• In the Blog

    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

  • In the Blog

    Weekly Round Up: November 20

    November 20th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week. READ MORE

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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

  • In the Blog

    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

  • #SBYB (Smile Because You’re Beautiful)

    November 17th, 2015     by Victoria Chiu     Comments

    I’m not that into makeup. Now, I’m not against makeup. That’s not it. I love seeing girls empower themselves by taking control of their own appearance, and I’m not gonna lie — I am beyond excited when I see selfies of my friends, all dolled up, totally owning their looks of the day! I choose not to wear makeup almost on the daily, and I rarely feel self-conscious about it. It makes me feel good, and that’s the point of makeup — the choice to wear or not wear it — and one of the primary concepts of equality. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    It’s a…Person! The Beginnings of the Gender Binary

    November 16th, 2015     by deb singh     Comments

    When Adli popped out of me the day he was born, the first thing I said was ‘You’re a person’. I was obviously exhausted and slightly delirious but I knew exactly what I said, but not exactly what I meant. It is pretty incredible, a miracle some might say, to have a human develop in your body, a place once occupied only by tissue and blood and have an actual person come out after 40 … READ MORE

  • In the Blog


    November 13th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week. READ MORE

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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

  • Behind the Scenes

    Sex Issue Out Now

    November 10th, 2015     by Sheila Sampath     Comments

    About a week before this issue went to print, Shameless won an award for Choice in Media from Planned Parenthood Toronto. I was proud to accept it on behalf of our little indie mag, not only because we’re hardcore fans of the vitally important work that Planned Parenthood does, but because for the past eleven years, we’ve seen honest, accurate, accessible information as central to agency and choice-making. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    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

  • In the Blog

    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

  • Shame on Public Transit

    November 2nd, 2015     by Jean Boampong     Comments

    The notorious TTC. It is a hotbed for shaming girls and women, especially those of us of colour. To be told through body language - staring, gawking, scanning etc. - that you should not be taking up space, and that your body is a nuisance, is depressing. READ MORE

  • In the Blog


    October 30th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week. READ MORE

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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

  • In the Blog

    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

  • How to win difficult arguments

    October 28th, 2015     by Whitney Wager     Comments

    Mark Twain told us to never argue with “stupid” people. But sometimes, you just can’t help it. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    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

  • Announcements

    Talking Back Awards Winners Announced!

    October 26th, 2015     by cbondy@shamelessmag.com     Comments

    Announcing and celebrating the winners of our inaugural youth writing competition 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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