Katy Perry is problematic, right? From "I Kissed a Girl" to "Ur so Gay" on her debut album "One of the Boys", to openly disowning feminism in 2012 and misunderstanding it in 2014, I thought it was obvious. Her latest video, "Never Worn White", complete with baby announcement, felt like the final nail in the … Continue reading Underestimating Katy Perry
I propose we start acknowledging the privileges of hair-colour, handedness, parents, allergies and TV. The "Straight White Cis Male TM" is a cliche. I declare it's time for exciting new privileges instead! Let's get obscure, let's get myopic and disproportionate, let's get reactionary and ridiculous! I'll start... Being right-handed Not being ginger-haired. Having both parents, … Continue reading Do Joke Privileges Exist?
This post is mainly inspired by Mel from "Cussin' and Discussing", who is one of my favourite bloggers. Their well-written piece about the pain of emergency speech when your body isn't built for it is incredible. I can't claim to feel the exact same way about talking as Mel does, but their words are excellent … Continue reading If Speech is Dangerous, Not Speaking Is Too
Why are there not more simple acts of kindness by ordinary working people? Why should Corbyn-like idealists live puritan lives in an effort for the greater good, whilst the greater mass of the population think nothing of commuting to work in a car every day, and flying multiple times a year, buying bottled water, wrapping … Continue reading Kindness is now a Luxury Good
Aren't we all just individuals, trying their best, trying not to hurt anyone but accepting some violence as necessary? Doesn't that fit both the left and the right? The biggest lie politicians and the internet tells us is that any of the issues are simple. In the UK right now, Brexit is a daily example … Continue reading We can Do More Than Punching Nazis
Autism makes me vulnerable and I don't always want to share it. I got diagnosed because I wanted to confirm my truth, but also because I felt it was vital for "invisible" autism to become more visible in society. How could I convince others that diagnosis and acceptance were important if I had not even … Continue reading Is Anyone Else in This Autism Closet With Me? And How Do We Get Out?
There's a shortage of validation for mental health. For most people, the advice they get when they are struggling is generic, archaic, unhelpful, not relatable, or all of the above. If you've been through this yourself, or have tried to help someone else, you'll know it's often hard to know what to say outside … Continue reading My Top 6 Easy Tips for Awesome Validation in Mental Health
This week I wanted to write about the fine line between finding yourself, and escaping from yourself. It's hard to put into words, so I hope this poem makes sense. Pains ( A Glittering Gown) Are you depressed or are you deep? Inspired or insane? Going through a bad time or growing through a bad … Continue reading Does Belief have Limits? (feat. a poem)
Trigger warnings have often been mocked as annoying. Admitting being triggered is seen as ridiculous at best, or weak and despicable at worst. It’s important to note that no-one wants or choses to to be “triggered”. The rise of mocking “trigger warnings” and being “triggered” can overshadow the usefulness of the terminology. “Triggered” relates to how … Continue reading Trigger Warnings Are The Sign That Society Is Growing
This is part 2. For part 1, click here: Justice Jargon: You need to stop speaking it. Note: I am not the best person to talk about sexist language. If you want a thorough in depth well researched blog about feminism and language, I recommend language: a feminist guide by Debbie Cameron, on WordPress who is a … Continue reading Justice Jargon Still Matters