"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
Social Issues

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
Social Issues

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 i. 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
MH@H Mental Health, Social Issues

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

Social privileges and social burdens
Social Issues

Another Way of Looking at Social Privilege

Lately white privilege has been a hot topic. The people I've come across who take a stance against the idea of white privilege seem to have in common the line of thinking that they haven't been handed anything, so how can they have social privilege? I thought it might be worth reframing social privilege in… Continue reading Another Way of Looking at Social Privilege

Social Issues

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

the word vote displayed across a blue and red background
Social Issues

Voter ID Laws as a Form of Voter Suppression

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 ID.  It's an… Continue reading Voter ID Laws as a Form of Voter Suppression

Intersectionality and what it means for mental health - diagram of circles intersecting
MH@H Mental Health, Social Issues

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 the… Continue reading Intersectionality and What it Means for Mental Health

Where race and mental health collide – intersectionality matters
Social Issues

Intersectionality and Where Race & Mental Health Collide

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 justice, more than… Continue reading Intersectionality and Where Race & Mental Health Collide

tiles representing different healthcare specialities
Social Issues

Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

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 or to be… Continue reading Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

Nevertheless, she persisted - watercolour drawing of a woman
Social Issues

Why Feminism Helps All of Us

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 by traditional gender… Continue reading Why Feminism Helps All of Us