Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • It’s time that UNCSW follows Canada’s example and recognize the diversity of sexuality and gender

    It’s time that UNCSW follows Canada’s example and recognize the diversity of sexuality and gender

    The UN Commission on the Status of Women continues to ignore over 135 million Lesbian or Bisexual women and over 24 million transgender women and nonbinary persons with female sex characteristics. I call on the UN CSW recognizing the diversity of gender and sexuality at CSW65.

  • On International Women’s Day I’d love to talk about Canada’s equality system

    Today is International Women’s Day and there are so many things I’d like to talk about. I’d love to talk about how our equality system is framed in Canada. It’s such a good system that benefits from a ground-up rewrite in the late 20th century. When I contrast it with what other countries have I […]

  • Happy Coming Out Day

    Today is Coming Out Day. On this day some of those of us who came out as who we are today and have the privilege of being able to speak about it publicly do so. I started telling people I might be transgender in 2011 after years of secrecy and shame over who I was. […]

  • Why I Celebrate Labour Day

    Why I Celebrate Labour Day

    Canada’s labour movement trains up future activists to continue the hard work that their elders have started to make Canada more just for us all. Labour has consistently shown up at our side in the advocacy work we’ve done. They can be counted on to stand up for individual workers and the oppressed in the face of unfairness. Each win they help bring ensures all our children, their children have better lives. On Labour Day, I celebrate this.

  • Chatting with IntraVenus – on SFU Radio CJSF 90.1

    Chatting with IntraVenus – on SFU Radio CJSF 90.1

    Threats from men with guns: Morgane Oger speaks to IntraVenus about running for public office and the consequences it brought, her foray into acting, and how she sees legislation going to protect us all from hatred in Canada – on CJSF 90.1 Simon Fraser University

  • Temporary Shelter in Parks – Parks Board speaking notes

    Temporary Shelter in Parks – Parks Board speaking notes

    Without safe, governed spaces with basic services in which campers can stay for extended periods of time, without ensuring the safety of everyone in or near our parks, and without addressing dangerous behaviour, the  proposed Vancouver Parks Board bylaws intended to govern temporary shelters offers little that is new that we can believe Parks Board staff are in a position to enforce and imposes undue hardship on those whose conduct they are being deployed to address.

  • Is that cis white female pedestal actually a cage?

    Is that cis white female pedestal actually a cage?

    Do you really propose a purity test for qualifying as woman enough, or middle class enough, or white enough, or safe enough?

  • Tolerating Police Brutality Against Defenseless People (for being who they are) Brings Predictable Consequences

    Tolerating Police Brutality Against Defenseless People (for being who they are) Brings Predictable Consequences

    The people governing the U.S. law-enforcement system allowed it to train and employ potentially lethal methods on defensess, handcuffed persons. The officers used these methods and killed George Floyd when they applied excessive and lethal force during his arrest, and there are strong indications his being a Black man was a factor in how he was treated.

  • Check Out The Day Of Pink “Colour With Pride” Colouring books

    Check Out The Day Of Pink “Colour With Pride” Colouring books

    When I was invited by the nice folks at Day Of Pink to be featured in the 3rd edition of their colouring book “Colouring With Pride” to mark International Day of Pink 2020 on 8 April 2020, I was thrilled. But then COVID-19 happened. it’s finally out.

  • Six COVID-Related Questions to VSB

    The Vancouver Board of Education closed down in-classroom instruction when the BC Government shut down all schools March 17, 2020. So far, no date has yet been announced for re-opening classrooms. It’s a good time to start talking about what public education will look like after the pandemic has passed. According to UNESCO monitoring, about […]

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