The Insidious Culture of Othering: Neurodiversity and Stigma

Facebook can be an interesting place, not just for the amount of information and stories shared, but also for the drama. A friend of mine posted today about getting a puppy for her family – she was going to go and look at a dog to see if it would fit in with her family. While most were supportive, one commenter decided to take my friend to task, accusing her of “not thinking this decision through” and insinuating that her first-graders, one of whom has pretty severe anxiety, would somehow fight over the puppy and hurt it, or even kill it....more

Forget the Spoons: Powering Through Chronic Illness

I know. This sounds like one of those posts that tells people that their chronic illness is “all in their head”, or can be pushed through, or other nonsense. I promise, though, it’s not....more

Our Veterans Fought For Our Right To Fight Injustice and Be Free

When I think of Remembrance Day, I think of my grandfather, Myles. Myles, who is 88 years old, served for Canada and the U.S. during the Second World War, like many other men and women who were his contemporaries. My other grandfather, William, who passed away in his early 60s, also served in the Merchant Navy in Britain, fighting alongside the Royal Navy and Airforce. And while war seems like a lifetime ago, the fact of the matter is, I have a veteran younger than I am in my family. War is a constant – but the sacrifices that these men and women made live on....more

Jian Ghomeshi Is Fired Because He Says A Woman Lied About Him: An Example of Rape Culture?

Canadian radio generally isn’t a big thing in other parts of the world, but here in Toronto, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is kind of a big deal. He’s well known and well liked, for his views, for his interviews, and for his personality. Today, a decision came down from CBC firing Ghomeshi after he had tweeted that he was going to take some personal time off. The decision appeared to come out of nowhere, and I for one was a bit shocked....more
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There Is No Moral Value On Food

Usually, when I see posts about food on Facebook or on Twitter, I tend to scroll right past them. I have a precarious relationship with food and a lot of what I read can bring up feelings of needing to control and monitor every bit of food I put into my mouth. It can make me feel inadequate, sad, and not good enough. But sometimes I can’t ignore the constant click-bait articles, scare-videos, and alarmist comments that some of my friends post on their social media accounts....more

When We Talk About Rape Culture

When we talk about rape culture, we are talking about the pervasive belief that women deserve to be raped by simply existing in the world. Find that too strong of a definition?...more
http://www.blogher.com/member/torontonanny, I believe you've hit the nail right on the head with ...more

Dear Beautiful Girl, I Admire You

Dear little girl twirling in an Elsa-from-Frozen dress,...more

My Bisexuality Is Real, Valid, and Simply Who I Am

When I talk about being bisexual, my mother always scrunches up her nose a little. “You mean, you’re AC/DC, right?” she’ll ask, as if I’m a battery that can do double duty power frequencies or an ‘80s rock band. Then she’ll smile. “It’s really the best of both worlds, though.”...more
Good article, but it makes me see how even with all the changes in acceptance of the LBGT ...more

When The Coin Has Two Heads: Why I Stayed In My Abusive Relationship

I’m going to begin this blog with a trigger warning for talk of domestic violence and abuse....more

Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

I support health at every size. I support doing what you personally have to do to feel good in your skin, and in your body. And if that means weight loss, then it means weight loss—in a healthy way that works for you, not by super-restrictive diets and starvation. So, Wil Wheaton, who recently mentioned that he was working on getting healthier and wanted to share that with his fans, has my full support. I totally think it's great he wants to be healthier. ...more
Disclaimer: I am roughly 55 lbs. overwieght - morbidly obese by standard medical doctrine but my ...more