Boundaries are important. Both in the personal lives of the women I know, and in the life of community organizing, I've been hearing a lot of conversations recently about the importance of having them, setting them, and respecting them. But how do we do that? What does it look like to have boundaries? In an … Continue reading Four things I learned about boundaries in 2017
I have learned, almost unconsciously, that I have to fight almost constantly for people to listen to what I have to say or take my ideas seriously. Confident young men are assumed to know what they are talking about until proven otherwise, but confident young women are assumed to not know what we are talking about until we prove ourselves.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's approach to mental health is completely individualist, over-simplistic and useless for most of us who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. It's also not new.
The recent wave of media coverage of the cancellation of a yoga class at the University of Ottawa is a perfect illustration of everything that is wrong with mainstream media. Some context: sometime last week, the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD), a service of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), put its free yoga … Continue reading The University of Ottawa yoga controversy: a disabled person’s response
As a disabled person, I have often trouble letting people do things for me. It's a part of my internalized ableism. The things I need are always changing. When my anxiety is bad, I'll ask a friend to come hang out just because I need not to be alone. Sometimes I need someone to make … Continue reading Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism