Want to know why reverse oppression can’t exist? You’ll have to get out of the dictionary and into understanding the nuances of people’s lived experiences. Here’s what you need to know about oppression: what it is, what it isn’t, and what makes it a special problem. The very nature of oppression won’t allow reverse oppression to exist. Read on to learn why.
Rape jokes, false sympathy, hashtags like #NotAllMen: Each of these activities and more not only trivialize the serious problem of rape culture in the United States, but they hurt survivors. This is why we must listen to survivors when talking about rape – their wisdom is all the information we need on the impact of words. So if you’re sick of rape jokes or you wonder why other people are, catch this prize-winning slam piece from these young Brave New Poets.
If you’re coming to terms with your privilege, you’re probably feeling uncomfortable. And that’s okay (really!). Now you have a choice: avoid the discomfort by rejecting the truth, or roll with it and take action. Here’s some action to start with: Read through these thoughts you might have in this ongoing process. Trust us. It’s worth the discomfort.
Does identifying as bisexual ever feel isolating to you? We’ve got biases and toxic media messages working against us from both the gay and straight communities. But fear not, fellow frustrated bisexuals! Your bisexuality shouldn’t be a burden, so here are ways to stand up to those toxic messages. This article will help you learn how to embrace your identity.
Just how many ways are there to be LGBTQIA+? You can be queer, femme, a unicorn, or a bottom, to name a few. We talk a lot about labels and identity, but what does identity really mean for defining gender and sexuality? The subjects of these beautiful photos, from Sarah Deragon’s The Identity Project, might blow you away as they embody their answers.
We’ve all been there – just when you think you’ve become a good ally, somebody tells you that you’ve done or said something problematic. Here’s the good news: nobody’s perfect, so you’re not alone. Perfection is not what’s important, and being an ally doesn’t mean you can do no wrong. Read about what is important, and learn what to do if you make a mistake.
You’ve seen homonormativity. You may have even participated in it. Homonormativity can be such a part of queer culture that we don’t recognize it as problematic. Here’s a definition of what homonormativity is, along with examples of how it plays out. Everyone should know this information so we can fight the real systemic, structural oppression that keeps us down.
It all seems so simple. Just a boy telling you he loves you, right? But if it’s your first time hearing those words, it can be complicated. Take it from Edwin Bodney, this brilliant poet who tells it like it is about first love, longing, and what words really mean. He bravely shares the lessons he’s learned — and his last line is a heartbreaker.
Have gender stereotypes led you to have sex when you didn’t want to? Your sex life shouldn’t be defined by stereotypes. Understanding how culture influences our choices around sex can empower us to talk about our desires and needs openly and sincerely. This article will help you understand and feel empowered. Learn how myths can impact you — and what to do about it.
Many people have no idea what does and does not constitute harassment. Here’s the thing: in our society, men are taught to feel sexually entitled to women. So many men who approach women in public spaces feel they “should” respond positively to their overtures – and then get upset at them when they don’t. Here’s some concrete examples of how this shows up.