Posts by Michelle Schwartz

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    Rupi Rising: In Defense of (Shamelessly) Loving Instagram Poetry

    October 17th, 2017     by Tita Kyrtsakas     Comments

    After a number of conversations with colleagues, friends, and family, and reviewing online comments, I find that people either adore Kaur’s minimalist style of art or they shake with disapproval. The latter seem to express a similar attitude: this type of writing isn’t “real” poetry, or “I could write that,” or it’s already been done/said. In school, you may have learned about haiku and rhyme pattern, imagery and alliteration. These are important for understanding poetry’s structure, or for an introduction to what poetry has been in the past. But I’d like to consider: how do we define poetry? READ MORE

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    Fat Positivity for the Unapologetic

    October 3rd, 2017     by NiaZamar     Comments

    Recently in the media Black women’s bodies in particular have been under high scrutiny. If you Google Beyoncé or Rihanna right now much of what shows up is focused on their bodies and the changes they are going through. It is clear that Fat is still deemed as a bad word. The internet memes implying that Quantasia Sharpton is too fat to have possibly slept with Usher reveal how much our society literally steals away desirability and humanity from fat women. All the memes implying Rihanna must be pregnant as a way of explaining her recent weight gain are a sad reminder that while the body positivity movement is in full effect we still need a more comprehensive conversation around Fat positivity, one that includes sexual health, desirability and awareness around consent. READ MORE

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    Shamelessly Watching… Gossip Girl

    August 18th, 2017     by Fariha Shimu     Comments

    To accompany our new Mental Health issue, we asked writers to share the guilty pleasure TV that brings them solace when the world gets them down. This is the first instalment in our series. READ MORE

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    Dream Nails: DIY Punk Witches Shaking the Scene

    July 26th, 2017     by Valentina Reetz     Comments

    From The Slits in the ‘70s to Bratmobile in the ‘90s, female-identifying individuals have been using punk music as a vessel for self-expression and social change for decades. Through punk, countless women have found their voices and made them heard. Among these fierce females are Janey, Anya, and Lucy of Dream Nails. Dream Nails is a London, UK based independent band recognized for their energy, spirit, and unapologetic politics. They released their first EP in 2016, and are in the process of crowdfunding for their next project – a compilation of recordings called, “Dare to Care,” which tackles topics of self care and perseverance. READ MORE

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    Dreaming of starting your own media project? 6 lessons from 90 media activists across Canada

    June 6th, 2017     by Darya Marchenkova     Comments

    If you’ve ever mused about starting your own podcast, ‘zine, photography project, or another idea, do it now! It’s an incredibly fascinating time to get involved in media production. Right now there is an abundance of people involved in making media from the frontlines of movements and the communities hardest hit by our society’s deep injustices. READ MORE

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    Why We Need to Focus On Alternatives to Women’s Incarceration

    May 16th, 2017     by Danika Kimball     Comments

    Over the past 25 years, women’s rates of incarceration have skyrocketed. In Canada, the statistics are grim, as recent reports have confirmed that Indigenous women are among the fastest growing prison populations in the country, as poverty-related crimes and nonviolent drug sentences have translated into life-sentences for many. READ MORE

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    Fanfic Talks Back: A Review of Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie

    August 23rd, 2016     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Anyone who’s taken a creative writing class will be familiar with short story prompts. The instructor will say something seemingly random—“Stick three strangers who absolutely hate one another in an enclosed space. Have them be stuck there for an hour”—ready, set, go! Pens start flying. READ MORE

  • MOGA: the new ethical headscarf brand empowering women and supporting education in pakistan

    June 16th, 2016     by Dani Leever     Comments

    There are currently 5.1 million Pakistani children of primary school age who are out of school, according to the organisation CARE Pakistan. Of the poorest 20% of the population, two out of three young women do not go to school – it is one of the more severe situations for women’s education in the world. READ MORE

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 3

    May 26th, 2016     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 2 of our series on Inside Out reviews Southwest of Salem and Oriented. READ MORE

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 1

    May 24th, 2016     by Abby Plener     Comments

    For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 1 of our series on Inside Out reviews Hurricane Bianca and Kiki. READ MORE

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    Hot Docs Reviews Part Two

    April 28th, 2016     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Featuring documentaries from across the worldThe Hot Docs festival in Toronto runs from April 28 to May 28 2016. Check out part two of our reviews featuring the films Strike a Pose, Check It and The Legacy of Frida Kahlo. Students with valid ID have free festival admission for films screening before 5:00 p.m. READ MORE

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    LISTEN HERE! ARTIST PROFILE HEX

    April 12th, 2016     by Laura Friesen     Comments

    In the lead-up to our spring music issue, we reached out to a few young emerging musicians to learn about how they got into their craft and what tips they have for artists just starting out. READ MORE

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    How Canadian Law Renders Rape Invisible

    February 22nd, 2016     by Fiona Raye Clarke     Comments

    TRIGGER WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS INFO ON RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE READ MORE

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    #BlackGirlsAreMagic In Canada, too

    February 2nd, 2016     by Fiona Clarke     Comments

    If you were to take a look at Black Twitter these days you would notice that there is a lot of debate about the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic. The hashtag #BlackGirlsAreMagic was created by a Black woman, CaShawn Thompson, in 2013, and has since gained significant momentum, what Thompson, in an interview with the L.A. Times, has called a “movement.” READ MORE

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    Carrie Brownstein: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

    January 21st, 2016     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Marta Balcewicz reviews Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl READ MORE

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    7 Logical Fallacies You Will Encounter as a Sex Worker

    January 4th, 2016     by Marlena Evans     Comments

    I’m a Canadian sex worker. I don’t know much about sex work in other countries, but the woman who runs the escort agency I work for does what I consider to be a very Canadian thing – she calls and texts me incessantly to ask politely if I’m available to see clients. The glory of the process of “booking on” is that I will, in fact, call her when I am available for work, but this is a fact of which I never remind her. I just switch my phone to silent and go on listening to whichever class I happen to be in (the raison d’être for my job is that I’m in school, another tidbit I don’t mention when she wants to know if I’m available at 11:15 on a Monday morning). READ MORE

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    An Outsider’s Insight

    December 17th, 2015     by Tomi Ajele     Comments

    It took no time at all to notice that something wasn’t quite right. I would estimate that I was around 2 or 3 years old when I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t belong. READ MORE

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    Weekly Round Up: December 11

    December 11th, 2015     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week. READ MORE

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    Getting over the body hair blues: one ladydude’s manifesto

    December 8th, 2015     by Laura Friesen     Comments

    We asked writers to share their relationship with their body hair for our upcoming alternative beauty issue. This is the first instalment in our series. READ MORE

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    TRANSGENDER DIY: SIMPLE TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CREATING TRANS TOOLS

    November 19th, 2015     by Sidney Drmay     Comments

    Gender can be a very complicated part of your identity. If you are transgender and you identify as a different gender than the one assigned at birth, you may find discomfort with how your gender presents based on your physical characteristics, this is often known as dysphoria. You can use different tools such as packers, breast forms or binders to explore your gender and alter your physical appearance to match your gender better. READ MORE

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