An interview with Sunday Times columnist and author Hadley Freeman
What a great interview this is. I learned a lot.
This fits with my experience and observations. I don't claim to understand the psychology but I do know that my gut has always been that the focus needs to be on fully human, what ever that means. What to me "fully human" means we all need to spend our life learning about we are. It is ok to not know, and not understand as it is the journey that counts. This also means not embracing "magic solutions" that imply that "if only you do this, take that pill, have these friends, believe this belief" all will be well and you will be the perfect human being.
I relate to parts of Hadley's story, and of late, I too have been asking what the connection might be between distress at our particular embodiment, anorexia, cutting, and gender dysphoria. I've talked to other women who went through body issues or eating disorders as young women who are asking similar questions. It is very much worth having a conversation about. Feeling like your body isn't a safe place to live for whatever reason is a horrible thing. And as I've heard Tara say on other issues: if we aren't asking the right questions/coming to the right diagnosis, how can we help solve the problem? Which in this case might be the suffering and death of many young women.