Unconditional Acceptance

In light of yesterday’s awful1 news, I wanted to share this TED talk by Andrew Solomon, titled, “Love, No Matter What”. Know that Mr Solomon starts off quoting an article, that include some rather shocking statements against homosexuality but I promise you his talk is one you will want to watch/listen to if you haven’t already.

I have no words. If you need more to read though:

How They Got Their Guns | The New York Times
Deadliest Shooting In U.S. History: Suspect Purchased Guns Legally, ATF Says | NPR
Toronto police to boost Pride security in wake of Florida shooting | CBC
‘Love is love:’ Orlando shooting victims honoured with rainbow-themed tributes the world over | CBC

Or, you can watch/read what Obama had to say about the massacre.

Love is Love.

Footnotes:
  1. is there an adjective that appropriately depicts the atrocity that occurred?[]

Sometimes it’s okay to let others speak for you

For the first time this year, I’ve struggled to decide on something to write about… and as it got later and later in the day and my eyes became more and more tired. I decided to continue on with my quest to be good to myself, and allow Casey Gerald to speak for me this week.

This speaks to me on so many levels. And no, my beliefs weren’t about religion. That’s for another blog post though.

It’s about celebrating change for the good, and inspiring more of it

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. It has been celebrated on March 8th since the early 1900’s, but I first heard about it in my third year of University1.

International Women's Day

It’s the kind of day that makes you realize just how insignificant, or significant your actions can be.┬áThe theme for this year is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum, and there are 129 events happening in Canada. There’s a fantastic list of events on the website, that you can sift through here. I like days like today because it makes you think about the bigger picture.

We are so blessed in this first world continent; that we can do things that we take for granted, like vote, drive, work for a living, go to school, wear what we want, walk where we want, eat, sit, basically do what we want, when we want. And sure, there is still a long way that we have to go, but it’s nice to see how far we’ve come.

Even still, we have a long way to go; as a human race we have a long way to go. And in the hopes of inspiring change in the right direction, I wanted to show you two of my favourite TED talks related to the subject.

In the first one – Tony Porter’s 2010 talk, ‘A call to men‘, he talks about how we need to step outside of the ‘man box’2.

“My liberation as a man is tied to your liberation as a woman.”

The second talk, I got to witness in person; SlutWalk co-founders Heather Jarvis & Sonya JF Barnett took the stage to bravely discuss some very difficult experiences3 they had to go through and some very important issues surrounding language, our attitudes and the change that needs to happen.

“With infected language we all the power to radically impact somebody’s life. The onus is on all of us.”

As much as I would have loved to embed those videos in this blog post, I couldn’t4. I hope you still learned something though, I did. And now, I shall leave you with a photo that didn’t have anything to do with International Women’s Day, but I do think it fits. It was taken at an event called, That Night in Toronto, held by MyCityLives at Loft4045 and it features a bunch of girls6 being ‘fierce’.

ROAR

What do you think about International Women’s Day?

Footnotes:
  1. that was 2004[]
  2. get your mind out of the gutter, he is not talking about man vagina[]
  3. to put it lightly[]
  4. this theme does not lend itself to embedded videos at all[]
  5. Only one of the best venues in the city[]
  6. including yours truly[]