Anger can be a useful emotion – but when does it serve to undermine social progress and human connection? In this episode, we discuss how anger can hijack otherwise positive actions in the LGBT, racial justice, and other political movements. We consider ways white activists and concerned citizens can take part in #blacklivesmatter. We recognize the challenges in, yet importance of educating the ill-informed about the Pagan community. Can we avoid hurting each other, and our causes, when we are struggling on the same side of an issue? Can substantive social change occur without anger and violence boiling over?
“Love Not H8” photo by Robin Renée, November 15, 2008, Philadelphia.
In The B Word we talk about the frustrating bi stereotypes and the misunderstandings of bisexuals that still persist. We mention media perceptions and the way our culture defaults to duality and either/or thinking. Audacious Robin gives a brief, impromptu Sexual Orientation and Gender 101 talk in this queer-positive chat about people who don’t fit society’s usual boxes.
For further consideration and discussion, here is an excellent definition of bisexuality by Robyn Ochs: “I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”
… and check out The Bisexual Umbrella as well as The Trans* Umbrella.
Photo credit: “bisexuals: they do exist!” San Francisco Pride Parade, June 29, 2008 by Caitlin Childs (flickr)
In this episode, we begin to unravel the complex issue of handling disagreement between friends. Which core values must your loved ones have in common with you? When is a difficult conversation worth having, and when is it best to let it go? Are sexism, racism, and homophobia products of nature or nurture, and how can acknowledging our -isms assist communication?
There are no universal answers here, but we hope our conversation will serve as a springboard for ongoing discussion and consideration.