July 18, 2020

I haven't gotten in the habit of keeping track of when special days or months are related to social justice topics so it took me by surprise when I discovered that July is Disability Pride month! 

Given that, I quickly changed my publishing schedule around to prioritize a big disability-related project I had been working on but... it's not done yet. So in the mean time, in lieu of a new blog post this week, I thought I'd offer you a compilation of my favorite articles about disability, chronic illness, and mental health that I've written over the years. 

You can also check out the disability,...

June 13, 2020

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that things have changed a little bit around here! And that’s because Yopp now officially has its own logo!!!! 
 

A few months ago, I began brainstorming ideas for potential merchandise for Yopp (specifics to be announced later) and realized that if I was going to make merch, I needed a logo. I really had no idea what I wanted in a logo and while I have some basic drawing and design skills, I’m really not enough of an artist to create a professional logo from start to finish. 
 

I looked through some logo making tools online for ideas...

November 14, 2019

CN: brief discussion of sexuality, sexism influenced medical neglect, reproductive disorders, and disability.

Remember my interview about sex and disability last month on the podcast Into Your Body

Story time: Before that podcast was recorded, Vi La Bianca, a previous guest blogger for Yopp, invited me to come onto her youtube show Secular Sexuality to discuss sex and disability. To be honest, I felt nervous about interviewing about a topic I don't particularly specialize in-- while I talk about disability all the time, sex isn't a common topic for me, and I've only had one partner since b...

October 15, 2019

A few weeks ago I got together with my friend DJ and we had a conversation about disability and sex for his podcast Into Your Body. Dj’s podcast explores some progressive takes on sexuality and your relationship with your body, particularly exploring how these topics intersect with particular marginalizations. 
 

This was my very first podcast and my first recorded interview and I had a really good time talking about some of the deeper nuances of disability and how many of the strategies that you should be using to related to disabled people around sex are the same strategies that benefit you n...

August 17, 2019

After my "Close the Camps" article went semi-viral I received a lot of messages and emails from people interested to talk to me, compliment my work, and get my input on their options for activism. It was a big shift from the level of activity around my blog that I'm used to! 

But perhaps one of the most exciting contacts I made from this process was writer and poet Jamie Dedes reaching out to me, asking me if she could interview me for her blog The Poet by Day, a website with focus on poetry, writers--especially new ones-- and the occasional sprinkle of activism. She also let me know that she...

April 14, 2019

Yopp finally has a Patreon! You can now show your support for this blog directly by signing up to be a patron and giving monthly contributions, starting at just $1!


There will be fun rewards like access to excerpts from the cringeworthy fiction that I wrote in high school, the opportunity to have me answer one social justice related question a month, a 1-Hour live Q&A, and if you're really generous, I'll interview you remotely and write a blog post based on a story from your life!

Why Become A Patron
 

I write to identify the sources of suffering in the world that are both completely avoi...

August 26, 2018

Want to have your writing published on this blog? Yopp! Is now accepting pitches and submissions for publication! 

You may have noticed that my publication rate has decreased somewhat in the last six months, which is due to a combination of physical and mental health issues. Writing has been disproportionately affected by these issues and it's clear I need to take a break from forcing myself to make that happen so that I can be happier and healthier later. 

In order to ensure that this blog doesn't go dark in the mean time, I'm seeking submissions for a range of non-fiction written content, wh...

May 20, 2018

New blog posts will hopefully be coming your way very soon, but in the meantime, here’s another revamped blog post, originally published a year ago under the title, “Stop Sharing This Graphic for Book Lovers.” It critiques a regularly shared meme as not only false but also pushing some misguided and harmful views about physical books vs. any other form of reading. The post has been updated but you can still read it at the same URL as before.
 

“The problem isn’t really this specific graphic, though, because the creator has already recalled it, and more importantly, there are many other graphics...

March 31, 2018

In the coming weeks, I'm going to be taking some time off writing; however, I don't want to stop providing you folks with content so this week, I'm featuring a revamped version of a blog post I wrote just over a year ago. Originally titled, "We Need More Healers," this post is about one of four commonly cited social justice activist roles and why this under-appreciated job is so important. The post has been updated to my current standards and you can still read it at the same URL as before

"Because marginalized people benefit from emotional labor performed by people who are not constan...

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