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Arguing, Community, and Dad: Waubgeshig Rice @waub Follow There's a lot of talk of "erasing history" this week with few actual examples. Here's one: ask a Anishinaabe person if they know their clan 1:43 PM - 25 Aug 2017 248 Retweets 370 Likes 1 12 t 248 370 Tweet your reply Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h Replying to @waub If they don't, ask why. Chances are it's due to measures imposed by the government to deliberately erase that cultural identity and history. Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h The clan system is crucial to Anishinaabe culture. It defines family lines and outlines roles and responsibilities in communities Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h If you know your clan, you can draw a direct line to your ancestors and how and where they lived on the land before settlers came Waubgeshig Rice Ф @waub Follow But in many communities that clan knowledge is gone because of residential schools, the Indian Act, and other violent efforts of erasure 1:48 PM - 25 Aug 2017 13 Retweets 58 Likes 1358 Tweet your reply Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h Replying to @waub I'm bear clan, but I didn't learn that until late in my childhood. My grandfather died young, and never shared that with his family 60 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h There was a shame about our Anishinaabe culture that infected our community because of the Indian Act, residential and day schools, etc. 2 6 51 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h The Indian Agent used to come in and shoot his gun in the air whenever he saw a sweatlodge happening, where culture and history were shared Waubgeshig Rice Ф @waub Follow Violently putting a stop to ceremony erases history. So no one talked about that kind of knowledge for a long time in my community 1:54 PM - 25 Aug 2017 9 Retweets 52 Likes Tweet your reply Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h Replying to @waub It took my dad many years of travelling and visitor elders to finally determine we're bear clan. I'm thankful he made those efforts 2 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h My wife doesn't know her clan on her Nish side because her grandpa went to residential school and her grandma was raised by missionaries Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h I wish I could help her try to figure that out, but I wouldn't even know where to start. That's an overwhelming hill to climb 3 7 Waubgeshig Rice Ф @waub Follow Losing clan knowledge means Anishinaabe history has been deliberately erased. For many families in many communities, it's gone forever. 2:00 PM - 25 Aug 2017 20 Retweets 70 Likes Waubgeshig Rice Ф @waub Follow I'm sure those who've lost their clan could argue it's much more devastating than changing the name of a school or taking down a statue. 2:01 PM-25 Aug 2017 26 Retweets 128 Likes allthecanadianpolitics: More good discussion on Indigenous twitter about taking down racist statues or renaming schools (i.e. Schools named after John A Macdonald’s who started the Residential School system and many other genocidal policies). This thread is by Waubgeshig Rice‏.
Arguing, Community, and Dad: Waubgeshig Rice
 @waub
 Follow
 There's a lot of talk of "erasing history" this
 week with few actual examples. Here's one:
 ask a Anishinaabe person if they know their
 clan
 1:43 PM - 25 Aug 2017
 248 Retweets 370 Likes
 1
 12 t 248 370
 Tweet your reply
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 Replying to @waub
 If they don't, ask why. Chances are it's due to measures imposed by the
 government to deliberately erase that cultural identity and history.
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 The clan system is crucial to Anishinaabe culture. It defines family lines and
 outlines roles and responsibilities in communities
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 If you know your clan, you can draw a direct line to your ancestors and how and
 where they lived on the land before settlers came

 Waubgeshig Rice Ф
 @waub
 Follow
 But in many communities that clan
 knowledge is gone because of residential
 schools, the Indian Act, and other violent
 efforts of erasure
 1:48 PM - 25 Aug 2017
 13 Retweets 58 Likes
 1358
 Tweet your reply
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 Replying to @waub
 I'm bear clan, but I didn't learn that until late in my childhood. My grandfather
 died young, and never shared that with his family
 60
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 There was a shame about our Anishinaabe culture that infected our community
 because of the Indian Act, residential and day schools, etc.
 2
 6
 51
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 The Indian Agent used to come in and shoot his gun in the air whenever he saw a
 sweatlodge happening, where culture and history were shared

 Waubgeshig Rice Ф
 @waub
 Follow
 Violently putting a stop to ceremony erases
 history. So no one talked about that kind of
 knowledge for a long time in my community
 1:54 PM - 25 Aug 2017
 9 Retweets 52 Likes
 Tweet your reply
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 Replying to @waub
 It took my dad many years of travelling and visitor elders to finally determine
 we're bear clan. I'm thankful he made those efforts
 2
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 My wife doesn't know her clan on her Nish side because her grandpa went to
 residential school and her grandma was raised by missionaries
 Waubgeshig Rice@waub 8h
 I wish I could help her try to figure that out, but I wouldn't even know where to
 start. That's an overwhelming hill to climb
 3
 7

 Waubgeshig Rice Ф
 @waub
 Follow
 Losing clan knowledge means Anishinaabe
 history has been deliberately erased. For
 many families in many communities, it's gone
 forever.
 2:00 PM - 25 Aug 2017
 20 Retweets 70 Likes

 Waubgeshig Rice Ф
 @waub
 Follow
 I'm sure those who've lost their clan could
 argue it's much more devastating than
 changing the name of a school or taking
 down a statue.
 2:01 PM-25 Aug 2017
 26 Retweets 128 Likes
allthecanadianpolitics:

More good discussion on Indigenous twitter about taking down racist statues or renaming schools (i.e. Schools named after John A Macdonald’s who started the Residential School system and many other genocidal policies).
This thread is by Waubgeshig Rice‏.

allthecanadianpolitics: More good discussion on Indigenous twitter about taking down racist statues or renaming schools (i.e. Schools named...

Apparently, Bodies , and Books: :Doctor Sohna le vononr Quis non doberctjche egihey an anges tiabwngt artar Eucß nasmeen langen Sc u hurmit deutar figrasmanthian.und georaucl fvckthisreality: zacharielaughingalonewithsalad: cellarspider: twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck: purrsianstuck: During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy. Mission fucking accomplished Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense. It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long. You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done. The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too. The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use. Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”. So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful. Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either. These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols! reblogging for the sweet history lesson Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool
Apparently, Bodies , and Books: :Doctor Sohna
 le vononr
 Quis non doberctjche egihey
 an anges tiabwngt
 artar Eucß
 nasmeen langen Sc
 u
 hurmit deutar figrasmanthian.und georaucl
fvckthisreality:
zacharielaughingalonewithsalad:

cellarspider:

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck:

purrsianstuck:

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool

fvckthisreality: zacharielaughingalonewithsalad: cellarspider: twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck: purrsianstuck: During the Bubonic Plague, do...

Dumb, Martin, and Money: E BUSINESS INSIDER YOUR MONEY How one 31-year-old paid off $220,000 in student loans in 3 years Emmie Martin O Mar. 8, 2017,12:40 PM 105,941 Back home in Joliet, linois, Horton took a job as an operations manager at the nonprofit her mother runs. The salary was comparable to what she made in DC, but the cost of living was drastically less. She increased her student-loan payments, setting the lofty goal of paying thenm off entirely in a year. Horton and her boyfriend tied the knot soon after the move. Horton's mother gave the couple a condo that she had purchased at an auction as a wedding gift. It became crucial in wiping away the hefty student-loan tab. Horton and her husband lived in the condo for three months, but then they decided to move in with her grandparents down the street and started renting out the condo to bring in extra income To anyone who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on student loans or paying back any debt they've incurred- Horton has a simple message: "I just want them to feel empowered that they can pay if off. If I can do it, anybody can." fo marriedtogoddess: yeah all u need is for ur mom to give u a job at her own company, then give you a free apartment that you get to rent out while u stay with ur grandparents for cheap. shit easy tbh Why didnt I think of this omg we poor are so dumb
Dumb, Martin, and Money: E BUSINESS INSIDER
 YOUR MONEY
 How one 31-year-old paid off $220,000 in student loans
 in 3 years
 Emmie Martin
 O Mar. 8, 2017,12:40 PM 105,941
 Back home in Joliet, linois, Horton took a job as an operations manager at the nonprofit her
 mother runs. The salary was comparable to what she made in DC, but the cost of living was
 drastically less. She increased her student-loan payments, setting the lofty goal of paying thenm
 off entirely in a year.
 Horton and her boyfriend tied the knot soon after the move. Horton's mother gave the couple a
 condo that she had purchased at an auction as a wedding gift. It became crucial in wiping away
 the hefty student-loan tab.
 Horton and her husband lived in the condo for three months, but then they decided to move in
 with her grandparents down the street and started renting out the condo to bring in extra
 income
 To anyone who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on student loans or paying back
 any debt they've incurred- Horton has a simple message: "I just want them to feel empowered
 that they can pay if off. If I can do it, anybody can."
 fo
marriedtogoddess:

yeah all u need is for ur mom to give u a job at her own company, then give you a free apartment that you get to rent out while u stay with ur grandparents for cheap. shit easy tbh

Why didnt I think of this omg we poor are so dumb

marriedtogoddess: yeah all u need is for ur mom to give u a job at her own company, then give you a free apartment that you get to rent out...

Twitter, Bankruptcy, and Business: Vicente Fox Quesada . @VicenteFoxQue Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument. Another promise he can't keep. 1/5/17, 10:33 PM 27K RETWEETS 46.6K LIKES Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFo.... 20h Sr Trump,the intelligence report is devastating.Losing election by more than 3M votes and in addition this.Are you a legitimate president? 3,851 37.9K73.9K Vicente Fox Quesada。@VicenteFox.. . 21 h ﹀ TRUMP, when will you understand that l am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US tax payers. They will pay for it 6,147 다 147K 218K Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFox...-1d ﹀ Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument Another promise he can't keep わ2,526 656K ·121K Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFox.. ·2d ﹀ Well done Trump. At the very end many jobs will come from forcing GM, FORD, to stay home. Why you don't do it in your own businesses 236 3,280 ·7,943 Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFox.. . 2d Those who do not learn from history (GM,FORD)will repeat the same mistakes.Losing competitiveness and facing bankruptcy. Who pays?tax payers 119 1,219 2,908 Vicente Fox QuesadaVicent... 12/11/16 The whole nation is trusting its security in a guy who rather he doesn't get briefed every day about it. A presidency is not a business eight years. Could be eight years -- but eight years. I don't need that.But I do say, "If something should change, let us know." Now, in the meantime, my generals are great are being briefed. And Mike Pence is being briefed, who is, by the way, one of my very good decisions. He is terrific. And they're being briefed. And I'm being briefed also. But if they're going to come in and tell me the 41. 109 608 1,149 Vicente Fox Quesada@Vicent... 12/6/16 In this era, IT has become a crucial thing in practically everything, but dictating political agenda through Twitter is nonsense 257 732 Vicente Fox Quesada@Vicent... .12/5/16v That's a good question for @realDonaldTrump, most of his apparel is produced abroad Jac Higgins @Vette73 @VicenteFoxQue Question for @realDonaldTrump : will the tax apply to his clothing line and Ivanka's jewelry as well? h 17 204 445 Vicente Fox Quesada e》 @Vicent...-12/5/16 v Business leaders ought to stand up to his bullying. Do not let his ideas become the end of trade and peace progress 23 138 He really came for Trump’s toupée
Twitter, Bankruptcy, and Business: Vicente Fox Quesada .
 @VicenteFoxQue
 Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still
 neither myself nor Mexico are going to
 pay for his racist monument.
 Another promise he can't keep.
 1/5/17, 10:33 PM
 27K RETWEETS 46.6K LIKES

 Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFo.... 20h
 Sr Trump,the intelligence report is
 devastating.Losing election by more than
 3M votes and in addition this.Are you a
 legitimate president?
 3,851
 37.9K73.9K
 Vicente Fox Quesada。@VicenteFox.. . 21 h ﹀
 TRUMP, when will you understand that l
 am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear
 with US tax payers. They will pay for it
 6,147
 다 147K
 218K
 Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFox...-1d ﹀
 Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still
 neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay
 for his racist monument
 Another promise he can't keep
 わ2,526 656K ·121K

 Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFox.. ·2d ﹀
 Well done Trump. At the very end many
 jobs will come from forcing GM, FORD, to
 stay home. Why you don't do it in your own
 businesses
 236
 3,280
 ·7,943
 Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFox.. . 2d
 Those who do not learn from history
 (GM,FORD)will repeat the same
 mistakes.Losing competitiveness and
 facing bankruptcy. Who pays?tax payers
 119
 1,219
 2,908

 Vicente Fox QuesadaVicent... 12/11/16
 The whole nation is trusting its security in
 a guy who rather he doesn't get briefed
 every day about it. A presidency is not a
 business
 eight years. Could be eight years -- but eight
 years. I don't need that.But I do say, "If
 something should change, let us know." Now, in
 the meantime, my generals are great are
 being briefed. And Mike Pence is being
 briefed, who is, by the way, one of my very
 good decisions. He is terrific. And they're
 being briefed. And I'm being briefed also. But
 if they're going to come in and tell me the
 41.
 109
 608
 1,149

 Vicente Fox Quesada@Vicent... 12/6/16
 In this era, IT has become a crucial thing in
 practically everything, but dictating
 political agenda through Twitter is
 nonsense
 257
 732
 Vicente Fox Quesada@Vicent... .12/5/16v
 That's a good question for
 @realDonaldTrump, most of his apparel is
 produced abroad
 Jac Higgins @Vette73
 @VicenteFoxQue Question for
 @realDonaldTrump : will the tax apply
 to his clothing line and Ivanka's jewelry
 as well?
 h 17
 204
 445
 Vicente Fox Quesada e》 @Vicent...-12/5/16 v
 Business leaders ought to stand up to his
 bullying. Do not let his ideas become the
 end of trade and peace progress
 23
 138
He really came for Trump’s toupée

He really came for Trump’s toupée

Chill, Feminism, and Fucking: aaliyah @blackheaux This whole SJ movement is lowkey failing because y'all expect people to be perfect and refuse to accept that change is mostly gradual 11/4/15, 2:10 PM from Queens, NY 75 RETWEETS 107 FAVORITES aaliyah @blackheaux Pressure to change is needed but not under circumstances where you feel your peers will persecute you for not changing as they see fit 11/4/15, 2:12 PM from Queens, NY 51 RETWEETS 70 FAVORITES aaliyah @blackheaux Having people out here scared to ask questions or do anything wrong... Chill on that fr 11/4/15, 2:12 PM from Queens, NY 31 RETWEETS 26 FAVORITES 13 Alexis Isabel Retweeted aaliyah @blackheaux You can correct someone without the hyper-aggressive approaches and group attacks. Please reflect on that behavior.. It's crucial 11/4/15, 3:02 PM from Queens, NY 54 RETWEETS 92 FAVORITES Reply to aaliyah, Alexis Isabel crylie: sodomymcscurvylegs: Y'all wanna be pulling receipts about something another blogger said in 2006 because it’s not that you give a single fuck about progress and changing minds and attitudes, but because you want internet brownie points for “dragging” someone else and looking mightier than though. BYE! fucking thisthis this this jesus christTEACH don’t shun; ur methods should be to educate bcus guess what not everyone was given the same opportunities to be worldly and tolerant. and guess what else i highly doubt most of ya’ll were born completely sin free u knoi had to learn a LOT about feminism and about different cultures and how to respect them and it’s taken all of my life up until now. and i learned mostly from ppl that took the time to explain!!!
Chill, Feminism, and Fucking: aaliyah
 @blackheaux
 This whole SJ movement is lowkey
 failing because y'all expect people to be
 perfect and refuse to accept that
 change is mostly gradual
 11/4/15, 2:10 PM from Queens, NY
 75 RETWEETS 107 FAVORITES

 aaliyah
 @blackheaux
 Pressure to change is needed but not
 under circumstances where you feel
 your peers will persecute you for not
 changing as they see fit
 11/4/15, 2:12 PM from Queens, NY
 51 RETWEETS 70 FAVORITES

 aaliyah
 @blackheaux
 Having people out here scared to ask
 questions or do anything wrong... Chill
 on that fr
 11/4/15, 2:12 PM from Queens, NY
 31 RETWEETS 26 FAVORITES
 13

 Alexis Isabel Retweeted
 aaliyah
 @blackheaux
 You can correct someone without the
 hyper-aggressive approaches and
 group attacks. Please reflect on that
 behavior.. It's crucial
 11/4/15, 3:02 PM from Queens, NY
 54 RETWEETS 92 FAVORITES
 Reply to aaliyah, Alexis Isabel
crylie:

sodomymcscurvylegs:
Y'all wanna be pulling receipts about something another blogger said in 2006 because it’s not that you give a single fuck about progress and changing minds and attitudes, but because you want internet brownie points for “dragging” someone else and looking mightier than though. BYE!
fucking thisthis this this jesus christTEACH don’t shun; ur methods should be to educate bcus guess what not everyone was given the same opportunities to be worldly and tolerant. and guess what else i highly doubt most of ya’ll were born completely sin free u knoi had to learn a LOT about feminism and about different cultures and how to respect them and it’s taken all of my life up until now. and i learned mostly from ppl that took the time to explain!!!

crylie: sodomymcscurvylegs: Y'all wanna be pulling receipts about something another blogger said in 2006 because it’s not that you give a s...

Carrie Fisher, Dove, and Drinking: BECA TRBECA% F LM FEST VAL ECA FİLM FESTIVAL VAL FE TRIBECA FİLM FESTIVAL RBECA FILM TR BECA FILM FEST VAL FESTIVAL ︶ vox: To Carrie Fisher, a woman who knew the power of accepting yourself without apology Carrie Fisher spent a lifetime fighting people’s expectations and found a new hope in not giving a shit what I, you, or anyone else thought of her — which is exactly why I’ve always thought the world of her. My introduction to Fisher was the same as most people’s: staring up at a screen in wide-eyed admiration and wonder as her steely Princess Leia took Star Wars by storm and sheer force of will. She was a 19-year-old thrown into the twin chaoses of deep space and Hollywood, and she proved a shining star in both. But as I grew older and dove deeper into Fisher’s history and ongoing career, I discovered a life overflowing with wit, advocacy, and incredible strength. As she would be the first to tell you, Fisher’s life co-starred a devastating cocktail of addiction and mental illness. Thrust into the most competitive Hollywood echelons before she was 20 — and having grown up around it, being the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds — she absorbed whatever chemicals she could to get by, not believing the doctors who told her that her addictions were exacerbated by a form of manic depression. (She was later diagnosed as bipolar.) In 1987, with the benefit of hindsight, Fisher wrote in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge about the horrors of being trapped inside your own mind while outside pressures do everything they can to cave in the walls. “I shot through my 20s like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination,” she wrote. “Nowhere.” But in real life, Carrie Fisher wasn’t just going somewhere, she was going somewhere meaningful and funny and relentlessly smart. She came out of her turbulent 20s determined to forge a new path, one that defied anyone to look at her and see a girl in a gold bikini while conveniently ignoring its accompanying chains. (Fisher famously hated that stupid “outfit,” no matter how many adolescent fantasies it inspired. When promoting 2015’s The Force Awakens, she even made sure to remind everyone that the Slave Leia bikini was for a slave, “a prisoner of a giant testicle.”) Carrie Fisher wrote her way out of her own horror, from Postcards from the Edge in 1987 to her wickedly funny one-woman show Wishful Drinking in 2006, to her journal compilation The Princess Diarist, published just a month ago. All along the way, she was open about her struggles and mental health in a way that few dared — and she was funny while she did it. You don’t have to look any further than her Twitter bio — “there’s no room for demons when you’re self-possessed” — to understand exactly who Carrie Fisher was. She was crucially, completely unashamed of who she was, talking openly about her mental breaks, the psychotic episodes that would send her careening and land her in clinics. She made it clear that while she knew her brain could be an insidious Trojan horse determined to make her life hell from the inside out, she was able to persevere by accepting that reality as fact. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that,” Fisher told Sawyer in that 2000 interview. “I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.” Carrie Fisher took on the dark forces inside and surrounding her by finding something precious to hold onto, something to humanize, something to laugh about. She stormed through her chaotic mind and world to forge an unapologetic life, inspiring countless others — like me, and maybe even you — to do the same.
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vox:
To Carrie Fisher, a woman who knew the power of accepting yourself without apology
Carrie Fisher spent a lifetime fighting people’s expectations and found a new hope in not giving a shit what I, you, or anyone else thought of her — which is exactly why I’ve always thought the world of her.
My introduction to Fisher was the same as most people’s: staring up at a screen in wide-eyed admiration and wonder as her steely Princess Leia took Star Wars by storm and sheer force of will. She was a 19-year-old thrown into the twin chaoses of deep space and Hollywood, and she proved a shining star in both.
But as I grew older and dove deeper into Fisher’s history and ongoing career, I discovered a life overflowing with wit, advocacy, and incredible strength.
As she would be the first to tell you, Fisher’s life co-starred a devastating cocktail of addiction and mental illness. Thrust into the most competitive Hollywood echelons before she was 20 — and having grown up around it, being the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds — she absorbed whatever chemicals she could to get by, not believing the doctors who told her that her addictions were exacerbated by a form of manic depression. (She was later diagnosed as bipolar.)
In 1987, with the benefit of hindsight, Fisher wrote in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge about the horrors of being trapped inside your own mind while outside pressures do everything they can to cave in the walls. “I shot through my 20s like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination,” she wrote. “Nowhere.”
But in real life, Carrie Fisher wasn’t just going somewhere, she was going somewhere meaningful and funny and relentlessly smart. She came out of her turbulent 20s determined to forge a new path, one that defied anyone to look at her and see a girl in a gold bikini while conveniently ignoring its accompanying chains.
(Fisher famously hated that stupid “outfit,” no matter how many adolescent fantasies it inspired. When promoting 2015’s The Force Awakens, she even made sure to remind everyone that the Slave Leia bikini was for a slave, “a prisoner of a giant testicle.”)
Carrie Fisher wrote her way out of her own horror, from Postcards from the Edge in 1987 to her wickedly funny one-woman show Wishful Drinking in 2006, to her journal compilation The Princess Diarist, published just a month ago.
All along the way, she was open about her struggles and mental health in a way that few dared — and she was funny while she did it. You don’t have to look any further than her Twitter bio — “there’s no room for demons when you’re self-possessed” — to understand exactly who Carrie Fisher was.
She was crucially, completely unashamed of who she was, talking openly about her mental breaks, the psychotic episodes that would send her careening and land her in clinics. She made it clear that while she knew her brain could be an insidious Trojan horse determined to make her life hell from the inside out, she was able to persevere by accepting that reality as fact.
“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that,” Fisher told Sawyer in that 2000 interview. “I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
Carrie Fisher took on the dark forces inside and surrounding her by finding something precious to hold onto, something to humanize, something to laugh about. She stormed through her chaotic mind and world to forge an unapologetic life, inspiring countless others — like me, and maybe even you — to do the same.

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