Do you know what’s not fucking funny? Exploiting someone’s illness for amusement. Get your ableist bullshit out of the OCD tag.
what the ever loving fuck
You know a great way of disarming things we’re scared of or worry us?
Laugh about it.
Are things like homophobia or mental “disorders” or fat shaming serious problems that deserve our attention? Yes, of course. But don’t lose your sense of humor. Don’t let that big scary thing stop you from laughing. The most amazing people, and the most confident, I’ve seen were able to laugh at themselves. Because when you can laugh at it, it becomes that much smaller and manageable of a problem.
Of course laughter is healing. But making light of a disorder and perpetuating stereotypes about that disorder and making it seem okay to do so is much different than being able to laugh at one’s own difficulties and experiences with those disorders.
This is the sort of shit that makes people think it’s okay to say things like “Oh my OCD kicked in and I had to organize my record collection” or “Oh, you have a panic disorder? I had a panic attack once, I know what you’re going through.” - it’s trivializing a fucking illness. Illnesses that no one can understand except the person struggling through it.
Mental illness is misunderstood enough in our society. This kind of ableism, under the guise of “humor”, does nothing to contribute to what needs to be said and understood about these things.