Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month

As most of you know April is Autism Awareness Month. Or as some people prefer, Autism Acceptance Month. From my understanding it seems that people are pushing more towards “acceptance” because a lot of people still associate “awareness” with Autism Speaks.

In case you don’t know, supporting Autism Speaks is NOT the way to show your support for people on the spectrum.

Here’s why: The entire platform of Autism Speaks is working on a cure. If a person on the spectrum wants that cure then that’s fine, but it has to be their choice. The issue with that, is that eradicating autism does not help people who currently are on the spectrum. It sends the message that these people need to be “fixed.” This organization doesn’t help them thrive and excel.

Personally, I believe in choosing to advocate acceptance instead of awareness in this case. Think about it, when you hear of awareness months for other things like certain types of cancer or sexual assault (also this month) it’s about being informative and telling people how they can help, right? You get the stats on how many people are affected, what the needs of those people are, what resources are available, and how you can help. Advocating for a cure and nothing else, doesn’t do that. A lot of their proceeds also go toward creating a test that can detect autism in in the womb so that the baby can be aborted. Now, I am pro-choice and I believe you should absolutely be able to make your own decision, but do you see how “getting rid” of autism is contradictory for a group that’s supposed to be a support system?

Also, no “Light it up Blue” please. Blue is not the only official color of Autism Awareness. If you’ve seen the ribbon you know that it’s actually red, yellow and blue. This trend stems from the fact that autism affects boys more than girls (important fact to know!) but also that a lot of doctors refuse to treat autistic women and girls or even give them a proper diagnosis.

Another thing that a lot of people don’t seem to know, is that there are no autistic individuals on the board of directors for Autism Speaks. Sure, a handful of them have children on the spectrum but that’s still not the same thing. Kind of hard to know what the needs of a group are when you don’t include people from that group in decision making right?  Kind of like a bunch of men deciding what women should do with their bodies or straight people making choices for the LGBTQIA+ community…..I digress.

Anyway, so if you want to help but don’t know where to turn, I can help you out with that! These are the organizations that you should look into:

Also, in case you haven’t heard, Sesame Street has introduced a new autistic character named Julia. Now of course one character can’t showcase all points on the spectrum but it is a very good start. You can watch the clip with Julia below where Big Bird has to learn what autism is and Alan, Abby and Elmo help. (Yeah, I’m 23 and I still know the names of the characters) 🙂

The new Power Rangers movie also features an autistic character. The Blue Ranger is on the spectrum too!


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Rape Culture

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⌈Trigger-Warning for victims of sexual assault/rape/non-consensual⌋

I don’t know a single woman who wasn’t sexually harassed, yet. Not a single one who did not get catcalled. Not one who doesn’t feel the need to say more than “no” to sex, because a sick stomach is more of an excuse than simply not wanting to have intercourse.

A guy once said “Female privilege is getting to claim a headache to avoid sex” 

Female oppression is having to claim physical illness to avoid sex because men won’t take a simple “no” for an answer. Female oppression is men being so entitled that they think being denied sex is oppressive.

I was 12 when I got catcalled for the first time in my life. It was scary. But it happens to everybody, right? It’s normal. And on top of that I should be happy about it because we all want attention, we all like…

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Reading list for your period!

Yes to ALL of this

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Guess what, internet? I’m menstruating right now! GASP! I know, right!? Shocker! Let’s talk about it! At the moment I am on day 1. Day 1 is the worst. Part of me wants a Java Chip Frappucino, part of me wants sleep, and part of me wants to bend in half backward because, for some reason, I feel like if I do that, the jackhammer that is currently hammering away on my lower back will stop. I took a shower but I still smell weird, I did a workout, and now I’m writing this post! How normal!

A while back, several bloggers wrote some great posts about how there should/should not be more mention of menstruation in books, specifically in YA. I’m not going to talk about that because my simple opinion is that, yes, we need more of it. But this post, this post, and this post are…

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March Wrap-Up | 2017

Here’s our recap for this month!

POSTS FROM ADMIN:

Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles:

B.G. @  Getting Through Anxiety:

Ariel @  Writing Radiation:

POSTS FROM CONTRIBUTORS:

Brianna @  Personally Me:

POSTS FROM THE SERENITY TEAM:

REBLOGGED:

Remember: If you would like to contact us about topics to discuss, questions, or if you’re interested in becoming a contributor or writing a guest post, you can contact the admin at serenity.wordpress@gmail.com!

~ Ariel, B.G., Brianna, Carla, & Rae

Trans Day of Visibility

Happy Trans Day of Visibility

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Today, March 31st, is Trans Day of Visibility!

This is hosted by Trans Student Educational Resources, and this years theme is Trans Resistance.

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With these statistics it’s clear that today is a very important day!  This year 8 trans women have been murdered:

  • Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
  • Mesha Caldwell
  • Jojo Striker
  • Jaquarrius Holland
  • Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond
  • Chyna Doll Dupree
  • Ciarra McElveen
  • Alfonza Watson

All of these women were women of color as well. Last year twenty-seven trans women were murdered, making it the deadliest documented year for trans related murders. Although it is likely that there were even more murders that didn’t make the news or the victims weren’t reported as transgender. Trans day of visibility is described as “not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!” by the TSER. I fell like part of that recognition is shedding light on…

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Serenity Blog Award #6

Hi everyone! The team here at Serenity hope you all had a wonderful March! At the end of each month, we try to celebrate some of the best blogs out there by awarding them with The Serenity Blog Award!

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The Serenity Blog Award is awarded to the authors of blogs whose goal is to spread peace and unity through love and respect, while shining light on important topics.

We ask that, if you choose to display this award, you do so with your reasoning of why writing about peace is important to you.

Here are the nominees for March:

Rob Talks Mental Health

Jenny in Neverland

Social Underground

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Rae’s Rules to Remember #78: Ignoring racism won’t make it “go away”

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“The only way to end racism is to stop talking about it.”

In case you didn’t already know, this quote is complete bullshit.

Ignoring a problem is not the proper way to handle it. For example, if you find out that you have cancer you don’t just wait for it to kill you. You start treatments and take medication to slow it down, remove it, and fight it. Obviously, I’m comparing apples and oranges here but the concept is somewhat the same.

Most people have heard this quote from Morgan Freeman and think, “well if a black man said it then it must be true.”

Wrong.

Morgan Freeman was wrong. That is not the way to deal with racism.

In my experience, the people who repeat this phrase the most are white people.This is an issue because as a member of the majority, you can’t tell someone else how to…

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