I had said I would post this in the past but never did. I felt like there was no point, but I'm so sick and tired of people telling me I'm a horrible person because of what I did that... Continue Reading →
The beauty of secularism was that it was tolerant; it could accept a plurality of people and belief systems. This new brand secularism is as orthodox and stringent as religion used to be (at least in how it had been represented).
I understand that there is a certain appeal to living in a 'secular' society, and I also understand why someone might feel uncomfortable at the sight of the hijab. I think that discomfort is misguided but comes from an honest and decent place. To ask someone to stop wearing the hijab is akin to asking them to stop being a woman, and just be a human. That's just not who we are. To be human is to believe in things that don't exist, to make our lives mean something more than they do, and to actualize our collective imaginations. Anything less is precisely inhuman.
Mental illness has long been a sanitized issue. When we discuss mental health, we discuss it in a way that does not deviate from the dominant ideological practices of our time. I want to discuss mental illness in a way that gives dignity and power back to those who suffer from it and expose the social norms and practices that work to make mental illness worse.
I'm Canadian and in the last election, like many other Canadians who weren't scared in to voting for the centrist, corporatist, Liberal party, I voted for the NDP. The Democrtic primary campaign in the US is heating up, with Iowa... Continue Reading →