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Sexuality is fluid – it's time to get past 'born this way'
Gay rights shouldn't depend on how a person came to be gay, and we should embrace the fact that sexuality can change, says developmental psychologist Lisa Diamond...

Much of your work explores what you call “sexual fluidity”. What does it mean?
It means that people are born with a sexual orientation and also with a degree of sexual flexibility, and they appear to work together. So there are gay people who are very fixedly gay and there are gay people who are more fluid, meaning they can experience attractions that run outside of their orientation. Likewise for heterosexuals. Fluidity is the capacity to experience attractions that run counter to your overall orientation…

Lisa Diamond is a professor of developmental and health psychology at the University of Utah. Her work focuses on sexual-orientation development, sexual identity and bonding

sleepylump asked:

Hello! Do you know where the term "white savior complex" first originated from? I love your blog, by the way, thank you so much !!

Thanks! As for the term’s origin, I actually don’t. But part of the reason is the confusion over the phrase or term itself. I think a lot of people take this in the Freudian sense, like an “Oedipal complex” or similar usages. This individualizes the concept and sort of minimizes the issue, when it’s actually either describing a well-established (and racist) narrative trope in film, books, shows, et cet., or the White Savior Industrial Complex, which is a neocolonialist and capitalist enterprise that often involves missionary and charity work.

You would come across these concepts in post-colonial studies, sociology, performing arts, almost any discipline incorporating critical race theory, and history (if your professor decided not to skip those chapters…*eyeroll*).

The term “White Savior Industrial Complex” garnered a great deal of media attention relatively recently (in 2012) when Teju Cole made a series of tweets in response to some rather misguided media campaigns encouraging Americans to “get involved” in a political situation in Uganda. These tweets are cited in everything from post-colonial disability studies (Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance by Heather Laine Talley, page 128) to Art and Architecture textbooks (Architecture’s Appeal: How Theory Informs Architectural Praxis, edited by Marc J. Neveu, Negin Djavaherian).

If anyone has a better grasp than I do on how the term originated or a general etymology on its development, feel free to add it in the notes or send me a message!

I would define racism as a system of social advantages and disadvantages doled out based upon group membership, particularly what we have socially defined as races. Among sociologists, we also talk about a newer form of racism known as “colorblind racism” (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva pioneered this work) that emerged after the 1960s, where the outward expression of racial animus and explicit discriminatory laws have been silenced or removed, but unfair racial advantages or disadvantages are still doled out, despite few people admitting to being devout racists.
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Psychology/Sociology Notes, Lecture 2, MCAT Prep (7/3/2015).

First post! Dina (sadgaytrashbaby) said my notes were pretty and encouraged me to start a blog for them. I figured this might also be a great way to reflect on how my studying changes as I progress throughout my academic career. The main app I use for handwriting notes will be GoodNotes, but if anything is typed it usually goes in Word. 

That shit is ugly tho, so it won’t be posted, don’t worry.

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