Ableism is sometimes projected by those who have never experienced any sort of physical or mental disability—and consequently none of the harsh marginalization that accompanies disability.
If we face extraordinarily high consequences for letting out emotions online, for having 2-D proof of partying, for posting controversial art or political views, for exploring our bodies, sexualities, or identities on an open forum, what are we losing?
Cissexism is the conscious or unconscious reinforcement of the belief that there are only two genders, determined at birth by one’s genitals. This belief results in the privileging of cisgender people and oppression of transgender, non-binary, and intersex people.
Tone-policing is a way to silence emotion in the movement for equality. To silence emotion in the movement is to silence the movement entirely.
Why is the Fat Acceptance Movement, which is defined as the social movement seeking to change anti-fat bias in social attitudes, such a controversial topic?
Intuitively, this broad ideology may seem positive at best and harmless at worst, but given its disregard for socioeconomic relations and resulting behaviors of socialization, it can be deeply problematic.
Privilege is a right or benefit, often in the form of power, given to certain people and not others by societal systems based on demographic characteristics like gender, race, wealth, or sexuality.
Women may choose to talk as an attempt to obtain justice, or as a way to gain personal empowerment, raise awareness, and show solidarity. #NotAllMen disrespects that process because it negates the feelings of the women who have chosen to be vulnerable and reveal their wounds.
The GOP has always had a reputation for invalidating, ignoring, and outright insulting women, especially when it comes to sexual assault. This election cycle is an unfortunate example of how little things have changed.
The fact that the 78 cents statistic is so widespread is indicative of a much larger issue: feminism too often ignores people of color, people with disabilities, and transgender people.