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    The last word: Douchebag

    March 17th, 2008     by Melinda Mattos     Comments

    A few weeks ago, I was crossing the road when a silver SUV came speeding around the corner, the driver too busy chatting on his cellphone to check for pedestrians. As I jumped back onto the curb, a shout escaped my lips: “Watch it, douchebag!” In the moment, it was a profoundly satisfying thing to yell. But like many profoundly satisfying moments, it was followed by a sense of shame. Should a feminist word nerd like … READ MORE

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    Editor’s letter

    August 1st, 2007     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    It’s been five months since our new team first gathered at the new Shameless HQ (which is the living room of your devoted, if messy, new editor). The table was covered with bagels, hummus, notebooks, laptops, fruit salad, pens, books and well-read back issues. And while there were a few moments of doubt that we’d get through all this work, we were all very excited to be a part of this magazine. It’s been a crazy … READ MORE

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    Newsflash

    August 1st, 2007     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    Gay gangs of New York? What do you get if you’re a young, black lesbian standing up to male street harassment in New York’s famous gay West Village? If it were up to Shameless: a loud shout-out and a fat shiny medal. But for the New Jersey Four, a group of young women who decided to defend themselves when a man verbally harassed them and spat on them, the answer is a combined sentence of 27 … READ MORE

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    Media Savvy: Boys’ Club 2.0

    August 1st, 2007     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, wears Adidas sandals to work. A trivial detail, perhaps, but one that’s regularly mentioned about the 23-year-old CEO of Facebook, the social networking website that’s worth millions of dollars, has millions of members and, at last count, was the sixth-most trafficked site in the United States. Major newspapers and magazines have noted Zuckerberg’s footwear, often alongside other youthful qualities, such as his snack of choice (cereal), his apartment (rented, with a … READ MORE

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    Arts Profile: Partridge Poems: Spoken word artist Taqralik Partridge

    August 1st, 2007     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    “So, what, you guys just found me on MySpace or something? Wow, I’m famous. Hold on a sec, the macaroni is about to explode.” Spoken word artist Taqralik Partridge is cooking dinner for her twins and has forgotten about our phone interview. If you were raising 11-year-old twins, working full time and creating the art that got you listed as one of the Montreal Mirror’s Noisemakers of 2007, you might forget the odd interview, too. … READ MORE

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    Playlist: Shauna de Cartier

    August 1st, 2007     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    As president of Toronto-based independent music label Six Shooter Records, Shauna de Cartier is one of very few women players in the male world of music management. “I’ve never been intimidated,” she says. “I’ve always thought that I could do anything.” With a roster of artists including Juno-nominated bands Shout Out Out Out Out and Elliot Brood, de Cartier works with some of Canada’s fastest-rising indie stars. These are some of her favourite tunes. Aimee Mann, … READ MORE

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    The Last Word: McJob

    August 1st, 2007     by Melinda Mattos     Comments

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from bad horror movies and ill-fated trips to the circus, it’s this: don’t piss off the clown. This advice is particularly true when the clown in question is Ronald McDonald, with his multi-billion dollar burger empire of lawyers, marketing gurus and researchers. This time, the target of Ronald’s wrath is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and, in particular, the way it defines McJob as “an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, … READ MORE

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    Letter from the Editors (Issue 2)

    May 1st, 2007     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    People always ask us for advice on starting a magazine. Usually, they want tips on how to hook up with a distributor, find an affordable printer or recruit writers and artists. As far as we’re concerned, those are the easy parts. Since it’s our last issue as co-editors of Shameless, we’d like to share some of the other lessons we’ve learned along the way—lessons we’re pretty sure will stick with us for life. “Let’s do lunch” … READ MORE

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    Arts: Rockin’ Librarian

    May 1st, 2007     by Jennifer Goldberg     Comments

    “It’s kind of a funny idea, so much noise in such a quiet place,” says 13-year-old Sula Sidnell-Greene, as she scans the crowd of teens and twentysomethings packing the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library on a Saturday night in November. Sidnell-Greene is a volunteer for tonight’s event. She’s frantically checking coats as people rush to claim space on the carpeted floor. Rows of desks have been cleared away to make room for a stage … READ MORE

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    Geek Chic: Who was that masked mechanatrix?

    May 1st, 2007     by Erin Hoffman     Comments

    Ladies and gentlemen, I wish to present to you a powerful hidden force of our time. I speak of a silent sisterhood, an ineffable affinity, a culture shrouded in a mystery wrapped in an enigma, so secret that the members themselves may not be aware of who they are. I speak, of course, of the camouflaged chix0r, the masked mechanatrix — the geek in disguise. Oh yes, they are all around us, and always have been. … READ MORE

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    Letter from the Editors (Issue 10)

    October 1st, 2006     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    We always laugh when people ask us where Shameless HQ is located. Though we get a kick out of mentioning our headquarters in the magazine, the truth is, Shameless HQ doesn’t exist. As an independent magazine funded entirely by subscriptions, newsstand sales and limited advertising, we’ve simply never had the budget for an office. Over the past few years, we’ve worked in dozens of bedrooms, kitchens, post offices and coffee shops—and have been chased out of … READ MORE

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    Body Politics: Preventing HPV

    October 1st, 2006     by Dr. Anne Katz     Comments

    Pop quiz: what is HPV and what can it do to your body? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Only one in five Canadian teens between 14 and 17 years of age have heard of HPV, and of those who have, close to half (45 percent) don’t know about the potential health consequences. So listen up. Human papilloma virus is the cause of both genital warts and cervical, anal and penile cancer. This virus is … READ MORE

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    Arts: Stickin’ to her guns

    October 1st, 2006     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Let’s start with the tattoos. A full sleeve graces her left arm, beginning with outer-space imagery by her shoulder and ending with an underwater scene on her forearm, complete with a pink-haired mermaid playing the banjo. Under her collarbones, a winged heart reads “family.” Or maybe we should talk about the hair. Close-cropped and bleached blonde, it’s usually spiked into a dandelion crown radiating from her head. It doesn’t take long for the pieces to come … READ MORE

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    Selling Soap: Is Dove’s ?Campaign for Real Beauty? a cash-grab or the real deal?

    July 1st, 2006     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    You could say that advertising is soap’s dirty little secret. It started during the colonization of North America, when European settlers wiped Aboriginal populations off the land that is now Canada and the United States. According to Andrea Smith, who wrote Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, in order to justify the elimination of indigenous people, settlers had to construct Aboriginal bodies as “dirty” and “impure.” An ad for Proctor & Gamble’s Ivory soap … READ MORE

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    Letter from the Editors (Issue 9)

    July 1st, 2006     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    In our very first letter in the very first issue of Shameless, published in the summer of 2004, we wrote, “Welcome to Shameless, the magazine we hope will give teen media a serious kick in the ass.” So we think it’s fitting that the cover of our second anniversary issue features a boxer — a symbol of guts, glory and fearlessness. After all, publishing an independent, grassroots magazine on volunteer power alone requires many of … READ MORE

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    News Flash: Truly fair trade

    July 1st, 2006     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Caffeine addicts have embraced the fair-trade coffee market as a way to minimize consumer guilt while maximizing coffee intake. But while fair-trade certification boards ensure that the money you spend on your fair-trade latte gets to the farmers’ co-operatives that produced the beans, they can’t follow the money home to see how it’s distributed among families. In communities where men control the economy, this can mean that revenue from fair-trade coffee doesn’t reach women and … READ MORE

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    Woman on the Job: Journalist

    July 1st, 2006     by Julia De Laurentiis-Johnson     Comments

    Flashing a press pass to get backstage may seem like a dream job, but it’s not all free swag and celebrity interviews. Journalists face looming deadlines, newsroom pressure and hours hunched over the computer. Yet Ashante Infantry, a 37-year-old entertainment reporter for the Toronto Star, wouldn’t have it any other way. The job: I started at the Star as a general assignment entertainment reporter. Now I mostly specialize as a jazz and urban music writer, but … READ MORE

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    Advice: My boss is a creep!

    July 1st, 2006     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    I work for a married couple at a small restaurant. The wife is great but her husband is intolerable. He makes inappropriate comments and I’m extremely uncomfortable when I have to work alone with him. He offers me shoulder rubs and goes out of his way to talk about sex. I laugh at his jokes because I need to keep my job, but listening to him makes me sick. I don’t know how to tell … READ MORE

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    Sporting Goods: Stepping into the ring

    July 1st, 2006     by Claire Pfeiffer     Comments

    Picture this: you’ve spent the last hour skipping relentlessly, burning your way through sets of push-ups and lifts of the medicine ball, slugging 200-pound leather bags as if your life depended on it, and now you’re in the ring for a round of sparring. You feel a combination of electrified and bone-tired; you’re alert but it’s hard to hold up your hands. Your opponent is driven and is stalking you like prey. She backs you … READ MORE

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    Mix Tape: Nirmala Basnayake

    July 1st, 2006     by Derek Hogue     Comments

    Nirmala Basnayake is the vocalist for death-disco band Controller.Controller. She’s always happy when you dance to her music, but is much more concerned about dancing to yours. Here’s her commentary on the mix CD she made for our Summer 2006 issue. Says Basnayake: “Making a Top 10 list of any sort is a difficult task! I have so much trouble eliminating entries and even more trouble staying firm. I’m constantly changing my mind, shifting things around, so … READ MORE

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