The United States is convinced that sin taxes are the solution to all its problems. To the contrary: They’re going to make things worse.
Chronic pain is an incredibly persistent, frustrating condition to treat — and it’s also one of the most stigmatised. Several things are bound up in why chronic pain has become such a subject of derision, including the obvious and the more subtle. The obvious has to do with stereotypes about people who struggle with substance […]
Recently, a fairly large and well-known media outlet posted a lengthy piece of journalism on women and chronic pain. It was incredibly well-received, sparking discussion across the internet from a wide variety of people, and it was heavily circulated. At last, a piece really probing into the problem of women and chronic pain, and exposing the epidemic […]
100 million adults in the United States have chronic pain conditions. Women are overrepresented in their number. Women of colour, even more so. There’s a tangled thread of circumstances that creates these imbalances, and it loops around to another problem: Intersectional oppression in the treatment of chronic pain, both medically and socially. Deep-seated social attitudes about […]
Most of the social framework surrounding pain has to do with acute pain; the sharp snap of a broken arm and subsequent fiery wave of pain that follows, the jab of a needle, the sear of a burn. The rapid, emergency signal the body sends when something is going very wrong and it would like […]
Pop culture has a number of fascinating and enduring stereotypes about pain and the experience of pain. A lot of those stereotypes perpetuate dangerous attitudes which have real-life implications for people out in the world, and these often go unexamined, including by people who struggle with both acute and chronic pain. What we accept, culturally, […]