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16 February 2008 @ 11:27 pm
 So call me stupid or ignorant or whatever, but I never totally noticed the misunderstanding of self-mutilation before I became familiar with To Write Love on Her Arms.

I was watching a video on youtube of Jamie speaking about TWLOHA, and there were SO many comments that said things like, "HA cutters are so fucking funny...you are all such losers!! Go cut yourselves..." 

Or, in one comment, a girl revealed that her friend had killed herself. So someone else replied saying something like, "HAHAHA she probably killed herself because of you!! I would've done the same thing!! Why don't you just go kill yourself...I'd probably laugh my ass off if I found out you did!"

...can I ask how you all deal with things like this? I never realized before how misunderstood this issue is. And while it only makes me want to fight harder, it's so difficult to hear these things. While I haven't hurt myself in two years, some of these comments (as sad as this sounds) make me want to hurt myself all over again.

Do any of you have any ways to cope with this that you can offer?
Current Mood: sadShocked and hurt
Current Music: Take Me Away + Lifehouse
Brinnaendlikethis on February 17th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
i often stick up for the people who are being harassed by the jerks who say the sort of things that you quoted. sure, they will just say the same things to me, but if i direct my kind words toward the person who said something originally, like that her friend had killed herself, i feel like i've done something.
Sarah Elizabethnolabels24 on February 17th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I know how you're feeling. My best friend Ryan doesn't get it as all, so I was trying to explain my shirt to him (I have the white "Love is the Movement" one) and he was like, "Yeah, you just think your life is so terrible, next time don't miss." I screamed at him in front of like, 30 people and my roommate found me in the bathroom hysterical.

I guess you've got to just keep telling yourself that those people are ignorant and as much as you want to enlighten the whole world, you have to think about yourself. Pull yourself away from situations like that and keep telling yourself that you're stronger than them. Seek help in others if you're scared, or if you don't trust yourself to be alone.

Or just come here and write. That's what we're hear for.
justjumpit54321: Jesus final answerjustjumpit54321 on February 18th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
People, especially on YouTube, are stupid.
"YouTube nerds" as I call them try to comment on as many videos as they can with horrid comments that are totally untrue.
The other half of people just have no clue what self injury really is, and don't understand it at all. I try my best to ignore them or even educate them on the spot about it.

I'm sorry that you had to encounter that kind of idiocy. It's so sad =[

sweetcupcake4 on March 19th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
ughhh I particulary hate it when comments like that are left...really do they have no other way to spend their lives other than writing comments like that about an issue so serious as self-harm is
I try to ignore comments regarding that,I try to block out people when they talk about it as a joke...I even try to block out conversations about the issue itself,cause it makes me feel uncomfortable[also cause they don't know]but I just try to keep level headed and focus on what I am doing with my life right now and stay positive