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Bad Arguments

Critiques of common arguments used to excuse oppression and opinions on how to expand past the dominating narratives in our society.

November 18, 2019

CN: in depth discussion of rape culture, sexual assault, gender-based violence, xenophobic violence, government sanctioned oppression in South Africa. Brief discussion of corrective sexual assault and apartheid.  

Many of the issues featured on this blog are discussed in terms of how they manifest in the United States, primarily because that is where most of my audience is located, and I have the most specific knowledge about the social patterns that occur here. However, very few social justice...

February 12, 2019

Content Note: in depth discussion of mental illness and medication use, extensive ableism around mental illness and medication use, implied references to suicide,  mention of chronic pain, weight loss, self harm, violence towards PoC, and abuse. 
 

My very first distinct memory of depression is from when I was 17 years old, walking into school one morning, feeling awful. Trying to find something to look forward to, I ran through my day in my head. I thought I don’t want to go to first period...

November 25, 2018

Today's guest post covers a topic that I have contemplated many times: the idea that valuing elements of spirituality and valuing evidence based information are not in conflict with each other. Vi La Bianca, creator of the blog "Author of Confusion," lays out a really fascinating argument that both defines spirituality and illustrates the physical manifestation of it.


CN: theoretical discussion of God and religion
 

When I tell people I am an atheist witch, the reaction is always one of confusion...

July 1, 2018

CN: general discussion of oppression and silencing of marginalized people

I argue with people on the internet a lot. It’s a hobby that’s not for the faint of heart and the majority of people I talk to don’t have a clear understanding of why I do it. A lot of them think it’s for shallow reasons, like needing to be right or looking for something to be angry about. “YELLING AT PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET ACCOMPLISHES NOTHING,” a person on the internet yelled at me.

 

The discussion of whether or not to...

April 29, 2018

CN: Discussion of Statistics in relations to disability, other social issues, sexual assault, and abuse. 
 

There are times when I am talking to someone about my life- about the fact that I’m scared of new proposed laws making it harder for me to survive in Ontario, or about how I’m one particularly unlucky day away from being homeless – when I get the feeling like the person I’m talking to thinks I’m exaggerating. They get this look on their faces that makes it clear they’re just humoring me by...

September 15, 2017

CN: police brutality, white supremacists & nazi’s, violence towards marginalized groups, racism, descriptions of theoretical violence, war, image of Charlottesville white supremacy protest.

As a kid, my parents regularly took me to the local quaker church. One of the most notable things about Quaker’s beliefs is their dedication to non-violence. Quakers believe that there is God in each person, therefore there is good in each person. They believe you should do your best to love, accept, and for...

March 30, 2017

CN: discussion of ableism and classism
 
In the last year, I’ve seen this infographic of “surprising book facts” shared repeatedly on Facebook, primarily by intelligent people who I love and respect. Robert Brewer created the graphic in early 2012, to demonstrate his love of books and concern for the future of book reading.
 
However, most people who share it aren’t aware that the graphic was later debunked as containing false or misleading statistics, or that Brewer recalled the graphic and rep...

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