There are a number of serious/heavy topics that I want to talk about but they are such complex topics, and I am by no means an expert on them, that there’s no way I can cover it all in one post or two. I decided to start a new series of posts I’ll be doing, on complicated topics I’ve done research on that I’d like to delve into, either to open dialogue with others on the topic or simply to gather my thoughts in one place.
These topics have already been covered by other people probably better than I will do it, but I also feel like they’re topics where I understand both sides of the situation and so many times when I see conversations about these topics it seems skewed one way or the other. Which to me feels less balanced. So my posts probably will not be that important or ground-changing or anything, it’s just my thoughts on the topic based on whatever research or information I have gathered so far. I will only write a post in this series if it’s on a topic where I’ve developed an opinion or feel like I have researched enough to have something meaningful to say. There are a lot of topics out there that I haven’t developed an opinion on because I haven’t seen enough on one side or the other to feel that the information I have so far isn’t biased.
I’m going to call it the Let’s Talk About It series, and it won’t necessarily have anything to do with writing– at least, nothing specifically that I’ve written so far. It’s more about general topics for real life. Some of these topics may end up having multiple blog posts if needed to do it justice.
Topics I will likely cover are:
- Neurobiology of trauma/sexual assault
- Being a good bystander
- Law enforcement/race relations in the US
- eating disorders (possibly)
And more–although, I might change my mind on covering some of the above. I particularly have been wanting to talk about law enforcement/race relations for quite some time but it’s such a massive topic that if I feel like I can’t properly explain my point of view I might drop that one. I’d rather say nothing and not mislead than say a lot of the wrong thing. Particularly because my viewpoint on it isn’t necessarily the same as everyone else’s.
If there are other complicated topics you’re curious about seeing if I’ve done any research/have any opinions on, let me know and I’ll check if I feel comfortable doing a post.
I’m giving some forewarning on this new series in part because I’ve been meaning/wanting to do this for many weeks but every time I get home from work I’m so exhausted I just can’t do anything other than read/watch something all evening– and in part so that, if you are not at all interested in this type of blog post, you know to ignore anything labeled Let’s Talk About It.
I don’t know when I’ll do the first post in this series, but at least now you’ve been warned.