Posts by Michelle Schwartz

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    Rage: The Toronto Bathhouse Raids

    March 30th, 2011     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Last night I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Track Two, a 1982 documentary on the Toronto bathhouse raids. After nearly being lost to time and decay, the film has finally been digitized and made available in its entirety for free online, thanks to the generosity of Xtra! and the Pink Triangle Press. The screening took place at Buddies in Bad Time Theatre and was sponsored by Queer Ontario and Xtra!, with proceeds benefiting … READ MORE

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    Still Ain’t Satisfied: International Women’s Day in Toronto

    March 1st, 2011     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    The Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with a special exhibit, “International Women’s Day: Toronto Women and the Struggle for Equality.” Curated by Roberta Wiseman and (infrequent) Shameless blogger Michelle Schwartz, the exhibit will draw from the CLGA’s collection of banners, posters, flyers, and newsletters to trace the rise of the lesbian liberation movement, and its intersection with anti-racist, feminist, and labour activism in Toronto. The exhibit opens … READ MORE

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    It Gets Better, Continued

    October 28th, 2010     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    As a follow up to my last post on Canadian contributions to the It Gets Better Project, some more links: If you feel overwhelmed by the quantity of material posted to the It Gets Better YouTube page, Jezebel recently posted the 15 Best It Gets Better Videos. The comments section are full of suggestions from other people as well. And on Art Info, blogger Tyler Green has posted about Untitled (One Day This Kid…), a work of … READ MORE

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    It Gets Better

    October 25th, 2010     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    In response to a startling number of recent suicides by gay teens, writer Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project in September. It has quickly amassed videos from queers around the world, as well as contributions from celebrities, religious figures, and even President Obama. Following up on the popularity of the project, GLAAD launched Spirit Day, setting October 20th as a day for queers and allies to show support for queer youth by wearing … READ MORE

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    Caution: Angry Butch Alert

    September 16th, 2010     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    As a queer woman who has lived on this planet for, oh, say, longer than five minutes, I’m no longer surprised when some aspect of queer culture or non-white culture or poor culture or women’s culture is co-opted by media conglomerates or straight people or white men. Women are told their place is in the kitchen, but men dominate the world of celebrity chefs. Gay culture is known for its dance parties, but it’s Madonna … READ MORE

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    The Reflection of Rape Culture in the Media

    August 8th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    This week, one of my friends informed me of the premature passing of filmmaker John Hughes, a man who practically defined youth culture in the Eighties with his brat pack movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty In Pink, and The Breakfast Club. We were discussing our favorite Hughes films, our favorite brat pack members, our favorite soundtrack song, when someone brought up Sixteen Candles. We all remembered loving Sixteen Candles when we were younger, but … READ MORE

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    Take a stroll with Sally…

    June 20th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was more than just a little bit upset by the new Bacardi Breezer ad campaign that Mir posted about this morning. This campaign, with the tagline “Get Yourself An Ugly Girlfriend” is one of the most offensive, sexist attempts at promoting alcohol that I have ever seen, which is saying a lot, considering the general grossness of alcohol advertising. I’m not sure how Bacardi thought it … READ MORE

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    Seeing the World in Different Ways…

    June 12th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Last week, Heather Wood Rudulph wrote an article for Huffington Post highlighting five reasons we still need feminism. Number four on that list was as follows: Obsessed, Bride Wars, Bridezillas and everything else that paints women as crazed (in various and sundry ways) to find, keep, and marry a man. To that, I say “Amen, sister.” I am quite sick of living in a world that offers men movies like The Hangover or the oeuvre of … READ MORE

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    Race and Star Trek

    June 1st, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Since the discussion has been so lively on my previous post about sexism in the new Star Trek movie, I thought I would open up the discussion of race in the new movie and in the series. While I thought Sulu’s dramatic sword fight was awesome (and pretty sexy, too), I was disappointed by Uhura’s reduced role in the new movie. Already saddled with a legacy of being a glorified receptionist, this new Uhura lost even … READ MORE

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    Women and Star Trek

    May 30th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    I have mixed feelings about the new Star Trek movie. While I quite enjoyed it as an adventurous space romp, my nagging issues with the original series re-emerged in spades. I grew up on the later series, so I’ve always found it difficult to enjoy the terrible special effects and campiness of Kirk’s bridge. I also hated the lack of women, except as girlfriends for Kirk, and the fact that female officers would wear miniskirts and … READ MORE

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    RiP: A Remix Manifesto

    April 28th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    In January, I blogged about RiP: A Remix Manifesto, a movie aimed at criticizing international copyright law, a system that tramples art and innovation, and makes criminals of small children and old ladies. We live in a world where major corporations are declaring they “own” everything from rain forest plants to human DNA. In February, the Electronic Frontier Foundation began a protest of YouTube’s Fair Use Massacre, in which copyright owners (notably Warner Music Group) … READ MORE

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    Amazon Declares Gay = Smut

    April 12th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Amazon, already the scourge of small publishers and independent booksellers, has finally gone too far. No, I am not talking about the Kindle. That thing is just pointless. I am talking about Amazon’s new policy of labeling any and all LGBT printed matter as “Adult.” This policy strips the material of its sales rank, excluding it from bestseller lists and certain search results, and basically destroys its sales. This policy has not just been applied … READ MORE

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    Join the Remix Revolution!

    January 23rd, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    I recently had one of my videos muted by YouTube in response to a “Content ID Match.” This two minute movie about a trip my friends and I took to Coney Island used “Cumbia En Do Menor” by Lito Barrientos for a soundtrack. This home movie was created for personal entertainment (Look Ma! I went to the beach!) and not for profit. However, because it “may have content that is owned or licensed by Warner … READ MORE

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    Note to Ad Execs: Women Like Beer (in fact, some of them LOVE beer)

    January 17th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    The latest advertising abomination (adbomination?) to make the rounds is a campaign for Israel’s Gold Star beer. These ridiculous ads, structured as cartoony flowcharts, trade on the old trope that men are low-maintenance sex hounds who just want to drink beer and get laid, while as women are high-maintenance fashion lunatics who spend five hours obsessing over what shoes they wear before going out for girly cocktails in hopes of meeting a knight in shining … READ MORE

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    Why Feminism matters…

    January 13th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Living in the midst of a backlash that has turned “feminism” into “the f-word,” a horrifying dirty slur used to dismiss, rather than help women, I often find myself attempting to explain why exactly feminism is important. These explanations typically fall on the deaf ears of women who have fully bought into the idea that the only thing feminism cares to eliminate is their right to wear frilly pink bras. Those of us who, despite having … READ MORE

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    Dudes and Dating Shows

    January 8th, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Last night, for the first time in forever, I tuned in to MTV to watch <a href=”The Real World. For the 21st season, they are heading to my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and I couldn’t resist the urge to watch a bunch of spoiled attention seekers embarrass themselves in the place of my birth. I had nothing to do in the hour before the show started, so I let MTV babble away in the … READ MORE

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    New Year’s Resolution: Never To Forget

    January 2nd, 2009     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    With the constant media barrage of disasters, injustices, and assorted international atrocities, it can often be hard to focus on just one cause. In a world of 24-hour news tickers and 30 second segments, it seems like there’s never the time or space for follow up. One minute the news will leave me enraged over one particular case, and the next minute it will have moved on to the next reprehensible act, and sadly, so … READ MORE

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    Guilty Pleasures: The Oeuvre of Sarah Michelle Gellar

    December 23rd, 2008     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Following in the footsteps of Anna and her musical solution to holiday stress, I offer my own plan for surviving December: The Guilty Pleasure Movie. Everyone has one hidden under the bed or at the back of the entertainment unit. A movie that, despite endless viewings and despite its lack of any apparent value, still rewards the watcher with a mindless sense of serenity. In the interest of full disclosure, I will cop to my … READ MORE

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    Stuff your stockings with dykes

    December 9th, 2008     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Just in time for the holiday season, Alison Bechdel has released The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, a collection of episodes of Bechdel’s weekly comic, “Dykes to Watch Out For.” The comic, a smart, funny soap opera about the lives of a group of women in a college town, has been appearing in alternative newspapers across North America since 1983. I would have asked for it as a Hannukah gift if I hadn’t already … READ MORE

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    Katy Perry, UR Not Gay

    December 3rd, 2008     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    While doing some research for my post on Amanda Palmer’s scandalous belly, I noticed that she had been nominated for Out Magazine’s annual “Out 100” Awards. While happily watching interviews with Amanda and Tegan & Sara, who should I see but Katy ‘UR So Gay’ Perry standing around in the background. “ What is she doing there?” I thought to myself. What is the woman famous for lyrics that say kissing another woman is “not what … READ MORE

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