I can’t add much else to the observation that, “this seems like some distinctive pinnacle of awfulness.”
(Thanks to RK for the heads up)
“Vice Published a Fashion Spread of Female Writer Suicides”
(Heads up: there are pictures of models depicting suicides.)
Okay, I can add this. For all I know, inside a moral vacuum maybe implying that suicide is beautiful isn’t immoral. But I feel confident in the assertion that in a social context where a segment of the population is encouraged to believe that they are only valuable members of society insofar as they are capable of being beautiful, emphasizing that such people can be beautiful and stylish while committing suicide is pretty damn immoral. And I am equally confident in asserting that we currently live in such a social context.
I’m going to take this opportunity to provide some links and quotes:
If you are feeling suicidal:
(more after the jump)
If you know someone who is or may be suicidal:
I’m also going to plug this free ‘game’ again, because I think for some people it can offer a really effective way to explore your depression and suicidal thoughts in a cathartic manner, or for those who haven’t experienced them, gain a better understanding of what depression and suicidal tendencies are like:
If you would like to the read the blog of someone who has continuously dealt with suicidal thoughts for a long time (as well as other mountains of bs that life has thrown at her), I recommend DaisyBee’s blog, because she is a fantastic writer, an avid feminist, and is brutally honest and open about her life.
Whether you have ever been suicidal or not, this webcomic has some real powerful things to offer in additional to brilliant humor:
Also, since Vice didn’t think this was really important enough to include in their spread, here’s some of the writing and thoughts about writing by those people who were these things called writers and whose legacies and impact on the world eclipsed the mere manner of their deaths:
“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”
“Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself. And you have no duty towards anyone else.”
“Now I know the things I know, and I do the things I do; and if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you! ”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
“A concept is stronger than a fact.”
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
“Don’t ask from where I have come,
My home is far, far away.
Why do you wander so far?
Wander so far?”
“The Lady is a humble thing
Made of death and water
The fashion is to dress it plain
And use the mind for border”