A report from the Slow Lane: Social coercion is a complex phenomenon. Social coercion is the water we learn to be ourselves in; it is the complex environment that coaxes out of us our own nuances.
Just as we are encouraged to believe those who report experiences of sexual harassment, so, too, should we believe older adults who report elder harassment in any of its forms. Ageism, too, is a spectrum of abuse. All of this is to say that harassment in any form, toward any person, and for any reason should not be justified or tolerated.
Depression does not need to be a normal part of aging. It’s up to all of us to acknowledge—and address—the risk.
I am struggling with finding the right words to articulate what I’m feeling, yet I feel it is necessary for me to speak. To this day the work for building a better community has been completely unbalanced by the oppressed and the oppressor.
As a young African American adult I can identify with this viscerally. Our society programs seamlessly the realm of otherness into our vernacular, lifestyle, and attitudes. In this category of otherness we distance ourselves from the humane and are more willing to pass judgements on identity, ability or personhood.
We need to stop drawing distinctions from why we are different and instead start drawing connections to why we are similar.
Through reducing the negative, shameful and dishonoring messages so commonly spread via stigma, we can offer instead more viable pollination which hopefully will mature into fruits of dignity.
More than a decade ago, Portland began to encourage homeowners to build backyard cottages as a way to help alleviate a growing lack of affordable close-in housing. The city is now looking to dramatically increase tiny house development.