Posts by Thea Lim

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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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    a message of a support from jennifer love hewitt!

    December 5th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Seems like a good week for women in Hollywood to speak out against sexism: first Katherine Heigl and now Jennifer Love Hewitt. On her blog, in response to some allegedly unflattering photos of her that were posted on the internet, Hewitt (or is it Love Hewitt?) said: I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for … READ MORE

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    is there such a thing as a responsible rape scene?

    November 30th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Research. It always gets you into trouble. This review was supposed to say “Empowering! Feminist! Realism! Actually Tough Women of Colour!”. But then I did a little googling, (damn you google!) and now I’m confused. The movie Bandit Queen is based on the story of the real life Phoolan Devi. In the 80’s in India, Devi led groups of bandits to pillage high caste villages for money. She was notorious and fearsome, … READ MORE

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    Buffy Prinze!

    November 21st, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    I’m a little late on this celebrity gossip: Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has changed her famous three-part moniker as a fifth wedding anniversary present to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. The couple was wed September 1, 2002. A source close to the 30-year-old star tells Us Weekly,”She officially changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze” in honor of the occasion. “On their anniversary, she showed [Freddie] her new driver’s license,” the source tells Us. “It was so sweet.” I … READ MORE

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    Forum and Fair: “Through the Eyes of Diversity: Reproductive and Sexual Health in Canada”

    November 15th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    This forum and information fair organised by Canadians for Choice sounds great: Join Canadians for Choice for an in-depth forum and information fair on how diversity influences access to sexual health services: Through the Eyes of Diversity: Reproductive and Sexual Health in Canada Time: 1pm When: Saturday, 24 November 2007 (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) Where: Medical Sciences Building of UofT, ROOM 2158 1 King’s College Circle Toronto ON Contact: Canadians for Choice tel: 613-789-9958 Admission is free Pre-register: Light refreshments will … READ MORE

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    my hips do lie?

    November 9th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    A Friday Funny (though this could also fall under the category of a Friday Cry-y): Women sway their hips the most when they’re least fertile, according to Queen’s University study. Scientists at Queen’s are apparently blowing the minds of current zoology, claiming that women, contrary to a popular belief, make themselves less, not more, attractive when they’re “fertile.” The study got 40 women (my goodness! 40 whole women!!) to wear clothes with special markers on them … READ MORE

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    sexy inc.: our children under influence

    November 8th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    The NFB and YWCA Present: “Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence” November 12, 2007 at 7 pm 150 John Street, Toronto, Ont. NFB Mediatheque Sexy Inc. Our Children Under Influence Directed by Award-Winning Sophie Bissonnette Don’t miss this opportunity to see a unique and powerful new documentary on a most troubling societal phenomenon: the premature sexualization of children. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with the YWCA Montreal and UQAM community support as part of the project “Countering Youth Hypersexualization: Tools … READ MORE

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    celebrate movember!

    November 2nd, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    One thing that really gives me the willies: when the men in my everyday life suddenly and without warning change their facial hair. I have to say I might’ve yelped just slightly when I walked into the office this morning, and found my normally hairy co-worker bald-faced at his desk. But to my surprise, he explained to me that he’s gone Nekkid Face for a good cause: Movember. From the Movember website: Movember (the month formally known … READ MORE

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    power and britney spears

    October 31st, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    In my life as a pop culture deconstructor, one of the sacrifices I make involves getting up twenty minutes early every morning, just so that I can watch MTV’s entertainment news. If you think that’s bad, one thing that makes this painful sacrifice particularly difficult is today’s ultimate in prefab bands, the Canadian band Hedley, who appear on MTV at least once every 3 minutes. From my expert viewpoint, Hedley’s punk/rebel/emo schtick is so fake … READ MORE

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    happy birthday wanda jackson!

    October 22nd, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    You know, it’s not often that you go to a rock show and hear a performer drop lines like, “So I decided to take the advice of my friend, Elvis Presley…” Last Friday I had the chance to hit two really great birds with one stone - I got to see my buddies The Stolen Minks (how can you not love a band whose lyrics include the lines “Girls on the stage and boys on … READ MORE

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    damazine: call for submissions

    October 21st, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    damazine is a new online literary journal publishing fiction, poetry, and essays. Its focus is the Muslim world, whether it forms the background of the writer, or an aspect of the piece itself. Within that space, we strive to present a rainbow of themes and writing styles. Our biggest criterion is quality. We are looking for powerful, well-crafted pieces that throb with meaning. The planned publication date for the first issue is January 31, 2008. To … READ MORE

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    Film Fridays Part ii: women and tv, version fall 2007

    October 19th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    I have been meaning to link to this excellent article by Rebecca Traister at for months: Women are the new men on TV. Traister runs through more than 5 new TV shows for this fall, and they all seem to have the same basic bizarre premise: in this “post-feminist” age (please draw your attention to quotation marks, if you look closely you will notice they are dripping with sarcasm), women have all the financial and … READ MORE

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    Film Fridays Part i: superbad

    October 19th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    To make up for the fact that I have no sweeping insight into a particular film to offer you today (the horror!), I’m instead writing two little blurbs. Presenting #1: Superbad. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this movie when I heard about it. I knew producer Judd Apatow was one of the people behind The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. I seemed to be the only person in my city … READ MORE

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    which racial slurs are too slurry?

    October 18th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Since we like talking about language here at Shameless, let me share something that bothered me today: Bizarre assaults hit quiet town (from the Toronto Star) “Asian-Canadians report being shoved into water while fishing near Sutton; police deny racial link … Since April there have been three cases of assault, mischief and theft against the mostly Asian-Canadian fishermen in the area. … Local youth call it “nippertipping.” … “Nip” is a derogatory word for Japanese, apparently used in this context for anyone of Asian … READ MORE

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    Finding Dawn at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore

    October 18th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Toronto Women’s Bookstore 416-922-8744 Join us for the screening of Finding Dawn directed by Christine Welsh followed by an on-stage interview THURSDAY OCTOBER 25, 7:30 pm Koffler Auditorium 569 Spadina Avenue wheelchair accessible admission: $3 to $10 sliding scale, at the door Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that … READ MORE

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    “i just want you to know, i think you’re very brave”

    October 11th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Watch this fantastic clip from Talk, the short film released by the UK Disability Rights Commission in 2000. The film envisions a world where abled people are minority who are either pitied or discriminated against, while people with disabilities lead full lives. The thing that I love about this clip is how it points out that life for a person with a disability is not difficult because of their disability, but because they live in an … READ MORE

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    wes anderson: the ultimate heartbreaker

    October 4th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Pssst! This post has been updated. Have you ever woken up one morning and suddenly realised that an old and cherished friend doesn’t care about you or anything you represent, and actually either ignores or caricatures your existence? Well, neither have I. But too many times I’ve realised that a director (or musician or writer or artist…) that I love like a friend actually creates art that exoticises, fetishises, or all out erases who I am. I’ve managed … READ MORE

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