Why This Meme Is Shit

Why This Meme Is Shit

The one's who are strong enough to accept that they have a problem and proceed to getting help are wearing the capes.

I would like to set one thing clear once and for all. Depression can be caused by a wide spectrum of things such as a chemical imbalance in one's brain (this is usually referred to as Clinical Depression), genetics, an experience they have been through such as abuse, and so much more. What lies true for all these causes is that you have not been dealt an easy hand. You have been thrown through thick and thin, the good and the bad, and the ugliest things imaginable. Therefore, if there was a definition in the dictionary to define a person with depression "weak" would be an antonym. For that reason exactly is why I am openly bashing this meme.

Medication and a biomedical therapy approach is a new topic in itself. Although skimming the surface, I would like to point out a few very crucial things to know about the treatment of depression. More often than not...of course it depends on your depression type, people can not be cured from depression from solely talking things out, even if it's with a professional. In that same sense, nature can't be labeled as an antidepressant. Oh, and I will take the liberty to point out that to label something as an "antidepressant", it must be a drug. Last time I checked, and technically speaking, nature is not a drug. I will give you this, nature as well as anything brings one joy, peace, and happiness and can aid in one's treatment, this is true. However, it does not have the capability of making one better.

Aside from everything that has been mentioned, my biggest issue with this meme is that it adds to the false stigma of treating mental illnesses with medication. Mental illnesses are very real and they're most definitely debilitating to one's overall well being. There is NOTHING wrong with treating mental illnesses with medication if 1) it is helping, and if 2) there truly is something going on in one's brain from a biological standpoint. People, along with the creator of this meme, must stop thinking they are wearing a cape, because they have far from super powers. The ones who are strong enough to accept that they have a problem and proceed to getting help are wearing the capes.

The ones who go about their lives trying to fix their depression themselves instead of seeking professional help are the same people who are committing suicide. Eventually, they can't put up that tough guy act anymore because it becomes too much, and just like that, everything and all their problems come pouring down on them all at once and no matter what they do they can't make it stop.

So, although many will have differing opinions regarding this I feel that it is important to hear mine. Acting as if you are invisible is not always the solution and pills are most definitley not shit.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.


Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.

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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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