The idea that men have to prove that they’re not barbaric beasts is incredibly insulting to every human on the planet.
Poor people are forced by society to justify our existence. If we fit in with the stereotypes and poverty myths, we’re screwed. If we don’t, we’re also screwed.
What if your most authentic self – isn’t easygoing? What if there are very real reasons why you erected clear boundaries in your life and learned how to articulate your needs?
“Language is one of the most powerful ways to create change or uphold oppression for that very reason.”
I think we need to stop pushing people to love their bodies completely before they’ve even had a chance to apologize and make friends with them.
These words are united by a hurtful message: Black people don’t deserve to be treated with respect or regarded as fully human. And we need to stop saying them.
Here’s a look at just some of the ways our internalized biases add up to devastating consequences for lives, communities and society.
There is this unspoken Church of Positivity dogma that pushes us toward constant optimism.
Sometimes becoming a parent feels out of my reach.
It’s a variation of “pull yourself up by your bootstraps”. It suggests that if someone struggles in adulthood, it was their fault for not taking their education seriously, instead of the result of oppressive social, political, and economic structures.
Violence is nurturance turned backwards.
Most sexual assault survivors know their attackers – which means some of us may come across our assailants as one of Facebook’s “People You May Know.
“Many of the most unbalanced people I have ever met are those who have devoted themselves to healthy eating,” — Steven Bratman
Most people look at the word “disabled” and assume it means “less able.” It doesn’t. It means “prevented from functioning.”
Learn how to stop, breathe, think, talk, and listen to each other, and your relationship will thank you.
Treating everyone exactly the same actually is not fair. What equal treatment does do is erase our differences and promote privilege.