This time of year is wrought with stereotypes of Native people. Thankfully, November is also National Native American Heritage Month and offers many opportunities, from the classroom to the kitchen, to move past one-dimensional representations. Here are 6 suggestions of how to de-stereotype Native American Heritage Month — no leather, feathers, or fringe needed.
For some, the LGBPTQIA+ acronym can be intimidating in its all-inclusivity – “How am I supposed to memorize every identity in this nebula, and learn to respect them in my everyday life as well?” Worry not, kind feminist! Getting to know the basics will help to ease this overwhelmed feeling. Let’s explore one specific identity in this acronym today – pansexuality.
At the bottom of every article celebrating body diversity, you’ll likely find some version of the following comment: “I’m all about confidence, but this is just unhealthy.” This is called concern trolling, and it needs to stop. It has led to weight-based discrimination becoming a serious problem across the world. So here’s some actual information about being fat.
Okay, so you get that gender identity is different from gender expression, which is different from sexual orientation. You know the difference between transgender and genderqueer. You know that not everyone wants “the surgery,” and not to ask if they do. You proudly claim the mantle of transgender ally. But are you one? Here’s your Trans 201 lesson.
“How come all of you are addicted to drugs?” “Why can’t you sleep at a shelter?” “Why don’t you get a job?” These are a few of the common questions that those of us with the privilege of relative financial security ask of homeless people. And they betray a serious lack of empathy and understanding. Wanna know why? Check out this article to learn more.
As you may know, history books are written by people in power. As a result, United States history books don’t do a great job representing the history and experiences of one of the most oppressed groups in US history: Native people. Check out this list to learn more about just a few of the truths about Native people that most history books fail to mention.
Paralyzed. Lame. Crippled. Schizophrenic. Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. I tend to remark on this kind of speech wherever I see it. In some very rare places, my critique is welcome. In most places, it is not. Many people have questions about why ableist speech matters. I’ll answer ten common ones here.
Tween girls are too often silenced about their own girlhood, leading to their behaviors being determined by how comfortable or uncomfortable someone else seems to be with what they say or do. Here are a few prevalent but toxic messages to watch out for and some constructive alternatives to help encourage them to get in touch with their voice and speak up.
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These myths keep us from seeing this issue for what it really is. So let’s debunk them.
I’m a dude – one with a uterus. So like most trans guys, I have to deal with periods at some point or another. And it’s not easy. Everyone in the world seems to think periods are the ultimate expression of femininity. Sometimes it makes me feel very, very feminine. But the truth is, there’s no reason bleeding makes me feminine. Here are five ways to remember this.