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Darren Wilson Perpetuates the Myth of Black Youth Violence

November 29, 2014
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Like seemingly every person in the United States (and many abroad) I’ve been thinking a lot about the murder of Michael Brown after the ruling came down that Wilson would not have to stand trial. I’ve read the court documents, I’ve watched every video, I’ve researched all of the evidence available to the trial. There are a myriad of things ways in which Wilson’s testimony is inconsistent, contradicts evidence, and is just plain fucking wrong–all of which have been expertly…

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Fandom Social Justice

Fandom Thoughts #493183

October 23, 2014
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I just have a lot of fandom thoughts and how it relates to heteronormativity, homophobia, and queerbaiting. I think we can all agree that a big part of what makes the collective “Superwholock” fandom (including its separate parts) problematic is the fact that many members are doing the classic straight-girls-fetishizing-gay-men thing. And that doesn’t even touch the source material, which is problematic in itself with how they deal with race, gender and sexuality especially. So I think it’s healthy, honest and…

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Social Justice

Thank you Nicholas Kristof for telling real truth

September 2, 2014
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The dialogue on race in America is finally starting to shift a little bit. I understand that as a white person, it’s my job to use my position to speak directly to other white people, who end up being more patient and kind with me (even when I’m telling them how much racism is in their words) than they are to people of color who say the same things. It’s safer for us to talk to other white people. If…

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Social Justice

A moment for Mike Brown

August 25, 2014
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The people who don’t immediately understand the role of police brutality in Michael Brown’s death likely don’t have personal experience with it. The people who don’t immediately understand the obvious racism within in act have never had to deal with that, either. I can be a little understanding and take the opportunity to explain, because being privileged often means being blind to it. But the people who still refuse to accept the reality of racism and police brutality? Fuck all…

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Politics Social Justice

Because fuck Hobby Lobby, that’s why

July 6, 2014

  On Saturday I was lucky enough to take part in a demonstration against the new Hobby Lobby in Burbank. Because of the recent Supreme Court decision it was easy to find people who shared my ire. The protest was fucking amazing. There were readings of poems, chanting, and discussions with members of the community. We found overwhelming support, even from (most of) the religious community members who came to speak to us. I met some of my heroes, met new…

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Politics Social Justice

Never forget

January 20, 2014
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On MLK Day we can’t forget that there was a reason of injustice, violence, and hatred behind why he HAD to have a dream. Washing over that for our comfort cheapens his risk, his bravery, and his words. Me and my fellow white people need to be always listening and fighting the white power-structure. There is a reason why the dream is still a dream; when we refuse as a group to give up our power, other people suffer.  …

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Family Social Justice

Dress to Impress Everybody Else

August 9, 2011
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My heterosexual life partner recently landed his first well-paying job after completing his second Master’s degree program, suddenly launching him (and myself, by proxy) into the “upper-middle class.” Before this position, this man didn’t pay much attention to what he wore; while he never looked disheveled, his standard attire was an old t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. He owned exactly two dress shirts, one polo shirt, and one pair of dress pants. Last weekend, after getting his first paycheck, he went…

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Religion Social Justice

Our Powers, Combined: What the Atheist and Feminist Movements Can Learn From Each Other

August 1, 2011
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Truthfully, I am hoping that some people cringed when reading the title of this article. As somebody who has grown into both of these movements, I am familiar with this fact: both “atheist” and “feminist” are often treated as “dirty” words, both by people outside of either movement and even sometimes by people in the other movement. To an atheist, feminists can appear to be whiny, self-righteous women who just want to pray to the Goddess for “womyn” power. To…

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Blog Social Justice

Internet: conquered.

July 11, 2011

Well, I have finally made it, in terms of internet bloggers. Curiously, I did not feel that I had “made it” when I hit my official decade mark of blogging, nor did I feel it when I was interviewed for a book because of my blog. I feel it now because I was finally name-called on the internet. Apparently, I am “Bitchy, Entitled Feminist.” The best part of this is that, for some reason, I got referenced in a post…

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Social Justice

Topic du jour, July: Shaving

July 8, 2011

A few months ago, after I deleted my Facebook, I made a Tumblr in order to fill the void in my soul. Over time, the most influential blog that I followed became Sex is Beautiful. As ridiculous as this sounds, the first time I went on this blog I ended up crying after seeing a body like mine portrayed beautifully and positively. This blog also helped me attain the courage to get my first tattoo (that story will come later).…

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