In addition, it is important to remember that the other aspect of the double bind I have described— i.e., diagnosis of a mental illness as the justification for involuntary confinement and forcible “treatment”— also carries additional risks for Black people. While white people are more often diagnosed with depression and prescribed antidepressants, African Americans are diagnosed with schizophrenia at much higher rates and are also given antipsychotic medications more frequently and in higher doses. They are also more often institutionalized involuntarily, in part because racial stereotypes affect psychiatrists’ assessments of their “dangerousness.” The pathologization of Black people is also built into what Danquah terms “the oppressive nature of the existing language surrounding depression,” the commonplace metaphors of depression as darkness and blackness.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From the Underground (via supermodelgif)
My third grade teacher called my mother and said, ‘Ms. Cox, your son is going to end up in New Orleans in a dress if we don’t get him into therapy.’ And wouldn’t you know, just last week I spoke at Tulane University, and I wore a LOVELY green and black dress.
even if we do not take things seriously, even if we keep an ironical distance, we are still doing them.
Zizek, The Sublime Object of Ideology (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
(Critiques of postmodernity)
One of the well-known costs of inequality is that people withdraw from community life and are less likely to feel that they can trust others. This is partly a reflection of the way status anxiety makes us all more worried about how we are valued by others. Now that we can compare robust data for different countries, we can see not only what we knew intuitively — that inequality is divisive and socially corrosive — but that it also damages the individual psyche.
making me popular is a resistance against taking me serious
it’s my duty … to do a kind of a public suicide of myself as a popular comedian
— Slavoj Žižek
Setting prices, determining values, contriving equivalences, exchanging—these preoccupied the earliest thinking of man to so great an extent that in a certain sense they constitute thinking as such…
Living in poverty is like being punched in the face over and over and over on a daily basis. It’s pulling yourself out of a hole, only to fall over a cliff. Every step in the right direction is rewarded with a hearty push several steps back. The changes to one’s mental health when living in poverty can be astonishing.
In 2013, for the first time in the 55-year-history of the Billboard Hot 100, not one black artist lodged a number-one single.
This is indeed how ideology functions today: nobody takes democracy or justice seriously, we are all aware of their corrupted nature, but we participate in them, we display our belief in them, because we assume that they work even if we do not believe in them.
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