I’ve been very limited in my movements for the last couple days due to some pretty bad pain in my lower back. I can get up and move around but it hurts to stretch, bend over, turn in certain positions, and breath in deeply (I have asthma, so this means it hurts to use my inhaler right now). Luckily, my back went out during my days off. Now, I think it’s pretty sad that anyone should have to consider themselves lucky to be sick or in pain on days when they may have planned to go to the park, run errands, drive around town and go job-hunting (which it what I was planning to do today), or just watching t.v. on the couch without being on the verge of tears the whole time. But I, like many Americans, work a job that does not provide sick days or health care. I have no insurance, and about 15-17 thousand dollars of medical debt from the time I had a lung that wouldn’t stop collapsing, the little bugger. Many businesses, like the one that employs me, only provide these benefits to full-time employees, and the only full-time employees are the managers. I have never in my life gotten paid for taking a day off work while sick or injured. I may not be able to go into work tomorrow, and if not, that’s money lost. If my back pain doesn’t get any better on it’s own, it’s not just money lost but extra money towards a visit to the doctor. More unpaid bills added to my file folder of shame (IT JUDGES ME).
I have nothing clever to say. I’m not a very good writer, I can’t round out my thoughts worth a shit. This is just a reminder that it’s an extreme privilege to be able to call in sick to work and not do the math on how much smaller your next paycheck will be. It’s a privilege to even be able to seriously consider the idea of going to the doctor or the hospital without wondering how many more calls from debt collectors you are going to start getting every day. Our system is sick and so are our people.
It’s important to talk about depression. It’s important to tell someone that you didn’t get out of bed all day. It’s important to tell at least one person the honest reason why you cancelled plans. It’s important to understand that you’re not alone. It’s important to say something because you never know what the response will be. It’s important to remember to ask for help. It’s important to take people up on their offer to talk anytime. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to take medication because you have an actual illness. It’s important to remember that you don’t HAVE to take medication if you don’t want to. It’s important to keep talking about it until people understand that no, you’re no just sad and getting out of the house isn’t going to magically fix everything. It’s important to talk about depression.
This is what the school-to-prison pipeline looks like. This is how black youth criminalized.
- She was doing a science experiment
- She’s being charged as an ADULT
- She’s being charged with a FELONY
If this all goes the way the prosecution wants, this young woman will be LEGALLY discriminated against for the rest of her life. No voting, housing discrimination, employment discrimination (as if getting a job while black isn’t hard enough), etc. etc.
There is a petition up … spread the word.
Hey, remember this from yesterday? Go ahead and hit up the petition.
Unreal that we’re doing this to the next generation of scientists. Sign it, folks!
PLEASE sign this. What is happening to this girl is ridiculous.
This is a summary of college only using two pictures; expensive as hell.
That’s my Sociology “book”. In fact what it is is a piece of paper with codes written on it to allow me to access an electronic version of a book. I was told by my professor that I could not buy any other paperback version, or use another code, so I was left with no option other than buying a piece of paper for over $200. Best part about all this is my professor wrote the books; there’s something hilariously sadistic about that. So I pretty much doled out $200 for a current edition of an online textbook that is no different than an older, paperback edition of the same book for $5; yeah, I checked. My mistake for listening to my professor.
This is why we download.
Spreading this shit like nutella because goddamn textbooks are so expensive.
not necessarily art related but as someone who couldn’t afford their textbooks this semester this is a godsend
Reblogging this for my own reference later.
On April 9th, 2013, Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno wrote a column that openly mocked a male victim of sexual assault. Instead of doing any real…
(Source: stfusexists, via books40boxes)
Can we talk about how hard it is for me to draw faces. Also can we talk about how awesome it is when men don’t hold misogynistic views and expectations?
Hey y’all! I drew this and I thought you might like it.
Me: he’s bisexual
Girl: he ain’t bisexual he’s fuckin gay
Me: but you’re bisexual
Girl: it’s different with girls
IM SO SICK OF THIS DAMN SCENARIO!!!
See also: “When girls kiss it’s hot, when men kiss it’s inappropriate!”