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    How to Organize a Feminist Zine Fair (Part 1)

    August 21st, 2014     by Amy Egerdeen     Comments

    In this three-part series, Amy Egerdeen shares some incredible tips on organizing your own feminist zine fair, based on her work with SACHA, Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre. Today’s themes? Planning, preparation, and accessibility! READ MORE

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    Well Worn: Michelle’s John Fluevog designer shoes

    July 31st, 2014     by Michelle Kay     Comments

    I hadn’t thought of these shoes in years. At the time, they seemed so precious, so adorable, the perfect way to hide what I believed were my ginormous feet. They were John Fluevogs in Mary Jane style. They were stiff black leather with red flowers embroidered on the top, such delicate, feminine little things—a modern twist on silk brocade. They reminded me of those cloth shoes you find in Chinatown but they came with a $200 price tag. READ MORE

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    Well Worn: Andrea’s loved denim jacket

    July 24th, 2014     by Andrea Manica     Comments

    My favourite article of clothing is my denim jacket. My grandmother bought it for me from a thrift store in Kitchener, Ontario about five years ago. I don’t have much attachment to any other item of clothing because they come and go, most of my wardrobe is made up of clothes I got for free, but I have yet to find a jacket that fits as well as this one does, and matches as well with every outfit as this one does. This jacket has travelled with me to Boston, Pittsburgh, Serbia, and California. READ MORE

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    Well Worn: Shannon’s travelling pashmina

    July 17th, 2014     by Shannon Clarke     Comments

    On our last day in Europe, my friends and I walked into a store across from the Trevi Fountain in Rome and tried to spend the rest of our travel money. For nine days we’d been careful, haggling in Athens and forgoing the second and third cups of hot chocolate in Sicily. So when I saw the pashminas in the store, I ended up buying three – two for me, one for my mom. For some reason the patterned yellow, red and maroon pashmina became my favourite. I didn’t realize how much I loved it until recently. Flipping through photographs of the last few years, that pashmina was everywhere; I’d managed to add it to nearly everything that seemed appropriate. READ MORE

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    Well Worn: Marta’s Favourite Band Shirt

    July 10th, 2014     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    My t-shirt, and the means by which it came to me, reminds me of a great era when I would be forced to wait by my mailbox to get what I wanted. I would wait weeks, sometimes months for a package to arrive. When I was in high school, the internet was fairly new and definitely not the all-consuming thing it is now. To find out about shows, I relied on paper listings. To hear live versions of songs, I got on cassette exchange lists and received tapes made by kids at concerts and I made my own tapes in return. READ MORE

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    Dear Teenage Kate

    May 29th, 2014     by Kate-Christine Miller     Comments

    Most of those things people around you are trying to make you feel ashamed of are actually you fighting for the things you need. READ MORE

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    Maker Monday! Mini Zines!

    May 26th, 2014     by Kate-Christine Miller     Comments

    Feeling like you’ve got something to say? A story to tell? Publish a pocket-sized book for yourself or friends! Last week Coco Riot taught us what we needed to know about mini zines! Photocopy and send in tiny envelopes! Hide it in the school library! READ MORE

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    Dear 17-year-old Clara Bee

    May 22nd, 2014     by Clara Bee Lavery     Comments

    It’s hard for me to write this, because I’m afraid I’ll upset you. Literally everyone in your life right now is afraid of upsetting you. READ MORE

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    Dear Teen Erin

    May 8th, 2014     by Erin McPhee     Comments

    I remember so well the cringe-worthy, mixed-up feelings of being a teenager. Like how you could be so confident and outspoken one moment, and the next feel completely alone and terrified that your friends and peers don’t like you. READ MORE

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    Dear Teenage Aimee

    May 1st, 2014     by Aimee Ouellette     Comments

    The bad news is that the world is much meaner than you imagine it to be, but the good news is that it’s also much bigger. READ MORE

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    Dear Teenage Meg

    April 24th, 2014     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    The cave you found yourself in? That wasn’t your fault and it wasn’t yours to fix. It was yours to experience. And in its own way, it has been one of your life’s greatest gifts and wisest teachers. READ MORE

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    Dear teen Zehra

    April 17th, 2014     by Zehra     Comments

    Dear teen Zehra: I can’t imagine being in your shoes again, and I definitely don’t ever want to have to make the choices you will have to, again. READ MORE

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    Dear Teenage Maranda

    April 10th, 2014     by Maranda Elizabeth     Comments

    Dear Teenage Maranda: I’d like to sit down and listen to you; I think that’s what I’ve been doing the last few years. READ MORE

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    Maker Monday! DIY Lipstick

    April 7th, 2014     by Kate-Christine Miller     Comments

    Every Monday we’ll be sharing an idea for something you can make! This week it’s Lipstick! READ MORE

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    Dear Teen Me

    April 3rd, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    Dear Teen Me: I know you might not recognize the name, but this is a letter from future you — me. There are some things I want you to know; things I really wish I knew at your age. READ MORE

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    Series Finale: Part 15: A New Definition of Freedom

    March 31st, 2014     by Jenny Blaser     Comments

    “You’re freeee!” In springs Shelly, clearly as excited as I am for what the day will bring. “I know! Shoshana and Leah are picking me up at 11:30am! T-minus 2 hours!” My enthusiasm is evident. Finally! It is time to go home. READ MORE

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    Letter to my teenage self

    March 27th, 2014     by T. Sunday     Comments

    First things first, let’s talk about your style choices. This little phase will be thankfully short-lived, but I still need to make clear that fluorescent orange is a colour you wear when you’re hiking in the woods so that a hunter doesn’t mistake you for wild game. It is not fashionable! READ MORE

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    A Letter to Myself

    March 20th, 2014     by Christine Smith McFarlane     Comments

    Dear Christine, or is it Chris or Chrissy? I don’t know what you go by these days. I know if I were to say “Christina,” you would get mad and turn all silent before sternly saying, “I hate being called that, don’t ever call me that!” READ MORE

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    To my teen self: on walls and anger

    March 13th, 2014     by Josée Madéia     Comments

    All you see now are the walls. The tired din of forced high school attendance, of cliques and peer judgement. The limitations and the lack of choice. READ MORE

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    Dear Teenage Michelle

    March 1st, 2014     by Michelle Kay     Comments

    Michelle Kay is a writer/librarian and translator. She is also Shameless’s Features Editor. Originally from the Prairies, she’s lived all over and is well-versed in the art of letter-writing. Her favourite mode of communication is still with pen and paper. Follow her @yo_mk READ MORE