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Much of the criticism of the #MagdaleneCollective statement has rightly focused on its awful anti-trans misogyny. Because they're not being discussed elsewhere, I want to draw attention to two other problematic aspects: the pathologizing of abuse survivors and the cliquishness.
While I agree with #MagdaleneCollective that survivor spaces can become toxic and self-defeating, it's wrong to blame this on an unwillingness of survivors to "get fixed" and leave those spaces. Nothing makes a space less safe than telling people their recovery is on a clock.
The problem with these spaces is that there is not enough recourse to experts who are actually trained in how to manage recovery spaces. So long as exvies lead their own spaces without training or mental health expertise, missteps will happen. It isn't about recovery speed.
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