Poor Persecuted Pervert?

” Another element of Ghomeshi’s pre-emptive strike that doesn’t add up is the reason he says he’s being fired. It doesn’t make sense that the CBC would fire Ghomeshi for being kinky. Remember the openly bisexual Sook-Yin Lee, who masturbated and had non-simulated sex on camera in the 2006 film Shortbus? She’s been working with the CBC for well over a decade, and while they initially considered letting her go when the controversial film was making headlines, support for her was so strong that they kept her on. Fast-forward eight years: the CBC knows that their audiences support even the very public sexual explorations of CBC stars. The CBC is of course also aware of Canada’s relatively permissive climate when it comes to sexual freedom. So why would the CBC not only fire the immensely popular Jian Ghomeshi for his supposedly mildly kinky “private sex life,” but to go so far as to bar him access to the building after doing so – and all of this already knowing he would sue? The CBC is not exactly in good shape right now. They don’t need another money drain and they certainly have no reason to do anything that would turn public opinion against them, while the Harper government quietly undermines their very existence.”

Read the piece in full HERE

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How To Tell If Your Child Is Bullying Others (And What You Can Do About It)

” Simply put, because of the development of their pre-frontal cortex, young people tend not to make clear connections between a behavior and the punishment or consequence they will receive. Instead, we need to activate consideration of the values you’ve instilled in them over their lives because it will appeal to the more developed parts of the brain that rely on pattern.”

Very interesting read, and I have to say I definitely agree with the overall message of the article,
” Something that’s easy to forget is that bullying is entirely preventable. Don’t listen to those who tell you, “Bullying has always been around. There’s nothing we can do! Kids will be kids!”

Bullying ends when we work together in community to address the root causes of bullying behavior, and some of the most central stakeholders in that work are the parents of our communities.

By taking ownership for this problem and by being proactive, we can help to ensure that every single student feels fully supported in who they are and that no student has to endure the pain and self-hate that can come from bullying.

We simply must realize the power we have to make this needed change.”

Read the full piece HERE with full lists of things to keep watch for and suggestions for how to address them!

War Machine’s Suicide Note Blames ‘Men’s Oppression’ For Making Him Best His ExGirlfriend

Some may remember a few months ago when MMA fighter ‘war machine’ beat the shit out of his exgirlfriend Christy Mack, breaking her rib, puncturing her liver, and breaking her teeth among other injuries. Luckily she managed to escape while he went looking for a sharper knife to kill her with (!!!!!!!)
So now her has attempted suicide while being held in lockup. He wrote a three page suicide note, in which he only takes partial responsibility for ‘Christy getting hurt’, and was found gasping for air. He is now in isolation.
I am beyond angry this morning so I’ll leave you with this break down HERE

Canada: At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked It’s Soldiers

” That’s because the most common functional definition of “terrorism” in Western discourse is quite clear. At this point, it means little more than: “violence directed at Westerners by Muslims” (when not used to mean “violence by Muslims,” it usually just means: violence the state dislikes). The term “terrorism” has become nothing more than a rhetorical weapon for legitimizing all violence by Western countries, and delegitimizing all violence against them, even when the violence called “terrorism” is clearly intended as retaliation for Western violence…
Historically, the rhetoric of terror has been used by those in power not only to sway public opinion, but to direct attention away from their own acts of terror.”

This article does a great job articulating some conflicting feelings I’m having over the #OttawaShooting yesterday. I think it says a lot that it was written just before the shooting happened. The best predictor of future behavior is relevant past behavior.
I highly recommend reading it in full HERE

Fat Oppression and Thin Privilege

“I shouldn’t have to alter my body to be afforded basic respect. I shouldn’t have to alter my body for someone to listen to what I have to say.
Telling you that combating my oppression is more important to me than your privilege does not make me prejudiced. It does not make me “mean.” It means that I’m standing up for myself.
It means that I’m saying I want you all to feel beautiful, but that fat people deserve to feel human first.”

Lots of reading and reflecting on this topic today. This particular piece spoke to me, I found it well written and concise.
Read it in full HERE

The Myth of Skinny-Shaming

This article talks about Nicki Minaj and Anaconda specifically, and does a good job of articulating a feeling that I’ve been having about this song, and others, as well as different forms of expression I’ve seen circulating in the name of body positivity.
“To be clear, by no means am I approving of or endorsing skinny-prejudice; insulting someone for their body-type—regardless of privileged status—is unproductive and hurtful. What I am saying is that comments like “fuck you if you skinny bitch” have a context in which they must be considered.”

In the same way reverse racism or sexism is not a thing because of the systemic and institutionalized power behind the dominant group, skinny-shaming is NOT the same as fat-shaming because of the privileges afforded to those with thinner bodies, regardless of how or why those bodies look the way they do. To me, it just seems unnecessary to fight against oppression by trying to oppress the dominant group in the same way.

Thank you to Rachel Baker for this thoughtful piece, read it in full HERE