In Defense of the “Overshare”: Things We Should Consider Talking More Openly About
Mental Illness Mental Illnesses affect millions of Americans, and the families of those who are ill suffer as well. As we know, extreme stigma and a lack of information have only driven Mental Illnesses further into the collective closet and it takes every day activism to bring them out. What can you do? Treat mental illnesses as you would any other. Be kind, be empathetic, and be knowledgeable. Fertility In the Western world, we often equate fertility with femininity, or worse- with womanhood. They are not one and the same. With today’s tapestry-like landscape of what a family looks like, these outdated notions of fertility only hold us back. If a woman (cis or trans, fertile or not) want to have a baby, more and more options are becoming available that may not look like our traditional view of motherhood. Same goes for men!
Sexual Assault So many adult men and women hide a history of sexual assault from friends in partners. This may be for a lot of reasons, but shame often comes into play. The more open we can be as a society with histories of abuse, the more victims will come forward.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of course, but we’ve got to start somewhere.