September 18, 2020

CN: extensive discussion of police brutality, police tactics, institutional racism, brief discussion of of gender-based violence, sexual assault, and mass shootings

We know that fiction can be based on fact but how often is fact influenced by fiction? The beloved show Star Trek has long been famous for inspiring the invention of many of the "futuristic" technologies used in the show. The Black Lives Matter movement has repeatedly called on us to dismantle and recreate our law enforcement systems, to replace the current oppressive, violent, and racist version. Now, Dennis Upkins takes a look a...

January 25, 2020

CN: extensive discussion of the experience of being in an abusive relationship, discussion of physical abuse and the painful process of recovery after abuse, mention of sexual abuse. 


Being able to recognize that you are being abused, while the abuse is still happening, is mind-bogglingly difficult. I say mind-boggling because even though dozens of people trying to tell me that my relationship was abusive was completely ineffective for me, it’s still my first instinct when someone’s partner exhibits abusive behaviors to try to tell them that. I know that this extremely straight-forward tactic...

May 10, 2019

CN: chronic illness, police brutality, racism, mental illness, medical neglect, forced stay at mental institution. 
 

Note: This blog post heavily references a specific article that goes into far more detail of the above topics than this one does, in addition to a number of other heavy topics such as sexual assault, addiction, and domestic abuse. The article referenced does not include a content note.

Three or four years ago, I somehow came across an article that had a tremendous impact on me, on my activism, and on my understanding of myself, for years to come. 

 

“Sick Woman Theory” by Johann...

November 10, 2018

Today's guest post is part two of Violet Carson's "Wealth with Virtue" series about the process of converting capitalism into business practices that fit their identity, life structure, and ethics. You can read the first post of the series here on Yopp and you can read further posts on their blog Lunisolarpunk Witch.

 

    ]having encountered
    ]wants
    ]to accomplish the plan
    ]I call out
    ]to the heart at once
    ]all that you wish to win
    ]to fight for me
    ]by the wanton one persuaded
    ]but yes yo...

October 28, 2018

Today's guest post is pretty unlike anything I've published before, but it really indulges my love for literature, for looking at the historical context of social issues, and for re-examining old concepts in a new light. I think you're going to enjoy it. I'll let Violet introduce themselves. 

CN: discussion of him as stole the US Presidency; mention in passing of r*pe
 

    wealth without virtue is no harmless neighbor
    but a mixture of both attains the height of happiness

 

    —Fragment 148, Psapphō, tr. Anne Carson in If Not, Winter
 

Sappho uses the word ὰρέτ...

July 29, 2017

CN: chronic pain, general discussion of disability and health issues
 
Three years ago, I began a chapter of my life in which I had a part time job, a full-time disability, and round the clock pain. I spent a lot of time thinking about my body, my pain, and grappling with how to balance acceptance for myself with maintaining quality of life.
 
There are many people who have disabilities that do not bring them suffering, apart from the suffering associated with our society’s refusal to accommodate them. The disability itself is often not a problem. Society’s structure that was built to exclude...

April 5, 2017

CN: Objectification, sexist slurs, sexuality, body image, racy imagery
CN for linked article 1: nudity
CN for linked article 2: sexism, sexuality, mention of rape

In feminism, bodies are a touchy subject. There’s a lot of baggage around how women’s bodies are viewed, used, and treated, as well as our relationship with our own bodies. In addition, all of that baggage is influenced by things like race, class, body type, and ability. This shit is complicated. 
 

It’s also a deeply emotional subject for most women. We’re taught that to be a woman means to have no intrinsic value and the only way we...

March 15, 2017

CN: (for the featured thread) sexism, misogyny, sexual assault, disability, suicide. 

Periodically I will do posts that I call, “Content That Changed My Activism,” or CTCMA for short. These posts will focus on articles, videos, or other types of media that influenced my activism and awareness of social justice in a powerful way. 
 

For this post, I wanted to focus on an incredible compilation of posts assembled by Olivia K. Lima and Timid Robot Zehta: a thread from MetaFilter about emotional labor
 

Emotional labor covers a very broad scope of tasks and assessments, but the simplest definition...

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