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04/27/2021

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04/19/2021

Even doing basic things like going through my DMs or responding to emails is difficult sometimes, and I'm done pushing through it. That means I'm always behind. It's a ugly cycle but I'm not superhuman and refuse to pretend to be.

04/13/2021

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Tweet by @JoannaNoBanana:

Mental illness and chronic illness are parts of the disability community. You don't have to identify as disabled (if you prefer not to), but please know that there is space for you within the disability community. Please know that it's okay for you to call yourself disabled.

04/12/2021

“I don’t want to be your worst case scenario. I’m so much more than that.” ✨ Posted @withregram • @damselinadress.blog I got a message online tonight telling me that my existence helped someone else put their life into perspective and reminded them that they have it really good compared to me. It’s not the first time I’ve been told that and it unfortunately won’t be the last. People will tell me that “at least it could be worse” all the time and then turn around and use me as that example for themselves. I’m tired of it. It makes me feel like s**t. I don’t want to be your worst case scenario. I’m so much more than that. I don’t want your reaction to a selfie I took when I was feeling really good about myself to be “what a sin” just because I’m sitting in a wheelchair in it. Yes, I’m disabled. And I’m a hundred other things too. I have days when I struggle with my disability but I’m working through it and that doesn’t give anyone else the right to see my life as a terrible shame, or at the very least verbalize those feelings to me. If you’ve said any of those things to a disabled person before, please just strike the words from your vocabulary. It does nothing but belittle someone else and make them feel bad about themselves. Disabled people are wonderfully complex, whole people with full lives. So don’t reduce us to a wheeling or walking billboard for how bad things could be. ⁣

Image: A black and white photo of me in my wheelchair that is almost completely covered in a bold glowing text that reads: My disabled body is not your reminder that things could be worse.
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#TheBodyIsNotAnApology #TBINAA #RadicalSelfLove

03/17/2021

Alone or in company. Night or day. Covered or not. Sober or not. Trans or cis. Black, white or woc. Disabled and neurodivergent. No matter where. No matter how old. No matter her job. No matter her history. Women. Deserve. Safety. 💜

[Image description: black and white letter beads against a pink striped background that read "women deserve safety"]

03/07/2021

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From Privilege to Progress
01/07/2021

From Privilege to Progress

America in Black and white from @the.daily.don on IG #ShowUp

The Nap Ministry
12/31/2020

The Nap Ministry

Disrupt capitalism.

From Privilege to Progress
12/30/2020

From Privilege to Progress

Did you hear about Dr. Susan Moore? She was a Black doctor who spoke up about the racially biased treatment she received in a suburban Indianapolis hospital: “I put forth and I maintain if I was white,” she said in the video posted on Facebook, “I wouldn’t have to go through that.” She has since passed away from complications from Covid-19.

Racism is foundational in all of our systems, and medicine and healthcare are no exception. Thank you to Dr. Tamorah Lewis for educating us in these tweets🙏🏿🙏🏼 #ShowUp

Defund the police and redistribute funding to education, housing, transportation, recreation, healthcare, and other soci...
12/08/2020

Defund the police and redistribute funding to education, housing, transportation, recreation, healthcare, and other socio-structural determinants we know improves health.

🗣 Bree Newsome Over on Twitter, there’s an intense conversation happening regarding the term (or so-called slogan) “defund the police.” We don’t think this is about the term at all—we think when people argue about the way things are articulated, they are asking the wrong questions and deflecting from the actual issue—police brutality and systemic racism.

Anyone who actually wanted to understand the concept could easily learn from a quick Google search that “defund the police” means divesting funds from police departments and reallocating them to non-policing forms of public safety and community support, such as social services, youth services, housing, education, healthcare and other community resources. Different activists seek differing degrees of divestment, but it is about reallocating funds for things that police are not trained or equipped to do to actual professionals in those areas. But if you’re not curious enough to understand the actual problem, no term is going to satisfy you.

We’ll be sharing a few posts about this topic. Stay tuned. #ShowUp

09/02/2020
Queens Village Cincinnati

Stephanie Chrismon, a consultant for Avant Consulting Group, is facilitating Writing as a Healing Practice workshop with Queens Village Cincinnati! Check it out.

This workshop gives an opportunity for Black Women to interrogate and write through issues around misogynoir, racism, sexism, queer-antagonism, and other daily issues/isms by utilizing Afrofuturist ideology (Context, Futurist Ideation, and Resilience).

We will dialogue and write utilizing prompts that encourage participants to think and dig deep into past and present hurts, traumas, and joys.
#QueensVillageCincinnati #WellnessWednesday #Writing

As promised, the free copy of “Not to exclude you, but…”: Characterization of pharmacy student microaggressions and reco...
07/30/2020
“Not to exclude you, but…”: Characterization of pharmacy student microaggressions and recommendations for academic pharmacy

As promised, the free copy of “Not to exclude you, but…”: Characterization of pharmacy student microaggressions and recommendations for academic pharmacy is now available online for free for 50 days until September 17.

Feel free to read or download without any sign ups, registrations, or fees!

We would love to know your thoughts. What challenged you or what were you challenged by?

Microaggressions are commonplace indignities that communicate slights to marginalized persons. Microaggressions have been shown to negatively impact s…

Another example of conflating health with weight.
07/17/2020

Another example of conflating health with weight.

Grateful that I was able to write this piece for @wired about the problems with the research purportedly linking higher BMI to poor outcomes in COVID-19–and with all the breathless news media coverage of it. A few choice quotes:
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“This rhetoric is based on flawed and limited evidence, which only exacerbates the stigma that larger-bodied people already face in society and our health care system. That stigma is what truly jeopardizes their health, not weight itself—a fact that’s only more important to consider in the midst of this pandemic.
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“Anti-fat bias has been linked to sub-par health care in a variety of ways, including providers spending less time with larger-bodied patients; speaking more curtly and less compassionately to them; and misattributing symptoms to their weight instead of referring them for testing or offering evidence-based, non-weight-related treatment options. Discrimination against higher-weight people is a known, independent risk factor for all kinds of health problems that typically get blamed on weight, including diabetes and heart disease. And Covid-19 is only amplifying this preexisting disparity. ‘When you take that and then you throw a pandemic on top, it’s like adding water to a grease fire,’ says Joy Cox, a researcher at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. ‘Health disparities that weren’t addressed when there was an opportunity to address them have been magnified.’”
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Read the whole article here: https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-does-not-discriminate-by-body-weight/ (CW: BMI numbers, analysis of weight-stigmatizing ideas) and in my stories.
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#weightstigma #weightbias #fatstigma #antidiet #AntiDietBook #destroydietculture #canceldietculture #thelifethief #weightstigma #fatpositive #fatacceptance #fatliberation #bodypositive #bodyacceptance #bodyliberation #intuitiveeating #haes #healthateverysize #eatingdisorders #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #riotsnotdiets

Unpacking sizeism requires us to deconstruct the everyday language we use.
07/10/2020

Unpacking sizeism requires us to deconstruct the everyday language we use.

I’m going to be blunt: “Out of shape” is a fatphobic phrase, and I cringe every time I hear it.
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What we really mean when we say this is that we’re out of breath. Or out of practice. Or out of energy. And none of these things have a shape.
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So when we use the phrase “out of shape”, what we’re really saying is that we’re out of the “ideal” body shape. It has nothing to do with fitness, or conditioning, or endurance. It has everything to do with weight stigma. Fitness has no shape. Health has no shape.
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I used to be embarrassed any time I got out of breath, even if it happened during vigorous exercise. It made me self-conscious in places where I could have been enjoying myself - hiking, canoeing, lifting weights, taking classes, dancing. I was afraid that people would think that I was “out of shape.” And even then, I knew that “out of shape” meant fat. Now, don’t get me wrong. The big dial-mover here was unpacking my own fatphobia and learning that I had a right to both breath and enjoyment of my body at any size. But language matters. And this is an issue with layers.
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Fatphobic language is sneaky, and it has repercussions. We internalize this language. It sends messages about which bodies are acceptable and which activities should be accessible to those bodies. It has the power to make us hold our breath and avoid our lives.
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Do you use this phrase? How does it make you feel about your body?
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#allshapescanbehappyshapes #morethanbeautyschool #beautyschooldropoutgoals #knowyourself #trustyourself #acceptyourself #ditchdietculture #dumpdietculture #dietculturedropout #selfacceptance #bodyacceptance #bodyrespect #respectyourbody #bodyneutrality #haes #healthateverysize #allbodiesaregoodbodies #languagematters

Dr. Avant's new publication, “Not to exclude you, but…”: Characterization of pharmacy student microaggressions and recom...
07/07/2020
“Not to exclude you, but…”: Characterization of pharmacy student microaggressions and recommendations for academic pharmacy

Dr. Avant's new publication, “Not to exclude you, but…”: Characterization of pharmacy student microaggressions and recommendations for academic pharmacy was just published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

A few highlights of our qualitative study include that:

1. Various types of microaggressions exist based on race, sexuality, religion, gender, and other identities
2. Participants of the study requested that leaders identify, address, prevent, and mitigate these microaggressions
3. Actions are needed to reduce these incidents, facilitate healing, and promote an equitable, inclusive environment

This research project was conducted in a college of pharmacy. However, some of the themes may be transferred to other organizations such as participants feeling othered based on their minoritized identities. They also described the power, pain, pervasiveness, and pollution of these implicit bias manifestations and some specific recommendations regarding what leaders can do.

If you want to set up some time to discuss this manuscript, education for your team around microaggressions, and/or assessing for these microaggressions in your organization, please let us know. We can also provide you with a copy of the manuscript if you would like to read further.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877129720302033

Microaggressions are commonplace indignities that communicate slights to marginalized persons. Microaggressions have been shown to negatively impact s…

All bodies are beautiful and worthy.
07/07/2020

All bodies are beautiful and worthy.

Full Instagram post by at bodyposipanda in comments. You’re amazing! XoR

Disabled Feminist
07/02/2020

Disabled Feminist

Image description: screenshot of a tweet by @carson_tueller:

Ableism looks like calling disabled people “inspiring” for navigating a system that is designed for their exclusion, while doing nothing to hold the system accountable. #ableism #disabled #accesstolife

Source: https://twitter.com/carson_tueller/status/1278393320029519872?s=19

Millennial Incantations
06/24/2020

Millennial Incantations

I will be honest with you all, I had trouble accepting that white sage was off the table for me. But after doing some research on how it is "harvested" (stolen would be more accurate) I can't in good conscience ever buy it again.

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We've been collecting stories of microaggressions in the workplace for 5 years. We looked at a small subset of data for a client. Check out what we found.