Category Archives: human rights

Tolerance: How Conservatives Weaponize It, and Why We Should Reject It

I’ve found that increasingly, I’m being told I’m not “tolerant.” It’s pulled out condescendingly by conservatives, with insistence that “tolerance demands tolerance” and that if I want people to be tolerant of me and people like me, I have to … Continue reading

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Snippet: A Culture of Victimhood

When you talk about oppression, there are a lot of derailing techniques people use to try and silence you. One of these tactics is trying to guilt or shame you into silence by accusing you of “playing the victim.” The … Continue reading

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Sex-Positive and Woman-Negative: The Misogynistic Pitfalls of Sex-Positive Feminism

Sex is one topic never far from the lips of society. Sex sells, and nearly every aspect of our culture is trying to sell itself. Feminists sometimes try to sell the movement under a “sex positive” flag, but it more … Continue reading

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What I Owe You: The Minority Blogger’s Obligations

I am constantly inundated with comments from privileged people (almost entirely men) who demand that I address their comments immediately and with a smile, bitch. Because society has trained men to expect this of women, and by even daring to … Continue reading

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Wheelie Gripes: Ignorance About the Culture of Disability

Eugenics is a topic that comes up quite often in modern discussions of disability. There are truly terrifying people who subscribe quite literally to the Nazi theory that disabled people should be exterminated, and that’s obviously horrifying. But there are … Continue reading

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“No Vote for You!”: How Voter ID Laws are Ableist, Transphobic, Racist, and Classist

I think at this point, most people have heard about the voter ID laws being instituted through GOP legislation. They’re promoted as being necessary to prevent “voter fraud”–you know, that democracy-destroying scourge that’s been ravaging…well nothing, really, because it’s virtually … Continue reading

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“Back When I Was a Minority…”: Parenthood as a Faulty Analogy for the Problem of Privilege

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe that, in discussion of minority issues, privileged people should not steal the floor. Frankly, I don’t think any minority is required to listen to privileged opinions on an issue that … Continue reading

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