Black lives matter
Social issues & 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 issues & social justice

The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is sometimes referred to euphemistically as female circumcision, but it is very different from male circumcision in both form and function. FGM involves cutting or removing parts of the external female genitalia, including some or all of the clitoral glans and clitoral hood, inner labia, and outer labia.  The diagram below… Continue reading The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation

Tree diagram showing effects of social inquities
Social issues & social justice

Why social determinants of health matter

Social determinants of health represent those factors which, whether we have control over them or not, can significantly influence both physical and mental health outcomes.  Differences produced by social injustice can (and does) produce systemic health inequities between rich and poor, with a "social gradient" in between. The social determinants of health The Government of… Continue reading Why social determinants of health matter

Homelessness and mental health infographic from the Homeless Hub
Mental health, Social issues & social justice

We all deserve a roof over our heads

According to the Homeless Hub, 30-35% experiencing homelessness have a mental illness.  Among women, that figure jumps to 70%.  How does society allow this to happen to some of our most vulnerable people?  Housing is a basic fundamental need that all people should be able to access.  Why are people with mental illness disproportionately represented… Continue reading We all deserve a roof over our heads

Millicent Fawcett statue: Courage calls to courage everywhere
Social issues & 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