Werewolf Wanderings, Part 1

Hi there. Been a while.

Last year, I wrote down some of my travel experiences way after the fact, and never really got around to finishing my account of the wild ride I took across the eastern quarter of North America. I think it’s probably a better idea to write down my travel experiences as they occur.

So, let’s get down to business: starting the day in London Gatwick, and ending up at Toronto Pride twelve hours later.

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Right Insincerity

Recently, a right-wing troll masqueraded as a gay man to attempt to give the impression that the LGBTQ community was sheltering and welcoming paedophiles. His statements were, of course, taken at face value by a crowd of gullible right-wingers, some with major platforms, who repeated the lies because they wholeheartedly believed them to be true.

Or… is that actually what happened? As a matter of fact, no. Something slightly more sinister is occurring.

As a content warning, this post will contain examples of homophobic language and discussion of child sexual abuse.

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Mental Illness Is Not What You Think It Is

I think the most dangerous and potentially harmful inaccuracy of society’s portrayal of mental illness is that it implies that mentally ill people act “randomly” or do things “for no reason.”

There’s this idea, and I see it everywhere, that sanity is binary – you’re either sane, or you’re insane, and the switch can just flip one day and suddenly you’re claiming to be the King of Hungary.

That’s not how mental illness works.

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The NA Tour #2: D’oh, Canada

So when I last left off my story, it was Monday 25th June, I had reached Canada two and a half days late due to the calamitous Canadian airline WestJet. I was at my friend Ronnie’s house in the Toronto suburbs, attempting to book tickets on VIA Rail to travel to Kingston the following day, where my aunt was waiting to see me for all one day of the remaining time I had to visit her.

The power had just gone out.

Ronnie suggested that I might have picked up a curse somewhere. I began to consider the possibility.

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The Pain of Depression

Sorry for not updating in a while. I’ll probably continue my recollections of the United States and Canada at some point. Today I want to talk about depression.

When the body experiences physical pain, there’s some directionality to it. Usually, you understand what part of your body is hurting, and thus have at least some idea of what you need to do to make the pain stop.

Emotional pain is just as real as physical pain, but it doesn’t have the same directionality, and thus there’s no sense of what exactly needs to be done to make it stop. This, I would say, is the fundamental problem with depression. You’re in a lot of emotional pain, but you don’t know how to fix it.

The NA Tour #1: WestJet’s Bogus Journey

So I went to North America recently.

There’s a lot to unpack from my trip, and I don’t just mean my bags. There’s a lot of thoughts and feelings I have about my trip that I’m still working through now, more than two weeks after I got back home. I spent about three weeks travelling in Ontario and the eastern United States, and I have a lot of things to talk about.

Let’s start with how I ended up stranded in Gatwick for two days.

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The Narrative of the “SJW”

As a werewolf who used Twitter at least once, I’ve seen the term “SJW” come up.

It stands for “social justice warrior.” It is almost always used negatively, as an insult or a criticism. To be a social justice warrior is not a good thing in the eyes of most of the people who use it, although certain people – almost invariably those who are regularly accused of being one – have reclaimed the term and wear it as a proud, albeit perhaps ironic badge of honour.

In almost any conversation on social media about gender, race, sexuality or disability, you will likely encounter the term at least once. Seeing this, you may ask: “but what does it mean?”

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The Deathless Franchise

As a werewolf who consumes media, I’m really tired.

Noted American musician and activist Frank Zappa once said that it isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice, because there are two other possibilities: paperwork, and nostalgia. While a world ended by paperwork was very easy to imagine, until recently I found it difficult to envision exactly what a world ending in nostalgia might look like.

Fortunately, we have contemporary media to provide us an excellent example.

We now live in a world where some franchises can never really end. Shareholder cabals and corporate executives refuse to innovate and so we’re stuck in a world where, for example, there will be a Star Wars movie every year for the forseeable future. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to churn out film after film through phase after phase, and it’s exhausting.

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Misunderstanding Government

As a werewolf who occasionally has political discussions, I notice the government tends to come up a lot.

Some discussions – almost exclusively the ones I have with right-wingers – have led me to an odd realisation: I think a lot of people don’t actually understand why governments exist, what they’re supposed to do and what responsibilities certain positions entail. There is a general understanding that the president of the United States or the primeminister of the United Kingdom is “in charge of the country,” and that the legislature “makes laws,” but not very much beyond that.

This strikes me as a problem, because governments are all at once the entity that makes decisions that affect the entire country, the entity whose decisions the country evaluates when deciding who to give power to and the entity that decides how that power is distributed.

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Yes, The Attack Helicopter “Joke” Is Harmful

transphobia

As a werewolf who believes in treating human beings with basic decency, I don’t feel like I should have to explain this.

However, there seems to be an unfilled niche for people willing to explain this particular issue patiently and politely, so I’ll attempt to do so. For the benefit of people reading this, I would like to provide a CONTENT WARNING for the following topics: racism, racial slurs, racial caricature, homophobia, transphobia, discussion of genitals and, of course, these dumb attack helicopter jokes.

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