so sometimes i think about harry potter being in the aurors and like
he’d never really thought about child protective services, muggle or otherwise, cause it’d never been relevant, right? like when he was a miserable kid he just thought that was what it was like being an orphan. but then he sees cases come through the department where parents are murdered and there’s kids sitting in their waiting room with copies of the quibbler and water waiting while an auror sits down with a family tree and tries to find whatever relatives this kid might have in the wizarding world, going back maybe even five generations to find anyone living and vaguely related to this child to drop them off with
and he goes to shit apartments in diagon alley after noise complaints and finds children who are black and blue with hexed, bleeding skin who insist they were just playing with a weasley’s wizard wheeze, no really mr. potter
and he thinks about how merope gaunt stumbled into a muggle orphanage and left them a child who would grow up learning fear was the key to harmony, and becoming a god meant safety
and really, how was the headmaster of a school the person who made the call about where he ended up, how was the system so haphazard that a man who wouldn’t be part of his life for another ten years got to make the biggest decision of his life
harry thinks about his cupboard
and then harry potter sits down with hermione and ron and neville (cause of course neville would want a stake in this) and says, “we need to change the wizarding world again.”
and they do.
Woke up to a personal e-mail today.
Subj: To Julie Sondra Decker from Sharon Kass
Ms. Decker: Please see a psychodynamic psychotherapist. You need help. It’s not normal to not have sexual feelings.
So this ass-mouth read my Salon article, deliberately looked up my personal e-mail, and took it upon herself to send me “so … fix yourself, broken person” e-mail. Wow, because it’s not crystal clear in the article she’s responding to that people tell me this bullshit all the time?
I figured if she puts trust in psychotherapists, she’d listen if I went the psychotherapy-related route in showing her that many mental health practitioners acknowledge asexuality as a “legitimate” orientation, as per the DSM. I sent her this:
Wow, sexual invalidation by e-mail. This hasn’t happened to me in a while.
Mind your own business.
And please educate yourself on asexuality’s legitimacy. It’s mentioned twice in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—as an EXCEPTION. (As in—asexuality isn’t a mental illness.) I’ll trust that you can do the bare minimum of research to dig up the sexuality studies that have occurred over the last twenty years and before that have led up to actual sexuality professionals acknowledging the orientation instead of invalidating it.
As of now, you sound EXACTLY like how people talked about homosexuality fifty years ago. Get with the program before dropping ignorant “advice” on people.
My first mistake—besides responding to this jackass—was in assuming she wasn’t a homophobe. Sometimes people actually reconsider when they realize homosexuality was legitimately considered a disorder not that long ago and maybe they need to get their heads out of their asses. But guess what? She IS a homophobe.
I looked her up after that exchange and the very first hit was an article from freaking 2010 describing how a gay man and his husband were in some kind of media thing and received a hateful message from this same woman; she tracked down the author’s husband’s work e-mail and spammed him with hateful gay-conversion propaganda. This woman has been at this for YEARS.
I tweeted about her. Two people from the mental health profession immediately responded:
OMG. Okay, I AM a psychodynamic psychotherapist, and that email is beyond bullshit. I know you know that, but had to chime in.
not for nothing but I’m a licensed therapist with 14 years in the field and the emailer is full of crap. Lol
One of them later opined that anyone pushing this kind of stuff would lose their license.
But the persistent jerk was not done, and she e-mailed me again.
Subj: Both APAs are corrupt—loony Leftist values
The truth is emerging. You’ve been lied to by the “expert” class.
But … but … but … you told me I needed to go to a professional in this industry to fix me. Which is it? I’m “loony” and need a psychotherapist, or all the psychotherapists are “loony” by definition if they say I’m fine?
I looked you up online and saw immediately that you’ve been harassing people for years about their sexual orientations, so your nonsense means nothing to me. Though it’s comforting that you’re angry with and threatened by a whole spectrum of people, not just targeting one person based on your own prejudices and misconceptions.
I tweeted about how hilarious you are and two therapists (one of whom was specifically a psychodynamic psychotherapist) invalidated you. One said people who profess what you do would lose their license.
Believe what you must, but goodness, what a life.
She came back immediately, of course.
Subj: You’re setting yourself up for such heartache
… I just don’t even know what to say to people who insist that I’LL BE SAD SOMEDAY AND AM PROBABLY SAD NOW after I’ve published an entire article about how the only thing that consistently brings me down is assholes obsessing over changing me.
Well, apparently I do know what to say to such people.
Again, if that’s what you NEED to believe about people who are different from you so you can sleep at night, be my guest.
You’re the one scouting out people who are quite happy with themselves on the Internet and trying to convince them they’re fundamentally flawed. Your obsession with other people finding happiness your way and your way only sounds way more like “heartache” to me. If only you were able to realize that actually the adults of the world frequently have very diverse ways of finding fulfillment and that you are not the authority on whose happiness is real.
It really is an obsession you have here, and I think you probably need to talk to someone about it. Live your own life and leave other people alone unless they ask you. It’s really unattractive and kind of disgusting that
you condescendingly recommend psychotherapy to people who are happy, fulfilled, and achieving what some others only dream of. I do feel very sad for you that this is how you have chosen to spend your time—and I feel sad for the vulnerable people who have been exploited by your pointless hatred.
I don’t say “get a life” often, but get a life.
Her zinger of a final thought:
Subj: The human capacity for self-deception is huge
The truth will prevail.
Sure. “The truth” certainly will! “Gay” will be conquered and they’ll all become straight, “transgenderism” will be revealed as a dangerous delusion, asexual people will laugh at how silly we’re being, and we will all come to your warped version of Jesus.
I’m definitely convinced that I’m wrong because you said it’s TRUE and will happen.
Who am I to take her smarmy self-satisfaction away from her if the only thing she can think to do is tell people they’re wrong on the Internet?
Never fails. Every single time I get something published, I get harassed by assholes.
I think my “favorite” thing about this is the vaguely professional tone of the first email, and the note that she’s writing from Washington.
THE GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EXIST. Please report for reconditioning within 10 days.
I like this headcanon very much.
Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)
The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover
KEEP POSTING I NEED TO KNOW! DONT STOP POSTING ABOUT THIS. IT IS NOT OVER!
THE MONSTER KNOWN AS
*whispering* This makes me so freaking happy… I can’t even begin to explain
It’s the guy who does the True Facts videos!
#194 A mucous membrane covers its body. Touching it barehanded will cause a shooting pain.
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Dear great and little gods of polymer clay, please hear my prayer. This piece is made of many smaller pieces blended together at the joints. It also has a ridiculous amount of fiddly detail, represents over 20 hours of work, and is still not finished.
Please, please, please don’t let it explode.
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I still haven’t even started on my Exalted art trade because I am a terrible person.
Oh, well, damn.
magical girl pitch where instead of the madoka school of thought, where turning into a scary monster witch is seen as the worst possible thing that could happen to a magical girl….
the girls transform into giant monsters to fight and its awesome
how does this have so many notes i did not mean for this to happen
Hey friendlytroll, I feel this is relevant to The Lady’s exalts.
The discovery of a possible Entling would be so frigging exciting for the Ents though.
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