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Once again I encounter that "All American" anti-intellectualism that starts w/the fact I actually use my PhD as a title instead of pretending I don't have that credential at all, assuming that a PhD means nothing. You wouldn't find that attitude in Europe

--at least, nowhere near as predominate as it is in the USA.

Some time ago I developed a policy of refusing to respond to willfully ignorant #MAGAts who won't read any information I provide when I DOCUMENT my POV w/links. It rarely happens w/true #resisters▶️
...but it happened just now

[she provided no resources of her own--I would have read them if she had, at least if she provided me w/same courtesy]

What she sees as "overbearing" is my insistence that I won't waste time w/people who don't at least▶️
...skim thru at least some of the links provided.

I do this bc I am interested in having REAL conversations, not just piping in w/blatherings off the top of my head. This is assertiveness & I've acquired it after wasting too much of my precious time▶️
...over the years w/people who aren't interested in real discussions or acquiring new information. Twitter for me is not entertainment [or at least, not primarily] but rather education--including educating myself by giving serious attention to serious Tweeters.
There's no reason to listen to #MAGAts [who aren't serious Tweeters in any case] bc after years of trying I already know what they will say bc they generally repeat the same tired old rat-wing [SIC] talking points they've been spouting for years.
I do enjoy & learn quite a bit fm the VAST majority of my #resistance followers--or am reminded of what I've forgotten, e.g., the negatives about Bill Gates & his strategically concealed philanthropical motives. But every once in a while a #resister gets their nose out of joint▶️
...over e.g., the fact I don't hide the education I worked so damned hard for & happen to consider is actually WORTH something, or I wdn't have given 10 years, endured killer, & spent tons of $ I'll never get back in income thx to disabilities acquired in the process.
Anyone who has a problem w/the fact I'm proud of my PhD & won't pretend I don't have it should UNFOLLOW ME NOW.

Anyone who stereotypes me for that fact: UNFOLLOW ME NOW.

Anyone who doesn't respect intellectuals: UNFOLLOW ME NOW.

Anyone who chooses ignorance: UNFOLLOW ME NOW.
*FIX: left "stress" out of "killer stress" while editing...
BTW, I have the deepest respect for people who have educated themselves outside of academia. I put that on par w/formal education. Education isn't about what what degrees you have, but how hard you've worked in any context to learn.

But ▶️
... if you disrespect my FORMAL education, just leave, cuz you won't last long here.

The "killer stress" I experienced en route to that Phd, 1st thru years of intractable insomnia fm having to deal w/BOTH overwhelming PTSD ▶️
... and the stress of completing that Phd while also teaching full time [in a highly politically charged environment where misogynist male profs were eager to force me out] did in fact nearly kill me.
As in: heart & gastrointestinal disease. As in suicidal tho'ts that got me w/in a hair's breadth of completing a well thought-out plan that wd have worked if I'd taken the last step.

My last day of teaching in that FT tenure track job involved being carted out in an ambulance▶️
...after about 5 days on about 8 hours sleep total...cuz I couldn't stop crying. I had just completed the final draft of my dissertation & needed to get the hard copy into the mail that morning in order to graduate rather than having to take my comprehensives again.
I had a class to teach but had no idea what to do in it. I was walking up the stairs to get to my office when a student, seeing my face, asked me if I was ok...& I sat down on the steps & started cried my eyes out. That kept on for 4 more hours.
So yeah, I get "triggered" when a #resister pulls the same shit as a #MAGAt about my public use of my doctorate.

I have a formal Phd in Mass Comm...and multiple "hard knocks" PhDs in psychology, sociology, and PAIN--physical, emotional, & psychological pain.
So any one who disrespects my formal education will get blasted from here to kingdom come. After that they'll be muted [so they can read it], then blocked. [#MAGAts won't get the blast; they go straight to block].

And a grateful 🙏🙏THANK YOU🙏🙏 to my friends who get this.
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