Posts by Thea Lim

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    newsflash: women now also to blame for doctor shortage!

    March 14th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    I don’t know if you’ve heard but there’s a rumour in the media going around that women are to blame for the current Canadian doctor crisis - perpetuated in part by Maclean’s Magazine, the jerks! That’s right, along with the destruction the home and the pandemic of pants-wearing, feminism is now out to ruin your health! There’s a fabulous editorial in the recent issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) that criticises this dirty rumour: The … READ MORE

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    round 34527 of “does hillary represent feminists?”

    March 12th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    What do we think of this opinion piece from The Root, found through Racialicious? Any feminist worth the label should have “rejected and denounced” New York Governor Eliot Spitzer within an hour of his admitting his connection with an international prostitution ring. [Clinton] is a senator from New York. [Spitzer] has been one of her staunchest political allies. Now, he is engulfed in an international, illegal sex-trafficking scheme. Barack Obama had to “denounce and reject” Louis … READ MORE

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    introducing wired wednesdays!

    March 11th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Make room in your daytimer, because we gots a new weekly feature! Introducing Wired Wednesdays, our very own bi-weekly tech column to keep you up to date on all the gadgets, gizmos, whozits, whatzits and thingamabobs (No I did not just quote the Little Mermaid. That was your imagination.) you need to know about - though of course with a Shameless twist. We are thrilled that Catherine has decided to take on the challenge, and plan to … READ MORE

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    Sisters Doing It for Themselves: Celebrating Muslim Women Organizing

    March 4th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Sisters Doing It for Themselves: Celebrating Muslim Women Organizing With eroding civil liberties, the war in the Afghanistan/Iraq, apartheid in Palestine, genocide in Sudan and political upheaval the world around, how are Muslim women and girls organizing and working towards building peace and justice? Sisters Doing It for Themselves: Celebrating Muslim Women Organizing will be an evening of poetry, performances, and visual art by Muslim women to discuss how our art, politics, and faith intersect … READ MORE

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    Raging Asian Women (RAW) Taiko Drummers - Toronto Recruitment!

    February 14th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO… (requirements) -are East & Southeast Asian identified & Woman identified -have social justice seeking and anti-oppressive analyses and values -can commit to 3-hour weekly practices on Sunday evenings (6-9pm), and approximately 10 shows per year **** All ages & sizes welcome **** THESE WOULD BE ASSETS… (optional) -Good physical stamina and fitness -Drumming or musical experience -Performance experience -Experience in being part of a collective WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN DURING THE AUDITION? -you’ll be given some background info on RAW & … READ MORE

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    how she move!

    February 11th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Update: Whoops! I originally posted that Raya Green was played by Vanessa Oryema. I was wrong - she’s played by Rutina Wesley. Sorry! Ok, I’ll admit it, I kind of have a teen dance movie problem. One of my favourite movies of last year was Stomp the Yard (I will make an honest case for why I truly believe it is a passionate appeal for gender and racial equality! Also it is full of hot babes). But … READ MORE

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    Special Screening: “The Business of Being Born”

    February 6th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    The Association of Ryerson Midwifery Students (ARMS) is pleased to announce a special screening of The Business of Being Born on Monday February 11, 2008 at 730pm at Ryerson University. Room: KHS 239 (Kerr Hall South, 40/50 Gould St. Toronto Ontario) For map: Price: $2 for students, $4 for non-students (recommended) and free for children. 50% of proceeds will go towards ARMS and 50% of proceeds will go directly to Diversity Midwives Collective non-OHIP client support fund. Children … READ MORE

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    Have You Experienced Birth Control Sabotage? Share Your Story

    January 23rd, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    I found this announcement from the American organisation, the Family Violence Prevention Fund on the Women’s Health News blog: Holes poked in a condom. Flushed pill packets. A boyfriend’s sneer that “Depo-Provera is for sluts.” Widespread but often silenced, women’s experiences of birth control sabotage offer a prime example of how violence and abuse in intimate relationships are linked with reproductive health and rights. This September, a groundbreaking study by Dr. Elizabeth Miller of the Center for Reducing … READ MORE

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    maternity leave for pregnant teens?

    January 22nd, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Another topic on the horizon of teen pregnancy: soon-to-be moms at Colorado high school ask for four weeks of maternity leave. Pregnant students in a Denver high school are asking for at least four weeks of maternity leave so they can heal, bond with their newborns and not be penalized with unexcused absences… Teen mothers face a challenging future, with many dropping out. A third of teen moms receive their high-school diplomas and 1.5 percent get college … READ MORE

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    introducing a website for anti-racist enviro-ing!

    January 18th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    If you read this website at all regularly, you’ve probably heard me moan about how marginalised groups fighting for their rights rarely seem to recognise their commonality. Whether it’s feminists having trouble reconciling with anti-racists, or green anarchists distancing themselves from anti-ableism activists, the whole thing gives me the weepies. Wouldn’t things go much faster if we all recognised how ultimately linked all of our causes - like feminism, queer rights, indigenous rights, racial … READ MORE

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    friday funny: church uses sex to sell god!

    January 18th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    From the Toronto Star: A Brampton church has removed a sexually suggestive message from a sign in front of its building after a complaint from the public… A church official said they were unaware the sign would offend anyone. … READ MORE

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    oppression olympics part II: gloria steinem weighs in

    January 15th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Last week we had a really interesting discussion on the topic of oppression olympics - i.e. when one marginalised group vies for prize of “we have the hardest time!” over all others - following Stacey May’s post on the rough time Hillary Clinton is having with her campaign. In turns out we’re not the only ones noting how easily “Obama VS Clinton For President Elect” can turn into “Black Men VS White Women for Most Oppressed.” … READ MORE

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    legal brothel in vancouver for 2010 olympics?

    January 9th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    We’re a little bit late on this topic: in November of last year, the sex worker’s organisation British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Women put in a proposal to open a “co-op” or legal brothel in Vancouver. The hope is that such a space will provide a safer working environment for sex workers when the city receives thousands of visitors for the 2010 Olympics. Interestingly some Vancouver politicians, including Mayor Sam Sullivan, are in support of … READ MORE

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    A Public Forum with co-founder of taser international

    January 8th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    A Public Forum with Thomas P. Smith, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, TASER International, Inc. Hosted by The Toronto Police Services Board Date: Thursday January 17, 2008 Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Place: Toronto Police Headquarters 40 College Street Auditorium Toronto ON Recent events have raised questions about the proper use, effects and desirability of the TASER as a tool … READ MORE

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    love sees no colour!

    January 7th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Here’s a funny story from the CBC: Harlequin of the Harlequin romance novels have created new imprints to appeal to (female) readers of African and (East?) Asian descent: Publishing houses across North American are creating new lines of romances aimed at people of Asian and African descent, according to Brian Miller, a Seattle journalist who follows the market for romance novels. While that may sound like disgusting targeted marketing, Miller makes this excellent point about how people … READ MORE

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    Our Collective Dreams: Muslim Women in Conversation about Violence against Women Part 2

    January 7th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Date: January 16th Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Location: The Centre for Women and Trans People, Room 100 North Borden Building 563 Spadina Ave. University of Toronto Toronto, ON Space is wheelchair accessible through Bancroft Avenue. Join us in a discussion group on violence against women by Muslim women for Muslim women and our allies. You are invited to come yell, grieve, cry, mourn, shout, resist, talk about violence against women. Our discussion group in mid December was a success and … READ MORE

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    shameless takes a holiday

    December 24th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Yippee it’s the end of the year! To celebrate, Shameless is going to take a wee holiday. We’ll be back in the new year, and until then please enjoy our top ten viewed posts of the year. Who doesn’t love a retrospective, even if some of these only made it into the top ten because of various references to female body parts… Have a Shameless New Year!! 10) March 16: Nipples on a billboard in Toronto The … READ MORE

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    aqsa parvez

    December 20th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    When I woke up on Monday last week and heard on the radio that a 16 year-old Muslim girl in Mississauga had been strangled by her father and was not expected to live, I thought Please, don’t let her die. I thought this for the very obvious reason that Aqsa Parvez’s eventual death is a tragic thing. But I also dreaded the storm of reports demonising Islam and blaming Parvez’s death on her family’s faith. I … READ MORE

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    look! resistance works!

    December 11th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Holy Smokes! If like me you have days where you doubt the ability of The People to make a difference, here’s an excellent example from the CBC: Paralyzed refugee claimant Laibar Singh can stay in Canada for the time being after more than 1,000 people protested his scheduled deportation at Vancouver International Airport’s departures terminal Monday morning, blocking traffic and causing delays. … Singh initially sought refugee status in 2003 on the grounds that he would be persecuted … READ MORE

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    just fine fine fine fine fine, oooooh!

    December 7th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Because Fridays have become a fine excuse to post things that we love, which are only sorta kinda about feminism, can I present my new favourite song? I love this so much I could vomit. Either as super way to congratulate yourself if you had the best week ever, or in a shocking act of defiant optimism if you had a disgusting week, ditch your fashionable cynicism and come sing along with Mary after the jump: Feel … READ MORE

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