Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but American Thanksgiving looms on the horizon. This is a time of stories about the relationship between the pilgrims and the indigenous peoples, and those tales are often far from accurate. Their interactions were not as positive and mutually beneficial as we tend to pretend they were, and the arrival of pilgrims to the Americas marked the beginning of a long, painful history for the people who lived here first.
There is a long history of companies exploiting workers through mistreatment and low pay, and this is unquestionably true of online companies employing freelancers and gig workers. Instacart recently inspired strikes from its workers due to declining tips, and earlier this year both Lyft and Uber were at the center of worker strikes due to complaints of about pay and unreasonable hours. (Mohan 2019) A new addition to this line of problematic companies is Rev, which employs gig workers for transcription, captioning, and translation jobs.
If you’re at all involved in the MOGAI community, you may have seen the concept of being “straight-passing” thrown around, especially in regards to bisexual people (but also possibly in relation to pansexual and asexual individuals). This is the idea that, because bisexual people can honestly enter into relationships with people not of their gender, they can pass as straight and thus enjoy more privileges than other members of the MOGAI community.
A common piece of writing advice I see floating around is that adverbs are bad, you shouldn’t use them in your writing, and the best authors use adverbs extremely sparingly. As a writer, I know how hard it can be to actually do this and I’ve grappled with trying to improve my work following this advice in the past. With time and experience, however, I’ve realized that this advice is given in a bit of an over-simplified light.
The legacy of J.K. Rowling is a long and prolific one—Harry Potter is a household name and Muggle is in the dictionary. She’s also a well-known public figure and has a massive online presence, particularly on Twitter. But, as with all things, sometimes she garners attention for… not the best reasons.
It’s no secret that "feminism" is something of a dirty word to a lot of people, to the point that “feminist” can be considered an insult (Waugh 2015). But where does this come from? Is the movement that started with women getting the right to vote (Ruiz) and progressed into fighting against environmental destruction (We Rise; Kapoor 2015; Ruiz), capitalist oppression (We Rise; Red Letter Press 2007; Kapoor 2015; Ruiz), and racism (We Rise; IWDA 2018) really such a terrible thing?