Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social justice

Why don’t more people understand consent?

Source: SUNO When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right?  Except obviously, it's not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people, which begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society that… Continue reading Why don’t more people understand consent?

International Women's Day: I will maintain a gender parity mindset
Social justice

International Women’s Day: Balance for Better

Today is International Women's Day, and the theme for this year's theme is #BalanceforBetter. To me, feminism is about tearing down the gender norms and stereotypes that divide us and marginalize people who don't fit into certain boxes.  This is not about sameness, because we are all unique, although as human beings there is more… Continue reading International Women’s Day: Balance for Better

pills in the shape of a dollar sign
Social justice

Should Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Rx Drugs Be Banned?

In many countries, direct to consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs is either prohibited or tightly restricted.  The United States is a notable exception, along with New Zealand.  For tv ads, the standard pattern is to talk about the illness, talk about the amazing benefits of the drug, and then provide the required long list… Continue reading Should Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Rx Drugs Be Banned?

God Knows Where I Am film
Mental health, Social justice, Video reviews

God Knows Where I Am: Death By Mental Illness

The disturbing documentary God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter.  Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a… Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death By Mental Illness