(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 28, 2016 If You Voted Leave with Progressive Intentions, Have the Courage of Your Convictions!
The recent upsurge of racist brutality since the EU referendum means critical & skeptical Leave voters have a difficult path ahead. It is important to steer a tight path between (or beyond?) the reactionary right among leave voters, and the hostility of some remain voters. We should resolutely oppose both Leaveshaming & Remainbaiting. both
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 7, 2016 Neuro-Individualism Versus Neuro-Collectivism: I am Not Diversity!
This follow-up to my previous article on Neurodiversity explores more systematically the problem of Neurodiversity as a respectable, worthy and ultimately assimilationist approach to Neurodivergence. I suggest that the hegemonic status of Neurodiversity is fundamentally elitist, but that rather than being a 'conspiracy,' as foolish far right reactionaries would suggest, it's just good old-fashioned ideological mystification. Series: Take Down Neurodiversity (3 Articles, 1559 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 14, 2016 My Vote of Zero Confidence (and Zero-Confidence!) in Your Disabled Community
Preliminary exploration: Neurodiversity is the current politically expedient naming of Neurodivergent individuals. But is Neurodiversity an excessively optimistic and 'sexy' lens through which to view Neurodivergence? Is it time to revisit the pain, horror and terror of Neurodivergence, rather than anesthezing oneself from the ambivalence of Neurodivergence? Is there a 'disabled community,' or is this an assimilatory gesture? Series: Take Down Neurodiversity (3 Articles, 1559 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 29, 2016 Footprints in the Desert (With Edward Said)
The poem 'Footprints in the Sand' is a well-beloved poem. But what about 'Footprints in the Desert?' What can I, or other readers and writers, learn from the dialogue I have had with the deceased critic, the writer of 'Orientalism,' Edward Said? Series: Racial Privilege is Mighty! (5 Articles, 4208 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 29, 2016 The 'Real Kanye West!' Is this A Wild Goose Chase?
Kanye West featured in a recent edition of NME magazine, after being nominated as both 'hero' and 'villain' for the NME awards. One obvious question is: 'So who is the real Kanye West?' Another is: 'Is there really a real Kanye West?' But one could also ask: 'How valid are such questions really? And are these actually privileged questions?' This is a preliminary inquiry where I don't tie everything up neatly.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2016 Philosophy of the Apology: Saying Sorry in a Patriarchal World
This article is an informal and layperson-friendly discussion of the philosophy of the apology. Avoiding jargon or complex notions, I discuss the gendered implications of men making apologies in a patriarchal world. I also show personal reflexivity, in the hope that other men will do so also.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 Communicating White Privilege More Effectively: A Fresh Idea?
The idea of 'white privilege' has helped some people to understand how white people experience benefits that are not equally distributed to everyone in society. However, many people are hostile towards the idea of 'white privilege,' and will strongly deny that they are 'privileged.' My article suggests a distinction between 'privilege from' and 'privilege to.' This may be of service in explaining white privilege more clearly. Series: Racial Privilege is Mighty! (5 Articles, 4208 views)