Did anyone see the article in May 11th's New York Times talking about
the new movement entitled Mad Pride? Here's the link:www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/fashion/11madpride.html?ex=1368244800&en=01aecef76568c18f&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
It's discussing a movement, much like feminism or Gay Pride, in which people with mental illnesses come out in shows of public support to create a public presence and educate people about
their conditions. The main woman they interviewed for the article, Liz Spikol, has bipolar disorder.
Personally, I'm torn on the idea. Firstly, I'm not sure how I feel about
being grouped under the moniker "Mad." My husband said, it's sort of like gays calling themselves "queer," they're not actually queer, they just call themselves that to show pride. They "reclaimed" the word. But I'm still a little leery about
Otherwise, I think it's a great idea. I definitely think the world could use a little more knowledge about
just how many people have mental conditions and what those conditions entail. Break down the stigma a little. I think Bonkersfest sounds fun.
What do you guys think?
SerafenaCo-Moderator, Bipolar ForumBipolar II