Posts by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng

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    Rape culture, not specific ethnicities, cultivates shame

    July 26th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    An eight year-old Liberian refugee girl was raped by a group of four boys in Arizona, just a little under two weeks ago. According to the Phoenix police, the four boys, ages nine to 14, lured the girl with chewing gum into a shed by a vacant apartment unit, where they restrained her and took turns sexually assaulting her. Charges have been filed against the boys, with the oldest boy being tried as an adult. Oddly, … READ MORE

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    Sex Workers Vs. The Media film screening tonight!

    July 15th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    Sex Workers Vs. The Media Short films by sex workers from Canada and abroad about the media Wednesday July 15, 7 pm screening The 519 Community Centre, main floor Tickets $8-12 sliding scale, available at the door Free for sex workers Wheelchair accessible The drug addicted sex worker on the street, the high class escort, the trafficked Thai woman… The media is always telling stories about sex workers—but what do sex workers think about the media? More and more sex workers both in Canada … READ MORE

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    Mariah in drag? Yes, please.

    July 14th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    Mariah Carey’s newest single has been leaked! Not only that, but the video as well! The best part is that Mariah is in drag. While I am incredibly excited for my favourite mainstream diva to be performing in drag, it is a little concerning that she is pretty much dressed like Eminem. When will this epic battle of Mariah Carey/Nick Canon versus Eminem come to an end? This very public dual has reached a new level, … READ MORE

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    Paintings depicting Vancouver’s missing women

    June 25th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    Vancouver-based artist, Pamela Masik, has unveiled the first painting in a series of portraits depicting the missing women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The series, entitled The Forgotten, includes a total of 69 paintings, each standing at 8 by 10 feet or 8 by 12 feet. Many of the “missing women” of the downtown eastside were indigenous, poor and working the streets. As well, many of these cases not only remain unresolved but were never taken … READ MORE

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    Extra, extra! Strong women of colour TV characters exist!

    June 5th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    Jezebel, a popular Gawker blog that features “celebrity, sex, fashion for women,” recently published a blog post on “20 Feminist TV Characters.” Tracie, the author of the post, was quick to point out that “unfortunately, all of [the characters] — including the animated ones — are Caucasian.” Her list included characters such as Maude Findlay of Maude (which I’m actually quite curious about and would love to get my hands on…), Lisa Simpson of The Simpsons, … READ MORE

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    Attempt to redefine beauty falls short

    May 15th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    I just stumbled across the National Organization for Women Foundation’s Love Your Body 2009 poster campaign. And I was especially disappointed and miffed with one of the results. The poster campaign’s goal is to “challenge the media’s use of violent, drug-addicted, starved, surgically-enhanced images of women and to fight against industries that profit from women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies.” Contestants from all countries are invited to submit poster entries that “demonstrate beauty is not limited by … READ MORE

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    Hi, Shameless!

    April 30th, 2009     by Teresa Chun-Wen Cheng     Comments

    Hello, Shameless readers! My name is Teresa and this is my first of, hopefully, many blog posts to come. I am a queer Chinese/Taiwanese daughter, sister and friend (relationship titles that I really value). I’ve spent half of my life living in Taiwan and the other half in Canada. I spend the daytime working at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, one of the largest feminist bookstores in North America. During my off-time, I am usually obsessively reading … READ MORE