What qualifies as a slur?
Slurs are complicated terms for the groups intimately linked to them. Before we dig in too far, let’s start with a definition of the term. ADL defines the word as being, “an insulting, offensive or degrading remark, often based on an identity group such as…
Why it’s worth debating basic human rights
Something has always struck me as deeply unsettling when advocating for human rights. The fact that some individuals see this as an opportunity for debate is deeply disturbing to reflect on. Some people genuinely think speculating on whether or not marginalized groups should have specific…
How to debate successfully (part 2)
Now that you’ve learned the foundational part of debating, let’s continue to expand. The ultimate goal is to educate people on their blind spots. And to open their mind to views they presently oppose. As mentioned in part one, this entire experience demands emotional labour…
How to debate successfully (part 1)
Debating is a skill like any other and takes time to develop and then fine tune. The task becomes easier when we keep a few mental notes top of mind. Look at controversial conversations with friends, family and peers as opportunities. They are. They’re a…
Supporting Men’s Rights Activists
TRIGGER WARNING Suicide, mental health The feminist movement was started by white women as an effort to provide white women with the same rights that white man already had. This later changed to include all women, and the focus of the movement shifted over time….
Are you thinking critically?
A term I hear tossed around a lot is ‘critical thinking’. But what exactly does that look like? To start off with, it involves the strengthening of five key skills; communication, open-mindedness, problem-solving, analysis and creativity. As this is a skillset, we can improve and…
About The Feminist Project
This blog is about exploring human rights issues through the lenses of oppression and privilege. Yes it will get uncomfortable at times as we learn and grow, but this is a place where there are no bad questions and ignorance is an opportunity, not an embarrassment. On this blog we encourage and support the intersectional feminist journey of everyone because we understand both knowledge and personal growth are a process that is never completed and ever-evolving.
The hardest lesson I’ve learned in activism
Activism has afforded me an invaluable education. The lessons regarding human rights issues are as endless as the solutions. Self-reflection is critical for personal growth and is something we should all practice as frequently as possible. A significant part of that reflection involves pondering not…
There are overlaps among many feminist ideologies and for most people there is also no one-size-fits-all feminism. I like to think of feminism as a spectrum similar to gender. Below are the most widespread forms of feminism, but it is by no means an exhaustive…
Why it’s not about the opposition
It’s easy to focus on the opposition in a debate and fail to realize that it’s not about them. This sounds strange to read. But we live in the age of information and misinformation. It’s easy for people to share their opinion without doing any…
Question of the Week
Should the internet be selectively censored?
Studies have proven that exposure to certain forms of online content leads to an increased likelihood to dehumanize a specific group of people or even commit violent acts against them. Two significant examples to point to are violent porn and hate crimes. What are your thoughts on online censorship for some types of content? Should censorship exist? If so, who controls it, and to what extent? Can we trust them to remain ethical with this control? If not, how do we justify the harm that comes to people as a result of a lack of censorship? Who would be most negatively impacted and why?
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