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    Guest Series: Part 5 - “Best practices” on the floor

    July 10th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 first. This is a bit of a peculiar place to lie down for a thirty minute nap, or even just for a short mental break of sorts, but it is where I happened to land. The floor is beige laminate tile and I can feel the coolness of it permeating my skin and giving me a chill. I tilt my head to … READ MORE

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    Guest post: Shamelessly Single

    July 10th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Part one of two on living single lives. Shameless reader Laura Brightwell examines what happens when you choose to be celibate in a community that defines itself by its sexuality. Sometimes people cannot or do not want to have sex. When I started to tell people, 3 years ago, that I didn’t want to date anyone, I was always afraid. I anticipated people’s judgment, much like I had anticipated their homophobia when I came out as … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 4 - Further Adventures in Admissions and Toilets

    July 3rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2 and 3 first. The interesting thing for me is that I am quickly able to become used to this newfound need for toileting assistance. A long time ago, I worked as a Support Worker with a few clients who needed similar assistance, and I understand that on the other end of things, it really is just a job. There is nothing more to it than … READ MORE

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    Update: 160 Girls Demand Justice in Kenya

    June 24th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    This post is an update to “A Long Fight Ahead: 160 Girls Demand Justice in Kenya” by Melissa Reiter which appeared on the Shameless blog on March 11, 2013. In a landmark ruling, 240 young women in Kenya who were sexually assaulted as minors have won a constitutional claim against the Kenyan government. The Equality Effect, a Toronto-based charity which aims to achieve justice for women and girls through law and policy reform, launched the case … READ MORE

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    Cross-Post: The Third Option

    June 21st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    This piece also appears at The Fat Nutritionist, by Michelle Allison. [I recommend her entire blog and consider her to be a personal hero and mentor. - Julia] Two days ago, there were rumblings. First, I heard that the American Medical Association’s science council had advised them against declaring “obesity” a disease. My initial feeling was one of mild surprise - hadn’t they declared it a disease already? I honestly didn’t know, but given the way our … READ MORE

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    Funny & Feminist: Alliteration That Works

    June 18th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Abby Plener Scene: A group of white, university-educated, twenty-somethings gather at a hip Toronto bar. The conversation turns to comedian Daniel Tosh and that stupidly offensive rape joke he made. A male member of the group tries man-splain to us all that you can’t have comedy without offending people. A female member of the group tries to the counter his argument. It’s annoying. The conversation goes nowhere. It’s still annoying. Well, I think I found my … READ MORE

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    Building Equality: An International Partnership Helps Women Find Justice in Tanzania

    June 17th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Melissa Reiter I recently learned a Zulu proverb: “One does not cross a river without getting wet.” There are some experiences that stay with us even as we come out on the other side, reminding us where we’ve been and forming a lasting connection to a place or a person. This is what happened when my friend David Fitzpatrick went to Tanzania. In 2004, David visited Tanzania with a program called Global Volunteers, where he taught … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 3 -  Adventures in Admissions and Toilets

    June 5th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, read parts 1 and 2 first. by Jenny Blaser As I settle in to 1217A, I find myself alone for the first time. I am without a friend or support person and it is just me and Penny. The nurse, Kelly, is familiar to me from my previous admission to the unit and remembers the things I need. We get me into the bed and Penny joins me, taking up residence … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Carrying on his Legacy

    June 1st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by T. Sunday I was packing up at the end of a workday, a while back, and a coworker, we’ll call him “Tim,” invited me to join him and some friends for dinner. I told him I couldn’t, because I’d already made a commitment: I was going to a pro-choice rally outside an abortion clinic in Toronto. “But we’ve already won the right to choose!” Tim smirked. Then, clearly not the kind of guy who quits when … READ MORE

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    Cross-Post: Goodbye, Dr. Morgentaler

    May 30th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Originally posted at Abortion Gang by Peggy Cooke This morning [Wednesday, May 29, 2013] Dr. Henry Morgentaler died of a heart attack in his Toronto home. He was 90 years old, in increasingly failing health these last few years, and with a lifetime - many lifetimes - of work behind him. May we one day win a world where all abortion providers can safely die of old age in their own homes. Thank goodness Dr. Morgentaler was … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 2 - Of Duct Tape and Half-Lives

    May 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Read part 1 of this series here. By Jenny Blaser “Do you know how to do a two person lift?” I ask. “No,” replies the nurse with a look of fear and apprehension. “Great. Then just do that however you want,” I retort, attempting to shield my sarcasm. At this point I am laying out on the floor, spasming and twitching about without any control of my body or its movements. I am straining to speak because the spasms … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 1 - Like a Fish Out of Water on the Doctor’s Floor

    May 22nd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Jenny Blaser This is my most recent narrative. It is one that I am still living and experiencing in a number of ways. It is a story that undoubtedly will shape the person who I currently am and define how I continue to grow and live my life. I want to share it because it is a story not often told - one of disability, sickness, pain, support, and change. This is a story of … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: Mothering Resistance and Reclamation—Indigenous Mamas

    May 9th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Erin Konsmo writes at Reproductive Justice Blog: The Native Youth Sexual Health Network celebrates all Indigenous mamas and the many forms in which they come, as well as the critical everyday, on-the-ground work they do for our families, communities, and nations. To read the blog: http://bit.ly/11VtnTh … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Woman in Niqab Asking for it?

    May 3rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Farrah Khan A consistently held myth is that women who are sexually assaulted “ask for it” by the way we dress or act. However, government reports and community organizations have demonstrated that this doesn’t matter. A woman of any age, physical type, or dress can be assaulted. Violence is violence, and believing in the myth that women “ask for it” is harmful. Not only does it absolve the perpetrators of violence, it also serves as … READ MORE

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    A Long Fight Ahead: 160 Girls Demand Justice in Kenya

    March 11th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Melissa Reiter It’s called the virgin cure - the pervasive myth that sex with a virgin will cure HIV/AIDS. The younger the virgin, the more potent the cure. In eastern Kenya, 160 Girls, all victims of rape, are determined to seek justice. The girls range in age from 3 to 17. Many of the girls were raped by family members and men in their own communities. Many were raped by HIV positive men because of … READ MORE

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    MyMSG: We all need positive messages

    January 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Afi Browne For the past 10 months I have been working with Springtide Resources, an agency committed to ending violence against women and everyone who faces oppression, such as queer and trans people, people with disabilities, Deaf people, immigrants and refugees. Along with four other youth and our project coordinator we have been creating curriculum around our own experiences of oppression and using that curriculum to encourage youth to create positive messages to counteract the … READ MORE

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    Join the Forced Marriage Project in Celebrating “VDay”

    January 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Do You Want to Rise With Us? Strike. Dance. Rise. To End Violence Against Women Join the Forced Marriage Project in Celebrating “VDay” with a twist, shout, or whatever move inspires you. As we join with One Billion Rising to dance with women and men worldwide to demand an end to rape and the culture that suports it. Date: February 14th 2013 Location: 2660 Eglinton Ave. E - Mid Scarborough Hub Time: Reception 5:30pm, Performances 6-8pm RSVP Today Online: www.fmp_vday.eventbrite.com Or by Phone: … READ MORE

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    American Pie, Superbad and Lessons from Anxious Male Teens

    January 24th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Abby Plener During a discussion about how the media contributes to teens’ sexual education, a classmate of mine in a feminist political theory seminar declared “I learned everything I needed to know from American Pie. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 1999 hit teen comedy, the movie follows four male friends who make a pact to lose their virginities before they graduate high school. As their ringleader Kevin astutely puts it: [Transcription after … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Film review of The World Before Her, directed by Nisha Pahuja

    January 23rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Nish Israni I love to explore the neighbourhoods in Toronto, and sometimes find myself walking along streets that I have never been to, just taking in the sights. The other night, I was walking by Royal York station when I came across the Kingsway theatre. Right away, a poster for The World Before Her, a documentary by Nisha Pahuja, grabbed my attention. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The World Before Her had won the … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Film review of Augustine, directed by Alice Winocour

    January 17th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Nish Israni I love watching movies, especially good ones, and those are hard to come by. I feel like having a feminist approach to life has made going to the movies like going to the dentist. All I can do is clench my fists tightly to my sides and tense my body until he’s done attacking my teeth with a variety of instruments. Mainstream media can be so saturated with sexism, misogyny, homophobia, racism and more, … READ MORE

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