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20 May 2016 @ 10:31 am
[bipolar] XOJane Publishes a Dangerous, Disgusting Mental Illness Essay  
I'm not linking to the damn thing right now, because I don't want to look at it again, I don't want a link to it here in my space, but XOJane just published an essay in which the author flat out says that a person with a mental illness was better off dying than living, because there was no way for her to have a real life because of her mental illness.

My immediate response was on Twitter: What the fuck were you thinking, @xojanedotcom?! The essay about a mentally ill person being better off dead is harmful, exploitative, wrong. Everyone involved with its publication should be ashamed, @xojanedotcom. I am disgusted and enraged. I am harmed. I ache for others you hurt.

I am angry. I am harmed. I am trying to formulate an actual response, one that I can publish and share. I'm not yet to that point, because I am still so enraged.

Clickbait or not. Flip personal essay or not. Words matter. Words mean things. Words hurt people. Fuck XOJane and fuck the author. I am ashamed that I have a pub credit at XOJane, if they are going to publish shit like this.

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TigerAnnetigerannesims2 on May 20th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
This isn't the first time I've heard of that site posting crass stuff. Apart from that I'm not familiar with the site at all.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on June 6th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
I used to know some of the editors, but a lot of people were driven away from the site a few years ago, and there have been more terrible things than good things as of late.
Samanthasammyfrog on May 20th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. I think I need to go shut down for a while in order to deal with this, and I didn't even read the article.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on June 6th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad you didn't, because it is terrible.
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical: tired - crazyhermionesviolin on May 20th, 2016 02:37 pm (UTC)
There's an open letter on Medium that people are welcome to sign -- especially if they have previously written for xojane. (It also links to an archive.org of the article, in case people want to read it but not give xojane the hits.)

Carla M. Leecarlamlee on June 6th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for linking this.
bewizebewize on May 20th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
I found it and read it. That woman is a complete troll. I am so very, very sorry that you were harmed. PLEASE let me know if I can do anything for you.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on June 6th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks. I took my rage and stayed alive, but I am still so angry that people let that be written and published, even if it was later pulled.
lilacsigil: 12 Apostleslilacsigil on May 21st, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
They've taken the article down now, according to the open letter link, but what a disgusting, dangerous thing to post. This kind of article has terrible real-world consequences and they should be ashamed.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on June 6th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
Yes, all of this.