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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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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What if the 52% are Wrong?

As a werewolf who lives in the United Kingdom, I’ve found it impossible to avoid Brexit.

No, really. There’s no way of escaping this bloody nonsense. Absolutely everything even remotely political now has to be connected to Brexit in some way, from the NHS to scientific grant funding to bees. It’s frankly very tiring to talk about Brexit, so I forgive you if you’re already tuning out of this article, but worry not: I’m not going to talk about Brexit too much in this article. I’ve got a much broader question in mind, and Brexit so happens to be usefully illustrative of it.

The question is: is it ever acceptable for a government to overrule the expressed will of the majority?

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What is Cultural Appropriation?

As a werewolf who writes about culture, sometimes I run into heated discussions about cultural appropriation.

Often, when I see these discussions, the argument is less about whether it’s a societal ill and more about what the actual definition of the term is and what acts constitute it. It’s very difficult to have a meaningful conversation about a subject when terms can’t be agreed upon, so let’s discuss what cultural appropriation is.

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