CW: Homelessness Someone I know recently called people who are experiencing homelessness “entitled.” Context: A person wearing business casual was walking down a crowded outdoor mall in the middle of the day. A person experiencing homelessness interacted with Business Casual in some way–and then attacked Business Casual with a bear hug from behind as the […]Read more "Why People Should Stop Saying Homeless People Have an Entitlement Problem"
Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York’s Notorious Jail (2015) by Mary E. Buser focuses on Buser’s transition from an “idealistic [social work] intern” to a burnt-out administrator who realizes that because of the mentality that anyone who isn’t part of the Department of Corrections (DOC) is considered a “guest […]Read more "Book Review: Lockdown on Rikers"
How can I not talk about Oregon? How can I not talk about the armed terrorists (aka, depending on who you’re listening to: militia, angry old white men, activists, “patriots*” — don’t worry that link takes you to Media Matters, not Fox News, which is the group saying that) who are occupying a wildlife refuge […]Read more "Oregon Under Attack & America’s White Supremacy Problem"
The first time someone directly told me to check my privilege on something I was new to learning about, I balked. I turned argumentative, and relied on academic arguments (specifically linguistics) to support my defensiveness. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say. They, because they loved me enough to do so, continued […]Read more "Conversations about Privilege and Guilt"
I’ve written before about the UnSlut Project by Emily Lindin — a twenty-something who was bullied in school for her sexual activity (and what people perceived to be her sexual activity). Emily’s latest project is Slut: A Documentary Film — and she needs $18,000 to get it off the ground. To this end, she’s put […]Read more "Slut: A Documentary Film"