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Sep 14, 2018 6 tweets 5 min read
THREAD: 3 weeks ago I had emergency abdominal surgery. My gallbladder was rupturing. Not my fault, but if the current administration gets its way, insurance companies & others could discriminate against me for it. This is why we must #StopKavanaugh. This is #WhatsAtStake. (contd) A family friend, 22 years old, recently suffered from a depressive episode. She attempted to take her own life and ended up in the hospital. Now she has a history of mental illness that, if not protected, could impact insurability. We must #StopKavanaugh. This is #WhatsAtStake.
Sep 9, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
Preventing Suicide: The Hope and the Challenge

Today (September 9) is the start of Suicide Prevention Week. I’d like to take a break from resisting this administration long enough to share some facts and experiences about suicide and suicidality. First some definitions from the perspective of a health behaviorist.

Suicidality = All thoughts and actions associated with suicide (completed or incomplete): ideation, attempt, planning, discussion, etc.

Ideation = Thinking, ruminating, talking about suicide; considering it
Sep 5, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
My name is Emma, and I was raped when I was only 15.

Of course, he (my hot new boyfriend) didn’t see it that way. Somehow he figured my repeated insistence that “I’m not going to sleep with you” could be overridden by drugging me til I could no longer say no.

/ Short Thread / Taking away a woman’s chance to say no is appalling to a degree I cannot put into words. Whether you are grabbing a woman’s body without asking permission or drugging someone so you can violently force yourself on her, I hope you burn in hell for the violation.
Aug 21, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read
🌟What is “race”?🌟

I hope, by the time you get to the end of this thread, I’ll have convinced you that what we call “race” is actually a social construct that exists solely in the realm of language.

I’ll do that with fancy Jedi mind tricks and pretty pictures.

Let’s do this! What does “social” mean? Does it just refer to how many friends you have?

That’s part of it, but it’s more about what you have access to as a result of connections with other people. Money. Resources.

Social identity is a sense of self we get through interacting with others.
Aug 12, 2018 17 tweets 5 min read
Trump suddenly condemns “all types of racism and acts of violence.” Yet he still hasn’t condemned the Charlottesville nazis a year later.

Maybe he doesn’t understand what “racism” is. Sad! But America is better than he is. Let’s talk about why racism matters.

🇺🇸Thread🇺🇸 Oppression is about power: a group with more resources uses those resources to control a group with fewer resources. Often it’s the majority holding down those who are different. The balance cannot shift without a shift in resources, so we don’t give them a shot at the resources.
Jul 11, 2018 15 tweets 5 min read
THREAD: Effecting change NOW.

If you're like me, you don't want to wait until November to make a difference. You know the importance of voting. You can't wait to cast your ballot. Heck, you've already signed up four of your friends so they can vote, too.

But what can we do NOW? I'll present two avenues for getting involved NOW:

⚡️ Resisting on Twitter (EDUCATION)
⚡️ Resisting beyond Twitter (ACTIVISM)
⚡️ Self-care

These are all critical, timely facets of resistance.

(And before you say it, yes, I realize on-Twitter activity is activism, too.)
Jun 22, 2018 15 tweets 3 min read
In this day, with the evil that’s spreading across the land, seemingly unchecked, a lot of us are grappling with depression and anxiety. I think we’re also wrestling with a much larger question:

Am I truly powerless, or is there something I can do to make a difference? A sense of powerlessness feeds depression. When we believe we cannot change the horrors that unfold daily, we become desperate. We despair. We mourn.

Having an outlet for our shock and anger gives us a sense of purpose, of accomplishment. Of hope.
Feb 18, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Thread: I have a question for all, especially for candidates.

Our hearts are broken after last week. I 1000% agree re: the need for smarter gun laws. And risky people reported should be flagged.

My question is: how do we avoid a Minority Report situation where innocent... contd ...people get flagged and possibly face negative consequences for crimes they did not and would not commit?

Should every person with mental illness be banned from guns? Just those with psychosis? Only those who also have antisocial tendencies? And how do you know they do?..contd
Dec 16, 2017 15 tweets 4 min read
Full. Stop.

I'm a scientist. Top-notch, #2 school in USA, honors. Published book chapters, publications, and manuscripts. Presented nationally. Getting ready to start a prestigious fellowship.

I'm not bragging, only letting you know that I know what I am talking about. 1/ Science (and scientists) are critical elements of a democratic society. Put plainly, we know stuff. Important stuff.

Physical, biological, and social science discoveries drive medicine, innovation, education, economics, technology... the list seems infinite. 2/