Diagram of socially acceptable identities and deviant identities
Stop the Stigma

Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Last week I reviewed White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. There were some important concepts that she alluded to but didn’t clearly explain, so I decided to do a post, from a social constructionist viewpoint, about how stereotypes and prejudice develop, and why the difference between implicit and explicit beliefs is important. Our societies create categories… Continue reading Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Political correctness: helpful or ineffective?
Social Issues

Is Political Correctness Helpful or Ineffective?

Political correctness 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 not intended? I don't… Continue reading Is Political Correctness Helpful or Ineffective?

sign outside the Kamloops Indian Residential School
Social Issues

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

transgender pride flag
Social Issues

It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people in Arkansas specifically, as well as justice in general, so let's talk about why. The new law in Arkansas… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

Retraumatization and a police wellness check gone wrong
MH@H Mental Health

A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

I've written before about a police wellness check gone wrong that resulted in an unconscious woman being dragged along the floor, in handcuffs and without a shirt on, by a police officer doing a so-called wellness check. In this latest story of a wellness check gone wrong, CBC News reports on an incident where police… Continue reading A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

Homelessness & addiction: A newspaper embraces stigma
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Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

drawing of a ho Last year I wrote about a police wellness check gone wrong, in which a young woman was dragged half-naked in handcuffs through her building by a police officer, While the woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, a story about the matter in the Kelowna Daily Courier used the word… Continue reading Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

"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

What have toilets got to do with climate change? World Toilet Day 2020
Social Issues

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

I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  UN-Water's World Toilet Day is observed every November 19, and is an initiative of the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation. World Toilet Day 2019 The theme for 2019 is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – Yes, That’s a Real Thing