Posts by piKe krpan

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    In case you haven’t tried to get an abortion lately…

    April 3rd, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    I just walked by a pro-choice demonstration at the University of Toronto and they provided some important facts I wanted to remind you of: Only 15.9% of all general hospitals in Canada offer accessible abortion services. Angus McLaren and Arlene Tigar McLaren estimate that between 4000 and 6000 Canadian women died from illegal abortions from 1926 to 1947 (McLaren 1986) and different sources have estimated that prior to 1969 there had been at least 120,000 illegal abortions … READ MORE

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    Is it just me?

    April 2nd, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Or does anyone else think it’s a bit messed up that Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week’s first-ever event is called [FAT]? Look at the dimensions of their “alternative” models on their webpage, and you’ll see what I’m getting at. And if you haven’t picked up our newest issue yet, we’ve got a great piece on size activism on the catwalks of the land. … READ MORE

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    The patron saint of not shutting up sure silenced some

    April 2nd, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Well, yes I do like to live in the dark here in Canada, and not just during Earth Hour. Or it seems that I do since I was the only one who didn’t know who Helen Thomas was at the Women, Action and the Media! conference in Boston this past weekend. All kerfuffled from a delayed flight and Boston rain, I arrived just early enough to read her bio in the conference program before entering … READ MORE

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    so are you really a whore?

    March 30th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Forgive the intense subject line, but this is the question that Audacia Ray had to face from mainstream media jerkos who were interviewing her on the Spitzer scandal in New York state. (It was off-air, but nonetheless off-putting.) And why is it a nasty question? Well no sex worker wants to be called a whore, especially by some big shot who is about to control how the entire country is going to see you, your work … READ MORE

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    The Women’s Rights Crisis that Feminists Aren’t Talking About

    March 29th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    This post is best introduced by this video testimony by a woman worker who was detained as part of the New Bedford sweatshop raid in Massachusetts: In this particular raid, 361 people were detained and the majority were women. Many of these women are mothers and pregnant women; at least two pregnant women were deported without delay. The mainstream and also the feminist media isn’t really talking about these raids and other important human rights stories about … READ MORE

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    Shameless team in Boston this weekend!

    March 29th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    A number of writers, editors and artists involved with Shameless are in Boston this weekend at the Women, Action and the Media! conference. Watch for breaking news from the feminist media world on the blog this weekend! I am planning on attending the following sessions so watch for my blog posts on these topics: 1. Immigration: The Women’s Rights Crisis Feminists Aren’t Talking About 2. Sex Workers and Media Representation 3. Can Blogging End Racism? … READ MORE

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    For the pervy freaks: an elegy to Suspect Video

    February 22nd, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Over the past few days I’ve started writing a few different posts for today’s Film Friday feature. One was about up and coming Oscar nominee Ellen Page, who I love. Then, in response to Megan’s blog piece about the lack of women directors, I started a little data compendium of the Oscar nominees broken down according to gender, Guerilla Grrrls style. Then I found someone had already done that here. So check it out. However, I’m … READ MORE

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    What does hate sound like?

    February 21st, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Since we’ve been writing about the cultural politics of nasty lyrics, I thought to invite you to a discussion next week where one of my most favourite poets and activists, Staceyann Chin, will be speaking in Toronto. If any of you have been following the decade-long debate over homophobic lyrics in dancehall, this is the place to hear some really committed activists talk about the best way to address this issue. It’s a public forum as … READ MORE

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    The way to my heart is through my critical analysis

    February 14th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    It seems that women are rejecting cooking for shoes - well, the ones who can afford to, anyways. According to this article in the The Tyee, “liberated women” don’t want to cook. Noting the trend for women (read upper-class, slightly rich, and I would venture to guess, white women) to consider cooking as old-fashioned and low-class, this piece pretty insightfully considers how cooking food, no matter its cultural and political importance, has often been associated with … READ MORE

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    Born Ready & Smokescreen at Theatre Passe Muraille

    February 8th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    One of my favourite theatres in Toronto, Theatre Passe Muraille, is about begin a run of the productions Born Ready by Joseph Jomo Pierre and Smokescreen by David S. Craig. These plays explore the worlds of youth at risk and are inspired by real situations happening in Toronto right now. “The exploration is timely,” says Andy McKim, Artistic Director at Theatre Passe Muraille. “While violent crime overall is in decline, violent crime among young people, … READ MORE

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    No More Miss Nice G__!

    February 5th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Our sisters behind the Miss G Project for Equity in Education recently sent me this update on what’s going down in the struggle for Women and Gender Studies content to be introduced into high school curriculum in Ontario. Please pledge to call the Ministry on Valentine’s Day!!! Please join us in our most crucial campaign yet! “No More Miss Nice G__” is a phone calling campaign taking place on February 14, 2008. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! We are … READ MORE

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    funky tshirts, cool books, vegan cookies, artwork, gift certificates, yes please!

    February 5th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Shameless Magazine is gearing up to launch its next issue at a special fundraising launch dance party on March 8. You will receive your extra special personal invite once we iron out the nitty-gritty details! In the meantime, we are collecting donation items to put into our raffle at the event! Got a cool piece of art that you made and want to sell? Didya write a book/zine/comix that you’d like to donate? Are you an … READ MORE

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    Who do you think you are?

    February 1st, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Faced with choosing one of 600 odd channels on my sister’s satellite dish last night (and I thought I had choices to make in my pathetic TV-free life), we decided on a CBC show called Who Do You Think You Are?. The show is a genealogical exploration of 13 Canadian celebrities, one per half-hour episode. It’s part detective story, part biography, and part big-picture Canadian history. Lucky me, I caught the show on Avi … READ MORE

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    hey - you look like your mother!

    January 31st, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    See below for a call for submissions for the awesome Worn Magazine! “Everything I know about fashion, I learned from my mother.” Almost every one of us got our first lessons in style from our mothers. Whether by practical advice or in setting an example, how (and with whom) we grow up has a huge influence on the evolution of our aesthetic tastes. Hell, even the complete absence of fashion effects us somehow. Do you have a story … READ MORE

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    Persepolis the film: a moving adaptation of graphic storytelling

    January 18th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    If you haven’t yet read Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis books, you now have the chance to see it on the big screen. The two graphic novels detail her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution as well as her schooldays in Vienna at a French lycee. The film was produced in France (Satrapi’s adopted country) and has English subtitles. In Persepolis the film, nothing from the original books is lost. The stark black and white … READ MORE

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    Questions About Violence Against Womyn, Media Coverage, & Racism: The Murder of Aqsa Parvez

    December 12th, 2007     by piKe krpan     Comments

    This is a Facebook post written this morning by my good friend and cultural critic, Dave Hudson. (Psst: we are reviewing his band Spymachine 16 in the next print issue!) I have been watching this media coverage and working a 12 hour shift at work today (I’m on my lunch break), so I don’t have time to write about it myself, but Dave has given me the ok to repost this to the Shameless Blog: “I’m … READ MORE

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    Going down the road that leads me on!

    October 12th, 2007     by piKe krpan     Comments

    As feminists, if we want anything from film, it’s strong and powerful women characters. Tired of cinema’s portrayal of women as passive victims (or the related image of powerful women who always meet a tragic end), we want our women characters to stand up, to act, and to survive - all the things we find ourselves doing everyday. So when a film like director Andrea Arnold’s Red Road jumps off the shelf at me with some … READ MORE

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    Queer Within these Walls in Toronto

    September 13th, 2007     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Friends - Three queer women literary stars in Toronto will lunch at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on Wednesday, September 19th from 12 noon to 1pm. The FREE event features Debra Anderson - author of Code White (McGilligan Books, 2005) Farzana Doctor - author of Stealing Nasreen (Inanna Publications, 2007) Pat Capponi - author of Last Stop Sunnyside (HarperCollins, 2006) who will read from their novels on themes of working and living within mental health … READ MORE

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    dubbing it up this august 26

    August 20th, 2007     by piKe krpan     Comments

    I was excited to recieve news today that S.T.E.P.U.P. (Speech That Enlightens People Uplifts Places), a youth poetry project of the Dub Poets Collective in Toronto, is launching a printed anthology of its greatest youth poets! It’s called R/evolutionary Harvest, and it harvests the work done by the collective over the past year. The anthology launch is on August 26, from 4-6pm at Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street), one of the best venues in Toronto for … READ MORE

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    yes, it’s true: i’m shameless

    August 20th, 2007     by piKe krpan     Comments

    As the Shameless reviews editor, I bike thrice-weekly to our post office box to pick up the goodies. (Note to cool writers, artists, musicians: send us your goodies!) Naturally the Post Office staff are getting to know me because I think that Shameless has the smallest post office box but receives the largest amount of packages. (Note to cool Shameless helpers: thanks for all the goodies thus far!) Last Friday I wound my way through … READ MORE

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