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On It's All In Your Head: A Conversation About Being Sick Without a Diagnosis

@pintje The thing that baffles me about Morgellon's is, in finding it to be psychosomatic, that means:

1) You are now closer to treating it because you don't have to chase treatments of "there are weird things growing out of people" (and IIRC Morgellon's is responsive to psych meds? I don't remember if it was anti-anxiety meds specifically).

2) People compulsively scratching at perceived itches is a totally valid symptom in a lot of other mental disorders.

But no instead it was "welp, it's all in your head, the end!" Just because it may be a memetic/culturally bounded appearance of mental disorder/disease doesn't mean you can't treat it.

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm 0

On Closeted Characters, and the Books That Love Them

@stonefruit I wanna know! I love how we always seem to congregate in the same places, though, usually without anyone telling us to (and now I wonder if I know any Pinners IRL).

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm 0

On Closeted Characters, and the Books That Love Them

@stonefruit Now the important question: how many Pinners are Mawrters?

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 9:27 am 0

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books

This is why I always laugh when I hear people talk about how women dominate YA.

Then it was pointed out to me that I should really get out my YA manuscript starring a boy because editors and agents are eating that shit up and actively looking for it (even though it's already the majority!) I'll cry if that's the one that gets picked up (it's good and I love the character but come on!) I mean I'd cry if any of them get picked up but these would be mixed tears of joy and sad irony.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm 1

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books

@dontannoyme Yuuup so true. A friend told me about how she went to a prestigious live-in writer's workshop, and when asked about their favorite and most influential writers, the women had lists of men and women, but the men only listed male writers. Every. Last. Man. And these are generally progressive and already somewhat successful writers! Boggled the mind how none of them saw their own bias.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm 2

On Remembering the Early Days of Jezebel with Anna Holmes

@estelle_firefly Oh man that French dude post is when I stopped reading even though I was aware of the problems waaaay before (all my favorite commenters were being run off, for ex). It had to be years ago but I'm surprised at how you said "the french dude post" and I can still remember it. Fuckin' gross.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:34 am 1

On Your Nice, Healing Echinacea Tablets May Be Merely "Powdered Rice and Weeds"

@Better to Eat You With Could be iron. A friend recommended more iron when I said I was run down/tired in the afternoon with no diet change, so I took a multivitamin and BAM like magic in two weeks I felt great. Lots of women are prone to anemia even if you're getting the recommended amount of iron. Friend fixed hers with more veggies, but it didn't work for me.

Or it could be placebo effect.

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm 0

On Abstinent Nation

Oh no, you make it hard for women to marry or have kids while still being actors in the world, they won't wanna do it?

What kills me is that this lesson is probably going to lead more "women out of the workplace! You belong at home!" than it would to better economic opportunity, at least in other countries looking in a similar direction. This has been an issue for a long time in Japan (it's something I heard about when I stayed with friends over a decade ago) but they haven't found ways to fix it beyond throwing up their hands and going "women! Emasculated men!"

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:15 am 6

On A Revenge Scenario For Student Loan Borrowers

@Sea Ermine Out of college 4 friends with STEM degrees, only one went on into science and she's planning on med school, the rest have even worse job prospects than I do. I have a useless humanities degree and did a stint in a molecular pathology lab despite really poor chemistry and math scores tanking my dreams of a science-y future (shockingly, I could calculate mols on the job just fine! But you wouldn't know it from my grades.) It's also just slightly above minimum wage and no benefits, so it worked as a between undergrad and grad job, but definitely not something I'd ask people to aspire to.

Still. I did more STEM work than my scientist friends, post-internships.

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 11:36 am 1

On What Is the Worst Possible Job for You?

@karenb "Put it down at the end of the day" is something I learned way too late is maybe my #1 desire in a job--ahead of fulfilling and interesting, even. I just want to clock out after my 8 hours, go home, and do something that matters.

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm 1