In an age defined by upheaval and turmoil, abstaining from political involvement can seem like the exclusive path to maintaining a shred of sanity. However, there is merit to what online “social justice warriors” have been expressing about willful ignorance – that it is the most implicit yet toxic expression of privilege known to the hemisphere of Western activism. Before even delving into the bulk of this debate, it should be duly noted that taking
In 2018, all the information in the world is at our fingertips. The news is a quick tap away, or even the flash of a notification; in an instant, millions of people know the most recent event or decision. With social media, millions have the opportunity to have an audience. Their audience may be their Grandma, or it may be 500,000 people that they have never met. There many benefits of social media in activism.
They say lady justice is blind, for her blindfold represents objectivity, the ability to allocate justice without the fright of bribe, without the influence of money, wealth, power and identity. But is my justice a reflection of lady justice’s virtues? A while ago I was reading a Maclean’s article which compared Canada’s prisons to residential schools. It truly pointed out some of the more astonishing statistics regarding the unfair treatment of indigenous people on their own land. Even
You might not realize this, but some people out there are really born with privileges. So what is a privilege? The Oxford Dictionary defined ‘privilege’ as A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group. So how can people earn this privilege? In so many ways. It could be from your race, wealth, education, gender, sexual orientation etc. Privileges are affecting our everyday social life because, with privileges,
She led you on. She isn’t into nice guys. She doesn’t appreciate you. She doesn’t know what’s best for her. Boys. Listen. I’m sure you have good intentions, but the fact of the matter is that she isn’t doing anything wrong. This mythical ‘Friendzone’ you all complain about? It’s not a thing. A large portion of popular culture has a tendency to romanticize this issue, depicting the Slighted Male as the protagonist, a constantly dismissed source of comfort
Imagine this: You’re sitting with your friends in the cafeteria. Everyone is laughing, complaining about the school lunches, and copying each other’s homework. Then you show your friends how you changed your Instagram profile picture to a parody of the Starbucks logo. They all chuckle. You quirk your head. Hannah from across the table says, “Oh my god, you’re so white!” Everyone else nodded. Hmm, you think. Hannah goes on: “Think about it – your
It has become evident that being a self-proclaimed white ally isn’t enough. It isn’t enough to make a change in a world that is anything but post-racial. As a white woman, I feel a responsibility to be more than just a “white ally.” But how? What more is there to do? Posting links to articles on Facebook isn’t enough to consider yourself an ally in solidarity with those who undergo discrimination based on their race, gender,
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.
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
Filipino actress and singer, Isabelle Daza was recently called out by fans and more after posting a racist and offensive caption on one of her pictures on Instagram story. The image features a mirror selfie of the actress, whilst vacationing in Africa, wearing a floppy hat with the caption,”Buy this hat for my Africa looks? r FEED children in Africa for the same price? What would Angelina Jolie do?!”, along with some racially diverse emojis.