Category Archives: queer rights

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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“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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Context and Relativity: Why You Need to Stop Complaining About How Minorities “Hate” You

There are ways in which I’ve evolved as a feminist, particularly in the last two or so years, and I really am fascinated by the progress I’ve made. Nearly every day, I’m given reason to think deeply on an aspect … Continue reading

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Get Off the Fucking Fence or Get Out of My Movement: Overstepping Allies Part II

Privilege is a nasty, sneaky thing. It’s easy for most people to go through life pretending they don’t even have it. And when someone does recognize their privilege, they are invariably met with backlash from other members of their privileged … Continue reading

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Overstepping Allies: The False Assumption of Privilege Acknowledged, or “Let Me Explain Your Oppression to You”

It took me a while to truly acknowledge what delicate flowers allies in social justice are. Part of this is attributable to my own ally status, as I’d run in circles trying to explain how I’m not racist!, and that … Continue reading

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Google is Your Friend: Why Minorities Don’t Want to Educate You on Your Privilege

There’s a reason that the top two entries on Derailing for Dummies are about “educating” privileged people: Because those people think their privilege should also extend to our time, effort, and patience as we hold their hand through the basics … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Some ‘Splaining to Do: The Privileged Refusal to STFU

A friend recently posted to Facebook a great collection of photos that were gathered immediately after gay marriage was legalized in New York. They were wonderful, heartwarming, and honestly made me cry as I celebrated-by-proxy with these couples as they … Continue reading

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