Tag: Body Politics

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    Four rights for the chronically ill

    February 9th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions most of the time. My goals constantly change. However, this year I’ve decided to make two very important resolutions for myself: First, I will not accept unsolicited advice about medical issues, and will directly tell people that it is not welcome. Second, I will not debate my condition with others. READ MORE

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    #BlackGirlsAreMagic In Canada, too

    February 2nd, 2016     by Fiona Clarke     Comments

    If you were to take a look at Black Twitter these days you would notice that there is a lot of debate about the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic. The hashtag #BlackGirlsAreMagic was created by a Black woman, CaShawn Thompson, in 2013, and has since gained significant momentum, what Thompson, in an interview with the L.A. Times, has called a “movement.” READ MORE

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    Unmasked

    February 1st, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    When you have a chronic illness, you end up learning how to function in a new reality. I’ve personally grappled with serious financial concerns; clashes with family and friends; and a distinct feeling of alienation, among other things. Part of this new reality: walking around with a germ mask. READ MORE

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    7 Logical Fallacies You Will Encounter as a Sex Worker

    January 4th, 2016     by Marlena Evans     Comments

    I’m a Canadian sex worker. I don’t know much about sex work in other countries, but the woman who runs the escort agency I work for does what I consider to be a very Canadian thing – she calls and texts me incessantly to ask politely if I’m available to see clients. The glory of the process of “booking on” is that I will, in fact, call her when I am available for work, but this is a fact of which I never remind her. I just switch my phone to silent and go on listening to whichever class I happen to be in (the raison d’être for my job is that I’m in school, another tidbit I don’t mention when she wants to know if I’m available at 11:15 on a Monday morning). READ MORE

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    The Hair and Now

    January 1st, 2016     by Isobel Van Hagen     Comments

    We asked writers to share their relationship with their body hair for our alternative beauty issue. This is the fourth instalment in our series. (Guest edited by Shailee Koranne) READ MORE

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    Reconsidering the Razor

    December 22nd, 2015     by Annabelle Vine     Comments

    We asked writers to share their relationship with their body hair for our upcoming alternative beauty issue. This is the third instalment in our series. READ MORE

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    We Can’t Afford to Be Sick: Chronic Illness and Poverty

    December 21st, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Over the summer, I was fortunate to attend the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles as a spectator. As I walked around the Festival Village at the Games, I stopped at one of the sponsors’ booths to sign up for a promotion. The young woman who was taking my information stopped typing on her tablet and cleared her throat. “Sorry about that,” she said. “I’m sick right now.” READ MORE

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    An Outsider’s Insight

    December 17th, 2015     by Tomi Ajele     Comments

    It took no time at all to notice that something wasn’t quite right. I would estimate that I was around 2 or 3 years old when I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t belong. READ MORE

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    Growing

    December 15th, 2015     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    We asked writers to share their relationship with their body hair for our upcoming alternative beauty issue. This is the 2nd instalment in our series. READ MORE

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    Getting over the body hair blues: one ladydude’s manifesto

    December 8th, 2015     by Laura Friesen     Comments

    We asked writers to share their relationship with their body hair for our upcoming alternative beauty issue. This is the first instalment in our series. 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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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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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    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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    Unhelpful “Helpers”: Why Unsolicited Advice and Chronic Illness Don’t Mix

    September 29th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    When you’re chronically ill, three words become the bane of your existence: “You should try…” READ MORE

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: SEPTEMBER 24

    September 24th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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

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    The Invisible Bi Woman

    September 11th, 2015     by Adriana Rolston     Comments

    You’ve probably heard that stereotype about bisexual people just being confused. Well I was confused for a long time. In high school it slowly began to dawn on me that I found certain women attractive, even though the heartthrob hall of fame on my bedroom wall told another story. It was filled with popular celebrities at the time like Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Toby Maguire. READ MORE

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