Is Being Popular Immoral?

                Of course, not, per se. That is not the question I actually seek to answer. A lot of the work I do in disability advocacy, more than the other politics I do, involves fighting the sociology of cliques and even this far into my adulthood, the world is still very high school-esque. The questionContinue reading “Is Being Popular Immoral?”

Network Theory: Reinventing the Clique

                One of the perineal obstacles in this line of work, disability advocacy, is social inclusion and integration. To do this, I have suggesting things like extracurricular exchange programs in which clubs and sports would exchange members to decrease prejudice between the cliques and subcultures through what in social psychology is known as contact theoryContinue reading “Network Theory: Reinventing the Clique”

The Demon-Haunted World

With the rise in Q-Anon, the issue of sensationalism has become one of existential danger. Our school system and our police culture was and is embedded with the toxic beliefs about superpredators and pedophiles. Children were thrown into cells and had their lives ruined, SPED classrooms became detention centers with panicked faculty at what wasContinue reading “The Demon-Haunted World”

#Free Britney: A Rational Perspective

I don’t care about celebrity culture and I have no parasocial relationships. I did not watch The New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears”. Which is not to say I don’t care about Britany Spears. I care about her. She’s my sister in the human family and I love her deeply for that. Am IContinue reading “#Free Britney: A Rational Perspective”

Do Neurotypicals Have Social Skills?

                As someone with autism, it is always taken for granted that neurotypicals have excellent social skills and I should aspire to one day attain their level of acumen in that field. In earlier blogs, I have mentioned how society treats a lack of social skills, those resulting in offensive or otherwise abnormal behaviors, asContinue reading “Do Neurotypicals Have Social Skills?”

Paradoxes of the Suicide Rate

Is society opposed to suicide? While as a normative value, by the indications of its expressed position, it is resoundingly opposed to suicide and wishes to reduce the incidence of it to the maximum degree possible the suicide rate in Western societies is exploding. Curious is it that a society with such a strong normativeContinue reading “Paradoxes of the Suicide Rate”

Ugliness & Moral Perception

                Long in the history of our culture have our monsters been ugly and the heroes who slay them been handsome. While it is a cliched point of ethics that one’s character is mostly separate from one’s exterior, the great question remains to what extent does the average cognitive bias judge, not social acceptability, butContinue reading “Ugliness & Moral Perception”

How to Represent Asexuality in the Media

According to many surveys the answer to that is around 1% but those surveys are probably worded incorrectly to ascertain an accurate figure since it most likely measures what are known as hard asexuals. Asexuals who lack any attraction whatsoever. If the heteroromantic, homoromantic, and biromantic asexuals were taken into account, and you include peopleContinue reading “How to Represent Asexuality in the Media”

Failures in Meritocracy: Why Good People and Ideas Go Unused

Why don’t good ideas win? Why don’t talented people get ahead? This is not about the relative fairness or lack thereof of the system toward people with disabilities or ethnic minorities. That is a major issue but that argument is problematic because it would posit a hierarchy based on intellect or talent rather than anyContinue reading “Failures in Meritocracy: Why Good People and Ideas Go Unused”

Liberality and Reticence

                I’ve written a lot about grudges and how quick people are to hate over so little so intensely for so long. And the increase in loneliness and the decline in romantic relationships. All of these fall along the spectrum of liberality versus reticence. In the earlier article where I illustrate the differences in theContinue reading “Liberality and Reticence”