My name is Titania McGrath. I am a radical intersectionalist poet committed to feminism, social justice, and armed peaceful protest. In April of this year, I decided to become more industrious on social media. I was inspired by other activists who had made use of their online platforms in order to spread their message and explain to people why they are wrong about everything.
No ‘colonizing’ or ‘frontiers’: Snowflakes alarmed by linguistic aspects of NASA Mars probe
NASA has landed a research craft on Mars, and many are keen to see what mysteries it will uncover. Some, however, focused instead on linguistics, taking offence to words like “colonization” and “exploration.”
Many would think that things on the top of the ‘potential troubles with visiting Mars’ list would include the loss of research data. Or perhaps discovering (potentially aggressive and vexatious) alien life. But that doesn’t seem to be even a blip on the radar for some, like American astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz, who are more worried about what words are used to describe space exploration. Walkowicz told Newsweek that words like “colonization” are “not OK to use” as it “erases the history of colonization here on our own planet.”
In early November, iconic Canadian playwright and LGBT activist Sky Gilbert posted a simple, humorous poem on his personal blog called “I’m Afraid of Woke People”. It’s a rather lightly toned rebuke of divisive identity politics.
In it, he expresses that the current trend of berating and shaming people for not being woke enough is, well, problematic. In it, he writes, “You see I believe (gulp!) that we should try and love everyone.” I assume most people would agree with this sentiment.
Just before Halloween, the U.S. streaming giant Hulu sent out a tweet: “If you’re dressing up for #Huluween this year, this is your reminder to wear a costume that is culturally appropriate and respectful to others. Let’s celebrate the holiday in a way that we can all enjoy.”
The BBC is encouraging staff to become ‘straight allies’ of colleagues who are gay, lesbian or have other gender identities.
The move is an attempt to tackle what it calls a ‘heteronormative culture’, in which being straight is considered the norm.
To shift the balance, staff who are heterosexual but ‘actively promote’ LGBT issues will wear pin badges or use email signatures to signify that they are ‘allies’ of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues.
Companies have come under fire for using the word “womxn” instead of “woman,” after worrying the latter word excludes transgender people.
Feminists have argued that it is biological women who are being excluded by the newly popular word, and that no one calls men “mxn.”
The Wellcome Collection apologised on Wednesday after being criticised for using the word to describe women and non-gender-conforming people in promotional material for its new exhibition “daylighting”, a piece of artwork that “explores the presence of womxn through their art, thinking and speculations”.
A professor has claimed that Sir Winston Churchill was a ‘clear racist’ in a heated debate in which Piers Morgan asked him: ‘Why do you live in a country that you loathe?’
Kehinde Andrews clashed with Good Morning Britain presenter Piers as he claimed that Britain was ‘built on racism’ and that ‘everyone involved in it probably has a really racist past’.
The academic also compared Britain’s war-time Prime Minister to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler for his treatment of Indians when the country endured a famine in 1943.
I habitually loathe Piers Morgan but sometimes he is right admits blogger.
It is a campaign supposed to warn bigots, racists, homophobes and transphobes that they are at risk of being convicted.
But the Scottish Government-funded drive to stamp out discrimination and abuse has itself been accused of blindly carrying out a hate crime.
The ‘dear haters’ advertising campaign has attracted the wrath of some Christians over its use of language, including one poster that reads: ‘Dear Bigots, you can’t spread your religious hate here. End of sermon.’
The news for Canada on renegotiation of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been bleak, but there is one aspect that bodes well for future and potentially more difficult, trade negotiations: the quiet death of the Trudeau government’s so-called progressive trade strategy.
At the start of the NAFTA renegotiation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted that the inclusion of progressive elements such as new chapters on Indigenous and gender issues was essential to the agreement, going so far as to say that it was not a frill but a practical necessity.
A nine-year-old schoolgirl sparked intense debate in Australia on Wednesday after refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest alleged institutional racism.
Student Harper Nielsen was given detention last week for not joining classmates in a rendition of Advance Australia Fair, a song she says ignores the nation’s indigenous people.
The all-seeing social-justice eye penetrates every aspect of our lives: sports, movies, public monuments, social media, funerals . . .
A definition of totalitarianism might be the saturation of every facet of daily life by political agendas and social-justice messaging.
At the present rate, America will soon resemble the dystopias of novels such as 1984 and Brave New World in which all aspects of life are warped by an all-encompassing ideology of coerced sameness. Or rather, the prevailing orthodoxy in America is the omnipresent attempt of an elite — exempt from the consequences of its own ideology thanks to its supposed superior virtue and intelligence — to mandate an equality of result.
Good Lord please wipe Toronto off the map.
Please consider the thousands of refugees in our city for whom the #airshow is a traumatic reminder of the wars they fled. To support this barbaric form of entertainment is absolutely unconscionable. Plus noise pollution for all & unnecessary burning of fossil fuels.
— Marilyn Biderman (@MarilynBiderma) August 31, 2018
So woke you’ll pray you’re dreaming.
Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech
An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race.
Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.
Political opponents denounced his speech as “disgraceful”. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.
“Final solution” was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
In his speech, Mr Anning said “the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote”.
Making street harassment a hate crime could unfairly target minorities warns @HollabackOttawa
— CBC-The Current (@TheCurrentCBC) August 3, 2018
I don’t wish to see catcalling made a hate crime either, that said you just know the head-space her bent stance is coming from. God forbid you’d want to target “minority” rape cultures. Best to keep blaming white men.