I’m coming out of a depression, so I’m very vulnerable, and I might not be seeing things clearly. Maybe by this time next week, I won’t feel this way. But I’ve really had my fill of blogs. I guess I should have stopped reading blogs that feature regular doses of infighting. But Laurelin’s right: there’s a thin line between stirring and silence.
You know what makes me furious? Heart posted something amazing: she posted Ballastexistenz’s video, which was made in response to the Ashley Treatment (parents of a disabled girl have surgically and chemically altered her body to make caring for her easier). The video is about a woman claiming her personhood in the face of society’s insistence that she’s nothing. Ballastexistenz knows all too well what it’s like to be denied personhood. It’s an amazing video, a must-see. The next post on Heart’s blog is about the monster/Robin Morgan fight. The Robin Morgan post had, at last count, 87 comments. The post of Ballastexistenz’s video had 6 comments. Marginalized again.
Assuming I can muster the energy, and that’s a big assumption, I’m going to try to take this blog in a different direction. I haven’t figured this out completely, but I want to focus on theory, ideas for actions that will actually have an impact, and activism. Suggestions on how to do this are most welcome.