Calling people out is somewhat of a ‘trend’ in the social justice age – and rightfully so. Letting people know when they’re spouting problematic bullshit is essential to changing the world.  Although call out culture often gets a bad wrap, I think it’s crucial in this day and age. It’s 2017 and trans women are still excluded from feminism, black people are still being murdered by police, and LGBT+ people are still being treated as less-than-human. It’s clear that if we want to change things, we’ve got to start calling people out on their bullshit. We can no longer turn a blind eye, or hope that with time and gentle education people will change their minds. We’ve got to call people out, loudly and unapologetically. That is, of course, easier said than done – especially in real life. Sure, it’s easy enough to reply to a Tweet, leave a blog…

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// Trigger warning for mention of abortion // Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, man. I can say what I want – it’s free speech dude! How many times have you heard that bullshit phrase? If you’re an opinionated woman or minority who spends any time online, I’m willing to bet the answer is ‘a lot’. See, bigots and racists and other unsavoury people like to flaunt their horrific ideals around, and then cry ‘FREE SPEECH’ when someone (usually a woman) tries to criticise them. In fact, there’s a popular belief on the internet that everything – and I mean everything – is up for discussion; that all opinions are good and valuable and should be heard. Nowhere is this line of thinking more apparent than on the internet, where people like to tell you that there’s no such thing as a moral fact – that nothing is simply black or…

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Between Trump’s Muslim register, and the influx of hate crimes post-Brexit, it’s pretty clear that Islamophobia is alive and well in the Western world. In fact, it’s so alive and so well that in my final year of university, I decided to write my 10,000 word dissertation on the history of Islamophobia in order to try and understand how the fuck we got to a place where people are genuinely clamouring from a Nazi-esque Muslim register. As I’ve mentioned before, I firmly believe that the only way to solve a problem is to fully understand where it came from – and since we desperately need to do something about Western Islamophobia before Trump literally commits genocide, I thought I’d share some of what I learned from my dissertation with you today. Islamophobia isn’t just about Islam – it’s about a Western fear of the ‘East’ Due to the fact that…

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The British public – and the British media in particular – are obsessed with benefits, and those who claim them. You only have to look at the Channel 4 archives, with programmes such as Benefits Street and How to Get a Council House, to realise that. Every time there’s a new article or programme or conversation around benefits in this country, you can bet your bottom dollar that the ignorant and the cruel and the heartless and the downright moronic cretins of the country will crawl out of the woodwork. If you can’t afford to support a family, you shouldn’t have seven kids! I don’t believe for a second that people on benefits even try to look for work! Bloody scroungers! If people on benefits are so poor, why do they have laptops?! Even those who aren’t so blatantly obnoxious often quietly harbour resentments towards those who claim benefits. After…

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This morning I woke up and realised that today, November 19th, is International Men’s Day – a day for the world to do something it doesn’t do very often: talk about men. Now I don’t mean to be glib – I know men suffer and are in pain and struggle. I know there are issues that affect men that we don’t talk about often enough. Male rape survivors, male domestic abuse victims, and male sufferers of mental health are all shamed into silence. There are real and terrible problems that affect men, and we as society need to be better at helping these men. I also know that not all men are white, straight, and cis. There are men of colour, and LGBT+ men, and poor men, and disabled men – all of who need our help and support and whose voices we desperately need to amplify. I know all…

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