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Five-minute think pieces: an introduction

This will be a series of short, quick to read articles… I’d also say funny and easy to read, but it’s up to you to decide that… let’s call them think pieces… otherwise known as sarcasm-dripping rants or products of my philosophising and verbal/written diarrhoea.

The think pieces are loosely connected (as in life, some are more loose than others) to the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 (the main anti-discrimination law in the UK), these are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation. They intersect one another and other issues, such as political views, social class and economic conditions. While they may be short, crude, and some would say over-simplistic (I mean, I could write detailed treatises but the point is to be quick and just plant ideas in your head to start discussions) the think pieces go beyond the current understanding of the law today, and, dare I say, try to re-imagine a different world.

Why read them? Because I wrote them and I’m a White, cis-gendered, educationally privileged man so obviously you should listen to and read everything I say… oh wait… did I just say it out loud? Haahaaa…. awkward laughter…. jokes? Did I just call out my privilege? Yeah, I did, and I can’t deny I have it, so if I’m going to use it then I might as well use it for the betterment of the world (White saviour vibes, anyone?). On a serious note, having worked in a broadly understood field of social justice for over 12 years and writing a PhD in it (you can read my bio here) made me have some opinions, which I’m sharing. It’s up to you if you read them.

I’ll be releasing the think pieces on a regular, weekly basis. I don’t have all the answers, but you’ve got to start somewhere. So, please feel free to comment (trolls, be nice or I’ll come for you!) and most importantly share on social media platforms... you know, so that I can become an internet sensation and make loads of money talking about how sh*tty things are. Stay tuned for the first five-minute think piece coming tomorrow.

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