to use it as the only tool they have (even in an activist context). I see youth I work with using rage to deal with their own interpersonal relationships and I think it’s unethical for me to foster it without then finding a way to process. Not cover or ignore, but listen, witness, and validate. But what’s transformative to some can be traumatic for others.
Ultimately yes people need to gauge their own selves and if anger is there, not hide it. Everyone is entitled to feel what they are feeling, to voice it, and it gets messy. Maybe I am the tone police in a different guise. But I feel like, at least locally, sometimes my youth are little rage mascots for social movements and nobody there really cares about their mental wellness.
Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
I am reblogging Ducks to send you the link to Todd Korol’s photo series on the Alberta oil sands. It even comes with a scarecrow. My sketches are very loose, and suggest things that are bigger, but it is something else to see them, and it is rare for me to see a set of images that evokes the place so clearly. I think it is a good compliment to getting a bigger picture. (Link)
The resume part punched me right in the heart.
color coding your infant children
I laughed but do u guys know how many same-sex couples do this because it is A LOT OF THEM.
Finally finished painting the costume. Slutty Thomas the Tank Engine is about ready to chug out of this muthaf*cker.
Oh my god
Just in case anyone needed a halloween costume idea for this year…
The Killing actually does a solid job in how they present their queer and trans youth characters. If anything about the show has stuck with me, it’s them.
lipstick lesbian? no, i’m a burt’s bees bisexual
MADISON MACINTYRE, A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL, IS STILL MISSING AS OF SEPTEMBER 26th, 10:30PM SASKATCHEWAN TIME.
Please spread this and THIS post like wildfire, especially if you are in the prairies.
As of September 27th, 12:30PM Saskatchewan time, Madison is still missing. She has not been heard from for 30 hours. Please keep sharing, especially if you are in Canada, and keep your eyes open. Help her come home safe.
Or one of those times Will was unknowingly dating Hannibal/The Chesapeake Ripper.
I laugh like an idiot every time.