Define Depression: A Conversation With Jasper Katz

becauseiamawoman:

By: Alex M.

I’ve known Jasper roughly six months now. We were fellows in the phenomenal Yp4 program, which mentors young activists and helps them create “blueprints,” or projects that will engage their community.

Jasper’s blueprint is the Define Depression conference, which aims to decenter and deinstitutionalize  the experience of being young and depressed. Define Depression will be held November 6-9, at a hotel in Albany, and focuses on people age 18-25 that have experienced depression.

It is a lofty goal to encourage participants to enunciate and enumerate the shape of their depression, but I think Jasper and the conference planners can definitely do it. Jasper’s ideas  address the situational aspect of depression in response to institutional oppressions and economic disparities. They are essentially seeking to deconstruct the experiential model of depression into someone thing more grassroots.

On Friday morning, I had the opportunity to chat with the always charming and cheerful Jasper, and we discussed everything from the concerning  lack of diversity in collegiate therapists to Beyoncé.

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"Too often, we are told to go to the gym, or meditate, or see a therapist, but those suggestions are just handed off without any thought to the rest of our identity outside of our depression. In other words, telling a cisgender person to go to the gym might be a great idea and it might be really helpful. Telling a transgender person to go to the gym with gendered locker rooms might be incredibly triggering/upsetting. Telling a cisgender person to go to the gym could also be an awful idea too." — Define Depression: A Conversation With Jasper Katz | Because I am a Woman (via becauseiamawoman)

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princeowl:

really sick of seeing so much hate directed towards the police on here. look, we get it, you prefer sting’s solo work, i like it too alright? that doesnt mean ‘every little thing she does is magic’ and ‘can’t stand losing you’ arent awesome jams. ‘roxanne’ and ‘don’t stand so close to me’ are classic, don’t even get me started on ‘spirits in the material world’. just stop ok? 

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kars:

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freshest-tittymilk:

portraits-of-america:

     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’”  
Bethlehem, PA
 

Thats mildly hilarious
Trying to find people who understand my sense of humor

whatshouldwecallme:

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thescarletmermaid:

WHAT THE FUCK. THATS IT? THATS THE END? WHY ARE THERE NO COMMENTS ON THIS. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOM AND THE GIRL? ARE THEY ALIVE? IF SO DOES THE GIRL LIKE SCHOOL? DOES HER NEW TEACHER HAVE A PET RAT? WHAT THE FUCK WAS SONIC DOING? DID HE GET WHERE HE NEEDED TO GO? THERE ARE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

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fairytalemood:

"Baba Yaga" & "Vasilisa" by Tin Can Forest (Marek Colek and Pat Shewchuk)