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Sebastian Whitaker

Op-ed

Stop Using Intelligence-Based Insults If You Care About Disabled People

Content warning: uncensored ableist slurs.   For the majority of people on the internet, intelligence-based insults are a must-have if you want to survive the battlefields that social media tends to harbour. Almost every online space I’ve entered usually results in a battle of perceived intelligence. Sooner or later, even formal and respectful conversations between activists can turn into competitions of who can infer that one is ‘stupider’ than the other. Insults that are hinged

Op-ed

Having a Disabled Family Member Doesn’t Make You an Expert on Ableism

I was recently watching a television performance where an abled woman was singing ‘for’ her autistic brother. The song was “My Body is a Cage” by Peter Gabriel, and she was even interviewed where she described what an emotional and powerful experience it was for her, as her brother is (apparently) caged by his own body and unable to communicate and express his experiences. The underlying message of this entire performance is that the abled

Op-ed

Here’s Why It’s Important to Use Alternatives to Ableist Slurs

Image: Wired Content warning: uncensored ableist slurs, asylums There are multiple different ways that I experience ableism as a disabled person. Not only do I have Tourette syndrome, but I also have mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The more that I have learned about ableism and disabled issues, the more I realize just how normalized it is. From using disabilities as metaphors to making our language and the spaces that we use inaccessible

Mental Health

How Avoiding Comments Sections Has Improved My Mental Health

As someone who has been having conversations on a range of social issues for a while now, I’ve come to learn that comments sections aren’t really the best place for productive discussion. For two years, I spent every second of my free time in YouTube comments sections, arguing with whomever about whatever. The actual video itself could have been about watering plants or massaging cats, but you would’ve still seen me there, arguing with a

Op-ed

Here’s 10 Outrageously Problematic Things PETA Has Done and Why You Shouldn’t Support Them

Content warning: genocide, euthanization, animal abuse, objectification of women, sexism, slavery, r*pe, ableism, sexual violence, sexual assault, abuse, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, fat-shaming. Additional warning: links may contain graphic imagery and visual representations of the things listed above. This recent Thanksgiving, PETA made this incredibly insensitive and disgraceful statement: The best #Thanksgiving meals are the ones no one had to die for 😉 #Thanksliving pic.twitter.com/KMDIEj7xqT — PETA (@peta) November 26, 2015 Instead of using their large

LGBT+

Trans People Aren’t Sexual Predators, We Just Want to Go to the Bathroom

Trigger warning: r*pe, sexual violence, sexual assault Transgender bathroom laws has been a hot topic of debate in recent years, as one by one, places all around the world attempt to deny trans people the right to legally use the restroom in public. We are constantly framed as rapists and sexual predators who are out to prey on innocent women and children in the bathroom, despite there being no evidence to suggest that this ever happens.

Mental Health

Suicide Isn’t Selfish, But Centering Yourself in Suicide Narratives Is

Image: Indian Ruminations Content warning: suicide, depression, self-harm In 2016, I attempted suicide. Not just once or twice, but it became an ongoing struggle. I would stand in the shower, right under the shower head, and hold my breath for as long as I could as water poured over me. For me, suicide wasn’t a gun or a knife or jumping off a building. It was a slow, never-ending pain that, when I eventually pulled away

LGBT+

Dear TERFs: Trans People Don’t Want to Sleep With You

Trigger warning: r*pe, sexual assault, sexual violence Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism / Feminists (or TERF) is the type of feminism we all like to pretend isn’t there, and for good reason. Any conversation with a TERF will tell you that there isn’t really any logic or facts to it: they just want to oppress trans people (specifically trans women), under the guise of protecting “real women.” To them, trans women are invading what it really means

LGBT+

There’s No Such Thing as Cisphobia, You’re Just Being Immature

Image: Morgan Potts Are you tired of those darn mentally ill transtrenders talking about transphobia all the time? Or perhaps you hate the fact that you can’t openly say that you think all transgenders should be killed, without receiving backlash? Would you even go as far as saying that living in this world as a cisgender person is so hard, and that cisphobia is real? If you said yes to those three things, you’ve come

Race

White People — Stop Comparing Racism to Other Systems of Oppression

Content warning: sinophobic slurs, homophobic slurs, mentions of violence. Recently I came across a conversation online within the LGBTQIA+ community, in which I witnessed a white gay man compare homophobia to racism. He asserted that it was because gay people had gotten help from straight people that marriage equality had been granted in the U.S., then going on to state that it was because of white people that all laws that permitted racism had been

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