• Blog Series

    Writing is how I make a difference

    October 8th, 2019     by Jean Boampong     Comments

    For our fifteenth anniversary we’ve reached out to the Shameless community and asked what the magazine has meant to them. In the fifth post in the series, Shameless features editor Jean Boampong describes Shameless’ community of practice and the space that has been created for young, marginalized folks. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    When Will We Get the Queer Representation We Deserve?

    September 30th, 2019     by Hailey Orrange     Comments

    It’s always wonderful to see myself, a queer woman, represented in mainstream movies and TV shows, but at what cost? At the overly graphic sex scenes, the lack of racial and gender diversity, and the absence of body inclusivity in the characters and cast? We want representation, yes, but we deserve the kind of representation that is authentic and real: queer people come in all races, body sizes, genders, and abilities. Showcasing only thin, white, feminine-presenting women and calling it “representation” is almost as harmful as not having any representation at all. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Shameless reminded me that another world was possible

    September 24th, 2019     by Kaleigh Trace     Comments

    For our fifteenth anniversary we’ve reached out to the Shameless community and asked what the magazine has meant to them. In the fourth post in the series, Shameless reader Kaleigh Trace describes how she found solace in Shameless. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Shameless makes me hopeful for today

    September 12th, 2019     by Jessica Balmer     Comments

    For our fifteenth anniversary we’ve reached out to the Shameless community and asked what the magazine has meant to them. In the fourth post in the series, former reviews editor, Jessica Balmer, describes how Shameless is both process and community. READ MORE

  • Announcements

    The Talking Back Feminist Media Conference: Call for Proposals, Exhibitors and Vendors

    September 11th, 2019     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Shameless is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth, covering issues that matter to young women and trans youth since 2004! It’s a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers’ interests and experiences. Grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression, Shameless aims to do more than just publish a magazine: we aim to … READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Shameless came into my life when I was looking for community

    August 27th, 2019     by Manisha Claire     Comments

    For our fifteenth anniversary we’ve reached out to the Shameless community and asked what the magazine has meant to them. In the third post in the series, former arts editor, Manisha Claire, describes how Shameless came to be her “creative outlet, classroom and community centre.” READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    My Mental Health Routine

    August 15th, 2019     by Alexandra Few     Comments

    If you spend your nights falling down the YouTube rabbit hole like I do, you might be familiar with the popular video trend of morning routines. You know, those videos where the person sets up their camera equipment, presses record, hurries back to their bed, “wakes up”, and then goes through their seemingly perfect day. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy and find inspiration from these videos, and I only wish I could wake up … READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    “I recall, with zero shame, how Shameless’s logo drew me toward its booth”

    August 12th, 2019     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    For our fifteenth anniversary we’ve reached out to the Shameless community and asked what the magazine has meant to them. In our second post in the series, long-time contributor Marta Balcewicz writes about discovering Shameless for the first time. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Wah Wah Wah: An Interview with Bilal Baig & Celia Jade Green

    July 31st, 2019     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Warnings: Discussions of sexual harassment I remember the first time I got street harassed. I was 11 years old. A car was parked at a red light and I was crossing the street two minutes away from my parent’s house off of Bathurst Street. The inhabitants screamed at me and made a crude gesture out the window. At that time in my life, I was being fed the idea that attention from boys or men, of … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    The harmful effects of slut-shaming in school

    July 27th, 2019     by Sylvana Poon     Comments

    Content Note: This blog post discusses slut-shaming and mentions sexual violence, rape culture, self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide. READ MORE

    “The first time I was slut-shamed, I was only 13 years old. I did not even realize what it was, I just felt immense shame and humiliation. I was wrongly accused, threatened, punished by school authorities, and ridiculed by my peers — all for sitting on a boy’s lap in a classroom (with other people present).” READ MORE

  • Announcements

    The Talking Back Feminist Media Conference—Call for volunteers and save the date!

    July 25th, 2019     by Team Shameless     Comments

    We have some big news from Shameless HQ! In celebration of our 15th year of independent feminist publishing for teens, Shameless_will host the first ever Talking Back Feminist Media Conference. Save the date! This conference will be held on November 16th and 17th at the Toronto Media Arts Centre. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    “I remember desperately wanting to make a magazine for my teenage self”

    July 23rd, 2019     by Melinda Mattos     Comments

    For our fifteenth anniversary we’ve reached out to the Shameless community and asked what the magazine has meant to them. In our first post in the series, Shameless co-founder Melinda Mattos takes us back to the beginning. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Marlene Dietrich: Insolent Enigma

    July 19th, 2019     by Rachel E. Beattie     Comments

    Before trailblazers like Janelle Monae played with ideas of fluid sexuality and gender, there was a woman who pushed all those boundaries with a demur little smile and a throaty growl of a singing voice. That woman was actress and singer Marlene Dietrich. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    East Asian Beauty Standards

    July 12th, 2019     by Renny Jiang     Comments

    “Have you considered fixing your eyes? If you come visit me in China next summer, we can go and get you some double eyelids!” my aunt gleefully said in her signature Chinglish accent. “Hahaha…haha,” I replied awkwardly. I looked around to see if anyone heard our conversation. How could my mom and dad just continue to smile and wave when someone tells their daughter that she needs plastic surgery? Why wasn’t anyone coming to my defense … READ MORE

  • Announcements

    Shameless programs at risk due to arts funding cuts in Ontario: what this means and how you can help

    July 8th, 2019     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Effective immediately, our grant program at the Ontario Arts Council has been suspended and is not accepting applications. This decision means that once our current funding cycle ends on October 31, 2019, we will no longer receive any public funding. Here’s how you can help. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    The Positives of Positive Self-Talk on Mental Health

    June 25th, 2019     by Alexandra Few     Comments

    Content Warning: Discussions of anxiety Our mind has many thoughts on a day-to-day basis – experts believe around 60,000 to 80,000 a day! Many of those thoughts come to us consciously, meaning we are aware of them, and sometimes thoughts can come unconsciously, meaning they can just pop up out of nowhere. What remains constant is the pattern of our thoughts. Some folks can remain in a pattern of negative thoughts about themselves and those around … READ MORE

  • Announcements

    Borders and Boundaries Issue Out Now!

    June 24th, 2019     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Our newest issue is on the stands now! Check out our editor’s letter and be sure to pick up the issue in person or online! READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    The Price of Fast Money: The Dark Side of Bars and Restaurants

    June 17th, 2019     by Erin Baldwin     Comments

    There’s fast money to be made in bars and restaurants, but it can come at a price. When I was eighteen and getting paid about $13 an hour as a swim instructor, I heard through friends how lucrative serving and bartending could be. I was determined to get into the industry, and it didn’t take long before I found an entry-level host job at a well-known, upscale restaurant in midtown Toronto READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Competitive Debate: Still a Man’s World?

    May 26th, 2019     by Gabriella Officer     Comments

    November 2018. I was fidgeting with my folder, my head crammed full of facts about pharmaceutical price controls. My opponents walked into the room. Two teenage boys, both in suits. We exchanged awkward pre-round introductions, and took our seats before the judge came in the room. I overheard an unfortunately audible exchange between them, “Can you see her bra through her shirt?” “Kind of. Does she think she’ll win because she’s flashing the judge?” READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    My Ancestors’ Dirty Thoughts: The Art of Sarah Creagen

    May 14th, 2019     by Elisha Lim     Comments

    I love Sarah because her effortless witty comebacks make me laugh until my face hurts, because she used to play violin in a crotch-pop band, screaming like a rock star about gender confusion, because she is an unstoppable visionary and a recent graduate from New York’s prestigious Hunter College Masters of Fine Arts program, and because no amount of parents’ skepticism or staggering student fees will stop her from following her dreams and creating the kind of artwork she wants to see in the world. READ MORE

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