Posts by Caitlin Blennerhassett

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    Recommended Reading: Why I can’t celebrate the arrests in the Rehtaeh Parsons case

    August 13th, 2013     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Ardath Whynacht writes at Halifax Media Co-op’s blog about the recent arrests in the Rehteah Parsons case: Let me begin by saying that I am a youth worker and have been for more than a decade. Let me also begin by saying that I spent 5 years volunteering for the Victim Services Unit of the Halifax Regional Police to provide support for women affected by intimate partner violence. I now work with women in prison and … READ MORE

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    Shaming Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood

    April 19th, 2013     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    In his New York Times op-ed, Richard Reeves argues that shame is an integral part of a healthy, liberal society. The op-ed was written in response to the New York City Human Resources Administration’s recent ad campaign targeting teen pregnancy. The campaign ads are featured on bus shelters in “neighbourhoods with high rates of teenage pregnancy,” meaning, in effect, neighbourhoods experiencing poverty and historical disenfranchisement. The ads feature toddlers saying things such as: “Honestly, Mom… chances are he … READ MORE