“I am 18 and I am so glad that I am so bad at killing myself”
Civil War Sickness, a young woman examines her eating disorder recovery. She consciously resists the temptation to rely on visuals of starvation and specific body weights, instead seeking to articulate the deeper questions: why do eating disorders develop? Why do eating disorders persist? And how does healing happen?
Compromise where you can. And where you can’t, don’t.
Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is right, even if the whole world is telling you to move.
It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say:
No, YOU move.
On this day in 1852, American author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s
novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published. Previously published as a
serial in the anti-slavery periodical the National Era, Uncle Tom’s
Cabin tells the story of a black slave and recounts the harsh reality
of his enslavement. Stowe was an ardent advocate of the abolition of
slavery, and wrote the novel in response to the passage of the
controversial 1850 Fugitive Slave Act which was part of the Compromise
of 1850. The Act ordered Northern citizens to assist in the return of
runaway slaves from the South, thus forcing the generally anti-slavery
North to become complicit in the continuance of the ‘peculiar
institution’. The popular discontent over the slavery issue helped
make Uncle Tom’s Cabin the best-selling novel of the nineteenth
century and saw its translation into sixty languages. The novel helped
keep the flames of anti-slavery sentiment alive, and is therefore
sometimes attributed with helping start the American Civil War. While
still hailed as a great anti-slavery work of its day, the novel falls
short of modern expectations with its stereotypical portrayal of
“So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war” - what, according to legend, Abraham Lincoln said upon meeting Stowe in 1862