The Story of Yopp and How You Can Be Part of It

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 …Read More

How 100,000 Poets Are Fostering Peace, Justice & Sustainability

The writer of today’s guest post, Jamie Dedes, is a name you may have seen on this blog before, but not as a guest blogger. Jamie published an interview with me about activism and Yopp on her poetry and writing blog, and shortly after, she proposed a guest post about a world-wide social justice initiative that’s been brought about by thousands of poets all over the world. Fun fact about me, before I was a …Read More

Explaining Privilege Part 2: The Cycle of Reinforcement

CN: ableism, racism, abuse of minorities, Trump, bullying, poverty, chronic pain In Part 1: WHAT is Privilege, I give a basic definition of privilege, review examples of benefits privileged groups receive and obstacles privileged groups avoid, and talk about how blindspots work and why we have them. Once you know that privilege exists and that you have blindspots, it seems like it should be simple to just stop participating in that system and fix it, …Read More

Stop Sharing this Graphic for Book Lovers

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 …Read More