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    No Thanks: Why I Don’t Celebrate American Thanksgiving

    November 26th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    I stopped celebrating Thanksgiving, officially, when I was in college. Before that I’d been lukewarm on the holiday. Luckily for me, my family wasn’t overly enthusiastic about it either. While we occasionally traveled to see friends and a turkey did appear now and again, sometimes we just rented a movie, had pizza or Chinese food, and called it a night. READ MORE

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    Suffragette’s Missed Opportunity

    November 23rd, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    I left work and biked hard to the theatre, late, muddled, sweaty, missing the intro talk. Two hours later I left the theatre in much the same condition, feeling out of sorts and generally ill at ease, in the best way. A lot of criticism has been levelled at Suffragette including racism and erasure of the identity of people of colour in Britain’s suffrage movement. It can be difficult as a viewer to tease apart a film’s political failings in order to evaluate its content, and frankly I’m not sure we should, but when a film leaves you with rocks in your guts it is worth moving deeper. READ MORE

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    Weekly Round Up: November 20

    November 20th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    November 19th, 2015     by Sidney Drmay     Comments

    Gender can be a very complicated part of your identity. If you are transgender and you identify as a different gender than the one assigned at birth, you may find discomfort with how your gender presents based on your physical characteristics, this is often known as dysphoria. You can use different tools such as packers, breast forms or binders to explore your gender and alter your physical appearance to match your gender better. READ MORE

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    What We’re Getting Wrong About Dissociation

    November 18th, 2015     by Chanelle Gallant     Comments

    Dissociation isn’t bad or scary or broken and I’m not bad or scary or broken. Everyone has some kind of response to being startled: fight, flight, freeze, placate. You get one and you work with it. Like about 90% of the people in my life, I’m a survivor of childhood abuse and partner violence so my startle-sensors go off more easily than people who aren’t survivors. In the lottery of possible trauma responses, I got dissociation and I feel pretty fine about that. READ MORE

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    November 13th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    14 Days of Nihilistic Thinking

    November 11th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    September 2015 was rough for me. I saw a lot of doctors and went for a lot of tests. Every procedure yielded another diagnosis or piece of troubling information. At one point I joked that I felt as though I were going trick-or-treating to the doctors’ offices, and they were handing me trick after trick. I was grateful that they were taking things seriously and getting answers; I was disheartened that there were so many answers to find. READ MORE

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    Trans Visibility and the Census: Change Begins with Inclusion

    November 10th, 2015     by Danika McClure     Comments

    November is Transgender Awareness Month, which aims to help raise the visibility of the trans and gender non-conforming population. With recent increased visibility of celebrities like Laverne Cox and Caitlin Jenner, and numerous television shows featuring transgender characters, it’s all too easy to forget that until very recently, the transgender community was unfamiliar to most people in the cisgender population. This month, it’s time to change that. READ MORE

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    Nirbhaya: The Shattering of Silence on Gendered Violence

    November 5th, 2015     by Naz Afsahi     Comments

    CONTENT WARNING: This blog contains references to gendered violence. As someone who works in the arts, I have always questioned the role ‘art’ plays in our lives. Especially as a theatre artist, I question what is the role of theatre in society? I see performance as part of our everyday lives. We perform our relationships to each other, which are based and impacted by power dynamics that already exist. Theatre, in particular, is a space in … READ MORE

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    October 30th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Bill C-24 and the Ongoing Criminalization of Migrants in Canada

    October 30th, 2015     by Sula Sidnell-Greene     Comments

    On June 11, 2015 a set of changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act came in to effect under Bill C-24. Both the Liberals and NDP showed their opposition to the amendments last year but the Conservative party succeeded in pushing the bill through Parliament. The Conservative government labeled these amendments the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. However, these changes further undermine the limited rights of migrants in Canada. READ MORE

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    Gender and Deliberation

    October 29th, 2015     by Steph Hill     Comments

    Right now, Justin Trudeau and the rest of the newly elected Liberal Party are deciding who will be in the Cabinet. He has promised that one half of the members of that Cabinet will be women. Why does that matter? Symbolically, women are half the population and representing them in Parliament sends a message about who is important. Just as significant, the number of women in a group can change what decisions the group makes, and how it makes those decisions. READ MORE

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    Reflections on the Mainstream Organic Movement in Canada

    October 27th, 2015     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    A critical reflection on the often murky ethics of the organic ‘foodie’ movement in Canada and cultural appropriation. READ MORE

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    Accommodating without Antagonizing: Accessibility Is Important

    October 26th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    As a chronically ill person I’m painfully aware that I often need accommodation, and I do worry that I’m putting others out. I don’t want to. I try to avoid places where I know for a fact that the situation will be impossible for me. Nobody should be made to feel ashamed or guilty about being sick or disabled. Nor should anyone who needs accommodation feel bad about requesting it. Accommodation is a protected right, not a special favour. READ MORE

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    Two living female rock fans on The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

    October 22nd, 2015     by Nyala Ali and Laura Friesen     Comments

    With roots as a ‘zinester in the Riot Grrrl scene of the early 1990s, Jessica Hopper is a longtime music critic and writer who often tackles her subject matter from a feminist viewpoint that has been sorely lacking in music criticism. The highlights of her career are collected in the tersely yet effectively named The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, published this May by Featherproof Books. READ MORE

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    Recapping the 2015 Shamie Awards

    October 22nd, 2015     by Team Shameless     Comments

    On Friday, October 16, Shameless hosted our second annual Shamie Awards, sponsored by Unifor. We’re happy (or angry?) to present the 2015 Shamie Award winners/losers for those who couldn’t join us! READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 15

    October 15th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Displacement in Parkdale: Gentrification, Resistance and Change

    October 13th, 2015     by Sula Sidnell-Greene     Comments

    On Monday September 21st nearly a hundred community members gathered at Toronto’s Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) to discuss gentrification-driven displacement. Parkdale residents spoke about their experiences with illegal evictions, unjust rent increases and the encroachment of developers. The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) hosted the community forum in an effort to address the issue of gentrification and the need for affordable housing and services. READ MORE

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    How Transitioning Re-Educated Me About Male Privilege

    October 9th, 2015     by Maverick Smith     Comments

    The title really says it all! Maverick Smith provides a personal reflection on how transitioning changed their relationship to male privilege. READ MORE

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    Exercise Is for Everyone: Five ways to make sports and fitness more accessible to all

    October 5th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    This summer I had the opportunity to attend the IDEA World Fitness Convention – or rather, the Expo associated with it – in Los Angeles. One of my goals was to search for companies and fitness programs who embraced adaptive exercise for those with disabilities. READ MORE

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