A question many of you might have is, why does social justice matter? Or, how does it affect me? oppression effects ALL of us in some way or another. We all hold privilege for one reason or another, but on the other hand, we are all marginalized at some point. Being an ally and an activist isn’t about thinking about comparing who has it harder. Its about understanding that we ALL perpetuate harmful stereotypes and generalizations. Weather its for our appearance, sexuality, gender, race, religion, ability, or class, we have all been affected by oppression. Another question you might have is, What is oppression? Oppression is an unjust or cruel exercise of power. Our society gives the privilege to people who are white, rich, heterosexual, cisgender, male people. We should all have the same power and privilege regardless of any of those things. Social justice matters because if we learn about the ways we hold power, we can learn how to be an ally to others who don’t hold as much power, and be a good ally. Its about changing the stereotypes that are klinking around inside our heads, and fighting the internalized sexism, racism, or whatever it is that we have been socialized to turn in ourselves. Have you ever been put down? Or felt bad about yourself because of something that is beyond your control? That is internalized oppression, and on this blog I am going to talk about how to fight it, as well as how to stop judging others, and the little things we can do to make others feel included. Why does social equality matter to me personally? I am a lesbian,lower middle class teenager, and I have a twin brother who has a disability called Down syndrome. For these reasons, I have experienced discrimination. I believe that we should ALL have the same rights, and if we all do what we can to be respectful and accepting of one another, we can make this world a better place!