Is there a better way than political correctness?
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Is There a Better Way than Political Correctness?

I've written before about whether being politically correct is helpful or ineffective, and I wanted to explore the topic a bit more. Personally, I'm inclined to think that it does more harm than good, at least as society currently conceives it. So, is there a better way than political correctness for people to be respectful?… Continue reading Is There a Better Way than Political Correctness?

Diagram showing how sex hormones are released and the effect of puberty blockers
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Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

It crossed my mind that we often talk about puberty blockers without actually talking about what they are, so I wanted to do this post to help fill that gap. The hormone party There are three types of hormones and hormone-releasing areas that are relevant here: Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is the brain's hormonal air traffic… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

Separating sex and gender: What's biology, and what's socially constructed?
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Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

I got thinking about this after watching an interview with Steven Pinker, one of my academic crushes, and then another interview with Jordan Peterson. Both referred to biological differences between men and women, although in different ways, and I wanted to do a post exploring my own take on sex and gender differences, and the… Continue reading Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

Political correctness: helpful or ineffective?
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Is Being Politically Correct Helpful or Ineffective?

The push to be politically correct drives some people crazy, while others think that being careful about language is necessary to keep from causing offence. There are all kinds of people out there being intentionally offensive (just look at Twitter), but to what extent should we as a society go hunting for it when it's… Continue reading Is Being Politically Correct Helpful or Ineffective?

sign outside the Kamloops Indian Residential School
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Indian Residential Schools: Canada’s National Disgrace

BC Ministry of Transportation On May 27, Canada was shaken out of its coronavirus haze by a press release from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops Indian Band) stating that the remains of 215 children had been found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school, operated by the Catholic Church in… Continue reading Indian Residential Schools: Canada’s National Disgrace

stacks of coins growing
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Living in a Material World: Corporate vs. Consumer Responsibility

As Madonna sang, we're living in a material world. We live in a capitalist economic system with a consumerist society where we are constantly bombarded with advertising. We can probably all agree that the current way of things isn't great, but what do we do about it? That's where we may have different ideas. I’m… Continue reading Living in a Material World: Corporate vs. Consumer Responsibility

Why are only some differences socially relevant? - cartoon faces
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Why Are Only Some Differences Socially Relevant?

As human beings, each of us is more alike than we are different. In fact, we all share 99.9% of the same genes, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute. Despite all of this sameness, we pay a lot of attention to differences... but only some differences are socially relevant, and the rest we… Continue reading Why Are Only Some Differences Socially Relevant?

"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
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Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

There are some significant barriers that people living in poverty face when it comes to managing their finances. However, these may not always be obvious, so let's talk about them. Let's consider what it might look like to be living in poverty here in British Columbia, Canada, where I live. Provincial income assistance payments, including… Continue reading Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

On-screen representation of marginalized groups; graphic of a film projector in rainbow colours
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Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I'd had with someone not long before that, and I thought I'd write about it. Representation issues Let's begin with the conversation from a while… Continue reading Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Universal basic income: Taking poverty out of the picture
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Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I won't try; however, I did want to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its core, universal basic income (UBI) has several basic characteristics.… Continue reading Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness