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Mental Health

Here’s How Renderforest Is Helping Me Raise Awareness About Mental Health

There would hardly be anyone with a slight interest in psychology who wouldn’t have internally cringed at people misusing the names of mental illnesses to describe things that were anything but mental illnesses. In case you need an example, the other day I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across the Instagram stories of this slightly famous blogger, where she said that the disarray in her feed was giving her an OCD. Having experienced

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

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

Politics

Charleena Lyles was a Disabled Black Woman Who was Shot and Killed By Police In Front of Her Children – And the Media Continues to Erase Her Identity

Yes, you read that right. Charleena Lyles was a thirty-year-old disabled black single mother, who was fatally shot in her apartment by Seattle Police Department on June 18. SPD responded to a call made by Lyles saying that there was a burglary taking place at her apartment, and at some point, Lyles displayed a knife and these two officers shot and killed Ms. Lyles in front of her children, knowing that Ms. Lyles was several

Feminism

Dear Anti-Feminists: Your Straw Man Idea of Feminism is Wrong

Feminism is a collaboration of different perspectives, experiences and ideas. It is a group effort to try and fix the injustices around the world. As the movement has come to feature intersectionality more and more, feminism is no longer (and has arguably never been) about one single line of thought shared by all of us. Yet some anti-feminists have a hard time understanding this. While anti-feminism (like feminism) undoubtedly has multiple trains of thought, many anti-feminists love presenting

Feminism

Miranda Sings Needs To Stop Harming The Disabled Community

Content warning: ableist slurs, ableism, slut shaming, mention of rape culture Miranda Sings is considered one of the trailblazers of the YouTube community. Colleen Ballinger, creator and actress of the character, made the channel in 2008 and it has since exceeded 1.2 billion views and 7 million subscribers. For me, Miranda Sings was one of the first YouTubers I watched and thus I have a personal attachment to her. If I had a long, hard

Feminism

No, Donald Trump Is Not “Crazy” — And Here’s Why

Content warning: ableist slurs. When discussing the current president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, it is easy to write him off as “crazy”, “dumb” and an “idiot”. It is a short and simple way of describing what we think of him, which often ridicules his intelligence and is funny to all of us, right? Actually, dismissing Trump as someone who is “crazy” is quite harmful. A quick look into the history of

Feminism

Your Feminist Icons Might Be First World Feminists

Your favorite intersectional feminist might very likely be profiting off of the same oppression they claim to abhor. “SLAY QUEEN, SLAY!”, we comment on our icon’s posts, with them rocking a new outfit from a fashion label they adore, maybe posting a cute selfie with their new favorite food, or even creating a body-posi post. This love, and supporting this new era of the flooding of media with diverse feminist voices is vitally important for

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