Reflections on Past Relationships, Gender Dynamics, and How Toxic Cultural Norms and Ideas Contribute

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Part of the purpose of my blogging is to use it as a place for reflection. Some might say this portion is like a digital journal, but I feel with journals, you are allowed to go free-form to where you do not need to consider wording. I do not have that luxury with a blog, because I still have some notions of time, place, and form. Someone in a former community I frequented once said, “You can say something everyone agrees with, and still make them want to kick you in the face.” I have taken this advice to heart with public mediums, especially recently. Continue reading “Reflections on Past Relationships, Gender Dynamics, and How Toxic Cultural Norms and Ideas Contribute”

To Show More Compassion

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I feel like a broken record on this topic of compassion and balancing it with healthy boundaries, but a recent documentary I watched by Deeyah Khan reminded me of the importance of it. The way she is able to press extremists to answer hard questions, whether they are white nationalists or extremists from her own community, is unbelievable (in a good way). Continue reading “To Show More Compassion”

Cultural (Mis)Appropriation, Appreciation, and Exchange: The Spectrum, and Why It Matters

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After Halloween had concluded, I found a video by a gentleman dressed in a very, for lack of a better way of putting it, “stereotypical” outfit from Mexico: a sombrero and fake mustache. As a multiracial Eurasian, being exposed to stereotypes was nothing new. Continue reading “Cultural (Mis)Appropriation, Appreciation, and Exchange: The Spectrum, and Why It Matters”

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