99.9% of the communication I have with FHO readers is overwhelmingly lovely, but every now and again I get something a little less pleasant. Like a comment that perhaps I should stick to talking about forensic nursing, and leave the politics out of it. So I want to be clear: I am a progressive. I believe healthcare is a human right. I believe economic equality cannot occur if women don’t control their own bodies. I believe that political correctness is actually another term for respect for all, and isn’t something that should be sneered at. I am a proud Army wife and support our troops. I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but I don’t believe it allows for unregulated gun sales and ownership, and I certainly don’t believe you can wave the 2nd Amendment in my face and not also remember there is an equally important 1st Amendment. And I believe in intersectionality–that poverty, racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia all impact the health of our patients along with the violence they’ve experienced, and if we truly want to care for our patients, we can’t just care for the one without addressing all the others.
That being said, this is my site, and it is unaffiliated with any agency or organization. I speak solely for myself and as long as that’s true, this site will include “politics”. Because politics impact our patients’ lives, and particularly in these times, I believe it is imperative that we remain vigilant in working towards the health and safety of all people. FHO is not a vanity project; it exists in service to the profession I love. But having an opinion, taking a stand, this is what allows us to move the work forward. Apathy and a refusal to commit to an ideal–these are the enemies of progress.
So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
The so-called women’s magazines are killing it right now in the political commentary arena
Despair and hope (Related)
That pesky hippocampus
Pickle juice! (so good)
If you haven’t read When Breath Becomes Air, do.
System failures seem to always be part of the story