selfie, no ec, yes dyke 

i sure do love being “Cisgendered” and “Heterosexual”

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Here are some YouTube alternatives that have all the content of YouTube, are privacy focused, and are user friendly. (Posting this so people know there are safer ways to watch cool things and so I can actually interact with the interesting posts I see with video links. YouTube is fucked! :blobcat_sipglare:)

yewtu.be/
invidious.snopyta.org/
newpipe.net/ (this ones an app, links from it do direct you to YouTube but the app itself is secure)
api.invidious.io/ (this site carries more links to different YouTube alternative servers)

And there are probably more!

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@ivy I think social media culture trains our brains, which are plastic and easily changed in good and bad ways, to crave short quick dopamine hits.

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Mental Health 

@ivy also, as someone who works in this system *some trauma survivors* lessen ADHD symptoms after relational therapy (I’m an art therapist). Also what I notice is the conversation about chemical imbalance, where as it is more neurodivergence. Not everyone is neurotypical and able to even attempt to conform to capitalism. Interestingly neurodivergergent people have higher rates of being LGBTIQ- particularly non-binary (which is another conversation)

psych industrial complex, leftist vent 

this is not to say that adhd is fake, but it’s a hell of a lot more complicated than the chemical imbalance narrative we’ve seemed to accept. our brains were never ever EVER designed to consume information the way we do today thanks to big tech. we aren’t bots who’ve been programmed to thrive under capitalist exploitation. destigmatize mental illness yes! but also push back HARD against the systems that are fucking us up because it’s about to get way worse.

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my partner saw a suspiciously pro-psych/adhd quiz on buzzfeed and did some digging and we ended up going down a dark fucking rabbit hole. drug companies (who make adhd meds) are producing or paying content creators to produce that innocent looking (and often aesthetic) “5 signs you have adhd” content we see EVERYWHERE. how is that not a major major red flag? this is not a movement by/for disabled ppl, this is a marketing campaign and we’re falling for it.

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psych industrial complex, leftist vent 

i don’t want to be insensitive or invalidate ppl because i’ve been there. i don’t judge myself for it and it wasn’t my fault. but damn, i wonder if this culture of radically accepting every diagnosis thrown at us by these big corps who have a massive profit motive is going to fuck us up long term and it scares me to death because nobody seems to be talking about it except the ppl paid to promote it on tiktok.

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psych industrial complex, leftist vent 

it feels like i’m slowly losing friends to big social media (esp tiktok) and it makes me so sad. instead of thinking “i wonder what spending 6+ hrs a day on sites designed to make me as addicted as possible is doing to my brain” i see them getting adhd diagnosis and getting on meds and spiraling further, getting on more meds and repeat. and i don’t know how to start a conversation around that bc it’s so normalized in our spaces.

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psych industrial complex, leftist vent 

it’s scary how leftists have decided that being skeptical of psychiatry is just a thing for “alt right conspiracy theorists” or w/e while fully embracing and even aestheticizing the diagnosis mill. being critical of Corporations and Capitalism needs to include (w/ nuance) drug companies, psychiatry, and even therapy because these are billion+ dollar industries that are causing real harm to patients, workers, and the world around us, esp marginalized people.

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The GMG Union strike has ended with a huge win for the union! Significant pay increases, better healthcare, and a slate of across the board improvements. ✊🎉✊🎉✊🎉

gmgunion.com/victory

@lezboland was playing their kalimba in the woods today and the most magical thing happened. a hummingbird started performing a mating dance right in front of them!!!!! they’d fly off way into the sky and zoom back down like lightning over and over in a huge circle while making these really unique songs. i love them so much😌😌

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fatphobia 

im so fucking tired of people in leftist spaces never caring about fat people and the oppression we face everyday.

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selfie 

if you needed another reminder that im sexy

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I read a “where do you live and what animals do you consider exotic and cool” thread and a bunch of people from outside North America / Europe said squirrels :3

I didn’t really ever consider that they don’t just live everywhere and it’s a treat that I get to see them every day

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I hate capitalism because no one can just make cool things. Every cool thing needs to be monetized or people aren't able to work on it for long.

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texas anti-trans "law", real fucking bad 

Texas has already started investigating parents of trans kids for "child abuse." A state employee was put on leave. Investigators were sent to her house to interview her and her kid separately and are seeking access to the kid's medical records. Their sole allegation is that the parents let their kid have puberty blockers / HRT.

Abbott etc are not "posturing," they're going after real people and real kids

here's their lawsuit: aclu.org/legal-document/doe-v-

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