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    Guest Post: Make Math Class Your JAM #tooschoolforcool

    September 17th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by vaneSSa vakharia Okay, so school’s back in full swing and the excitement of new classes, shiny school supplies & first-day-back outfits is starting to lose its lustre. That whole idea you had in your head of getting straight A’s this year is starting to crumble under the mountains of homework you have (already!) and your math teacher has moved well past last year’s review and is now throwing some serious curveballs. You’re one more equation … READ MORE

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    Sports Series: Five Reasons Dance Flash Mobs Rock

    September 6th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Denise Reich You’re walking down the street, or through a train station, or in a store, when someone next to you suddenly breaks away from the aisle and begins to dance. Flash mob! What is a flash mob? It depends who you ask. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “a group of people summoned (as by e-mail or text message) to a designated location at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing.” Flash … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 10 - Adjusting Out of Necessity

    September 4th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser “Shelly, do you think this would be the same if I were a walking person? Like do you think I wouldn’t have had a test or treatment?” I look over my shoulder at Shelly who is standing behind me. She is going through the bags in my locker, looking for the one that contains my shower stuff. Shelly has an infectious smile and we always joke … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: #Sexism: stop blurring those lines

    September 4th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By Jesse McLaren Originally published at Socialist Worker With 125 million views on Youtube, Robin Thicke’s song and video Blurred Lines has become one of the most popular songs of the summer. But it has also sparked outrage for degrading women and promoting rape culture, reinforced by the arguments that Thicke and his supporters use to defend the song. Not funny The song features a catchy melody and collaboration with well-known singers Pharrel and T.I, and Thicke claimed that … READ MORE

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    Guest series: Part 9 - The Life Implications of Scotty

    August 28th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser I have been here for two weeks now, and the spasms and contractions that initially ravaged my entire body have definitely begun to decrease. I can use my right hand to type and manipulate objects but my torso continues to lack muscle control and my left arm has taken to floating above my head unless restrained. It has become second nature to sit on it, lie … READ MORE

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    Sports Series: Look at me go

    August 23rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Get excited! The fall issue of Shameless, our sports issue, will be on newsstands in September. Subscribe now to get it when it’s released! by Aimee Ouellette I started playing softball at seven years old. I played catcher, and my best friend Charmaine was a pitcher. Other people have written about how wonderful and romantic the sport of baseball can be, and I will leave it to them to describe the sport itself. Besides, what I loved … READ MORE

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    Guest blog: Don’t holler at these activists, because they will holla back.

    August 21st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Katie Toth Hollaback! had its first international speakers’ series on Friday, July 25, at New York University. Women from five Canadian cities and provinces—Ottawa, Halifax, Alberta, Winnipeg and Hamilton—were there to represent. The feminist group, which is dedicated to ending street harassment, began with the hope to take concrete action against a sexist culture. “We’d taken all the women’s studies classes and critical theory classes, and nobody was telling us that sexism was (happening) on the … READ MORE

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    Sports Series: Bodybuilding and Weight Lifting

    August 16th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Can’t get enough sporty stuff? The fall issue of Shameless, our sports issue, will be on newsstands in September. Subscribe now to get it when it’s released! by Ilana Newman I was, in a word, unathletic as a child. I had the triple burden of being chubby, being nerdy, and being a girl. Growing up Jewish and with my nose in a book amid the corn-fed, sinewy, blonde-ponytailed masses of Dora L. Small Elementary wasn’t a good … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Our Stories, Our Agency over Our Media & The Allied Media Conference for a Just World

    August 13th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By MaryCarl Guiao Do we know our history so we know where our work lies? There’s no time like when you’re that close to the opening event featuring an interactive, investigative hip-hop experience with Complex Movements that we are all eagerly anticipating, for the US border guards to suddenly bring our travel to an hour and a half halt. Prince’s Purple Rain album is on its second rotation because we forgot to bring the over-five-hour-ride mix … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Sochi 2014

    August 11th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Nico Mara-McKay The XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games are set to take place in Sochi, Russia in February and March 2014, amid international protests, calls for boycotts and petitions to move the games, as outrage grows over the discriminatory stance the Russian government has taken on queer and transgender people. While homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, recent laws have severely restricted LGBQT rights. Same-sex couples are banned from adopting children, Moscow … READ MORE

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    Guest series: Part 8 - That Time I Slept on the Bathroom Floor

    August 7th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser My eyes are stinging and the tears that have been flooding my face are now simply crusted to my cheeks. I am still heaving and sobbing, even if the tears have seemingly dried up. I look around the small bathroom through squinting eyes. It’s dark. The little light that spills through cracks around the locked door is enough for me to make out the basic geography … READ MORE

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    Sports series: On learning how to ride a bike

    August 2nd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Rezwana Bhuiyan I learned how to ride a bike when I was thirteen years old. It was my younger brother who taught me. A reversal of the usual order of things (wherein an older sibling teaches a younger one). The impulse to learn how to ride a bike was sudden and inexplicable, for up to that point in my life, I had resigned myself to the idea that I was unathletic and poor at sports. Back … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 7 - A Night Fit for Sleeping

    July 31st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 first. by Jenny Blaser “I have your new pain medication!” It’s not Alice this time, but Nicole. She smiles at me and uses her wrist to push up her glasses and move her long bangs out of her face in one swift movement. Her pink scrubs and the decorated stethoscope that hangs from her neck compliment her bubbly demeanor. “First, I have to … READ MORE

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    Sports series: Running for My (Mental) Health

    July 26th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by T. Sunday I’m sure everyone knows that there is a link between exercise and happiness for some people - there are countless studies out there that show that many of us are happier when we’re active. One night, after weeks of being completely depressed, I stayed up late reading several such papers. The following day, in a haze of rare optimism, I created a new life plan.* It involves therapy, yoga, medication, and running. I … READ MORE

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    Maybe You’ll Meet Someone Nice

    July 26th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Denise Reich I was talking with my mom - who, aside from this issue, is a hip and cool sort of parent - when I mentioned that I was taking walks with my pets around my neighborhood. She said, very hopefully, “maybe you will meet another animal lover!” This is situation normal, unfortunately. Over the years well-meaning relatives have optimistically wished that I would “meet someone nice” or “find a life mate” at sporting events, concerts, … READ MORE

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    Unpaid Internships: Know Your Rights

    July 25th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Melissa Reiter On June 11, 2013, the Southern District of New York court affirmed that unpaid interns are entitled to rights under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938, as amended (the “FLSA”). In a case brought by Eric Glatt, a former “intern” at Fox Searchlight Pictures, against the production company along with several other “interns” who had been working with Glatt on the film “Black Swan,” the court held that the criteria used … READ MORE

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    Program Profile: Community - 1900 Sheppard

    July 23rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Amanda Young “Three fruits, three vegetables, something salty, and something sweet,” I hear Josie D’Agostino, Program Coordinator at 1900 Sheppard’s Young Parent Resource Centre say to Thakchoe the Childcare Specialist (who’s kind of like Madonna, because she doesn’t have a last name and has acquired a sort of celebrity status among the clients and staff) as they prepare snacks for the evening’s programming. Food is a reason to bring people together but it certainly isn’t the … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 6 - Three Days Too Long

    July 17th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 first. by Jenny Blaser My time in 1217A has come to end and I am now in 1212B. The Express Admittance Unit, where I started out, was only for short term stays and it has become evident that I am going to be here for a while. With that I was relocated to the main General Internal Medicine ward. It wasn’t an … READ MORE

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    Sports series: Roller Derby

    July 13th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Dear Shameless readers, Welcome to our first-ever themed blog series! Starting this week, we will post a weekly blog on the theme of our next issue: sports. Check back each week to read a story or piece about sports from Shameless bloggers, readers and staff. by Maranda Elizabeth In the Summer of 2010, I saw a girl downtown in rollerskates, wearing a t-shirt with the logo of the local roller derby league, and my heart fluttered. I was … READ MORE

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    Guest post: 4 Ways to Respond to Oppression on the Web

    July 11th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    A blogger’s guide to making your statement by Kait Fowlie On the web, it’s scarily easy to scan too many things at once and gloss over oppressive messages. If you use the internet as your main source of information, inspiration, or creative support, the energy you put into your web-input can be as much, if not more as the energy you put into your web-output. Then you can add your best two cents to the blog-o-sphere. When … READ MORE

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