Posts by Megan Griffith-Greene

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    Abortion boat runs aground on the way to Ecuador

    June 17th, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Women on Waves, the amazing Dutch abortion activism group, has hit a snag, but isn’t letting that stop them. We wrote about WOW in the last issue: the group captains a ship called Harmony, which drops anchor in international waters off the coast of countries where abortion is illegal, and gives women access to safe, medical abortion. In doing so, they have been successful at getting reproductive rights back on the public agenda (and Portugal, … READ MORE

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    Welcome Cate, our new web editor!

    May 28th, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    I’m very excited to announce that our own blogger Cate Simpson has taken over as web editor of the Shameless blog! Last January, Cate left her native Edinburgh, philosophy degree in hand, to take over Toronto as a freelance journalist. Now, in addition to blogging for us on everything from trends in queer rights cases in the U.S. to Grand Theft Auto, Cate writes for Xtra and Torontoist. She’s completely shameless, and really, really nice. We are totally … READ MORE

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    Come party with us tomorrow afternoon!

    March 14th, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    The Shameless launch party is tomorrow! Come by and grab the new issue, silkscreen your own Shameless gear, win tons of raffle prizes and more! We’ll have great performances by Lisa Bozikovic, Emma McKenna and DJ Winnie. Our raffle prize list has seriously gotten out of hand. Here is our list of terrific donors and sponsors: Good for Her Groundwood Books Vintagelove SK Clothes Sugarfire Jewellery Bad Dog Theatre A Heart Apart Grapefruit Moon Cafe Margie Jewellery Studio Ariella Meinhard, Acupuncturist and Massage Worn Magazine Briarpatch Magazine Make/Shift Magazine THIS Magazine Shaimaa … READ MORE

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    Vote for us!

    February 15th, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

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    Where are the women directors?

    February 1st, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    A few weeks ago, filmmaker Erin Laing sent me an e-mail about the lack of attention female directors have been getting by mainstream bloggers. What pissed her off, specifically, was Filmshowing’s list Why 2008 Will be an Awesome Year for Movies. Fifty-four films, and not a one made by a woman. (You can read Erin’s own blog about the list here). Other most-anticipated lists are not very different. Slash Film’s list of 55 must-see films does … READ MORE

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    Puzzled by Enchanted

    November 30th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Enchanted, the new Disney kid-flick, is being sold as a kind of post-modern fairy tale, inverting the stereotypes that Disney has helped construct about femininity. Sound progressive? Well, it’s still more enchanted than empowered. The first scene paints a familiar Disney picture. Our classic heroine is singing to the forest creatures in her living room and dressing a dummy like Prince Charming so that all the animals can recognize her one true love. Her waist is … READ MORE

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    Be Good and come to the book launch

    November 12th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Shameless publisher and tireless blogger Stacey May Fowles is about to launch her very first novel, Be Good. Here’s a description of Be Good: Be Good interweaves competing accounts in the first person of the same series of events: love affairs, failed relationships, obsessions, and moving from familiarity. The faulty nature of memory and recollection are revealed as each voice speaks only from personal experience and therefore ultimately contradicts the other. The experiences of these twenty something … READ MORE

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    I am Elena

    October 31st, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Compare and contrast: Dove wants us to feel good about ourselves, and the Body Shop wants us to help fight sex trafficking. The Body Shop has partnered with the Helen Bamber Foundation to spread the word about the reality of sex trafficking. There have been a series of interactive installations on the topic in London, and the web video is the latest addition to the campaign. Starring Emma Thompson, the video tells a first person account … READ MORE

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    Check us out this Sunday at Canzine!

    October 27th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    If you’re in Toronto, make sure to come by Canzine on Sunday and support independent publishing! If you haven’t been before, Canzine is an independent press extravaganza with more than 150 zines from across Canada. The event runs from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel (here are directions to the event). Admission is only $5. And besides stocking up on zines, comics (and, of course, issues of Shameless), there are great events happening all day … READ MORE

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    I love the NFB

    October 27th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Sorry that my film Fridays post is late, but I wanted to write about a screening I attended last night at the National Film Board. It was a selection of recent animation, part of their World Animation Day festival. I think I have a romantic attachment to certain Canadian institutions, among them the CBC, the National Gallery and the National Film Board. Brought up by parents heavily influenced by the spirit of the 60s and … READ MORE

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    Free tickets to Explore Design!

    October 9th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    The fine folks at Explore Design 2007 — North America’s first design education fair for youth — have donated a few tickets for our readers. In addition to info from design programs across the country, there are seminars and workshops on all aspects of design, from urban skate parks and video games to social housing, sustainable design and international development. The fair runs tomorrow (October 10) and Thursday (October 11) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. So, how … READ MORE

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    Feminism, the horror movie

    August 31st, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Here’s a Film Fridays bonus. I get a lot of weird press releases: people who want Shameless to do stories on teen TV Hollywood stars and mommy-and-toddler toys. But the strange press release of the day goes to the makers of Women’s Studies: a horror B-movie coming soon to a movie theatre near you. At first, I thought this might be fun: a largely female cast — it could be campy, subverting the traditional man-hunts-helpless-girls horror … READ MORE

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    This post has not been rated, either

    August 24th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    My pick for the week is a great documentary from last year called This Film is Not Yet Rated. The film looks at how movie ratings happen — whether a movie gets a G, PG, PG-13, R or NC-17 label, and why. The difference in ratings is quite significant. An NC-17 film suffers from diminished advertising and distribution potential: dramatically fewer people will see, or even hear of movies that get the dreaded rating. And … READ MORE

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    Unilever says you’re pretty, don’t let yourself go

    April 17th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    The company that brought you the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is sending you another message: Don’t let yourself go. Unilever, which owns Dove, has launched a new ad for Suave brand hair and beauty products. The new ads show a sexy twentysomething woman transformed through marriage, pregnancy, motherhood and housework into a frumpy mom. The “pretty mommy” campaign is in stark contrast to the “Dove evolution” spot that swept the internet last year with a … READ MORE

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