Allegra Rivett Sloman's blog

I acknowledge that I and all my relations in the lower mainland live on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō  and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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Archive for the 'Rhetoric / Logic' Category

Colonialism rant

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The crowning achievement of colonialism is how it has tapped into the human genome to recycle itself. The finely woven threads, the self-repairing structures of racism and sexism, fear of the other, the urge to destroy that which is experienced as diseased and loathsome, they all belong to colonialism, which I am now going to […]

Unsettled arguments

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Porn has permanently altered the relationship between men and women in North America. Jeff is under the impression that research (most of this is non scientific precis) here, here, here, here, here, (showing how public health problems arise from porn familiarization) here, and here, (part of this research is more about how young women are affected […]

22 ways rapists hurt men

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

They reduce the number of women interested in sex.  Then they blame women for not being available.  They drag you along for that ride. They damage women physically and sometimes give them long term health problems which your taxes help pay to ameliorate. They spread diseases. They make men who don’t rape look bad by […]

Well, it’s not my novel, but it’s writing

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

So, there’s an essay competition.  I wrote it, and now I think why the hell would I submit it even if I thought I could win…?  I have my own bully pulpit, thx.  The essay prize was a thousand dollars, but when I realized that all my good portraits of myself died with the last […]

An open letter to J.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

who wants all the kinksters to stop promoting BDSM on the UU poly feed.  Best of British luck with that, darlin’.   letter begins… I guess it all depends on whether you consider the uu-poly group to be a place to talk about kink.  I do, but it’s for the moderators to decide, if we […]

They warned me

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

They told me what would happen.  I started following racism eradication activists on twitter, and they told me, down to the last squeak of privilege and bleat of illogic and roar of cognitive bias and growl of hatred and whine of misdirection and concussive threat of personal violence and siren of tone policing, exactly what […]

An open letter to the Canadian Legion

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Dear Canadian Legion: In 1948 by Act of Parliament, the Canadian Legion came to own the Poppy as a trademark for marketing, advertising and fundraising activities. These days, we encounter the poppy around the middle of October, usually outside a liquor store. But I hate the thing. If I had a dime for every time […]

The funny things the characters say

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Jeff took me for breakfast… the leftovers will make a loverly brunch.  We also did a shop, including two for one standing rib roasts.  Nom. Teaching the homeless to code. I said I wouldn’t, but I did volunteer for something at church; I’m doing esthetics for Sally’s birthday (which is also a choir day so […]


Saturday, September 7th, 2013

This homily has now been posted.  I don’t know why it wasn’t, before. See to the left.


Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Seattle PD responds to marijuana legalization. pOp you MUST read this, it is the single funniest statement to the public evar by any PD.  The tone, the tone. A friend who’s otherwise entirely left wing doesn’t support legal marijuana on facebook.  I disagreed with him, but not by taking issue with one substance. My […]

From Factsheet Five, circa 1988

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Gendered slurs

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Crikey, it’s not like I needed another project.  So here is what you might call a ‘substantially complete’ list of gendered slurs.  I don’t want these words coming out of my mouth, so I’m trying to find replacements. Ballbreaker – woman Ballbuster – woman Bimbo – starlet Bint – woman Bitch – crank Bitchy – […]

Kittle cattle

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This is an expression I was exposed to in reading Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I only got through the Anne books once, and not attentively; most of my Montgomery reading was the same two books, over and over again, because that’s what I did, when I was a kid, was to read books over and over […]

I’ve got rants in my pants

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

I called somebody out on using a gendered slur recently and he paused & adjusted his speech. Sometimes it’s that easy.  Now if I could just stop using my own slurs and replace them with something better.  I am in search of a few good words, to replace a few slur-ry ones.  I’m looking at […]

What kind of man are you, Robert?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Here’s the offending document, from Skepchick. Here’s my response.   Dear Robert, I was interested to read your email to skepchick.  I have a number of questions.  I am sure that your email box is full, so I’ll give you a couple of weeks to shovel your way out from under the uptick in mail […]

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