Happy Workaholic Day!

I've never been a big fan of stores being open on Thanksgiving Day, because I feel that American culture already emphasises consumerism and unhealthy obsessions with work enough. However, I rarely say anything, because what are you going to do with big-box retailers? They want some of that Black Friday money, and they typically don't… Continue reading Happy Workaholic Day!

Identity, shame, stigma, and intolerance

I have seen a great number of people in the past few years disavow being a part of a culture or community that they once enjoyed or identified with due to an influx of sexism, nationalism, or other intolerance. I feel like this is a mistake and will only serve to strengthen intolerance amongst the… Continue reading Identity, shame, stigma, and intolerance

How trans-people are really people, like all of us

Having spent a considerable and unfortunate amount of time around bigoted people, I came to a rather interesting train of thought that I want to share widely. Let me start by asking you a simple question: would you treat a woman differently based on whether or not she had an appendectomy performed? What about a… Continue reading How trans-people are really people, like all of us

Categorisation and judgement

I've noticed that, especially on the internet, people are judged based on broad generalisations and wide-sweeping categories. Why? Some have told me that stereotypes are typically true, otherwise they wouldn't exist. I am inclined to disagree because of how many stereotypes I've seen proved untrue. I think that this is a self-deluded rationalisation from people… Continue reading Categorisation and judgement