Social Justice Advocates Handbook: A Guide to Gender Understanding


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Solution for the “Confusing” Gender Neutral Toilet Sign Issue


Update: get involved in this simple guerilla activism project I started based on the reaction to this graphic. A while ago I had the opportunity to sit in on some meetings where a group was lobbying their state legislators for gender neutral bathrooms. Recently, I attended a town hall where the same issue came up. In both cases, […]

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30+ Examples of Masculine Dude (“Bro”) Privilege

It's Pronounced Metrosexual

I’ve written a few privilege lists, several of which are about privileged identities I possess. They are serious articles that provide a couple hundred examples of systemic oppression (in the US and elsewhere). This article is not that. I ask that you please humor me as I take a moment to address the many privileges […]

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5 Reasons Why So Many People Believe Feminism Hates Men and Why They’re Not True

I'm a Feminist

I originally wrote the following article for Everyday Feminism. You can view that here. “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Pat Robertson famously said this in the […]

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Build Your Own World

"Build Your Own World" Comic

Look around you.  Every product, gadget, building, company — every thing — was created by a person who is just like you or me or Uncle Jesse from Full House (kidding — nobody is like Uncle Jesse).  As you walk through your life, you’re surrounded by the accomplishments and influences of individuals of the past […]

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How To Avoid Being a Stereotype

"One Planet"

You want to be seen as an individual, right?  Of course you do.  But it’s bordering on impossible to avoid perpetuating at least some of the stereotypes attached to the various aspects of your identity.  There are just too many of them! Well, that’s where I can help.  Consider this a “How to be [X], […]

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A few considerations about health and body size


I wrote an article and apology yesterday about a poorly-thought-out graphic I posted to IPM’s Facebook page.  One of the things I mentioned was how I don’t know nearly enough about this whole health and body size thing to be dabbling around in these waters, and there was one thing in particular that concerned me. […]

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An apology and reflection: my accidental fat-shaming

My mistake.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again right now: I make mistakes.  In fact, I’m pretty good at it.  I take a lot of risks in what I do here and on stage, and sometimes those risks are fruitful, and sometimes I screw up.  This time I screwed up.  I want to take […]

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I’m not anti-Christian, but religion shouldn’t have a place in political decisions.

"Fly Away" Comic

Let’s make a deal. Promise me that you’ll do everything in your power to read this entire article (all 800 words of it) before you start mentally formulating the comment/email/death threat you’re going to respond with.  If you can make that promise, read on.  If not, go find an website that reinforces your current dispositions […]

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My Reasons for being an Ally (AKA Social Justice Advocate)

Sam Killermann as a kid

Hey, folks.  First of all, thanks for continuing to read what I write here, and thanks even more for sharing.  I don’t say that enough.  I’ve been thinking a lot about why I do what I do lately, and I want to once-and-for-all answer a question I get asked an average of 1.6 times per […]

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An open letter to Bradlee Dean (and all Biblical literalists who label homosexuality as sin)

Bradlee Dean

Bradlee Dean, heavy metal rocker slash minister, recently alluded that the Muslims who were calling for execution of gays are “more moral” than Christians (read about it at the Huffington Post).  He’s since backtracked a lot, and wishy-washied, and etc.  But it’s as apparent how he truly feels as it is how bad he is […]

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Sorry, Kirk, homosexuality isn’t unnatural, religiosity is.


If you haven’t heard, Kirk Cameron, teenage heartthrob and man-boy perm enthusiast from the late 80s TV series Growing Pains, made tremors when he said homosexuality is “unnatural” and that it’s “detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Let’s make this quick. Homosexuality is quite natural, at least if one […]

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One reason I’m a social justice advocate (as a white, straight, male)

Rainbow Trolls

I’ve dedicated my life to progressing social justice, in the hopes that one day we can have a society that is equitable for all.  I have a lot of reasons for doing this, but there are just as many reasons why it might be viewed that I shouldn’t.  As a white, straight, non-disabled, post-grad educated, […]

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Why I’m Boycotting Marriage

Sarah Silverman Supports Marriage Equality

If five days ago you told me I would consider Sarah Silverman a role model, even in just one aspect, I would have laughed milk through my nose.  And I don’t even drink milk.  But that was all before someone shared this Silverman quote with me: Not only would I not get married until everyone […]

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Ron Paul: When the morality changes, it will reflect on the laws

Ron Paul

I was watching one of the recent GOP debates and I heard Ron Paul say something that really struck me, responding with his thoughts on abortion.  I transcribed the quote, but the video is down below that if you’d like to watch. …in the 1960s, when the culture was changing, the vietnam war was going […]

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