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Book launch: Feminism FOR REAL

February 10th, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

Join us on Friday February 25th at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore to celebrate the official book launch of Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, edited by Jessica Yee.

This book features our fabulous columns and opinions editor, Shaunga Tagore, as well as three of our own Shameless bloggers: D. Cole Ossandon, Diandra Jurkic-Walls and Erin Konsmo!

Where: Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street, Toronto When: Friday February 25th, 7pm to 9pm Main area is wheelchair accessible. We regret that the washroom is not wheelchair accessible. Facebook event page:!/event.php?eid=191238847561961

With an opening address from Lee Maracle, drumming by Shandra Spears-Bombay and rattle dance by DJ Danforth, this event will feature spoken word performances and round table discussions from the book contributors, followed by a screening of “The Road Forward”, dedicated to the countless First Nations women who have “disappeared” on British Columbia’s “Highway of Tears”. More information about “The Road Forward” can be found here:

Proceeds from the evening will go to a scholarship fund created for the children of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

For more information please contact Erika Shaker at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives at

To pre-order your copy of the book, visit

More information about the book and editor:

When feminism itself becomes its own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it? Western notions of polite discourse are not the norm for all of us, and just because we’ve got some new and hot language lately in equity-seeking movements like feminism — such as “intersectionality” — to use in our talk, it doesn’t necessarily make things change in our walk (i.e. actually being anti-racist).

Confronting the sometimes uncomfortable questions feminism has made us ask about what’s going on FOR REAL paved the many paths that brought the contributors of this book together to share their sometimes uncomfortable truths, not just about feminism, but about who they are and where they are coming from.

Against a backdrop exposing a 500+ year legacy of colonization and oppression, Feminism FOR REAL explores what has led us to the existence of “feminism”, who gets to decide what it is, and why. With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down, it deals head-on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory asopposed to real life, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them, and the anger of changing a system while being in the system yourself.

Jessica Yee is a self-described “Two Spirit multi-racial Indigenous hip hop feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter.” She is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network — the only organization of its kind in North America that works within the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health by and for Indigenous youth across the continent.

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