August 7th, 2009

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More thoughts on Sodini (applies to other shooters)

After reading a lot of comments about George Sodini and the misogyny behind his act, I posted the following at Feministing:

I see a lot of back and forth over whether Sodini was only mentally ill or a misogynist or ???

It's obvious that he was mentally ill and may have had other conditions that exacerbated his social ineptness. But the attitudes about women, men, race, religion, and what he would need in order to gain status with other men (a young, pretty woman by his side) came from society. Mental illness was the fuel and our culture was the vehicle leading him to his final, explosive crash.
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http://suicidehotlines.com/national.html

1-800-SUICIDE
1-800-784-2433
1-800-273-TALK
1-800-273-8255
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
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You can also give a gift of the paperback: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by Dr. David Burns. Maybe a therapy-phobic person will at least pick up the book and learn something from it.

Here is the html version of his journal: http://georgesodini.com/20090804.htm
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Fran Varian's Lyme Fighting Army

Just a reminder that author Fran Varian is still struggling with late stage Lyme Disease (since it is so often undiagnosed until it's progressed a long time) and without health insurance, like so many writers, artists, musicians, and other creative spirits. (Link leads to Amy Tan's Lyme Disease story.)

Please consider Donating via Paypal or credit card to help cover her expensive treatments.

For more information please visit Helphealfran.org

You can see her work in the excellent anthology of working class women's stories in Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class.

For more information about Fran, please visit her website: http://franvarian.com/

For more information about Lyme Disease: http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/

and http://www.aldf.com/lyme.shtml