Posts by Anna Leventhal

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    Girls Action Wants Your Face!

    July 23rd, 2010     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    From our comrades at Girls Action Foundation: GENERAL CASTING CALL for National Ad Campaign Girls Action Foundation is looking for REAL girls and young women between 9 and 25 years old, of all ethnicities, backgrounds, body types and personal styles to shoot a series of artistic promotional videos this fall. Come as you are! We want to see your genuine self. Time: Friday, August 20th from 10am to 3pm Place: 24 Mount-Royal O., suite 601 (between Clark & … READ MORE

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    Radio Camp is Back!

    June 16th, 2010     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Looking for an opportunity this summer to learn some new skills, meet some great people, and be part of the grassroots media movement? CKUT, Montreal’s best community radio station (full disclosure: I’ve been a volunteer for a decade) is having its second annual Youth Radio Camp, a week-long primer in how to be a radio superstar. You’ll get to make a radio documentary, write and perform a radio play, learn how to DJ, make sound … READ MORE

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    IWD In Your Ears

    March 8th, 2010     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    As members of CKUT’s feminist radio collective, my Venus co-hosts and I were asked to program a special set today on the show New Shit for International Women’s Day, on women musicians we love and who’ve inspired us. We ended up having a great time just playing records and chatting about women we admire, so I thought I’d post a link so you can hear the songs and stories we’ve been throwing down. Click here … READ MORE

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    Write a Play NOW!

    March 8th, 2010     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Writers and aspiring playwrights take note: NOW!, the by-youth for-youth sustainability organization, is hosting a national playwriting competition for youth. From the NOW! newsletter: Are you an innovator passionate about the environment? Do you want a challenge? Do you love writing? Enter the Act NOW! National Playwriting Competition! Who? Dreamers and change-makers (Ages 14-26, divided into junior and senior categories) What? The Act NOW! Playwriting Competition! Write a short play on sustainability. When? … READ MORE

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    Happy Birthday, Patti Smith!

    December 30th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Happy New Years, everyone! I’ll never forget seeing the punk legend play at the annual New Year’s 24-hour poetry/performance marathon at a church on the Lower East Side, after taking her acoustic guitar out of the black garbage bag she was carrying it in. … READ MORE

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    Holiday Treat

    December 25th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Nothing says partytime to me like The Raincoats. Enjoy, everyone! … READ MORE

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    20 Years Later

    December 6th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Today is December 6th, the anniversary of the murder of 14 young women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, by a man acting out of hatred of women and feminism. A lot has been said and written in the past week about the event; I have to admit at the moment I don’t feel up to a clear-headed and incisive journalistic analysis of violence against women, the importance of feminism, or the need to remember this … READ MORE

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    Ad Fail?  Ad Fail.

    November 18th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Wow. I’m a big fan of Terry O’Reilly’s radio show The Age of Persuasion and I watch more Mad Men than I like to admit, but every time I think I’m a savvy mediaphile who’s completely immune to shock tactics in the world of advertising, those zany ad execs prove me wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong. Hit the Bitch is a Danish anti-violence-against-women campaign that works much like a video game where you’re supposed to, … READ MORE

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    Angela Davis On Media, Race and Power

    September 29th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    One more thing to get excited about for the upcoming weekend: Angela Davis, activist, writer and professor, is speaking at McGill University this Thursday about the case of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was shot and killed by transit police in California on New Year’s Day 2009. Aaaaand… Davis is going to be interviewed on my radio show earlier that day! Tune into Venus on CKUT 90.3 FM (you can listen online as … READ MORE

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    Pop Goes The City

    September 28th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    My hometown is all abuzz with excitement for the upcoming Pop Montreal music festival, and I’m happy to say that with a lineup of some of the most impressive female performers around, it gets the Venus seal of approval. Full schedule is available on the website, but I’m giving some of my top recommendations here - check the website for times and locations. One cool thing is that if you can’t afford the … READ MORE

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    Newsflash: Youth Resist Colonialism, Rebuild Hope

    September 16th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Here’s something you Toronto readers may want to check out. It’s an art opening and also a screening of a film made by Jessica Yee, activist, community organizer, and Shameless blogger and contributor. The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education and The Native Youth Sexual Health Network present: Youth Resisting Colonialism and Rebuilding Pathways to Hope - A Film Screening and Art Exhibition Monday, September 21st, 2009 OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 2-212 6 pm to 9 pm … READ MORE

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    Gender Panic at the Track

    September 11th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Just read a great article over at Bully Bloggers about Caster Semenya, the South African runner who recently underwent gender testing after she won a gold medal in Berlin. Incidentally, she also recently underwent a makeover, presumably with the purpose of quelling the panic that ensued around having a gender-ambiguous athletic hero. It’s disturbing on many levels, and the article’s author, Tavia Nyong’o, does a great job of tying in historical ideas of … READ MORE

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    Blonde Redheads Have More Fun

    September 3rd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I’ve always really liked Blonde Redhead, but after I saw them live a few years ago I stopped trusting them. They’re just way too attractive to be authentic. It’s like I can picture the boardroom meeting that came up with that scenario: “Okay, we need a really hot female singer, and a hot guy backing her up on guitar… no, make that two hot guys… no, wait, let’s make them TWINS! Jackpot!” Anyway, my … READ MORE

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    Greenwich Good Time

    August 27th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Today’s post is on Ellie Greenwich, the songwriter who was behind some of the biggest girl group hits of the 1960s, including Be My Baby (The Ronettes) and Leader of the Pack (The Shangri-Las). Greenwich passed away yesterday at the age of 68, but she’s left behind a huge legacy of rock solid tunes that have shaped the way pop music is made. She was also a female pioneer, one of the few women to … READ MORE

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    Global Feminism

    August 19th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    The New York Times has published a really interesting article called The Women’s Crusade, as part of a special issue called Saving the World’s Women: How changing the lives of women and girls in the developing world can change everything. It’s a thorough and informative take on the oppressions faced by women worldwide, especially, as the title suggests, in developing countries, and how these problems might be remedied by foreign aid and investment. … READ MORE

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    PETA Serves Up a Little Shame with your Tofu

    August 19th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    At this point criticsising PETA’s tactics might might seem like beating a dead horse (is that considered animal abuse?); we’ve already seen evidence of their gross, misogynist tendencies in the name of getting people to go veg and be nice to bunnies. But come on. Really? Just for that, PETA, I’m going to go out and harass a gerbil. Then I’ma eat a steak. Rare. Take that, dirtbags. … READ MORE

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    Callout to Toronto Youth: Be an Anti-Homophobia Warrior!

    July 14th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    From the good folks at T.E.A.C.H.: LOOKING FOR A GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY? Be an Anti-Homophobia Warrior! Meet new people, learn new skills and fight homophobia. VOLUNTEER WITH T.E.A.C.H. AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD TORONTO! T.E.A.C.H. is recruiting youth volunteers ages 16-23 from diverse backgrounds who are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer and straight to fight against discrimination and hate. Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) is a dynamic group of youth who facilitate anti-homophobia workshops in schools, community centres, shelters and … READ MORE

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    Are We Not MEN?

    June 18th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Q: When does a feminist blog concern itself with men? A: When we’re talking about New York City’s MEN, a band made of JD Samson (of Le Tigre and moustache fame), Ginger Brooks Takahashi (who’s also appeared in The Ballet and the wonderful Black Mountain Music Project, with Mirah), Michael O’Neill and other special guests. MEN make sounds in the proud queerio dance music tradition of Lesbians on Ecstasy, The Ssion, and Tracy … READ MORE

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    Girls Rock, Better Believe

    June 12th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Why should Portland have all the fun? This August Montreal is hosting its first ever Rock Camp For Girls, a five-day camp where girls learn to play an instrument, form a band, and finish up by playing a show for their hysterical, screaming, panty-tossing fans. From the organizers: Rock Camp is a space where girls discover and express their talents, and become leaders in creating their own kind of cultural production through music. Female musicians … READ MORE

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    Freedom to Choose

    June 10th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Reading the story posted below, I was struck by a couple of things. One is that although we hear a lot of reasons as to why women should have the freedom to choose what to do with our bodies, we don’t hear a lot of stories of actual women making that choice. At least not lately; I remember the good old days of Degrassi Junior High (1987), when Erica got pregnant and her … READ MORE

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