Category: Society & Culture

Imperialism vs Colonialism: The Facts and Differences

Colonialism involves the physical act of organising colonies or territory in another country. Imperialism refers to spreading political and economic influence. To make it easier, you can think of colonialism as the practice and imperialism as the idea that drives that practice.

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When You “Don’t See Race”, You Don’t See Racism

73% of millennials believe we shouldn’t see the colour of people’s skin – as if we have a choice. 70% believe that they have achieved full colour-blindness and don’t see BIPOC any differently to white people. If you don’t see race, you don’t see racism. If you don’t see racism, it will never be solved.

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Understanding Education as a Privilege

Education is one of them. According to UIS data, there are almost 260 million children and young people that are out of school. At lower and upper secondary level, there are actually fewer boys in school than girls. The overall numbers are almost identical. 132 million girls are out of education and 132 million boys are out of education.

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Cultural Relativism: What Does It Mean?

Cultural relativism is the ability to understand a culture on its own terms, making judgements measured by the standards of their culture. Cultural relativism understands that the moral and ethical systems of one culture are different from another. This means that no system is inherently better because each system functions to its own moral standards.

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Heteronormativity: An Explanation

Heteronormativity supports the idea that there are only two genders and those two genders should only engage in sexual or romantic relationships with the opposite sex. Heteronormative culture privileges cisgender heterosexual people. They don’t’ have to worry about the adversities and concerns that queer people do. Their identities are the standard, rather than “queer”.

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The J-Curve Hypothesis: A Theory of Revolution

The J-Curve theory states that revolutions are almost inevitable when long periods of social and economic development are countered by sharp reversals and depreciation. Consistent development leads to the psychological expectation that development will continue. However, when there is a sharp decline, society sees an intolerable gap between their expectations and their reality.

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Nonviolent Men Benefit From Violence Against Women

Nonviolent men are rewarded for basic human decency. Men that don’t abuse women or just “seem” respectful are “appreciated” for it. However, this is literally just the bare minimum. The standard for men is extremely low because society expects them to be violent.

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Internalised Misogyny: An Explanation and Examples

Internalised misogyny refers to when a woman (or person that is negatively affected by misogyny) internalises sexist patriarchal values. Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women and femininity. We all learn to internalise sexist messages about the inferiority of women versus the superiority of men and masculinity.

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What Is Gender Essentialism and Why Is It Wrong?

Gender essentialism is the idea that there are traits, opinions and characteristics that are explicitly female and feminine, and there are others that are explicitly male and masculine. This forms the idea that men and women have different opinions, traits and actions because of fundamental differences between the sexes. Basically, it’s the belief that our biological composition (sex) is the primary reason for differences between men and women.

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Hyper-Sexualisation of Black Women

Black women’s race is used to validate men’s objectification of our womanhood. Sexual value is attached to their race and black women are portrayed as lustful temptresses. Pornography, the music industry and the media are largely responsible for the abuse of black women.

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