Professionalism and Oppression

Early in the life of my blog, I was trying to focus on being “adultish” — which included some fashion and lifestyle tips and musings that reflected on acting more mature and professional. But lately, I’ve been wondering, what does that even mean? Read More Professionalism and Oppression

Racism And White Feminists: 3 Ways To Be An Ally

[Original publication date: Dec. 19, 2013]

I’ve been a teaching assistant for about a year and a half now, and a mentor through the women’s studies major a year prior to that. I have interacted with several students ranging from different backgrounds, cultures, experiences and opinions. But none have been quite as special as my white female feminist students. Read More Racism And White Feminists: 3 Ways To Be An Ally

Racism And White Feminists: 3 Ways To Be An Ally

I’ve been a teaching assistant for about a year and a half now, and a mentor through the women’s studies major a year prior to that. I have interacted with several students ranging from different backgrounds, cultures, experiences and opinions. But none have been quite as special as my white female feminist students. Read More Racism And White Feminists: 3 Ways To Be An Ally

Book Review: The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

With the news of England’s women winning the Ashes, it’s a good time for the women’s game. The teams will play a return series in the winter, where, with a bit of effort on behalf of the cricket boards, their games could draw bigger audiences and increased reporting. Read More Book Review: The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

The Limits of Social Justice Blogging

Alternate titles for this piece are: “Playing Nice in the Social Justice Sandbox,” “Social Justice Ain’t a Singular Concept, Folks,” “Mom! She’s Touching Me! Social Justice Blogging’s Elementary Playground,” and “Stop Being Such a Jackass.”

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What Happens When a Queen’s Respect for a Culture Upsets Politicians

While I was supposed to be putting the final touches on a presentation on Sunday, procrastination on Twitter led me to the trending topic “Kamervragen PVV.” The PVV is the Dutch Party for Freedom, which is headed by Geert Wilders. This man and this party, to me, represent everything that is wrong with my country (well, perhaps not everything, but quite a lot). I’m generally of the opinion that engaging them in any way legitimates them, which is the last thing I want to do, but today I just can’t keep quiet.

“Kamervragen” (chamber questions) are instruments with which Parliament can keep tabs on the government and developments in society. Any member of Parliament can ask ministers or the prime minister questions about anything at any time, and these questions need to be answered within a 3-week period. When the PVV asks questions, you can be quite sure they’re absolutely ridiculous. Today’s questions did not disappoint. Read More What Happens When a Queen’s Respect for a Culture Upsets Politicians

My Son Came Out to Me. Now What?

I am an ally for LGBTQ people.  In the past few years, I have been educating myself on these issues and all forms of oppression, exploring diversity in its many variations and definitions.  And just when I was getting pretty comfortable – don’t do that because it means you’re getting smug – life threw me a curveball. My teenaged son came out to me two weeks ago.  BOOM. Read More My Son Came Out to Me. Now What?

Pyramid of Oppression

In the most random of moments, today I came across an article about the connections between the objectification of women and meat in advertisements. The article itself was about a conference that feminist author and animal rights advocate Carol J. Adams gave at Michigan State University. From the article about the conference: Read More Pyramid of Oppression