Are You Ready to Enter The World of Parenting?

You’re expecting or TTC, and you’ve found the highest quality cribs, looked into delayed clamping and skin-to-skin contact, joined several forums and support groups, researched extended breastfeeding or the best formulas available. You’re sure that you’re ready (or as ready as one can possibly be).

Information is readily available for expectant parents, unsurprisingly, since rearing children is something every generation has or will have in common. Be it books, family members, forums, or articles, there is no shortage of “how-to’s” or “what not to do’s” on parenting and giving birth. However, there are some aspects of parenting that few consider or are willing to address.

“I didn’t sign up for this.”

A major issue is that when people are nearing parenthood, they have one child in mind: A happy, healthy, cishet child who is just like them in virtually every way.

Parents of neurodivergent or disabled children often make statements like “I didn’t sign up for this,” or “this wasn’t what I had in mind.”

But why? Those types of children exist, do they not? They all have to come from somewhere. They’re all born to someone. Why not you? What prevents you from the possibility of parenting a neurodivergent or disabled child?

The same is often said of any other child that deviates from any arbitrary, unrealistic norm such as intersex and queer/trans children.

When you get pregnant (or impregnate someone) you’re effectively “signing up” for any type of child. Not just your ideal child.

 

You are NOT ready to be a parent if:

  • You prefer a dead child over a disabled child
  • You prefer a homeless child over a trans child
  • You prefer “curing” your child of an innate characteristic rather than loving them for who they are
  • You think female circumcision is barbaric, but male circumcision is perfectly okay
  • You’re willing to mutilate your infant to improve the infants sex appeal by your own subjective standards
  • You’d rather beat your child than discuss why you’re upset with them
  • You’d risk your child’s health or life to make them “normal”
  • You’d risk your child’s health or life to make them fit into your lifestyle (dieting, age-inappropriate physical activity, taking your child to potentially dangerous places, etc)
  • You’d prefer a lover over your child
  • You’d risk your child health or life for a lover
  • You’d perform invasive surgery on an infant to make them  a “normal sex”
  • You’d prefer a homeless child over a child with differing opinions
  • You prefer harming your own child in any way merely because that child wasn’t what you “expected”

 

Remember: You are NOT a failure as a parent for keeping your child safe and healthy even if your child is “odd” in some way. It isn’t your (or anyone’s) fault if your child is different in some way. You only become a parental failure when you’d rather your own baby suffer for being strange or when you’d hurt your own child because of some inconvenience. You’re a failure if you fit into the above list, not vice versa.

Whether your child is disabled, intersex, gay or trans, needs medication, eccentric, or has a mental illness….your child is your child. And you should continue to treat them as such.

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All children are worthy of love

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Updated List of Vaccine Injuries!: Top 5 Health Complications You Didn’t Know Were From Vaccines

We’ve all known (especially us parents!) that vaccines can do some pretty strange and scary things to our babies, like resulting in austinism, ACDC, and ABAI. But censorship has been keeping most of the potential vaccine injuries hidden, which is why there are NO antivaxx Facebook groups, websites, or YouTubers that we could turn to for advice and never has been.

That all changes now. Thankfully, posing as a medical doctor, I’ve been able to discuss the true effects of vaccines with my “collegues” and will now be able to promptly warn Concerned Parents™ before they make the grave mistake of pumping thier precious cargo full of toxics. But dont worry, I’ve included several signs near the end that your child is FREE of vaxx injuries, meaning you’ve succeeded as a Parent!

  • Avarice 

This is important to look out for in your older kids: Teen and young adults may be suffering from Avarice. Avarice is a secret medical condition that causes people age 14+ to be consumed by a desire for money, wealth, and material goods. Though this is sometimes found in unvaxxed people (likely due to vaccine shedding), it is most commonly occurred in those who were vaccinated in infancy. Key symptoms to watch out for: Asking for an allowance, offering to do chores in the neighborhood for money, expressing a desire to attend vocational schools, undergoing any sort of career training, and contributing to the workforce.

  • Empathy

Do NOT be fooled by the shills, being a empath is NOT a natural gift or sign of enlightenment. That is what they want you to believe of us, to try to prove that shedding doesn’t affect our own kind. Being empathetic is really damage do to vaccines. It is a way of assuring a herd mentality (aka sheeple) because it causes them to be more concerned with others than with themselves! Ever had a vaxxer call you “evil” for not caring if THIER kids die as long as yours is safe? Empathy. Thats one of the injuries itself! And they call US crazy?! Your kids, your problem. Whats next, paying for public schooling? LOL

  • Effluxion

This is caused when vaccines cause your child to be drawn toward consuming other chemicals later in life. This is usually do to the vaccine being weak (probably as a result of shortages of toxics in the lab) so they have to compromise…..and make the child want to continually consume more as a kid. Your child probably has effluxion if they consistently crave the following chemicals: dihydrogen monoxide, sodium chloride, carbon-based foods, and ascorbic acid. Check labels,, but also do your research! Foods and drinks aremt legally required to label these deadly chemicals on every product!!

  • Conformity

Many parents sadly have normalized the ideas that kids go through phases and trends or care about whats ‘popular.’ NOT TRUE! This phenomenon has nothing to due with maturation, its a result of the vaccines affect on a growing mind! Keep note of your childs behavior and life goals as they age….big red flags are wanting to grow up to become a doctor, firefighter, police officers, lawyer, politician of any kind, or teacher…also may cause your child to want to “look professionally” or make “good impressions” (who are they trying to impress? The SHILLS, but theyre too young to know that yet). As your kid gets older they may start to question you,, think you are crazy,,, or weird. This is a major symptom of the vaxx injury. Why else would it seem so weird to care about the safety of your own kid? LOL

  • Guisgardism 

This is a form of being prone to hypnosis. It is a primary symptom that affects the children of aggressive provaxxers/medical doctors/shills. These people think their kids are “advanced” but it is truly guisgardism….kids eager for brainwashing. Watch out for….childrens friends or classmates if the mother says they are advanced,, if the kid askes too many questions,,, if the child is able to do multiple things at once, does the kid like puzzles or interactive games,,, the child makes “honor roll”,, is passing all classes (especially medical or health classes),,,,the child has a “natural gift” like empathy,, befriends vaxxed kids,,, the kid is able to speak more than one language or play an (or many) instruments,,, the kid plays inside more than outside,,, writes in cursive,, reads outside of class for fun,,, or likes school.

Those are the top 5 vaccine injuries that have been kept a secret for so long, but now you know! It is a scarey world sometimes! But we will persist LOL. Below is a list of signs your child is thankfully vaccine injury free:

  • Egoism

Dont let the shills scare you, this is actually HEALTHY! Your child shouldnt be worried about the health or safety of others,,especially if it means risking thier own safety! Your child probably displays egoism if they frequently use phrases such as “I dont care,” “not my problem,” “oh well,” “it doesnt bother me.” Anchorage this mindset!

  • Cautious 

Your healthy, unvaxxed child should display a lot of caution in life. Your child should trust YOU, and only YOU (and what/whoever you see fit). A cautious child will ALWAYS ask for permission before doing,,going or especially, eating anything new. Your child has no issues with obediance and will always be assure that you approve of their friends/dates before forming friendships or relationships. In adulthood, you can be confident your child stays in contact with you- and always remember that YOU come first in emergencies.

  • Traditional 

Once your child grows up and has kids of thier own, these kids of course will not be vaxxed either! And expect to have a strong presence in your grandkids lives! If your child was raised properly (naturally), they will be the same kind of parent you were, and their children will be like them as parents, and so on and so on. You will be responsible for several generations of natural, cautious, wellness living.

  • Time well managed

If your child is free from vaccine injuries, they will not be pressured into conforming or caving into Avarice. Instead of wasting time on reading, training, or schooling, a smart unvaxxed child will focus on being self suffient and making sure others dont vaxx. Good uses of time include blogging, arguing on social media, having children to raise more antivaxxers, volunteering at daycares and womens shelters to spread enlightenment, protesting hospitals/clinics/pharmacies, watching REAL documentaries, or making educational videos.

If your child displays the above signs, good on you mama! You have  a child raised right! You should be proud of yourself and your children


 

Disclaimer: Everything above the blue horizontal line is complete bullshit. Hopefully anyone bored enough to actually bother reading this came here through Facebook or random chance and not something like the below image. You should absolutely vaccinate yourself and your children, unless a legitimate medical professional discovers a specific reason as to why you’d be unable to do so.  In which case, promote community vaccinations so that you can reap the benefits of herd immunity and not die.

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Why We Should Remove The “G” From “LGBT”

People, namely men, have been using the word “gay” to describe themselves in regards to homosexual orientation since the 1920s, if not earlier.

But how many of these men knew the original implications of the term? 

Not all of the homosexual men of the early 20th century may not have been aware, but society was generally very homophobic at the time. Even though these men were calling themselves gay, many heterosexual people were also using it as an insult against them! Hundreds of homosexual men were considered perverts, pedophiles, diseased, and mentally deranged. And hundreds of those men knew the pain of having all of those implications attached to the word “gay.”

Just because some homosexual men in the past were okay with it doesn’t mean they all are currently.

Even today, many homosexual people have parents reject them for being “gay,” and consistently complaining about how they don’t want a “gay” child. So of course, it makes sense to not want to associate with the phrase. Yet so many people keep referring to the LGBT+ community as the “gay” community, and so many homosexual men are called “gay.” Even bars and clubs meant to foster a welcoming environment are called “gay bars.”

This word is everywhere, and it shouldn’t be. It is a slur. Just because some people are okay with using a word that has decades of abuse attached to it doesn’t mean all of us are.


 

Have I persuaded anyone to stop calling themselves “gay” yet? Probably not, and I can only guess why. Isn’t it strange that we in the LGBT+ community so regularly accept words like “gay” (even though it was historically used as an insult), but we feel the need to censor ourselves from using more inclusive terms like “queer?”

It’s the same argument. We can use queer to describe ourselves (sometimes), but not the community as a whole- it’s a slur that “not everyone has reclaimed.” Maybe I’m just a hermit, but I don’t ever remember filling out the international “LGBT survey” that lead us to believe that everyone has reclaimed anything. 

The most there is to go off of is contemporary LGBT+ communities, and for the most part, it does seem that the vast majority of us are okay with the word “gay.” But the same can also be said of the word “queer.” Despite the innumerable people actually preferring the term as a more inclusive descriptor, the minority that object to it are often the loudest.

I’ve also heard personal accounts justifying the objection to the word queer. One such story was from a cis lesbian (and told to a rather well-known trans woman who was using the term to refer to the LGBT community) that sounded a bit like this:

“I am NOT a ‘kweer!’ My father has screamed that word at me so many times while I cried in the shower or curled up in bed, and you have no idea what it feels like to have people force that word on ALL of us just because some people are ok with it! I am NOT AND NEVER WILL BE a kweer!!!” (Evidently even spelling out the word properly was too much for her to handle)

Okay.

The problem is, that isn’t at all a unique experience. Far from it, in fact. And the word “queer” in that situation can be replaced with any word we used to describe ourselves or the community. For example, the woman from the above example preferred the term “lesbian.” But no doubt you could substitute “lesbian” in the above situation, and it would be a real-life experience that hundreds of people could relate to.

Essentially, all of our words have been used against us and are therefore slurs. 

And since there is no way of knowing how many people have which personally history with which specific words, it would be safer to abandon them all.

Problem solved, right? Obviously not.

 

The problem is people, not the words.

Even if we were to create a whole new LGBT dictionary, those words would inevitably relate to some people just as the old ones did. They would all have the potential to be used as a slur because people are still ignorant and prejudiced.

Insisting that “queer” still counts as a slur, despite it being used to self-identify in the community perhaps even earlier than the word “gay,” is just a way of telling assholes that their definition matters more than ours does. It allows them to take some aspect of our identity away, which is exactly what they want.

If we want to prevent the emotional abuse associated with our identities, the solution isn’t continually making more words that mean the same thing. The solution is continuing the fight for equality, positive representation, normalization, etc.

 

I’m not going to deny that a word is applicable to me if it is. I am a brunette. That is a fact. But even if I am continually harassed over that fact, it is no less of a fact. Calling myself “brown-haired” won’t make any difference in the long run, because in the end, those harassing me are doing so because of who/what am, not merely because of what I call myself. So if people were to shout abuses at me regarding my hair color, I’d wonder what the hell was wrong with them.

The same goes for being queer. And, incidentally, hating someone for their gender or sexuality is just as asinine as hating someone for their hair color.


 

Even if a word is used regularly by the majority of the LGBT community, if someone specifically asks you not to address them or refer to them with a certain term, it is best to respect that request regardless of how odd it might seem. This is in individual circumstances, rather than references to oneself or the community as a whole.

It is also important to note that what is and isn’t a slur varies from community to community, and from culture to culture. For example, the consensus on terms like “faggot*” and “tranny” is that they are not yet reclaimed and not typically used to self-identify. In some cases, reclaiming a certain slur may not be uncommon, but it is still seen as generally inappropriate to refer to a whole category of people with it. Terms offensive in the United States may not be offensive in some Eastern nations. It all depends, but all in all, you should probably refrain from dictating how someone refers to themself or their community (should it usually be seen as an acceptable way of doing so).

 

*In fact, in a Facebook group I was in, a cishet woman banned several gay men for calling themselves “fags.” And that is definitely inappropriate.

Truscum, Tucute, and “Transtrenders” (Oh my!)

I’ve indirectly addressed the whole “truscum vs tucute” debate here before, but I’ve been feeling the need to add more commentary on the matter.

For those of you who are unaware of the above terms:

Truscum– also known as “transmedicalists,” these are people who believe that in order to be transgender, you must experience (and often, be formally diagnosed with) dsyphoria. They also tend to believe that both HRT and surgery are necessary to be considered truly transgender. They often believe that being transgender is little more than a genetic abnormality or mental disorder.

Tucute– sometimes automatically lumped in with “transtrenders,” these people believe that the only qualification for being trans is to identify with a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth.

Transtrenders– essentially a snarl word that doesn’t actually have a concrete definition, and is primarily an insult used against a variety of people who may personally consider themselves trans (often to the dismay of truscum) such as: nonbinary people, gender nonconforming binary trans people, gender nonconforming cis people, trans people who don’t experience dysphoria, transphobic people who suddenly come out as trans, etc.

 

Again, I’ve been meaning to go more in-depth on this topic for a while now, but never got around to it. Why now? Why this particular night? Well, I had a rather hilarious experience that unfortunately, isn’t too uncommon.

Like many other mindless millennials, I have an Instagram account. I used to have a bit of fanbase, with posts regularly garnering hundreds of likes and receiving comments urging me to publish books. Cute, right? But I grew up and I no longer cling to many of the misconceptions that people adored me for having. I can change with new information, but apparently my following could not. Currently, I use my Instagram account to complain about my day, shitpost, make NSFW posts I wouldn’t share with all of my family on Facebook, and generally only engage with “irl” friends or people I’ve actually known for years. Pretty basic stuff. But it’s also one of the few places I can talk about dysphoria, my experiences as a trans person, and connect with others with similar experiences.

So of course it wasn’t long before I encountered another user whose bio read like something along the lines of “I’m 15 years old, destroying ‘nonbinarys’ daily.” And their content was primarily screenshots of Tumblr posts by truscum and memes invalidating enbies.

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It reminded my of the time I stumbled upon an aggressively pro-life 13-year-old whose life aspiration was to become a nun. She had some 15k followers, and was more than confident in her arguing ability. Grown ass men would cite this child [in an attempt] to “shut down” pro-choice debates.

But this “destroying nonbinarys” account encouraged me to address one of my biggest issues with truscum arguments, that are unfortunately, not unique to them. That issue being:

You are not a scientist just because you are truscum 

It’s really easy to sympathize with many truscum. In a lot of ways, I get it. And I get why they’re often so angrily trying to prove their points.

But my lord, it is absolutely embarrassing to see such a large number of people justifying their stance with pseudoscientific nonsense just because they “did their research.” Oh, where have I heard that line before? Only with antivaxxers, Holocaust deniers, the ‘9/11 was an inside job’ crowd, and about everywhere else.

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Besides the fact the you could exhaust yourself with extensive research using only peer-reviewed and academic sources and still not be able to logically counter all the points offered by tucute, but your ‘research’ isn’t infallible merely because you were satisfied with the results.

Specifically, I’ve seen a Tumblr post circling around on Facebook and Instagram  about how a truscum person “looked into” the neurology of being transgender and determined that dsyphoria is the result the brain being “wired incorrectly” during fetal development. Thus, being transgender is a medical condition.

It’s difficult to convey with words just how infuriating these situations are because this shit happens all the time and people who have actually spend years of their life and thousands of their dollars honing their understanding of neuroscience frequently take the backseat to these “researchers.” And even then, gender in regards to neuroscience is one of the most grossly misunderstood areas of science that produces a plethora of flawed studies. But do these people have the ability to recognize flaws in these studies? Of course not. They merely find commonly cited papers that align with their preconceptions and use it to “prove” that they were right all along. This also disregards the fact that papers, regardless of their accuracy, are far more accessible to the general public when they confirm a preexisting cultural bias or misconception. 

Thankfully, I’m not alone in these frustrations. A friend of mine, we’ll call him Chris, too has to deal with angry kids “disproving” everything with “research.” He has a Masters degree in sociology (with emphasis on sexuality and gender), but that of course could never hold up against a young teen’s use of memes in a debate.

This whole “I’m x because I researched it” is also reminiscent of the time I got into a debate with a rather prominent vegan figure. He asked for sources to my claims, and I provided several. He merely responded with “I’m not reading those unless they were written by an ethical vegan *finger peace sign emoji*” It’s, more often than not, a joke.

Truscum are among several other groups of people who have the delusion that their particular stance on an issue is automatically indicative of an actual understanding of scientific concepts, such as atheists and vegans. Can you be a scientifically literate truscum, vegan, or atheist? Absolutely! But you’re not a genius scientist just because you fall into any of those categories. This is especially true when you’re not even an adult yet and your arguments consist largely of memes.

 

HOWEVER

There is some validity to certain truscum perspectives. For example, you might technically have the right to consider yourself trans in a particular instance, but you do not get to claim you experience oppression if you don’t experience dysphoria at all and/or have no intentions of transitioning.

Maybe it makes sense to then bring back the term “transsexual” to make a distinction between those who wish to transition and those who don’t. Because the latter do not get to speak over the former and consume all the space in trans spaces. It wouldn’t make sense to.

Obviously the experiences of all trans people can vary, even if they identify the same way, have the same goals, and are the same asab. But the experiences of people who desire to transition and/or who experience dysphoria at all are drastically different from those who don’t. If you don’t want to legally transition, you’re not dealing with lack of legal rights trans people often have. You don’t have to deal with the heaps of paperwork and money that is often required just to change your name or gender marker on IDs or birth certificates. If you don’t want to physically transition, you don’t share the frustration that many other trans people do in having to wait a long time with several other people’s approval just to do something to your own body. You don’t have to deal with the financial burden of doing so either. If you don’t want to socially transition, you might never have to deal with violent by friends or romantic partners, homelessness due to parental abandonment or housing inequality, aggressive misgendering, people deadnaming you to hurt you, etc.

So basically, I won’t argue for the taking away of your right to call yourself “trans.” But please take at least one step back in trans spaces when we start discussing experiences of oppression, dysphoria and the fight for equality.

We Need to Talk About This Huge Sense of Entitlement

The United States is meant to be recognized as the “Land of the Free.” Freedom, perhaps more than anything else, is what our citizens value most. But our freedoms are, and always have been, limited. Is this unjust? Is it unfair? It depends. But far too frequently, citizens are considering any restriction as “unfair” or erroneously as “unconstitutional.”

This significant sense of entitlement in American (and others) culture will be the bane of ‘civilized’ society, and feeding into it is the fact that a vast majority of adult citizens still lack the ability to properly define “opinion.”

An opinion is a judgment about a specific topic that isn’t inherently rooted in objectivity. The word “opinion” itself is derived from the Latin “opinari” which generally means “to imagine, believe, think, or suppose.” Which, in turn, likely comes from the Proto-Indo-European “op” or “opto” which indicates a preference or decision.

To put it simply, an opinion is nothing. It holds no more significance than any other arbitrary belief or preference. And yet we have countless citizens voting, raising children, and making crucial decisions based solely on this nothingness.

We have countless citizens who therefore feel entitled based on nothingness. And generally speaking, feelings of “worthiness” and having opinions aren’t morally wrong or necessarily detrimental to a community. But when so many people feel they have a god-given right to actively harm others based on merely opinion nothing, it becomes a grave issue.

And these issues manifest in a variety of ways: Parents refusing to give their children actual medical care, parents refusing to let boys wear nail polish or for girls to play with trucks, men justifying the murder of trans women, parents justifying abuse or abandonment of queer children, voting for xenophobic officials, etc.

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It doesn’t matter that SBS has characteristics specific to physical injury and couldn’t possibly be caused by vaccines. It doesn’t matter that there is an entire legal process to evaluate evidence and determine guilt. The reality of the situation never matters to these people, because their heads are so far up their ass and they think their “opinion” dictates reality. 

These people are so obsessed with their alleged “right” to ignore reality or hurt others that they don’t even consider the legitimate human rights of other people.

If you think you have the “right” to believe to forego medical care for your child because of your “opinion” that doctors are all just money-hungry demons out to harm others, what about your child’s right to actually be healthy? If you think you have the “right” to murder or harass a trans person because of your “opinion” that they’re all just deceptive perverts out to turn you gay, what about the trans person’s right to actually live?

It’s a problem not only of entitlement but of ignorance and sheer selfishness. They value freedom, but only for themselves. The right’s of others either simply don’t exist (presumably because of their opinion), or they’re of much less concern.

 

To reiterate: Fact and reality > any given opinion

Again, opinions are not inherently objective. They aren’t always backed by anything other than mere knee-jerk reactions, misunderstanding, ideology, or indoctrination.

An “opinion” that the earth is flat is wrong. 

An “opinion” that human races are distinct species is wrong.

An “opinion” that gender is purely biologically binary is wrong. 

And there is no reason at all that anyone should accept blatantly incorrect (and frequently dangerous) statements to appease someone’s sense of entitlement. There is no logical reason that we should be respecting anyone’s decision to maintain ignorance. And there sure as hell isn’t any reason that we should be voting for people and making laws based solely off incorrect statements.

Reality is sometimes offensive. That doesn’t mean you can hide behind “opinion” to change it.

Down With Christianity: Paganism as an Alternative to an Oppressive Religion

Christianity, and organized religion as a whole, hasn’t been without criticism among left-leaning and progressive crowds. Many have deemed the religion inherently misogynistic, racist, and completely outdated. A lot of these people were raised under Christianity and seek an alternative belief system that is more inclusive. This is where Paganism and witchcraft comes in.

When you spend your life under behavioral restrictions just because of the alleged existence of some male deity, it makes sense to be attracted to polytheistic religions boasting a number of powerful goddesses. Paganism and witchcraft tend to be the “go to” for those who may feel isolated by traditional Christian churches, such as those in the LGBT community, feminists, PoC trying to preserve heritage, anarchists, etc. And I certainly understand the appeal, as I was once a Christian-turned-Pagan as well. But as I’ve explained before, this idea of leaving Christianity for something more progressive doesn’t always work out as planned.

 

Is Paganism actually that much better than Christianity? 

The short answer, as can be inferred thus far, is “no.”

If you’re trying to leave a religion under the notion that it is too isolating/exclusive/problematic, then it doesn’t make much sense to replace that religion with another problematic religion. And because people have the potential to be oppressive, any religion therefore has that potential as well because religion is (clearly) man-made and composed of believers who are (again, clearly) other people. 

This goes back to how I observed an article featured on a popular witchcraft Facebook page that centered around a conservative Pagan witch who was married to a conservative Christian. Their beliefs, she claimed, complimented one another- not conflicted. In fact there was a post wherein a group of witches publicly hexed Trump some months ago, and the comments were abound with conservative witches scoffing and sympathizing with Trump. Though this is merely a singular Facebook page, finding conservative witches isn’t difficult. The Facebook group Southern Witches (consisting of over 17k people) has provided defense for a myriad of prejudiced people. It is therefore little surprise that going deeper into Pagan/witchcraft communities only exposes more unethical and discriminatory beliefs and practices.

Queerphobia

Disregarding Facebook and social media in general, problems with Paganism have always persisted. This is especially true of “educational” literature meant for those just beginning to practice.

These books frequently discuss “sex magick” that is completely heteronormative and tend to center on “masculine” and “feminine” energies (or whatever). As a result, one can frequently encounter intense binarism/exorsexism and interphobia.

We then get into the issue of bioessentialism: “Mother” this, “mother” that. Pagans frequently applaud their deities on the basis of fertility. Granted, this made sense hundreds of years ago, but in contemporary civilizations, it just manifests as yet another facet of queerphobia and enforcement of arbitrary gender roles. Goddesses are typically referenced in positions of birthing, mothering, and nurturing. Gods are revered for virility: Conquering, having sex with multiple women (consent is rarely considered), battling, etc.

Not to mention that this emphasis on “masculine opposed to feminine” is Eurocentric.

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While Paganism attracts many progressive types, it is also often a haven for TERFS and other bigots.

 

Misogyny

A large portion of the misogyny found in Paganism ties back to the aforementioned bioessentialism. If Paganism is allegedly so much more progressive than Christianity, why does it frequently equate women to wombs? Why is does imagery of the “magically cured infertile woman” still persist? Why is femininity symbolized primarily by large breasts and a huge ass? Why is menstruation’s relation to the lunar cycle of such great significance?

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This wasn’t meant for “body positivity” or to counteract eating disorders

Not to mention that a variety of well-known Pagan men are renowned misogynists, be they abusers or simply manipulating or coercing women into “magickal healing sex.” When a man joins a Pagan community and elevates himself to a position of authority, it becomes incredibly easy for him to prey on unsuspecting women. After all, you’d trust your coven leader to want what’s best for you, just as a Christian trusts their pastor. And that trust isn’t always well-placed, unfortunately.

 

Racism

You’d probably be hard-pressed to find forms of Paganism that don’t vitally incorporate cultural appropriation. This is especially true of “eclectic witchcraft” that quite literally takes whatever symbols and beliefs the practitioner wants from one tradition, and couples it with whatever other things they can find elsewhere. From smudging, to adopting an “Indian name,” to wearing feathers with kimonos, to “Native American Prayers” copied and recited from some sketchy defunct website, cultural appropriation certainly isn’t new among Pagan crowds. But if that isn’t “technically racist” enough for you, don’t fret: It gets much worse.

Welcome to the world of Asatru!

Also referred to as Odinism/Norse Wicca/Being a Viking, this belief system focuses on deities such as Odin, Thor, and Freya. While these listed beliefs are actually distinct (and the latter is just a completely incorrect way of referring to oneself when you worship Norse deities), they’re all generally similar insofar as which deities are involved and why.

Unfortunately, the similarities don’t stop there. One of the largest unifying factors is white supremacy. I’ve witnessed this first hand. When I was still an Asatruar, the community I was involved in elected to suddenly and aggressively exclude any PoC. This was apparently in response to how Dianic Wicca is closed to men, and how many indigenous religions are closed to white people. This is one of the more mild cases of racism among Asatruar, however; as Asatru is increasingly becoming the favored religion among racists, violent criminals, and the alt-right. The idea being that, unlike Christianity, Asatru was created by “Aryans” and has nothing to do with Jewish people. There’s even a specific form of Asatru dedicated to racism known as “Wotanism.”

 


This is only a handful of some of the ethical issues easily found in Pagan communities and teachings. Witchcraft, though related, isn’t nearly as easy to evaluate because it is a practice rather than a set ideology or religion. I’ve even met several atheist witches.

But when it comes down to it, of course Paganism isn’t inherently better than Christianity. They’re both creations of the past, reflecting past societies. And as long as contemporary society still has room for improvement, so do our belief systems. Our societies are still largely oppressive, likewise, so are a variety people among a variety of religions.

Hence why there are some Christians who are more empathetic and open-minded than some Pagans or some atheists. Religion isn’t the only factor involved.

 

Similar readings: “Wiccanate Priveledge” , Why I Left the Wiccan Faith , “Patronus,” or “Spirit Animal?”

False Claims of Logical Fallacy

Internet discussions certainly don’t abide by the same standards that genuine debates do, but you’ll inevitably encounter various people shouting “Nice use of logical fallacy!” at one another anyway. Interestingly enough, while the arguments are often faulty, they’re not composed of the logical fallacies that many often claim.

Argumentum ad Verecundiam (“Appeal to Authority”)

The “appeal to authority” is one of the most grossly misunderstood, misapplied fallacies out there. From various mommy blogs, to alternative news sites, to this little piece, claims of “appeal to authority” are certainly no rarity. But legitimate cases of this fallacy, ironically, are.

What is this fallacy, and why is it a fallacy? Essentially, “appeal to authority” refers to any argument hinging on or vitally incorporating the notion that if a powerful or influential figure does or claims something, we should all do or believe that something.

A few obvious examples of this fallacy follow as:

“Gwenyth Paltrow uses alternative medicine, so it must be safe!”  This leaves us asking “Why?” or “How?” It’s an illogical conclusion to make, as she has no medicinal knowledge from what we’ve been told, nor do we have any reason to believe she is healthy or cares for the safety of others based on what was told.

“Dr. Bob is a professional microbiologist, and he claims that windshield wiper fluid is ineffective and it is best to use mayonnaise instead.” What does being a microbiologist have to do with knowing what is best for a vehicle’s windshield? It’s irrelevant; we’re not told how or why Dr. Bob came to his realization.

A few examples show what is commonly mistaken as an appeal to authority, but is actually logically sound:

“Evolutionary biologist Dr. X claims that genetic mutations are random and spontaneous, which disproves Mr. Y’s claim that all life forms exist as they are for a specific reason.” Evolutionary biology requires extensive knowledge of ecology and changes in genetics. We can infer that Dr. X, whose education is relevant to the topic, understands the material enough to make an accurate statement on the matter.

“Joel Zimmerman, DJ and producer, says that DJs ‘skills’ lie primarily in producing, and that live performances basically boil down to pressing ‘play.'” We can assume that a well-renowned music producer has knowledge about the goings-on of live performances and the difficulty thereof.

It is important to remember that in order to be classified as an appeal to authority, it has to be an appeal to an irrelevant or unqualified authority. Citations of those with first-hand experience, those with an education in a field relating to the topic, those with a career relevant to the topic, etc. are NOT fallacious. “Authority” in this case doesn’t refer to someone arbitrarily perceived ‘higher-ranking’ than you in society, therefore making the argument invalid. Yet people often claim an argument is fallacious in this manner just because someone is taking the words of an experienced person or educated person over a stranger on the internet- that is NOT fallacious; it’s wise.

 

Argumentum ad Hominem (Personal Attacks)

Probably referenced even more frequently than “appeal to authority,” ad Hominem is another fallacy that is often erroneously claimed and poorly understood.

This logical fallacy consists of attacking the messenger, rather than the message. Instead of providing counterarguments to whatever points may have been made by the other party/ies, if one is using this logical fallacy, they’ll resort to insulting their opponent or otherwise invalidating their claims based on irrelevant information.

Examples:

“Dr. Barres may be a neuroscientist and the Chair of the Neurobiology Department at Stanford University School of Medicine, but he’s transgender, so his research obviously doesn’t count.” There is no clear, logical reason as to why being transgender would invalidate his research. Instead of addressing specific issues that may or may not exist with his research, the statement hinges on something as irrelevant as gender status.

“Most feminists are have short, dyed hair and are grossly obese, so I definitely can’t take you seriously.” No explanation is given for why poor image correlates to poor message content. Is the specific “you” in this statement physically similar to what was described? If so, does said person have any connection to feminism? Is there any inherent connection of feminist ideology with any given physically appearance? Too many loose ends, no substantial content.

“Your voice is unbearable! You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.” There is no correlation between voice tone and rationality. Instead of commenting on the person’s voice, it would be logical to explain how it is apparently obvious that the person doesn’t understand the topic.

Ad Hominem fallacies, because they’re an attack on the person making an argument, cite irrelevant information or subjective statements about the person and therefore frequently align with prejudices or stigmas. This fallacy is more likely to be used against those who may not fit into a conventional idea of physical attraction or those who constitute some sort of minority.

Some examples of what is NOT an ad Hominem fallacy:

“My calculator indicates that 5 plus 5 is 10, not 25. You’re confusing multiplication with addition, dumbass.” Though this comment or reasoning may be callous, it is logically sound. This person isn’t insisting that the person was incorrect because the person was a ‘dumbass,’ but that the person was a ‘dumbass’ for being incorrect. And there is, in fact, a difference between those two scenarios.

“Tomatoes are a fruit, and I hate you for thinking they’re a vegetable.” This isn’t exactly an argument nor a line of reasoning, but the person isn’t insisting that the person incorrect for any particular reason. They’ve merely stated two facts: 1. Tomato is a fruit, and 2. They hate the other person (despite how uncalled for the hatred may be)

And take a look at this as well:

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This piece of text is rife with weak generalizations, assumptions, and insulting language. Nevertheless, it isn’t an argument based on the fallacy of ad Hominem. It actually describes what is specifically arguing against and why. It provides counterpoints to the argument that the 1st amendment is invalidated based on historical context. Though clear dislike is expressed of the opposing party, they make no claim that the opposing party is incorrect solely because they’re filthy hipsters or idiots. Rather, that they’re filthy hipster idiots because they disagree. (Text written by Steven Crowder)

Remember that an argument does NOT automatically constitute an ad Hominem just because it incorporates rude language, insults, or expresses clear hatred. It only qualifies when the opponent’s argument is perceived as invalid solely because the opponent is *insert insult/slur/irrelevant description*

 

Argumentum ad Populum (“Popular Appeal”)

This logical fallacy insists that because a majority supports an argument, the argument must be true/correct. Though generally correctly recognized more frequently than the above, many people still incorrectly label certain arguments as ad Populum. This often ties back to our first example of ad Verecundiam.

Examples:

“Christianity is the largest religion in the world. That many people can’t be wrong, so Christianity must be the only true religion!” This fails to explain why or how a large number of random people cannot be incorrect on any given issue. It also doesn’t account for the fact that all other positions on religion (including nontheists and those of nonChristian religions) combined account for a larger number of people than that of all Christians combined.

“A lot of celebrities love the xyz diet; it must be super effective!” There is no correlation between celebrities and accurate knowledge of human diet. Why must it be “super effective?” Did every celebrity who followed the diet get the same results in the same amount of time? There isn’t enough information.

Examples of what does NOT fall under this fallacy:

“97 percent or more of climate scientists agree that climate change is largely a result of human activity, so we probably shouldn’t cut the EPA’s already low budget.” This is not an ad Populum, because the people referenced are relevant to the topic and have a clear understanding of the matter.

“All the dentists we’ve gone to said little Johnny has cavities and should brush his teeth more, so we’ve decided to give him a sticker any time he brushes his teeth.” This is logically sound because the people (dentists) that inspired the decision are relevant and have the ability to detect and prevent dental cavities.

“According to VGR, only about 3 percent of the adult US population is strictly vegetarian. Most people in the United States eat meat.” This doesn’t constitute a logical fallacy because it is not even an argument. It is a factual statement based on statistics.

 

[This post will be continually updated]

 

 

The Irony of Transphobia

A large portion of the arguments against trans rights are composed solely of Gish Galloping and blatant hypocrisy. This isn’t surprising, as no argument against human rights ever has any rationality to it.  But right now, I want to focus on the sheer irony of some of the more common complaints cis people have with people transitioning.

You should love your body the way God made it!

Mhm. I wonder how many Christian women love the hair god put on their armpits. I wonder how many Christian men love the hair god put on women’s vaginas, for that matter. How many men love their body enough to not take protein shakes? How many women are happy with their natural eyebrows? How many people love the natural scent god endowed us with during puberty?

Any time you shave, get a hair cut, brush your teeth, paint your nails, put on makeup, get a spray tan, clip your nails, take “male enhancement pills,” or put on perfume/cologne, you are changing something natural about your body. 

Do women who get spray tans hate themselves? It’s not likely. Do men who shave their beards lack self-respect? Probably not. Do either of these categories of people inherently hate god and deserve to burn in hell for those actions? Let me guess, most people would probably say “no.” And they’re right. And trans people who chose to physically transition are no different.

 

We get into a bit of a different tone when it comes to matters of plastic surgery. Because while trans people are often under scrutiny for altering their bodies via surgery, many cis people are as well (though to a lesser extent). Society still clings to an arbitrary notion of “realness” and women with butt implants or lip injections are often deemed “fake.” Still, this isn’t exactly the same line of criticism against trans people who undergo surgery (who are considered “fake” in another sense), because these people are more frequently seen as perverted people who do so for sexual gratification or due to dangerous delusions. If anything, cis people (namely women) who undergo plastic surgery are pitied as having been pressured into their choices by a society with rigid beauty standards.

But needless to say, there are many cis people who get plastic surgery of their own volition who pay no regard to beauty standards. This is especially, but not only, true of people like María José Cristerna and others with an alternative aesthetic.

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María José Cristerna, the “Mexican Vampire Woman.” Her body modifications are rooted in her ancestry and symbolize many things from her past. One would be hesitant to say her body mods were the result of beauty standards alone.

Things like nose jobs or liposuction might still carry a bit of stigma, but overall: These things make people happier and typically, (also hypocritically) society enjoys seeing the results. It’s essentially a win-win, or would be, if we weren’t so attached to this fake sense of authenticity. People who get nose jobs or lipo are no less themselves than they were before.

Let me repeat that: Those who alter their physical appearance by any means (be it cosmetics, surgery, push-up bras, dieting, bodybuilding, etc) are still themselves. And any implication otherwise relies on this toxic and shallow assertion that the reality of someone is inherently tied to their appearance.

That’s right. Those who get breast implants or whatever aren’t the “fake” or shallow ones, it’s those who think your “real self” is ultimately just however someone looks. So next time you’re feeling sanctimonious because you still have your “real” eyebrows and a “real” butt, maybe learn that no one gives a shit about how “real” you body is….your “real” self should lie in your personality, and by being a decent human being. Afterall, who would you rather be friends with: A “real” person who is deceptive, judgemental and manipulating, or someone who had work done but is sweet and cares about you?

 

Transitioning is mutilation though!

The above is another transphobic sentiment related to the first one, and much like the first one, it is filled with irony. Really dark irony.

The same people who accuse trans people who decide to undergo surgery of “genital mutilation” often circumcise their sons. Or are circumcised. And how many of these people chose to get the procedure? Did they have to go through countless therapists and consultations to get circumcised? Did they have to have multiple professionals give them a letter of permission to be circumcised? No. And neither did the parents who did it to them.

Circumcision literally is, by all accounts, actual genital mutilation that is no less reprehensible than female infant circumcision sometimes practiced in other nations. And almost all of the amab people who are circumcised didn’t have a say in the procedure (unlike transitioning).

But what about men who are happy with their circumcisions, the men who prefer life without foreskin? Almost every single “I’m grateful” story I’ve heard from circumcised men rationalizes it with either a) “But women prefer this!” or b) “But now I don’t have to clean it!”

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Oh, right, okay. We can cut skin off of a baby’s penis because it’ll be easier for him to get laid in the future (because isn’t that the first thing we all think of when we see are newborns? “Aww, welcome to the world. Now how can I make you more fuckable?”), or because he’s too damn lazy to practice hygiene (I mean, we all have to wipe our asses after we shit…we don’t try to remove them because wiping is too much of a hassle.) And this totally makes sense, apparently, but undergoing transitional surgery because it is literally actively painful and excruciating to have the wrong body is “mutilation.”

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And for that matter, who decides where the line at “mutilation” is drawn? What about tattoos, piercings, or haircuts? Or is it only mutilation when it offends you?

Whether or not something is considered mutilation should be determined logically, not with some knee-jerk reaction. So logically, we should ask:

  • Was it consensual?
  • Was it life-threatening?
  • How does the person feel about it?

On that note, we shouldn’t consider a mother cutting her toddlers hair mutilation (even if the child may have fussed about it). Why? It isn’t actually dangerous, and the kid probably doesn’t actually care much. Should we consider it mutilation if a father forced his toddler to get a tattoo? Yes, we probably should…hence why this is illegal. Why? A child cannot consent to this, it may become infected, and the child may not have wanted this but is now practically stuck with it permanently.

But using these guidelines, we can see that any trans person who undergoes surgery is not being mutilated because they consent to the operation, it isn’t any more risky than other surgeries, and generally, it saves a person from a life of debilitating discomfort.

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Forced sex-reassignment of intersex children constitutes genital mutiliation, yet, along with circumcision, is seldom criticised among those who condemn the actions of autonomous trans people. 

HOWEVER, the topic of mutilation gets even more…interesting…when we take intersex infants into account. Intersex newborns go through forced sex-reassignment surgeries regularly. But where is all the protest for this? Are we again going to tolerate legitimate genital mutilation (even it it is sex-reassignment) on the basis of future potential for sexual attraction? The mutilation of intersex children is often justified with “but no one will want to sleep with a h************e!” So? Shouldn’t we instead be teaching society to value these people, instead of telling everyone it makes sense to be disgusted by intersex people? But even so, one of the most common (if not the most) reasoning behind forced surgeries for intersex newborns is so that mothers are able to bond better. Imagine that. Imagine having to go through sex-reassignment surgery when you’re an infant just for your mother to properly love you.*


 

So to conclude, unless you’re an intactivist, intersex-right’s activist who looks like this: cavemen-food-nutrition

You’re being hypocritical any time you judge a trans person for altering their body (in a way that literally doesn’t affect you any way), because you damn well aren’t in a natural pristine condition either.

*Click here to read more that I’ve written on intersex people

“I Shouldn’t Have to Impress You”

Society values kindness, hard work, intelligence, empathy, sympathy, and charity for obvious reasons. But who we expect these amiable qualities from, ironically, isn’t equitable. In other words, society is more prone to expecting  demanding these qualities from minorities, namely immigrants and trans people.

With DACA coming into light recently, I’ve heard the stories of numerous Dreamers desperately trying to prove their worth. Many of the stories detail working several jobs whilst pursuing higher education that is paid for out-of-pocket. Why? Because normally, society would perceive this as borderline heroic, rather than characteristic of lazy, job-stealing criminals that we (and our president) have stereotyped immigrants/POC as.

America continuously demands receipts for the value of immigrants (other marginalized peoples),  because it is already assumed that everyone else has potential, especially cishet white males.

In regards to being transgender, knowing that most people will automatically perceive you as some mentally deranged pervert causes many to exhaust themselves proving this wrong. And in the case of those who cannot (as it is harder to amount to anything as a minority, not because of any ineptness, but because of systematic oppression), they’re faced with constant opposition for merely existing and are at an even greater chance of falling victim to a fatal hate crime.

am a well educated person. I am perceived by many as intelligent. I am currently pursing a career involving science who will have some tangible use to society. I do actively care about others and have spent a lot of time and money in regards to human rights and animal welfare. And these are the things that will get me through life because this is where my value currently comes from, not from being another human being or a potential friend or neighbor.

It is because of these things that I have any level of power. When I would hear some ignorant asshole disgorging hatred against fellow queer people, I would have to be the one to shut it down because often, I am the only one who garners any iota of respect.

And though I am certainly not opposed to using my ‘image’ whenever possible to shutdown hatred, I sure as hell shouldn’t have to. In that, queer people who actually are mentally ill/uneducated/lazy deserve respect and a voice. They shouldn’t have to be any more astounding than your average lazy teenage boy to not be murdered for existing.

The same goes for immigrants (and no, not all of them “chose” to come here) and POC as well. They shouldn’t have to work harder than anyone else to be given basic human rights and respect, nor should they have to be Harvard graduates to not be seen as “thugs.”

If we aren’t killing or deporting white men who rarely show up to their virtually optional jobs, and electing draft-dodging cis guys who literally lack fundamental knowledge on reality as president, then we have no excuse for demanding so much of minorities.

White cis America needs to stop holding minorities to ridiculously high standards, whilst trying to prevent us from even reaching those standards, when it typically can’t even reach those standards either without having to face oppression.

 

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A noted phenomenon: mediocre white men are full of confidence and self-worth. Why? Society values them despite the fact that they’re mediocre. Being a mediocre black man or mediocre trans woman certainly does not allow you as much inherent confidence.

 

And even when minorities do amount to something, it is still never enough to fully protect yourself from prejudice.

Despite how many transgender biologists or psychologists I am acquainted with, they still regularly encounter random unqualified strangers who insist that they are unnatural dangerous freaks who “chose” to be this way. Even though these same people would likely never risk humiliation by asserting that any cis biologist’s or psychologist’s education was invalid.

Despite the fact that Malia Obama is polylingual and was accepted into Harvard University, many people still erroneously attribute this to affirmative action, nepotism, or claim that her farther merely paid her way in. She has never shown any aspect of ignorance, and there is no logical reason for anyone to believe that she isn’t good enough for Harvard. Yet because she’s the black daughter of a liberal, she’s inherently seen as idiotic and, on numerous accounts, a drug addict. Many have even gone so far as to demand her “gpa scores” be public information. “Gpa scores.” Yeah.

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Because apparently only white or Asian people can be intelligent. Also “white” apparently needs to be capitalized now?

And despite Laverne Cox, former Colonel Jennifer Pritzker, and Carmen Carrera all being trans women who have been involved in activism or charity, none of them have been able to avoid hateful comments or ignorant assumptions.

 

Fortunately for them, navigating life as a minority is a bit easier when you’re a billionaire like Jennifer or a celebrity with many adoring fans like Laverne, but when even they face public scrutiny, it only leaves that many more average POC/trans people aware of just how hateful our society as a whole is.

If you’re going to criticise someone for being lazy, or call someone out for being ignorant, or insult someone in any way….you can do so without bringing up the fact that they’re an immigrant/queer/poc. And you should have the ability to realize that the latter things do not control the former: If an immigrant is lazy, for example, it’s obviously not because they’re an immigrant.

“Okay, but has YOUR life changed at all?”

Eight months ago people kept dismissively repeating “It’s not going to affect YOU, so stop whining!”And this is probably the epitome of ignorance, this absurd assertion that the LEADER OF A NATION’s actions don’t have legitimate consequences for the CITIZENS.

Trump’s position of authority gives a false validity to a variety of problematic groups of people, regardless of what he necessarily has or hasn’t done.

Directly or indirectly, he is responsible for:
1. Furthering anti-vaxx sentiment by encouraging unnecessary caution and skepticism. Any parents already doubting modern medicine may take this as a “green light” to not give proper medical care to their children. Those children ARE affected. Any children not vaccinated because this movement is now growing ARE affected.

2. Furthering transphobia. Not only did Trump directly insist that trans people should no longer be permitted to serve in the U.S military, he propagates myths regarding trans members of the military by implying that they’re “too expensive” and a burden, unable to effectively serve the nation. And of course, the AHCA would’ve considered being trans a “pre-existing condition,” and removed many of the protections trans people had previously. And let’s not forget that he also revoked the ability of trans students to use the restroom of their choice, effectively endangering and invalidating trans youth.

Trans people in uniform ARE affected, as are trans people in general especially because this opens the door of people becoming more receptive of discrimination on the basis of flawed arguments like “manageability.”

3. Encouraging xenophobia and racism. Not only are many Trump supporters also incidentally ostentatiously racist, and not only has he been praised by the KKK, but….Trump himself has lied about personally witnessing hundreds of Arabs cheering in New York after 9/11 (an event that has no evidence and has been debunked by many actual eye-witnesses to the tragedy), he has insisted that Mexican immigrants are most likely to be dangerous criminals and rapists (despite no actual reasoning behind this idea, nor any statistics or evidence mentioned), and he now has the audacity to undermine the aggression and violence by alt-right white nationalists as a result of problems on “both sides,” as though being anti-racist is in anyway comparable to being an actual racist. He has refused to specify WHO is the bellicose group and WHY, and instead gives a half-assed “all hate is bad” Twitter address. Likewise, he refused to admit that the Portland stabbing incident was an act of terrorism, and even stayed silent about the situation for far longer than he has when addressing Muslim extremists. It has also been reported by CAIR that since he took office, anti-Muslim violence has increased exponentially. And though Trump has plenty of energy and aggression reserved for vehemently refuting allegations of racism, he doesn’t have the same passion when speaking out against racism itself.

So yeah, immigrants ARE affected, many poc ARE affected, and many Muslims ARE affected.

4. Reinforcing scientific illiteracy.  It’s no surprise that the majority of American citizens are less-than acquainted with the reality of science, due to the persistent belief that evolution is “just a theory,” and with how easily healing crystals and similar products sell. But Trump is certainly making no effort to get us out of this scientific regression, and has instead erroneously claimed (and then denying he made such a claim) that climate change is a “Chinese hoax” , as well as showing his fundamental lack of understanding of the concept by asserting large amounts of snowfall negate climate change. In addition to this, he has appointed Scott Pruitt the head of the EPA, someone who clearly lacks a basic understanding of the concept and has no interest in the actual facts behind it. Trump and his administration have merely continued the unnecessary reinforcement of climate change as a bipartisan issue, rather than a legitimate concern backed by research. He has also withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, and has no scruples against implying that a healthy economy is superior to a healthy planet or healthy people. Not surprising, since as previously mentioned, Trump clearly doubts the legitimacy of modern medicine as well. Keep in mind that Trump is a man who has been rather fond of Alex Jones, the avid conspiracy theorist who believes chemicals in tap water makes people/frogs gay and that random and obscure overpriced alternative medicine is the only REAL medicine.

Therefore, anyone in the field of (or pursuing) science IS affected. Frankly, anyone not content to live in the folie à plusieurs  that is becoming our general society IS affected. Those of us who value reality ARE affected.

5. Misogyny. From allegations of rape (including of a minor), to proudly asserting that he can do whatever he wants to whomever due to his status (like ‘grabbing them by the pussy’), to genuinely believing in the skewed “alpha male” idea of human pseudosociology, Trump has never been anything remotely close to “not sexist.” Far from just these things, he has also claimed women need to be treated like shit, he has belittled and insulted his own wife, he has reduced accomplished women to their appearance, he clings to the “housewife” notion and believes wives shouldn’t work, has implied attractive women cannot be intelligent, has literally had to promise then 17-year-old Ivanka that he wouldn’t date anyone younger than her, suggested there be a reality show wherein ‘trashy girls’ went to a school to learn to be more lady-like, told a lawyer she was “disgusting” for breastfeeding her infant, has made numerous incest jokes and implications about his daughter Ivanka, claimed rape is a result of cohabitation, has a (now) pro-life stance, and has an exceptionally long history of body-shaming and bullying various women. And of course, a president who manages to persist through all of these actions coming to light has shown that MORE of our citizens can get away with sexism as well. From the alt-right’s favorite ‘joke’ being that of the singularity of gender (“There is only one gender. Women are objects.”), to women proudly boasting “Yes, grab her by the pussy!” slogans. Needless to say, this is an incomplete list of Trump’s misogyny. Click here for more.

Therefore, it makes sense that many plus-sized women ARE affected, that many young school girls facing more harassment ARE affected, that any woman in need of an abortion IS affected, and that women in general ARE affected (hence the Women’s March in January boasting somewhere between 3-4 million attendees).

6. Tension between the U.S and North Korea. Not only has Trump threatened North Korea with phrases such as of our “fire and fury” and our military being “locked and loaded,” he has suggested that he might meet Kim Jong-un for a hamburger, and maybe even become best friends. Of course, he may be willing to befriend a tyrannical dictator and offer up Guam as North Korea’s target practice. Though Trump claims the media attention will bring tourism to Guam, and he doesn’t expect war with Kim Jong-un, understandably, many Americans are still very uneasy about the entire situation, though conversely, some ardent Trump-supporters are actively calling for the battle to break out.

So, our military IS affected, citizens of Guam ARE affected, and anyone who doesn’t want our nation caught up in the literal and financial tragedy of war IS affected.

7. Borderline infringement of the Bill of Rights. Trump is notorious for his “fake news” cop-out, considering anything that he disagrees with to be an automatically invalid source of information. He has gone from insulting and harassing journalists that criticize or question him (such as Arianna Huffington and Gail Collins), to having tweeted a poorly photo-shopped video of himself physically assaulting the entity of CNN. This, along with the White House’s ban of certain media from an informal press briefing, have all pointed toward an infringement of our Freedom of Press. While Trump may be aware that he cannot (yet) get away with outright attempting to criminalize the media he dislikes, he is well aware of his abilities with propaganda. Instead of technically outlawing all the news sources he disagrees with, he vehemently denies any credibility they may have and warns citizens not to trust them. This is reminiscent of Nazi book burnings, or of the alleged events of 213-210BC Qin Dynasty.

Those who value accurate details of global events ARE affected, those who value their Constitutional rights ARE affected. 

8. Putting our health at risk. As mentioned a few times above, Trump clearly isn’t a doctor, nor does he necessarily care about the health of his citizens. From questioning modern medicine, to befriending those who sell faux cures, to claiming autism is a result of vaccines, he clearly doesn’t know what he is doing. Aside from this, the American Health Care Act of 2017 was predicted to leave 23 million Americans uninsured, the “skinny repeal” an additional 16 million. His plans for health care have consistently left poor, disabled, and queer citizens in the dirt.

This is only a handful of grievances. This doesn’t address numerous of his lies, his colluding with Russians, or his everyday irrational Tweeting. This is only scraping the surface, and the fact that this alone isn’t enough for his supporters to think twice is incredibly alarming.


But overall, no one should be so callous as to ask if any given individual is actually adversely affected by Trump’s reign. The real question is, “How can’t you be affected?”

This asinine implication that just because every detail of one’s life hasn’t changed, they aren’t truly experiencing any result of Trump’s presidency needs to just fucking stop.

What about when the whole nation was emotionally devastated by 9/11, and we subsequently adopted stricter safety measures? Not all of us were tangibly affected (at first). But did it simply not matter?

And when the world started Praying For Paris, when you probably had that Facebook profile filter, were you not “actually” affected by those terrorist attacks? Your life went on, did it not? You weren’t fired, were you?

Is the oppression of PC culture somehow legitimate, but concern over our presidency not?

Are those who whine about Starbuck’s cup designs doing so because they are affected on a serious, personal, integral level?

Are you truly affected by homelessness? Starving children? Does knowing that some areas of the world lack access to clean drinking water “bother” you, but not like, enough?

Does it “count” as being “actually affected” anytime some old conservative man passionately protests and argues against abortion? I mean, he still probably goes to work, so….

The reality of the situation is that if you personally feel that you are not negatively affected by Trump in any possible way, ask yourself the following: a) Do I believe in privilege? b) Am I rich/cis/het/white/able/male?

If the answer to “a” was “no,” but the answer to “b” was “yes,” then congratulations! The very fact that YOU are not adversely affected is in and of itself is a privilege! If you’ve never understood it before, now you can.

But otherwise, not being aware of something doesn’t negate its existence. Even if you’re a member of an oppressed or marginalized community, living in denial won’t let you escape the consequences of our current president and his avid supporters. Caitlyn Jenner may be transgender, but that doesn’t change the fact that Trump did insist on banning trans people from the military. Tomi Lahren may be another conservative woman, but that doesn’t change the fact that she got fired for her stance on abortion (something Trump is now against).

Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, or other, Trump is certainly not the best at representing or supporting the American people as a whole. Maybe you don’t feel like any of this is affecting you, but it should be. You should care about those who are tangibly or even inadvertently affected, even if you feel like you’re not.