Considering how prevalent mental illness is, especially in women, why do so few bloggers talk about it? Many mention it in passing but I wanted to put it, and feminism, to the forefront.
I have chosen to leave out certain details of my life because my friends and family do not know I write this blog. While this could be interpreted as evidence of shame for my illness or the internalization of stigma, I have made this choice for one particular reason. I want to write without censoring myself. To know that those closest to me may be reading my entries would affect how and what I write. Due to the nature of my illness, often it is not a choice as to whether or not I want to disclose the intimate details of my experience. To this end, I feel that the people around me know more than enough about my experience. I want to be able to unfurl my thoughts regarding my mental illness and my feminist ideology; to create the safe space for me to do this required a certain level of annonymity from those in my immediate life.
I hope I can connect to others who have had experience with mental illness, especially those who have in the past or currently suffer from a disorder/disorders. Talking with those who share experiences can be very liberating and can help to clarify ones own life!
I hope you can take something from this blog, whatever that may be.