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    From Student to Stumped: How Graduating Made Me Question My Identity

    November 14th, 2019     by Alexandra Few     Comments

    Let’s throw it all the way back to kindergarten where my biggest accomplishment was correctly tracing the letter ‘e’ (I really celebrated that one). Fast forward to the start of primary school where from grades one to eight, I won the optimism award, the tenth-place ribbon in the hundred-meter dash (I’m not very athletic), and was involved in every school club. After graduating from public school, the next step was high school where I completed … READ MORE

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    When Will We Get the Queer Representation We Deserve?

    September 30th, 2019     by Hailey Orrange     Comments

    It’s always wonderful to see myself, a queer woman, represented in mainstream movies and TV shows, but at what cost? At the overly graphic sex scenes, the lack of racial and gender diversity, and the absence of body inclusivity in the characters and cast? We want representation, yes, but we deserve the kind of representation that is authentic and real: queer people come in all races, body sizes, genders, and abilities. Showcasing only thin, white, feminine-presenting women and calling it “representation” is almost as harmful as not having any representation at all. READ MORE

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    Wah Wah Wah: An Interview with Bilal Baig & Celia Jade Green

    July 31st, 2019     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Warnings: Discussions of sexual harassment I remember the first time I got street harassed. I was 11 years old. A car was parked at a red light and I was crossing the street two minutes away from my parent’s house off of Bathurst Street. The inhabitants screamed at me and made a crude gesture out the window. At that time in my life, I was being fed the idea that attention from boys or men, of … READ MORE

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    The harmful effects of slut-shaming in school

    July 27th, 2019     by Sylvana Poon     Comments

    Content Note: This blog post discusses slut-shaming and mentions sexual violence, rape culture, self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide. READ MORE

    “The first time I was slut-shamed, I was only 13 years old. I did not even realize what it was, I just felt immense shame and humiliation. I was wrongly accused, threatened, punished by school authorities, and ridiculed by my peers — all for sitting on a boy’s lap in a classroom (with other people present).” READ MORE

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    Marlene Dietrich: Insolent Enigma

    July 19th, 2019     by Rachel E. Beattie     Comments

    Before trailblazers like Janelle Monae played with ideas of fluid sexuality and gender, there was a woman who pushed all those boundaries with a demur little smile and a throaty growl of a singing voice. That woman was actress and singer Marlene Dietrich. READ MORE

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    East Asian Beauty Standards

    July 12th, 2019     by Renny Jiang     Comments

    “Have you considered fixing your eyes? If you come visit me in China next summer, we can go and get you some double eyelids!” my aunt gleefully said in her signature Chinglish accent. “Hahaha…haha,” I replied awkwardly. I looked around to see if anyone heard our conversation. How could my mom and dad just continue to smile and wave when someone tells their daughter that she needs plastic surgery? Why wasn’t anyone coming to my defense … READ MORE

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    The Price of Fast Money: The Dark Side of Bars and Restaurants

    June 17th, 2019     by Erin Baldwin     Comments

    There’s fast money to be made in bars and restaurants, but it can come at a price. When I was eighteen and getting paid about $13 an hour as a swim instructor, I heard through friends how lucrative serving and bartending could be. I was determined to get into the industry, and it didn’t take long before I found an entry-level host job at a well-known, upscale restaurant in midtown Toronto READ MORE

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    Competitive Debate: Still a Man’s World?

    May 26th, 2019     by Gabriella Officer     Comments

    November 2018. I was fidgeting with my folder, my head crammed full of facts about pharmaceutical price controls. My opponents walked into the room. Two teenage boys, both in suits. We exchanged awkward pre-round introductions, and took our seats before the judge came in the room. I overheard an unfortunately audible exchange between them, “Can you see her bra through her shirt?” “Kind of. Does she think she’ll win because she’s flashing the judge?” READ MORE

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    My Ancestors’ Dirty Thoughts: The Art of Sarah Creagen

    May 14th, 2019     by Elisha Lim     Comments

    I love Sarah because her effortless witty comebacks make me laugh until my face hurts, because she used to play violin in a crotch-pop band, screaming like a rock star about gender confusion, because she is an unstoppable visionary and a recent graduate from New York’s prestigious Hunter College Masters of Fine Arts program, and because no amount of parents’ skepticism or staggering student fees will stop her from following her dreams and creating the kind of artwork she wants to see in the world. READ MORE

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    Chipping Away: Intersessions works to fix the gender imbalance in dance music

    April 18th, 2019     by Erin Baldwin     Comments

    Sometimes you can change the game by chipping away at the old rules. That seems to be the ammo of Chhavi Nanda, a rapper, DJ and promoter turned music scene activist better known as Chippy Nonstop. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Pushing Past Panic Attacks

    April 3rd, 2019     by Alexandra Few     Comments

    Content Warning: Dealing with Panic Attacks Anyone who has experienced a panic attack will tell you just how unpleasant they are. Panic attacks are different from moments of panic. Those instances where you’re frantically rushing to get somewhere so you won’t be late or that feeling you get when you lost something important, are not necessarily what you would feel during a panic attack, but some of the symptoms can be similar. Before I get into … READ MORE

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    Anxiety & Technology

    March 14th, 2019     by Alexandra Few     Comments

    Content Warning: Technological ways to deal with Anxiety If you’re dealing with an anxiety disorder, you know first hand what it’s like trying to live your best life, while simultaneously having that heart racing, nauseating, “get me out of my own head” feeling that loves to attach to you like a permanent backpack. I know those feelings all too well, and for me, my anxiety will always be there. However, over the years I have figured … READ MORE

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    On Truth, Vulnerability, and The After: An Interview with Andrea Donaldson, Director of GRACE

    January 10th, 2019     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Grace by Jane Doe from Nightwood Theatre on Vimeo. CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING: mention of childhood sexual assault (CSA), legal proceedings of sexual assault cases When I first started working on this interview, drafting questions, I was on the subway. I looked up at the news screen and the first thing I saw was “Over 140 women killed by men in Canada in 2018”. I put my phone away and without really thinking about it, pulled out … READ MORE

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    Shameless Ends Temporary Shipping Suspension

    November 30th, 2018     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Dear Shameless Readers and Subscribers, Thank you so much for your patience during our shipping suspension! On November 26 2018, the Government of Canada legislated striking Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to work. This is not the resolution we hoped for, as it leaves important issues of worker safety and fairness still unaddressed after five weeks of strike action (and a year of negotia-tions). However, we’ve decided that our shipping suspension no longer serves the purpose … READ MORE

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    My Feelings on Catcalling

    November 30th, 2018     by R. Mahal     Comments

    Catcalling. Women all around the world have dealt with catcalling for as long as we can remember. Before we even knew what objectifying was, it was happening to us. Doing the simplest of things, like walking in the mall, or going to the movie theatre with some friends, we would hear whistling or degrading comments. It is a reality for a number of people, of all colours, religions, shapes, sizes, sexual orientations, etc., and not … READ MORE

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    Shameless Suspends Shipping In Solidarity With Striking Postal Workers

    October 29th, 2018     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Dear Shameless Readers and Subscribers, Hi there! I’m Angela, Shameless’ Circulation Manager. Usually I am happily behind the scenes here tapping away at my (multiple) spreadsheets, keeping track of subscriptions, filling orders, and hand-addressing many, many envelopes. Today, though, I want to let you know why some of you who’ve placed recent orders haven’t received them yet. Earlier this week, Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post failed to reach a deal. As a … READ MORE

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    Learn The Art of Audio Storytelling

    October 12th, 2018     by Mariel Marshall     Comments

    As access to recording and editing technologies proliferate, the medium is becoming democratized. But opportunities to access quality training are few and far between. FIXT POINT Arts & Media is piloting a new training program that will give young women and non-binary youth the knowledge and practical skills they need to produce high-quality, compelling audio stories, and teach them how to use the medium of audio storytelling to engage their communities in meaningful ways. The two-week … READ MORE

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    Eating Disorders are not just a White Feminist Issue

    July 26th, 2018     by Anita Khakh     Comments

    I developed an eating disorder at 18 years old. This was a time in my life when I was grappling with my identity, having just graduated high school, parted ways with many close friends, and unsure of what my future held. I attempted to assert control over my life by conforming to idealistic, and often unattainable, societal beauty norms marked by thinness. These efforts became the catalyst for my eating disorder and were heightened by predispositions … READ MORE

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    Review: Game Changers - Inspiring Women Documentary Series

    July 16th, 2018     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Today’s political climate is hardly encouraging. With daily news headlines detailing further and further encroachments on fundamental human rights, with the kindling of rhetoric and aggression against disenfranchised groups, it’s easy to feel defeated, angry, or hopeless. It might sound trite, or just overly optimistic, but exposing myself to a documentary series on powerful, revolutionary women had an incredibly lifting effect. I recommend it as a form of self-care, a 70-minute to two-hour respite, and a boost for your own political capacity. READ MORE

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    Review: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

    July 11th, 2018     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Early in the novel Motherhood (published this May by Knopf Canada), Sheila Heti’s narrator provides a summary of the Biblical story of Jacob wresting the angel. In this story, a creature appears to Jacob, proceeds to wrestle with him overnight, and, come morning, spares Jacob and renames him “Israel.” Jacob calls the wrestling place “Peniel,” and refers to it as the spot where he came face to face with God, and made it out alive. Heti’s novel ends with the story of Jacob and the angel as well, except now it is a reference to the book the narrator has just finished writing. The narrator—a woman close to 40 years of age, living in Toronto, a fairly successful writer—comes to see her book as the wrestling ring where she faced God and made it out alive. She names this place Motherhood. READ MORE

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