A long, long time ago I wrote about my struggles with my little brother. Excessive cussing & mking racist, sexist and horny jokes seem to be the hallmark of male interaction. My dad swore when he was with his dude friends. My brother swears when he is with his dude friends, and sometimes, well, makes … More Is my brother a so-called “racist”or “sexist pig”?
The problem with racial slurs is that speaking them gives them both presence and existence, while not speaking of them seems to be some kind of negligence. So which one is better? Is there a solution to this conundrum? Or is there a lesser evil? And what about racist jokes? While self-deprecating humour provides an … More To racial slur or not to racial slur?
One reason why I do not claim to be a feminist is because I don’t think I know enough about feminism to categorize myself that way–but for the most part, I don’t believe in the categorization of beliefs. It’s the same reason why I don’t claim to be religious, even though I grew up in … More Please, Spare Me the Caricatures of Feminism
I’ve been thinking about an activity. A game, to be specific. I call it the “Racist War” in my head. And it’s not what you think. But in some ways, it’s exactly what you think. The point of this game is *not* about trying “out-racist” another player. It’s about trying to “out-racist” yourself. The truth … More Racist War
It honestly pisses me off when people use those words without regard, without questioning what they mean, or as a joke “among friends”. Why is it okay if you only use it “among friends”? Does decontextualization remove the racist and negative connotations attached to those words? No, because those words can never be decontextualized because … More “That’s so gay”, “nigger”, and “hahaha”?
They’re all the same thing. The fundamental reason for discrimination is the egotistic need to feel superior, and the compulsive need to feel superior likely comes from insecurity, or a sense of lackness. When you’re lacking something: self-confidence, beauty, success, popularity–whatever it may be, those negative feelings easily channel themselves into visible forms of discrimination, or discriminatory … More Racism, Sexism, Elitism, Classicism, Whatever-ism’s
Guess what my definition for racism is? Utter stupidity. Can you think of anything stupider? How can it be the cause of so many conflicts, hardships, heartaches and deaths? How can it be the basis of one’s judgement, one’s sense of superiority, of hatred or discrimination? How can it the basis of somebody’s character? It … More Searching for Humanity: Part Two
I think I am beginning to understand the reason why I am so intrigued by feminist, indigenous, and racial literature/issues. Why am I interested in patriarchy, gender discrimination and homosexuality? Why am I interested in the Native People of North America, their abuse, their pain, their spiritual beliefs? Why am I feel so strongly towards … More Searching for Humanity: Part One