A lot of people are against the idea of touching on mental illness at all in children’s books, with the idea that we need to protect children from such adult topics. I have some shocking news.
Mentally ill children exist, and they notice the way characters that are “crazy” are treated. They notice their absence, and they notice when the narrative supports locking mentally ill people away for their own good. They notice the lack of role models.
Bisexual as attraction to men and women is a heteronormative definition.
Bisexual as attraction to same and different genders is the bisexual communities definition.
When queer people say that bisexual reinforces a gender binary, tell them they sound like straight people.
i feel like people who say ‘hate breeds more hate’ or ‘you cant fight fire with fire’ are the types of kids that used to come to your house and do a bunch of annoying shit and say ‘oh well im the guest’ but when you go to their house they do a bunch of annoying shit and go ‘well its my house’
accept that if youre cis youre probably cissexist, make changes in your life and thoughts to try and counter that, challenge yourself, don’t be secure in the fact that you’re a “Good Cis Person”, understand you still probably have a lot of inbuilt stigma and other gross things influencing your thoughts and actions and it will probably always be that way
People seem to forget that protests are extremely difficult. This isn’t even taking disability into account - protests take a shit ton of planning and organizing and money and etc. And you have to have a specific reason for protesting - you can’t just run outside with a group of people and scream “No more ableism!”, you have to be specific or you’re not going to get anything done. That’s why social networking sites and campaign and lobby group email/petition lists are so useful - quick, easy, and you CAN randomly make a rant about ableism and reach a wide platform and change minds. Grassroots, people, grassroots.
Why should kids be taught to hate the police? Because there are 2.3 million people in jail in the US right now and every single one was put there by a fucking cop. Some people talk about good cops and bad cops, but a good cop, a cop doing their job properly, still puts nonviolent drug users in jail for many years, totally ruining their lives as they lose their jobs, houses, cars, romantic partners, access to college, and become substantially less employable upon release. A cop doing their job properly still gives homeless people tickets for vagrancy which they obviously can’t pay and when a warrant is issued as a result an officer doing their job properly arrests those homeless people. An officer doing their job properly peppersprays and arrests environmental protesters so that logging companies can clear-cut old growth forests. An officer doing their job properly is evicting a family from their home as you read this because the parents’ jobs were shipped overseas so that the bosses could make eight figures a year instead of seven. Those people will become homeless, vagrancy tickets will be written, warrants will be issued… And then there’s the “bad ones”.
If it’s too “awkward” for you to teach your kids how to clean their genitals, you’re probably a terrible parent and shouldn’t have kids until you do some growing up.
If you really believe that representation doesn’t matter, then why the fuck are you threatened by it? If not seeing yourself depicted in stories has no negative psychological impact - if the breakdown of who we see on screen has no bearing on wider social issues - then what would it matter if nine stories out of ten were suddenly all about queer brown women? No big, right? It wouldn’t change anything important; just a few superficial details. Because YOU can identify with ANYONE. So I guess the problem is that you just don’t want to. Because deep down, you think it’ll make stories worse. And why is that? Oh, yeah: because it means they wouldn’t all be about YOU.
"not all ______ are like that!" and "if they do that then they’re not a REAL ______" are basically code for "thats not my problem and i only care about making sure i don’t feel responsible for it"