Black lives matter
Social justice

Why I Use My Voice to Say Black Lives Matter

Through our shared humanity, all lives matter. So why is it important to talk about black lives mattering? All lives should matter equally. That is the ideal, and probably most of us would agree that it's the "right" thing. Unfortunately, though, in practice, not all lives are given equal value. An obvious example would be… Continue reading Why I Use My Voice to Say Black Lives Matter

Social justice

International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

It's International Women's Day, and the theme for this year is #EachforEqual.  THE IWD website has this to say about this year's theme: "An equal world is an enabled world.Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve… Continue reading International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

International Men's Day
Social justice

Happy International Men’s Day!

Happy International Men's Day!  This year's theme is "making a difference for men and boys." There is an International Men's Day website, but it's down at the moment, presumably because of too much traffic.  However, based on Google's cached version: "International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character… Continue reading Happy International Men’s Day!

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Social justice

It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

UN-Water I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  World Toilet Day is an initiative of UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation.  This year's theme is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safe sanitation. The numbers are astonishing.  Open… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

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Social justice

Voter ID Laws as a Form of Voter Suppression

Image by Hannah Edgman from Pixabay With all the craziness going on in the world, elections have been on a lot of people's minds lately. The other day I started watching Chelsea Handler's new documentary special on Netflix called Hello, Privilege.  It's Me, Chelsea.  One of the things it touched on was voter suppression through rules around voter… Continue reading Voter ID Laws as a Form of Voter Suppression

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Mental health, Social justice

Intersectionality and What it Means for Mental Health

Black feminist researcher Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw first proposed the concept of intersectionality in 1989 by to represent the many different layers of social stratification that can combine to disadvantage people.  This includes factors like race, sexual orientation, social class, age, disability, and gender.  Expanding on this concept, sociologist Patricia Hill Collins described the intersectional points as… Continue reading Intersectionality and What it Means for Mental Health

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Social justice

Where Race and Mental Health Collide

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but unfortunately, it is.  I'm not talking about genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses that can vary by ethnic group; rather, the issue is the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality that results.  To achieve social… Continue reading Where Race and Mental Health Collide

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Social justice

Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Is access to healthcare a right that should be shared by all people regardless of socioeconomic status?  Or is it a privilege that belongs to those who can afford to pay? Growing up in Canada, all I ever knew was a public healthcare system.  There is no charge to see a doctor… Continue reading Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

Millicent Fawcett statue: Courage calls to courage everywhere
Social justice

Why Feminism Helps All of Us

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay It's easy to think of feminism as something that's solely about boosting up the status of women.  I would argue, though, that feminism is something that can lift us all up. Gender stereotypes Feminist beliefs may be enacted in different ways, but at its core feminism recognizes how women have been disadvantaged… Continue reading Why Feminism Helps All of Us

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