Defences of bigotry I: Tone and sensitivity

•November 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Anger is powerful…

Originally posted on Anger is Justified.:

Trigger warning – discussion of common silencing/denial-of-oppression techniques.

My apologies for the unofficial hiatus; I’m trying to recharge my batteries but sometimes it feels like the charger just isn’t working. EDIT – changed post title to reflect the fact that defences of bigotry seem to be a Thing of mine at the moment.

Anyway. I’m going back to an old hobby-horse of mine – tone policing. Along with the accusation of oversensitivity, which oddly enough are often found coexisting. Not only are both infuriating, wrong and kyriarchy-enforcing on their own, but in tandem they become increasingly illogical.

The reason for this is simple. Tone policing, simply put, is the dismissal of a person’s argument (generally a less-privileged person in social justice discourse) because of their tone, which may be perceived by the bigoted more-privileged person as ‘too personal,’ ‘too emotional’ or ‘too angry.’ Meanwhile, the oversensitivity argument basically amounts to…

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“I Could Never Be Vegan!” So What? (and why that’s the appropriate response)

•October 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I hear too many excuses (and yes, most of them are boiled down to just that; excuses) for why people I know “could never be vegan.” “Oh, it’s too hard! You’re so preachy! I loooooove my meat! Animals eat each other all the time! It’s too hard to find non-leather shoes/belts, sweaters without wool, ties without silk, and cosmetics not tested on animals!” ad nauseum. I’ve come to realize that there is only one proper response to such excuses: “So what?” Really, it’s that simple.

Okay, maybe a little explanation is necessary. Gary Yourofsky is correct when he says nonvegans are obligated to see the harm their lifestyles cause. I find it so frustrating when nonvegans call vegan animal lib supporters “preachy” and “self-righteous” because we tell them the truth about animals killed for their food, clothing, entertainment, etc., because its practically saying they’d rather live in placid denial than make changes based on new information. Positive change in the world doesn’t come from placid denial (how much worse of a world would this be if Gandhi, Dr. King, and the women’s rights movements had chosen to accept that as a viable option?).

As for veganism being “too hard” or inconvenient, or that you LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE meat/cheese/fur/leather/CoverGirl/rodeos too much to give them up, here’s a crazy thought, maybe this planet isn’t always about what’s convenient or pleasing to your palate, ego, ad nauseaum. You and I share this planet with other beings. No one lives in a vacuum, every action each one of us takes has an impact. Would it really be a bad thing to try to make a positive or even just not-so-damaging impact on the earth and the beings with which we share it? Even if it takes a bit of extra effort to get plant-based meals (or push for more options in areas that lack them), or find non-leather shoes, fur-, leather-, wool-, and down-free winter coats (which has become easier and more affordable, at least in my experience), or silk-free neckties and evening wear, or find products not tested on animals, think of it this way: if you were being tortured, and were to be killed so someone else could use your body in the way they wanted, wouldn’t you want someone, anyone at all, to take whatever actions they could on your behalf?

Please consider my words, and live vegan!

Stop the Comcast takeover.

•October 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Don’t let Comcast take over half of America’s Internet. Tell Congress & @FCC to #StoptheTakeover”

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Battle For The Net

•September 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

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Keystone opponents compare pipeline to WMD at State Dept petition delivery

•March 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on DC Direct Action News:

On the 7th of March, a combined force of activists from many groups opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline delivered about 2 million petitions to the State Dept against the pipeline. Banners and speakers outside compared the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to the WMD or “Weapons of Mass Destruction” that Kerry has campaigned against the proliferation of.

Video of the petition delivery marchBanner_At_State_3-7-2014


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Thousands of zoo animals killed in Europe yearly

•February 14, 2014 • 1 Comment


Zoos are prisons, and many times, zookeepers are the executioners (the worst thing is, these animals have done nothing wrong at all).

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

By MALIN RISING / Associated Press / February 14, 2014

STOCKHOLM (AP) — People around the world were stunned when Copenhagen Zoo killed a healthy 2-year-old giraffe named Marius, butchered its carcass in front of a crowd that included children and then fed it to lions.

But Marius’ fate isn’t unique — thousands of animals are euthanized in European zoos each year for a variety of reasons by zoo managers who say their job is to preserve species, not individual animals. In the U.S., zoos try to avoid killing animals by using contraceptives to make sure they don’t have more offspring than they can house, but that method has also been criticized for disrupting animals’ natural behavior.



U.S. and European zoological groups refuse to release figures for the total number of animals killed. But David Williams Mitchell, spokesman of the European…

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Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Redux

•February 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Vegans of Color:


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