Tag Archive for social justice

30 Days of Social Justice 15: Dominant Culture #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

Our culture is the dominant culture. The United States culture is pervasive, touching all countries and cultures that it comes in contact with. The dominant mindset of American culture is that ours is the best way to do things and all other ways are crap. When I see that written out, it becomes such an […]

30 Days of Social Justice 14: Worldview #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

One thing that gets me is just how easy it is, particularly in the US, to dismiss other people’s lived experiences because said experience doesn’t exist in one’s worldview. There are people who believe that the police can’t be as bad as the #blacklivesmatter movement claims because it doesn’t happen in their town. Or women […]

30 Days of Social Justice 13: Tolerance #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

Tolerance is a word that gets misused quite a bit in the media these days. It actually gets misconstrued with the definition of “tolerate” which is generally defined as “putting up with things we don’t like.” The actual definition of tolerance is different however: -a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, […]

30 Days of Social Justice 12: Stereotypes #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

You might be getting sick of me using dictionary definitions, but I’m finding them a good jumping off point. So. The definition of stereotype: From Merriam-Webster: to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same From Dictionary.com: (noun) Sociology. a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special […]

30 Days of Social Justice 11: Privilege #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

Today, I’m going to do something a little different. There’s a piece by one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, that I keep trying to remember to have on hand to talk to Straight, Cis-gender, white males specifically, especially when they say “I’m not privileged! My life sucks!” I also think this post is a […]

30 Days of Social Justice 10: Intersectionality #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

So. Intersectionality. Let’s start with a definition, shall we? (And yeah, I know it’s Wikipedia, but the definition from them is sound): Intersectionality (or intersectionalism) is the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination. On Tumblr yesterday, someone wrote this (the “Intersectionality…it’s a thing..” is my response to the post): […]

30 Days of Social Justice 9: Identity/Labels #30daysofsocialjustice

Unless you are living under a rock these days, identity politics are a major issue. It is complex and nuanced by class, race, culture, religion, sexuality, gender, and many other factors. There are a lot of people, mainly white middle class spiritual seekers, who would like to get rid of identity labels all together. The […]

30 Days of Social Justice 7 and 8: Bias and Dialogue #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

It’s interesting that I’m putting bias and dialogue together today since our bias tends to inform the nature of the dialogue we have when talking about social justice issues. Bias, paraphrased from the multiple dictionary definitions, is prejudice against one person, group, or thing in favor of another, usually with a negative connotation. They can […]

30 Days of Social Justice 6: Classism #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

To be honest, I needed to refresh my memory about the specifics of classism for this post. I did grow up mid to lower middle class, although that has changed over the years. Technically, my wife and I would be considered in the upper professional middle class, at least on paper. However, we live in […]

30 Days of Social Justice 5: Gender (or When Covens Cause Trouble) #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

It feels kind of redundant of me to write about gender today because I’ve done a lot of work and writing around gender issues in the last few years. One of the biggest things that I’ve done, with my wife and coven mates, was bring the issues of gender and transgender to the forefront of the pagan […]