Sometimes I write something that I go back and revisit time and time again--and link to time and time again--because they were topical when I wrote them and they continue to be topical months or years later. This list is both because I like these essays and want people to know that I like these essays... and because it's easier for me to point you to them when they're all in one place. Here we go:
Why I Left Kemetic Orthodoxy
This is an extremely important essay to me because it highlights exactly why I left this church without rehashing the same things so many viciously anti-Kemetic-Orthodox people and websites say. My reasons for leaving are not the same as a lot of other peoples' and I don't maintain the belief that it's a "cult" like so many do.
My Take On "Wiccanate Privilege"
This essay has a little to do with the way the phrase "privilege" is misused but a lot to do with how Wicca and Wicca-like Paganism is given preferential treatment in Pagan communities.
Do Pagan Events Need More Native American Material?
I like this essay because it talks about the subject of appropriation in Pagan communities by talking about a specific but very common incident.
Pope Francis I is a Homophobic Bigot
This essay is a short one and refers to the way people (Christians and non-Christians included) have been putting Pope Francis on a pedestal despite standing by a lot of awful homophobic shit.
Pope Francis I is STILL a Homophobic Bigot
A sequel to the last essay was written after The Advocate decided to give a pro-LGBT award to Pope Francis--who I already explained is a bigot--it also touches on the pro-queer accolades given to Bill Clinton and others who have a history of homophobic actions.
Christian Privilege in Queer Spaces
Several months before the introduction of NALT I was already wrestling with the issue of Christian privilege in the community. This is my first essay on that subject.
NALT and Re-Centralizing Christianity in Queer Discourse
I wrote this as a part II to the "Christian Privilege in Queer Spaces" article after Dan Savage's "Not All Like That" project was begun.
Don't Call It "Marriage Equality"
There are many marriage- and relationship-based issues that same-sex marriage does little to nothing to solve, so don't call it "marriage equality."
An Anti-Marriage Queer Perspective
Based on a discussion where an ally complained that anti-marriage queer people are "just as bad as anti-gay bigots." An explanation of what being anti-marriage really means for queer people.
Five Things I Wish I Stopped Hearing Bi Activists Say
As a bi activist, I hear a lot of things from other bi activists I really would rather not.
Actually, Same-Sex Marriage Does Affect Trans People
Although I've already noted I am by principle against marriage, I think it's important to recognize that laws banning same-sex marriage also affect trans people.
Why I Don't Use An Asterisk After "Trans"
Probably the most searched-for essay on this blog, this explains both why I don't put an asterisk after "trans" and why I don't use it in the word "vegetarian."
Why Otherkin Need To Stop Calling It "Transgender Privilege"
This isn't just a good run-down of the tension between the otherkin and transgender communities, but a good run-down of the wrong way to construct a privilege discourse.
Food and Food Activism Related
Rape Hyperbole and the Problematic Nature of Universal Veganism
This explains some of the problems with universal veganism as a philosophy, as well as issues with using hyperbole in activism.
Aspartame, the FDA, and the Milk Lobby
Admittedly the actual issue in this essay is very out-of-date. It's still one of my favorite essays because at its very basic it's a call to pay attention to the meme-y calls to action that show up on Facebook and other social media.
An Open Letter About Moderation
A letter talking about the harmful things that happen when people don't trust that I know what's good for me with regard to my eating disorder.