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What my White Privilege Says About Punching Nazis

For people of colour, white ethics do not promote their survival--it only promotes white people's survival and usually at the expense of theirs. People of colour have not been allowed voice, still today have less voice and any choice of an ethical framework--even by me, a white person--is ill-informed if it does not take this into account because our reality is weighted privilege.

Ethics of Family Screws Democracy

We attach to those of our ilk, beyond rationality. And few of us have enough self-awareness to overcome it. The law and our systems were designed to counteract this; 'the law is reason free from passion'. The very concept of the American electoral system is based on a fundamental belief that some people are able to be more objective than others and will vote for the benefit of all. And yet because of the strength of their own self-interest, the strength of their own reptilian instincts, they will naturally fail to do so.

To Those Who Advise Compassion for Trump Supporters

If you are not at the centre then don't shit on the person whose been hurt - your job is to support them. If you yourself need support in order to do that, bitch to people who are less affected by it; comfort in, dump out... On a macro scale don't give more burdens to those who have been oppressed. Don't expect compassion from those who have been dumped on. It is not their job to show it.

Trump, Weltschmertz and Me

I'm not laughing anymore. I'm crying because what this farce of an election has done, is to uncover evil in my own home, in my own friends and yes, also in myself. It has torn the veil off those relationships I believed were rock solid. Not because my world or social circle are anything like as extreme as Trump, but because extreme or not, his vile behaviours--like the objectification of women--are so commonplace.

Britain & Her Island Mentality

But when you dig down into the voting statistics, some very obvious truths surface. Those like me--generation X,Y or post Y and/or many with immigrant heritage--voted remain. Almost half of us. The baby boomers voted leave. Was it their fear of change?

Torn Between Two Worlds and Ableist Language Shaming

Experience inadequacy and confusion when you go out, try to grapple with vastly different public transport systems, inadvertently miss bill payments because the sheer volume of foreign administrative mail takes literally days to wade through. Be misunderstood for your communication and have people shout louder at you thereby triggering your childhood trauma. And then spend even more years trying to learn the language starting with 'Lesson 1: how to buy an apple' instead of the more useful topic 'Lesson 367: dealing with online banking and tax declarations.'

I know what a fucking apple is and how to buy it, since apples and currency work the same in pretty much every language.

What’s my problem, you ask? I’m English

Our pop music and comedy is brilliant; in fact our cultural output in general is second to none. I'm proud of it even if sometimes I wonder whether our creativity isn't because we have a tiny little resentful piss artist inside of all of us.

Powerful Women Care Differently About the Word Cunt

Don't take cunt as a personal insult, because it says far more about the person saying it than the person receiving it. What it says is that the person saying it cannot disassociate the word cunt from something shameful.

Why Living Without Cars has Given Me Freedom

Many grass fields on our island are cut manually with scythes. We're not Amish. It's a question of cost-benefit. The fields simply aren't profitable enough to necessitate the purchase of a combine harvester. Likewise, the haystacks are hand made and the whole community mucks in.