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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: On Call-Outs

Call-outs are always a source of contention, because they’re often so unwelcome by those who deserve them the most. People don’t like being told they’re wrong, and hearing it in a social context is even harder than in professional or … Continue reading

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Baiting Mental Illness: Attempts at No-Fault Ableism

Note: In this post, I am using the terms “bipolar disorder” and “manic depression” interchangeably. The latter is sort of an old-school term for the same illness, and one that some sufferers prefer as more descriptive. Personally, I find both … Continue reading

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Wheelie Gripes: The Desolation of Pain

My brain’s in a fog today. Or, I think, my brain’s in a constant fog now. Funny thing is, the rest of the world doesn’t care that you’re in pain. The rest of the world doesn’t care that you’ve been … 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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“That’s So Lame!”: Selective Prejudice and How Even Liberal People Flippantly Oppress Minorities

“That’s r*t*rded.” “That is so gay.” These are a couple of phrases that most progressive, socially conscious people wince at.  The derogatory use of “gay” and “r*t*rded” as a general condemnation of anything from people to actions to objects is … Continue reading

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On Unicorns and Cleaning the Stable: Why Even “Male Feminists” Need to Actively Check Their Privilege

My two most recent posts have both been about the missteps of allies within social justice (specifically, the notion that they deserve equal attention/say in minority issues and on how they damage the cause through privileged platitudes). They’re both applicable … Continue reading

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