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AUTHOR’S NOTE: This paper discusses looking to Native American psychology to critique Western forms of psychology. It should be stated that the author is not themselves Native American, and that they are not trying to claim as such through this paper.

Mental healthcare and support have been a part of my life since before I’d turned six years old. I found myself moving from therapist to therapist as I grew up, unable to understand why I was treated so differently by my peers and the adults around me. I’d get asked to talk about my thoughts and what I saw…

Multiple masculine coded people leaving a lake, some helping others.

TW: Discussions of violence, mentions of sex or sexwork in the articles.

A question that I see in many of the circles I move in has been whether trans masculine people (trans men and masculine leaning non-binary people as well as others under the trans umbrella) can experience and even perform toxic masculinity. Hopefully the links below, as well as the discussion of my own experiences as a trans masculine person, can help clear some of that up.

Starting off by stating I’m a trans masc non-binary person who tends to just use the term trans man when describing myself outside LGBTQIA2S+ circles.

So the short answer to this is that yes…

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For most people raised in the United States, the story of the Devil is learned from a very young age. Even children raised in secular households learn about him through fairy tales or due to friends whose family happen to be Christian (Geggel, 2016). The story is almost always the same: The Devil tempted Eve in the garden of Eden to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. The Devil then went on to torment Job, and later to tempt Jesus during his time in the desert. The Devil is the one who tempts people to do evil and…

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While the use of the it/its pronoun is mostly used for inanimate objects, animals, and concepts where we’re not quite sure of what to use (e.g. “It’s raining outside” or “What do you want to do about it?”) there is also a usage that is less common but still just as valid and that is the use of it/its as a personal pronoun.

Like with every other pronoun, it is not our decision whether or not it is valid for use. It is up to the person asking us to use those pronouns. Saying, “I’m not going to use those…

TW: discussions of eating disorders, illness, abuse, trauma, violence directed at non-vegans, medical invalidation, and self harm.

Two hands holding a bowl and spoon with various fruits, vegetables, and vegan dishes.

I know you mean well when you tell me I should try to be vegan, I really do. The problem is that I really need you to listen to me (and others) when we explain that we cannot go vegan. While there are a couple of you who do so and who advocate for people like me, far too many of you simply seem to refuse to believe that someone cannot go vegan. …

The BMI is complete horse puckey

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Now for those of you in the US, I know you’ve heard of the BMI (Not the music group, I’m talking about the Body Mass Index) if you’ve ever gone in for a check up. You might not remember it, but it is a standard thing in today’s “modern” medicine. …

MAJOR CWs for trans violence. I’m not proud of what I did in my past, but I’m sharing it in the hopes that others can learn from it. Also CWs for dysphoria, genital mentions, discussion of transphobia and misogyny.

I grew up during the 80s and 90s, and while there have been trans people well before then, and even some who had been able to transition through hormones and surgery, it was a topic that was not discussed. Being gay/lesbian was barely a topic that could be brought up by the time I was 10, and even then not without…

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I’ve been sitting back trying to figure out how to best word my thoughts over the past several days. This is going to be a long ass post, so please stay with me as I’m going to be airing out a lot of my own dirty laundry in this as well.

I want to start off by saying that I am anti-cop and completely against our current prison/justice system. …

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It seems that one can’t even go a single week without seeing a story in the news regarding transgender people in sport. While thanks to the ability to reach larger audiences through the internet has helped the spread of awareness of transgender people in sports, this arguments one sees over and over in the articles aren’t new. There have been discussions about potential unfair advantages and even the possibility of cisgender men pretending to be cisgender women in order to gain an unfair advantage in sex segregated sports for decades. It’s something that has even become so common that TV…

Or how we turned God into a man

Masculine hand reaching towards a feminine hand with nail polish

Ask any of the protesters standing outside clinics or the various groups proselytizing on the street corners and on college campuses in the area as to God’s gender and more often than not the result will be far more confusing than it should be. “He is genderless” or “He has no gender or sex” are common answers to this question, yet even within their assertion that God is genderless, they are using a gendered pronoun. While it might seem odd and confusing to English speakers today, there is a very real possibility that the gendering of God was not intentional…

Michea B

Queer|Pronouns he/they. Owner of Illuminatus Design. Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (GSWS, Psychology, English) & Theology (M:Div)

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