Tag: Body Politics

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    A Tale of Two Doctors

    June 20th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Monday: I’m waiting to see one of my specialists. He has the results of my pulmonary function tests in my file, but never shares them with me. He actually has to be reminded to compare my new PFTs to the previous ones. If I ask him for numbers, he’s evasive. His techs tell me they’ve been instructed not to give patients their data. His office claims that they can’t give my medical records directly to me, which is a violation of both USA and state law. READ MORE

  • MOGA: the new ethical headscarf brand empowering women and supporting education in pakistan

    June 16th, 2016     by Dani Leever     Comments

    There are currently 5.1 million Pakistani children of primary school age who are out of school, according to the organisation CARE Pakistan. Of the poorest 20% of the population, two out of three young women do not go to school – it is one of the more severe situations for women’s education in the world. READ MORE

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    If…Not When

    June 9th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    I recently attended a public event intended to foster body positivism and self-esteem. Several brave and powerful speakers shared their experiences, insights and perspectives with the crowd. However, one presentation by a young woman made my spirits drop within three sentences. “I was worried,” she said, in a voice that promised gloom and doom, “that I was going to be single. Forever.” She paused dramatically. “With lots of cats.” READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: JUNE 6

    June 6th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Berry Picking Blackfoot: An Introduction

    May 10th, 2016     by Lauren Crazybull     Comments

    My name is Lauren Crazybull. I am a Blackfoot and Dene Artist and Activist residing in Lethbridge, Alberta. I pursue art independently and make a point to create things… constantly. And this column will be yet another. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: APRIL 8

    April 8th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Writing: A Potent Healing Modality

    March 29th, 2016     by Ruby Talon     Comments

    With a bit of time and perspective, I realized I’d never want any of my friends to feel helpless when it came to their health and their body like that. So I quit the program and decided I had to shift my focus away from all the confusion instead of trying to figure it all out and try to become a different person—that way just felt impossible. READ MORE

    Content warning: This blog contains personal information about eating disorder treatment. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: MARCH 24

    March 25th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Weekly Round Up: March 12

    March 12th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Dressing for Work

    March 1st, 2016     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    For some women-identified and femme folks, deciding what to wear to work is a deliberate and thoughtful decision. For others, deciding what to wear to work is a quick process often determined by whatever article of clothing is readily available. For many, deciding what to wear to work is a complicated process. An overlooked fact about professional dressing is that for many people, decisions about professional dressing involves untangling mainstream, Eurocentric ideas of what women … READ MORE

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    How Canadian Law Renders Rape Invisible

    February 22nd, 2016     by Fiona Raye Clarke     Comments

    TRIGGER WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS INFO ON RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: FEBRUARY 19

    February 19th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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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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