When I first began this blog during my Social Work Masters, I was motivated to explore social issues through the double lens of sociology and social work, and to employ a critical lens to taken-for-granted norms and normative practices that perpetuate inequality. After fervently contributing to my blog for a whole year (while studying!), I… Continue reading Discourses of dementia: dismantling deficit-based narratives
No Hidden Agenda: ‘Safe Schools’ Simply Promotes Safer Schools.
The following is a guest post by Melanie Ralph, a high school English and Drama teacher in Brisbane, Australia. You can also read her blog, Lustre Education, here. When reminiscing back to your sexual education experience in school, what images and emotions come to mind? At my regional Queensland high school in the late-1990s, sexual education… Continue reading No Hidden Agenda: ‘Safe Schools’ Simply Promotes Safer Schools.
M.I.A. Asks: What’s Up With That?
Besides being an incredibly inspirational fashion icon, M.I.A. is also respected for her fearlessness in discussing controversial social issues. She unashamedly purports her version of ethical human behaviour, and she is always incisive with her criticism of immoral social norms. Her topical new song Borders is no different, addressing the mounting global refugee crisis and confronting viewers with the… Continue reading M.I.A. Asks: What’s Up With That?
Homey or Homeless? Maple Syrup, Hockey, and Nationalism
Canada is my home country. For many Canadians, maple syrup, hockey, and Tim Hortons represent our common nationhood, bonding Canadian citizens through a shared understanding of the importance of these cherished icons. The word ‘nationhood’ implies a group of people who are united by a shared culture. However, while I love maple syrup, I detest hockey,… Continue reading Homey or Homeless? Maple Syrup, Hockey, and Nationalism