airing out.

In line with what I've mentioned before, about how I think there isn't enough in the way we couch our language in talking about mental health in a way that actively encourages people to be more inward-facing in their desire to be better so as to seek therapy for themselves instead of just narcissistic validation: I oftentimes wish I wasn't so abundantly curious of things that I know will largely be psychically damaging to my sense of well-being if I were to indulge and try to learn more, as I just spent the better part of this morning learning about the zoophilia community on social media. It's a lot like how pedophiles were trying to rebrand themselves as MAPs (minor-attracted persons) as a rhetorical trick to subsume themselves into a larger scope of people with valid modes of attraction (as in the LGBTQ spectrum) that decidedly aren't based on predacity and a dysfunctional sense of power.

There might be something to be said about online communities being insular, more space for people to air out their thoughts without enough protections in place that are more indicative of the opportunistic nature of social media — all points that have been hashed out to death and that can be discussed by someone with a little more familiarity. It's more just a personal hang-up with me, I suppose, the way some people think simply discussing these things has some inherent value in and of itself. There needs to be a more active component.