This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
This is a pure bismuth crystal. The heaviest element that is not radioactive (ok technically it is but it’s half life is like 9 orders of magnitude older than the universe so it really doesn’t count.) Probably my favourite crystal structure, even if you forget the colour. Surprisingly, bismuth is also super-not-toxic. You can actually eat the stuff and it’s often in indigestion remedies. Fascinating element, all round.
Well that was a sucky, history-changing move: “Within three decades, GM, with help from Standard Oil, Firestone Tire, Mack Truck and Phillips Petroleum, succeeded in decimating the nation’s trolley systems, while seeing to the creation of the federal highway system and the ensuing dominance of the automobile as America’s preferred mode of transport.”
The House and Senate have released their versions of the 2014 Massachusetts budget and included generous funding for Mental Health services, but the budget has yet to specifically dedicate funds to Mental Health Screening and Early Intervention.
Thanks to YOUR signatures on our original petition, our cause has gotten the attention of the Senate! Senator Brownsberger of the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District filed an amendment that provides a line item to support early intervention:
EHS Amendment 624: Programming for early detection, assessment and response to risk for psychotic illness
Mr. Brownsberger of Belmont moves to amend Senate bill 3, in section 2, in item 5046-0000, by inserting after the words “clubhouses in fiscal year 2014;” the following: “provided further, that the department shall expend an increase of $100,000 of the amount of 2013 expenditures for programming for early detection, assessment and response to risk for psychotic illness”.
We made it halfway there with YOUR posts on Facebook and Twitter, YOUR emails to coworkers, and YOUR touching testimonials for the effectiveness of early intervention. We now need your support to get this amendment approved in the Senate!
Please sign and send our updated petition to everyone you can! Can you help us get 500 more supporters of mental health screening and early intervention to champion our cause before the budget is final?
The Senate begins to debate the budget on Wednesday, 5/22/13, so let’s make sure they hear our voice!
Tips for spreading the word:
Don’t just post on Facebook: Link to the petition (http://chn.ge/13i1V53) on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. Wherever you can post a picture of a cat, you can just as easily link to this petition too!
Remember email: For those you can’t reach on social media, don’t underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned email! Sending emails to coworkers and relatives can make a huge impact.
Call your legislators: Find your senator (http://masenate.gov/People/Search) and give them a call. When staff members hear directly from concerned constituents, they can realize how important the issue is to us.
If you’ve already signed the petition: Please feel free to send your own personal email to your senator urging them to vote for this amendment. (http://masenate.gov/People/Search)