THE LITTLE PAW SHOWING THROUGH THE BOWL IM WEAK
Oh. My. Gosh. 200 followers ! Thank you so much!
As most of you may know, I do a LOT of arts and crafts. Because of this, I like to do a little something for the followers who deal with my craziness all the time!
Rules - likes and reblogs, not spam blogs, random number generator, have ask or fan mail open, yes within US, and non- US we’ll discuss it!
Your options, if you win…
● a crocheted hat, either beanie or beret, in whatever colors you want.
● a crocheted octopus or squid in your colors.
● an embroidered hoop art with your choice of quote and/or image. I reserve the right to reject images and quotes too large or complex.
● If you are a long hair owner, I will send you a bun holder in your choice of color with instructions on how to use it.
● Grab bag! There will be all sorts of small 3D art supplies- embroidery floss, needles, notions, buttons, small fabrics, model magic clay, paints, etc. It will fit in a brown paper bag.
Love you guys! I’ll reblog this for the evening crew. This closes Aug 31 at midnight, and will be shipped out by September 10th.
So. Zoo today. I love the zoo. Animals make me gleeful and there’s generally a whole lot of me excitedly pointing and bouncing. But crowds of people and planning and choices and worrying about kidlet—generally a recipe for completely exhausting myself and heading into meltdown/shutdown territory. Today I thankfully had help from my dad and his gf, and they’re great with Mira, so that helped a lot.Read more
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with suspecting that you have a mental illness. There’s nothing wrong with looking at the symptoms of something and recognizing that you’re likely to be suffering from it. EVERYTHING is wrong with assuring yourself that you have a disease when it’s not confirmed by a doctor. Hell, even one doctor isn’t enough to confirm most mental illnesses. You, self-proclaimed “genius” blogger isn’t in any position to determine that you have PTSD, Autism, Bipolar, or any other thing like that just because you’ve read a few web articles.
I’ll respect the fact that some people can’t afford to go to a doctor, but what’s more detrimental to your health than not knowing what you have is ASSURING yourself that you do have something you’re not sure of.
You just keep asserting that it’s harmful without actually giving any reasons. It’s not harmful. It allows you to help yourself.
I self-diagnosed for three years before I got a “real” diagnosis. My daughter was diagnosed with autism, and I kept looking at these lists of symptoms and things, and I kept thinking, “why is this even a diagnosis? This is exactly how I was at her age”. Come to find out that no, not everyone does those things, and it explains a hell of a lot about why I process things differently, why light and sound and textures bother me, why I have to touch everything, why I have difficulty articulating things verbally but not on paper, why my train of thought makes sense to me but no one else (except other autistic people). There’s more, of course, but yeah, that was how I found out. I found blogs written by autistic people who were diagnosed as children and I related to so much of it. I had been previously diagnosed with ADHD when I was 12. Back then (this was in 1993), the DSM didn’t have an expanded classification of autism. Meaning that if you weren’t a nonverbal kid who stared at walls all day, you probably weren’t getting an autism diagnosis. Heck, even those who fit that bill got labeled as “mentally r*****ed” instead of autistic, because so much wasn’t understood.
Well, I’m lucky enough that my husband was in the US Navy and as such, we had FANTASTIC medical benefits. Eventually, with the help of some of my daughter’s pediatricians (both developmental ped and others), all of whom agreed that I seemed like I was very much like my daughter, something they observed without me saying a word, I was able to go to a decent psychiatrist and have an evaluation. You’re right - that particular thing was long and arduous, and basically he ruled out a few things that it could be instead (like schizoid personality disorder or schizophrenia, both of which share some symptoms but have different onset times).
But you know what? Identifying as autistic before I received that paper diagnosis did nothing to hurt anyone. I didn’t get any special treatment or resources because I self diagnosed. I didn’t become any more autistic the day that I was diagnosed.
What I did get by self diagnosing was a community who gets it. Who understands what it’s like to have a brain that functions differently. Who understands the bullying that comes from being more naive in some situations because you can’t read sarcasm or because you say the wrong thing. Who understand what it’s like to have executive functioning issues, who understand what it’s like to have people tell you how lazy you are because you’re fighting to look “normal” enough for people to accept you and fighting to do things that people think you can do when you know that you can’t.
So OP, I am fully in support of anyone who self diagnoses - not from a five minute quiz, of course. But through a full research of themselves and the symptoms that exist. I know several people who have spent more time self diagnosing than their psychiatrist took actually diagnosing them. Because you know what a lot of those tests are? They’re evaluations of “do you do this” and “is this a thing you struggle with” and “how does this affect your daily life”. They aren’t brain scans etc. They’re questions that you answer about your life and your childhood.
By the way, you’re looking at this from a medical model of disability, whereas the social model of disability tends to be a little more accommodating to self diagnosis, because neurodivergence is just seen as a natural differentiation between different people’s brains, and autistic isn’t “wrong” and not autistic isn’t “right”.
Well hi there, sudden, intense, sensory issue triggered and rage-inducing dysphoria. I really don’t want to have a meltdown today so kindly fuck off.
groot is probs assumed to be male but tbh i figure groot is a lil genderless being. who needs the gender binary when you’re a celestial tree creature. riddle me that.
"Are you a boy, or a girl?"
"I am Groot."
Tree sex and gender are actually a fascinatingly complex topic.
From a reproductive perspective, it all comes down to flowers. Like most animals, trees reproduce using “eggs” and “sperm” - in this case, egg cells and pollen - which are both manufactured by flowers. A given flower may produce pollen, egg cells, or both. A flower that produces only pollen is known as “staminate”; one that produces only egg cells, “carpellate”, and one that produces both pollen and egg cells, “perfect” or “bisexual”. This, in turn, yields three possible configurations:
- All of the tree’s flowers are perfect.
- Some flowers on the tree are carpellate, and some flowers on the tree are staminate (possibly with some perfect flowers mixed in).
- The tree has only carpellate flowers, or only staminate flowers.
These three configurations in turn yield numerous permutations. For example, some trees produce mostly or exclusively staminate flowers in the Spring, a mixture of staminate and carpellate flowers in the Summer, and mostly or exclusively carpellate flowers in the Fall. Other trees produce only staminate flowers when young, and gradually transition as they grow until the largest, oldest trees produce only carpellate flowers.
Given such a complicated reproductive dynamic, it’s possible that Groot’s people would have no gender roles - but it’s also possible that they’d have a set of gender roles just as complicated and dynamic as their reproductive roles.
#looooooook #groot #is a complex #multigendered #being #i’m so fucking in love #also #i am groot #is a perfectly valid #gender identity
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I absolutely love the direction this post took.
Thank you, plant science side of tumblr.
shout out to all the closeted/semi closeted trans/nonbinary/non-cis-IDing people starting school for the year
your identities are all valid no matter how many or few people you’ve come out to, you’ll do great (try your best that’s all we can ask), and I am so proud of all of you; you can do this ☆〜（ゝ。∂）
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