Tag: Body Politics

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    Review: One Kind Word: Women Share Their Abortion Stories

    August 28th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    deb singh reviews this edited feminist volume. Contributors discuss the stigma of accessing an abortion no matter what the year, the province or the circumstance. Women were scared to talk about their abortions for fear of judgment by family, friends, the medical system, and society at large. READ MORE

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    Review: Elisha Lim’s 100 Crushes

    July 18th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    deb singh talks about Elisha Lim’s 100 Crushes, a compilation of five years of comics that show how identity is a fluid, complex, beautiful process. “Lim,” singh writes, “takes real people from our communities and helps us tell our stories, giving us a context in which to start.” READ MORE

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    Queering Sex Ed

    July 3rd, 2014     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Jackie Mlotek provides some excellent references for queering sex ed, because when it comes to our ongoing sexual education, we can learn from each other! She writes: “Who knows what teens need to know better than other teens, especially when they’re taught accurate information from other sources?” READ MORE

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    Review: Spent by Antonia Crane

    June 23rd, 2014     by Allison McCarthy     Comments

    “Crane’s work in Spent remains powerful and equally unafraid at every turn her story takes,” writes Allison McCarthy. Read more of her review of Antonia Crane’s debut memoir. READ MORE

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    Review: Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness

    May 30th, 2014     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Jackie Mlotek reviews Janet Mock’s autobiography Redefining Realness, calling it unique, accessible, brave, and authentic, reminding readers that trans folks have so many stories yet to be told. READ MORE

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    Abundant Bodies: Media making and movement building

    May 30th, 2014     by Asam Ahmad     Comments

    The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit, Michigan. For the first time this year, there will be a track (a series of workshops/panels/sessions) that will explore body positivity in our movements and create media that resists dominant narratives about body size. READ MORE

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    Mummy Dearest: Post-Mother’s Day Edition

    May 23rd, 2014     by Nadia Siu Van     Comments

    My mom was full of many contradictions. In turn, most of her teachings were, too. You were never really sure which side she was on. Yet somewhere among all the contradictions, I understood where she was coming from. READ MORE

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    Food Guilt: Don’t Gotta Have It!

    May 20th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    Food guilt. Feeling guilty about the things I eat, and worrying about weight gain or my looks thereafter. What’s up with food guilt? Why do I carry it around like a handbag? How did it get here? Who put it here and how can I rid myself of it? How do I create a relationship with food that is positive, loving, realistic and healthy? READ MORE

  • Youth Voices

    When Your Teenage Role Model Rapes You

    April 24th, 2014     by Kaylie Sorrenti     Comments

    In this article Kaylie Sorrenti shares their story of being sexually assaulted by a woman she looked up to and trusted. Kaylie’s story speaks about several forms of abuse, how they impact individuals and communities, and the systems that silence sharing information and experiences among survivors. This article contains graphic information about rape, substance abuse, and victim blaming. READ MORE

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    A Short Guide to Supporting Each Other with Body Changes

    April 21st, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    Since becoming pregnant, I have returned to that part of life where people think it’s okay to make all sorts of comments on my body. Instead of focusing on the negativity of those body comments (which have ranged from weird to downright rude), I decided to put together a short list of ways to big each other up instead of bring each other down. READ MORE

  • Web Features

    Storying Disabled Women’s Sexual and Intimate lives

    April 14th, 2014     by Kirsty Liddiard     Comments

    Dr. Kirsty Lidiard stories the sexual and intimate lives, selves, and bodies of disabled women, asking how can all of us strive to become shameless in our sexual lives? READ MORE

  • Youth Voices

    Five Tips For Surviving High School as a Trans Youth

    April 2nd, 2014     by Kaylie Sorrenti     Comments

    Blogger Kaylie Sorrenti shares their strategies for getting through High School as a Trans Youth READ MORE

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    Valentine’s Everyday

    March 22nd, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    A friend of mine recently said I could start my own consulting business…a romantic consulting business. I guess she liked some of the ideas her best friend (my partner) told her I had pulled on her in the last year. While I am very into making money by being oh-so-clever, I am also all about the free exchange of ideas and since I don’t believe hetero cisgender dudes are the overwhelming population who read my monthly blog, I think I can share some of the ideas that my friend was so impressed with, with you, for free. I will, however, be charging once I go into business! READ MORE

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    Cross-post: Fit shaming: overcoming fitspo culture and the thigh gap

    December 5th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    [TW!] This post contains links to fitspo imagery. This piece originally appeared on Fat Girl Food Squad. by Siobhan Ozege It’s hard out here for a woman, regardless of your size. As a bigger girl, it seems like everywhere I turn I’m getting fat shamed by magazines, advertisements, television programs, and hate groups like Return of Kings (a men’s rights group who recently ran a Twitter campaign called #FatShamingWeek). On every platform, someone’s telling me that I need … READ MORE

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    Surprise Entry - Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 5: Nature is the Bomb

    November 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    So I’m pregnant. Yay! It’s exciting, scary, weird and most definitely overwhelming. I read a lot of books, I talked to a lot of people and even at 18 weeks (about 4 months and 2 weeks), I still really have no idea what I’m in for. Nature is seriously awesome! I am in touch with my body and have always paid attention to my menstrual cycles, changes in my vaginal secretions, moods and even eating habits. … READ MORE

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    Retired Supreme Court justice wrong to endorse Quebec values charter

    September 30th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This past weekend Amna Qureshi, a recent law school graduate, had her open letter to Supreme Court Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dube published in the Toronto Star. In the letter, Qureshi teases out many of the problems, contradictions, and discriminations within the Parti Quebecois’ proposed Charter of Values. Thanks to our friends over at Outubrst! for putting us in touch with Qureshi. The following is an open letter from recent law school graduate Amna Qureshi to retired Supreme … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 4: The Last Part (for now)

    September 3rd, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    There’s a lot they don’t tell you about having a baby and this blog is not gonna tell you what that stuff is since I don’t have a baby. What it is gonna give you is some questions I learned I need to ask myself and others recently. I’m the kinda Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant that has always benefited from the company of people who have gone through it before me, whatever “it” … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance

    August 27th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    There has been a lot of writing on Miley Cyrus’s performance at the Video Music Awards this past weekend, from all angles. This one is important. From Ninjacate writing at Groupthink at Jezebel: As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women. With those five words, she was … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 3: Let’s Get Emo(tional) about Trying to Get Pregnant

    August 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Warning: This blog may sound complain-y, crabby or sad. Viewer Discretion is Advised. (Except for those who totally get it) So far, I have tried to get pregnant six times. It’s a weird and hard process. I certainly didn’t know what I bargained for in terms of length of time, money and work that would be required to try and get this queer brown girl pregnant. There are a few things/thoughts/feelings that have made this process challenging … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 2: The Pre-Conception Rollercoaster!

    July 2nd, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    If you haven’t read part 1 of this series, you can read it here. Part 2 of 4 Now that I have done this a few times, I certainly feel more relaxed about the process in one way, and more anxious about it in another. The first month I inseminated, I freaked out because I had some cervical mucus happening and I thought I had missed my chance. People with menstrual cycles only surge with the lutenizing … READ MORE

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