Your Privilege is Showing

April 29, 2017

There’s a constant stream on social media of privileged assholes who are forever bitching about rights initiatives, and when I say ‘bitching’, I mean they are whining that current initiatives are cramping their style.

International Women’s Day, Black History Month (and/or #blacklivesmatter), Pride events, and anything else that falls under a marginalized group’s event category, are all amazing and important to millions.

Truth be told, these should be important to you even if you don’t personally fall into the category of a marginalized demographic. Because we’re all human, and we’re supposed to look out for one another. It baffles me that more people don’t feel this way.

BUT if you are someone who questions why there isn’t an International Men’s Day (there is one though), or a White History Month (are you fucking serious?), or Straight Pride (honestly, sit the fuck down, you dumb bitch), then I’m here to tell you that you have issues.

Please spend some time researching the terms you seem to have a problem with. Try to understand that, sometimes, it’s not all about you. Better yet, be a more well-rounded person and engage with people who aren’t your exact mirror image, so that you can relate when issues outside of your bubble come up. Be friends or acquaintances with people who are different from you so that you don’t go into the world as a completely ignorant asshole.

Lastly, think of others the way you’d like to be thought of. I’ll bet  your empathy levels will go through the roof.

😘

 

 


Could you ever go on a hunger strike?

March 2, 2017

I was watching a TV show where a character started a hunger strike under protest.

Aside from the fact that I have always had trouble understanding what one person or group starving themselves truly does to inconvenience a nemesis or opposing party, I cannot imagine voluntarily refraining from eating for more than a day or so (not counting when I’m ill).

When I first lived on my own and worked in a low-paying job, I remember occasionally being low on funds, but food was always the first priority after rent.

Mind you, I think my current self is finicky enough to go a while without eating if the available food wasn’t up to my standards. I know, I know – that scenario is galaxies away from the concept of a hunger strike.

An ex-boyfriend once called me out because, after over 4 hours of rollerblading in scorching heat, I passed on refilling my water bottle with lukewarm water from a faulty fountain, and decided I’d wait until we encountered a vendor to buy a bottle of sufficiently refrigerated water from, even at the risk of heat stroke.

I can definitely be a “first world problems” type of gal. I like to think, however, that I can adapt if necessary. But voluntarily depriving myself of food to get the attention of authorities who’ve already shown that they don’t care about my platform? I just can’t fathom it. I feel like I’m missing something when it comes to this tactic. It seems like a sit-in, a march or a bombardment of letters would accomplish somewhat the same result, no? Maybe I’m naive.


If you’re a very chill, very open-minded, very empathetic person, then you should listen to this

February 8, 2017

I absolutely don’t need you to go clicking on this if you’re

a) misogynistic

b) very conservative

c) not fun enough to embrace something unfamiliar with just a little bit of abandon

But if you think you can handle two sassy, sweet and hilarious 30-something year-old feminist badasses, then please look up Broadly Speaking on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/broadly-speaking-show-cassie/id1195168821?mt=2

It’s my current fave, they are my forever faves.


Is anyone still wondering why we think Trump is a trash bag?

January 28, 2017

Anyone? Because if you truly support this literal scumbag, and are still pretending to be tolerant, I honestly think you’re in denial of how xenophobic, misogynistic, and racist you yourself actually are.


Women’s March

January 21, 2017

I’m inspired by all of the individuals who participated in today’s Women’s March. Much love and admiration to the people who got involved and/or supported.

I’m perturbed by the people (especially women) who seem to feel the need to come at the protesters on social media. Whether these naysayers support the farce-in-chief, or just choose not to support the cause, I cannot understand the need they feel to actively attack. What is it about their personal politics that makes them so passionate about denouncing people whose only goal and demand is that all people be treated equally? I guess that is a rhetorical question, because I will never “get” people of that political leaning, nor would I ever want to.

I listen to this one radio show from Georgia, where the host is always making a big deal of making himself out to be sort of neutral regarding this  current political climate, because he doesn’t want to alienate listeners. He also has a tendency to play the “dumb guy” card when he’s being sexist, but in general he has a pretty progressive team, so I expect better from him.

Quite frankly, I have more respect for public figures who own their opinions and stand up for what they believe, regardless of the public fallout. Especially in a political climate like this one. Not saying he needs to harp on his personal opinions. Just own it if you bring it up, instead of straddling the fence in a pathetic attempt to keep all the fans onboard.

These days, as far as I’m concerned, American politics are black and white enough that, assuming you have any clue what is going on, you can either be on the right side of history, or the wrong side. Time will tell.


I won’t be watching tomorrow’s inauguration

January 19, 2017

…for the same reason I refuse to follow He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned – out of principle. Also, I’m not even the slightest bit interested to watch.  I’ll be going to the movies, and then out for drinks.

I will, however, be looking for any coverage on the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. I might even seek out the march in my city (which is in Canada, because we feel the pain right there with you, our American friends) and get my peaceful protest on!

Gritting my teeth and hoping for the best (but expecting the worst) over the next 4 years. Fingers and toes crossed!


Thought of the Day

January 10, 2017

I’ve heard so much from people about how bad 2016 was, and how 2017 is a ray of hope. I hope so, but I can’t help but greet it with a feeling of dread, anticipating the shitstorm the world is in for when that giant snivelling toddler takes over the Oval Office later this month. It’s seeming more and more like He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned will be a puppet figurehead to some really evil people. I have a bad feeling about this.