Compassion fatigue: an inevitable consequence of the anti-vaccine movement

People protesting against vaccines that nobody is forcing them to get. A woman with light hair and skin wears Blue Lives Matter paraphernalia and holds a sign that says "LET ME CALL MY OWN SHOTS", while another woman with light skin and hair in the background holds up a red phone and a sign that says "NO FORCED VACCINES".

In California, the percentage of vaccinated patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is “effectively zero”. Recently, a physician in a COVID unit published an op-ed in the LA Times about compassion fatigue; namely, that they are beginning to develop it for their patients–who are, again, entirely unvaccinated. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard such an opinion […]

Dude, where’s my genes?

Hypermobile dancers doing the splits and other party tricks next to a caption that reads "BORN THIS WAY?"

In general, having a genetic disorder known to cause severe pain, neurological complications, digestive complications, and possibly its own subtype of autism is mostly a pain in the ass. After explaining Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to a good friend of mine, she remarked that it sounded extremely inconvenient. Far from the dire feelings I had about my […]

How the mainstream construction of empathy has harmed the autistic community

A quote by Temple Grandin. Her face is shown. She has pale skin and greying brown hair. The quote reads “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation."

How the mainstream construction of empathy has harmed the autistic community Excluding references and external links, here are a handful of psychological constructs and the number of times they appear in the Wikipedia page for “empathy” as of March 18, 2021: Antisocial: 3 Bipolar: 3 Narcissism and narcissistic: 3 Trauma: 3 Schizophrenia and schizoid: 5 […]

The world’s most famous “But you don’t look sick!”: JFK

A black and white photograph of President Kennedy arriving from a limo with crutches. Kennedy has light skin and dark hair. An aide, with his back turned, is opening the limo door.

The subject of former President John F. Kennedy’s health was one of great fascination both when he was alive and the president, and posthumously. During his campaign for president, JFK denied rumors of his poor health, while opponent Richard Nixon assigned his staffers to steal medical records from doctor’s offices; they were unsuccessful. This article […]

Gendering health anxiety: why is it “weak” to fear sickness, but “brave” to fear treating it?

A cartoon of a scared woman with light skin and dark hair wearing a surgical mask and looking worriedly at the large coronaviruses in her periphery.

Here’s a potential research question I’ve had all day. Is it possible that the stigma surrounding health anxiety exists because we associate health anxiety with being feminine? We know, based on the data that we have about health anxiety that it’s common, with conservative estimates putting it at 4-5% of the population (it may perhaps […]

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