Friday, January 1, 2016

A victim's behavior is irrelevant in cases of police brutality

Whenever someone tries to talk about police brutality, there are always people who try to make it about what the victims should have done differently. Unless the officer or others were in danger (in which case the victim isn't really a victim), the victim's behavior is irrelevant.

It does not matter if the victim made disrespectful comments or questioned the officer's authority. It does not even matter if the victim was a suspect in a crime. Police officers are in a position of power, and they should be held to a higher, not lower, standard of behavior.

If a wife is beaten by her husband for saying something he found disrespectful, we would not excuse the husband's behavior, so, why do it for police officers? If an employee is beaten by their boss because they did not follow orders, we would not say the boss' behavior was justified. If someone suspects their neighbor stole their stereo and shoots them, we would not say whether the shooting was justified depends on whether the neighbor actually stole the stereo.

People who make incidents of police brutality about a victim's behavior, take the focus away from where the focus should be: What changes should be made throughout police forces to reduce the incidences of police brutality. Do not justify or shift focus away from police brutality by blaming the victims.

Items for sale on ebay

I relisted a bunch of items on ebay along with a few new items. Clothes are in a variety of sizes. Click here to view the auctions.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Image move

I am currently undergoing a massive move of images, therefore, until it is complete, some images will not show up.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

New items for sell on ebay

I have posted 16 new things for sell on my eBay page. These are in addition to the items I posted last week. There are tops in sizes medium through 1X, jeans sizes 12-14, and other items in various sizes.

Here are the new items:

Items I posted last week:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Instagram outfit photos

I haven't posted any Outfit Posts since June of last year, in part because it is easier to post a photo to my Instagram than it is to make a whole outfit post. So, I decided to share here most of the outfit photos I have posted to Instagram over the last year (oldest to newest).

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A photo posted by Alana (@flyingpurplehippo) on

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Depression and job hunting

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Searching for a job is a frustrating and tedious process for a lot of people, and even more so when you have depression. Some people with depression struggle with job hunting because it makes them question their professional value; the longer a job hunt takes, the more they begin to question whether they are an employee worth having. At my previous three jobs, I was offered a promotion within a few months, and I have consistently received great performance reviews; so, while I certainly struggle with these kinds of self-deprecating thoughts, most of the time my logical mind is able to fairly quickly say, "Hey, that's not true!"

Where I really struggle in a job search is accepting that things are the way they are; the best candidate for a job may not even be considered because resume searching software does not find a specific keyword or the employer has a rigid idea of what the "right" candidate is. The truth is, employers often have to wade through many resumes every time they are looking to fill a position, and looking over every resume thoroughly is usually not realistic. And even if it were, the perfect resume does not mean the perfect employee. Even a perfect interview does not mean the perfect employee. So, what all of this means is, no matter how great of an employee you are (how wonderful your resume is, or how well you interview), you often will not get the chance to demonstrate it. Of course you can tweak your resume, but that will only get you so far, as there are a million other reasons you may not be given a job. People with depression, practically by definition, are not very resilient, and resiliency is one of the most important traits a job hunter can possess; when you put yourself out there professionally time and time again, you need to be able to not take it personally when you do not get the outcome you hoped for. Unfortunately for me, this is not something I have mastered yet, and perhaps never will.

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