March 25, 2017

CN: chronic pain, PTSD, doctor neglect, ableism, emetophobia (mention only)

When you meet a new doctor, you’re allowed just a few sentences to communicate everything about who you are, where you’ve come from, and which details of your health history are the important ones. In such a limited format, it's hard for me to convey to a new doctor how long I spent looking out for myself with no close relationship to a primary practitioner. I feel the urge to present them with a highly organized spreadsheet detailing the emotional variables, inefficient medical system, and complexity of life events t...

March 22, 2017

CN: Discussion of resistance based activism, mention of trauma and violence

“Social Justice Warrior” is now both an insult and a reclaimed label of honor, but where this term becomes really intriguing is when you take the concept and expand it to include other classes from traditional Role Playing Games.

The idea behind the RPG metaphor is that at least one member of each class is needed in a successful organized resistance, just like one of each class makes for a balanced party in an RPG. Social Justice Warriors, Mages, Rogues, and Healers (and other classes, depending on which RPG system yo...

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...

March 11, 2017

CW: mental illness, chronic pain

The first pain medication my doctor prescribed me was duloxatine, an anti-depressant that can also help with pain. I didn't have depression, but I did have pain, and I was sad and frustrated about having pain, and that was apparently worth medicating.


My insurance needed pre-authorization in order to cover the medication, which required my doctor's office to file some paperwork. My pharmacist advised me to regularly bug my doctor's office to make sure the paperwork got done. I waited a week and called my pharmacy, but they said they were still waiting on appr...

March 9, 2017

CN: Mention of serious effects of oppression, specific to race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical and mental ability, class and religion. 

There are a number of traits for which people are oppressed, and these traits fall into a number of categories. A crucial idea in understanding the premise of social justice is that for each category, there is a group that our society currently considers "default," "normal," or "neutral" and anyone outside of that group is the “variant.” Anyone who can be categorized as the “variant” is often considered “abnormal” and can be subject to...

March 8, 2017

You may have noticed that there are no comments enabled on this blog. This was an intentional decision. 

I think the discussion of complex topics is important. The comment policy is not intended to stifle discourse. But when it comes to who is contributing to such discussions, socially, the more privilege you have, the more opportunities you will have to speak your mind. And the more sources of oppression you deal with, the more likely you are to be silenced. 

To compound this problem, the more privilege you have, the more blind spots you have to the struggles of those who are marginalized,...

March 8, 2017

CN: mental illness, PTSD

At the beginning of most of my posts, I'll be using a note that starts "CN" followed by a list of certain topics and themes. CN stands for Content Note. Here I'm going to talk about what content notes or content warnings are, why I use them, and why I use them as opposed to trigger warnings. 

Trigger Warnings 

You've probably heard of trigger warnings, which have gained a lot of media attention in the past few years particularly in colleges and in online social justice circles. The purpose of trigger warnings is to give a heads up to people that the content they are...

March 8, 2017

Welcome to the official inaugural post of Yopp!: A social justice blog dedicated to reducing oppression and spreading awareness about civil rights topics. 

Yopp! gets its name from Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who! “Yopp!” is the sound the tiniest Who makes in order to elevate the noise level above the threshold so that the Kangaroos can hear them, and finally believe that they are people. 

In the current political climate, it’s particularly important for everyone to contribute what they can to keep the noise level high enough, to demand protection of our civil rights and the civil rights...

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