May 2, 2020

CN: general (but light-hearted) discussion of pandemic, cancer mention, Spoilers for Downton Abbey

Making content in our new world can be challenging seeing as we haven’t experienced it long enough to know what people most want to hear or what kind of content they’ll respond to. I have always enjoyed Liz Winship's specific style of humor, as was brilliantly showcased in her previous articles on Yopp, but in today's guest post, Liz’s amazing mixture of compassionate warmth and dry, biting snark when talking about the current state of the world, is exactly what everyone needs right now.


 

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March 8, 2020

Yopp is where you go when someone shouts, “Educate yourself!” 

Yopp is where you go when you’ve suffered deeply at the hands of society and need to feel heard. 

Yopp is where you go when your uncle makes a post on facebook completely misrepresenting what privilege is but this is the third time this week you’ve tried to explain privilege to someone and you are simply burnt out. 


Today I wanted to tell you the story of why I created the social justice blog Yopp, what Yopp’s goals are, and how you can get involved in making those goals a reality.

Educate


In the world of social justice, one of...

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...

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. I don’t want to go to second. I don’t want to go to break. I don’t want to go to third, fourth or...

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...

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 argue with someone frequently turns to the issue of changing minds. “Have you ever had your mind cha...

December 3, 2017

CN: physical abuse, mention of discrimination based on race, body type, and gender, mention of retaliation to sexual assault reporting. 
 

Consider the following puzzle: A man and his girlfriend are going to a fancy dinner party, and the man arrives wearing the T-shirt and jeans he’s been wearing all day. His girlfriend is upset, insists he change into something else, messes with his hair etc. The girlfriend is stressed out that her partner would go to a party underdressed, whereas the boyfriend sees changing as an unnecessary hassle. Who in this scenario has the more valid set of priorities? 
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