Tag: Body Politics

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    East Asian Beauty Standards

    July 12th, 2019     by Renny Jiang     Comments

    “Have you considered fixing your eyes? If you come visit me in China next summer, we can go and get you some double eyelids!” my aunt gleefully said in her signature Chinglish accent. “Hahaha…haha,” I replied awkwardly. I looked around to see if anyone heard our conversation. How could my mom and dad just continue to smile and wave when someone tells their daughter that she needs plastic surgery? Why wasn’t anyone coming to my defense … READ MORE

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    The Price of Fast Money: The Dark Side of Bars and Restaurants

    June 17th, 2019     by Erin Baldwin     Comments

    There’s fast money to be made in bars and restaurants, but it can come at a price. When I was eighteen and getting paid about $13 an hour as a swim instructor, I heard through friends how lucrative serving and bartending could be. I was determined to get into the industry, and it didn’t take long before I found an entry-level host job at a well-known, upscale restaurant in midtown Toronto READ MORE

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    Competitive Debate: Still a Man’s World?

    May 26th, 2019     by Gabriella Officer     Comments

    November 2018. I was fidgeting with my folder, my head crammed full of facts about pharmaceutical price controls. My opponents walked into the room. Two teenage boys, both in suits. We exchanged awkward pre-round introductions, and took our seats before the judge came in the room. I overheard an unfortunately audible exchange between them, “Can you see her bra through her shirt?” “Kind of. Does she think she’ll win because she’s flashing the judge?” READ MORE

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    My Ancestors’ Dirty Thoughts: The Art of Sarah Creagen

    May 14th, 2019     by Elisha Lim     Comments

    I love Sarah because her effortless witty comebacks make me laugh until my face hurts, because she used to play violin in a crotch-pop band, screaming like a rock star about gender confusion, because she is an unstoppable visionary and a recent graduate from New York’s prestigious Hunter College Masters of Fine Arts program, and because no amount of parents’ skepticism or staggering student fees will stop her from following her dreams and creating the kind of artwork she wants to see in the world. READ MORE

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    Shameless Ends Temporary Shipping Suspension

    November 30th, 2018     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Dear Shameless Readers and Subscribers, Thank you so much for your patience during our shipping suspension! On November 26 2018, the Government of Canada legislated striking Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to work. This is not the resolution we hoped for, as it leaves important issues of worker safety and fairness still unaddressed after five weeks of strike action (and a year of negotia-tions). However, we’ve decided that our shipping suspension no longer serves the purpose … READ MORE

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    My Feelings on Catcalling

    November 30th, 2018     by R. Mahal     Comments

    Catcalling. Women all around the world have dealt with catcalling for as long as we can remember. Before we even knew what objectifying was, it was happening to us. Doing the simplest of things, like walking in the mall, or going to the movie theatre with some friends, we would hear whistling or degrading comments. It is a reality for a number of people, of all colours, religions, shapes, sizes, sexual orientations, etc., and not … READ MORE

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    Shameless Suspends Shipping In Solidarity With Striking Postal Workers

    October 29th, 2018     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Dear Shameless Readers and Subscribers, Hi there! I’m Angela, Shameless’ Circulation Manager. Usually I am happily behind the scenes here tapping away at my (multiple) spreadsheets, keeping track of subscriptions, filling orders, and hand-addressing many, many envelopes. Today, though, I want to let you know why some of you who’ve placed recent orders haven’t received them yet. Earlier this week, Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post failed to reach a deal. As a … READ MORE

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    Review: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

    July 11th, 2018     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Early in the novel Motherhood (published this May by Knopf Canada), Sheila Heti’s narrator provides a summary of the Biblical story of Jacob wresting the angel. In this story, a creature appears to Jacob, proceeds to wrestle with him overnight, and, come morning, spares Jacob and renames him “Israel.” Jacob calls the wrestling place “Peniel,” and refers to it as the spot where he came face to face with God, and made it out alive. Heti’s novel ends with the story of Jacob and the angel as well, except now it is a reference to the book the narrator has just finished writing. The narrator—a woman close to 40 years of age, living in Toronto, a fairly successful writer—comes to see her book as the wrestling ring where she faced God and made it out alive. She names this place Motherhood. READ MORE

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    Dealing With Racism Is All in a Day’s Work for Medical Professionals

    June 4th, 2018     by Amethyst Tagney     Comments

    Racism in the medical setting isn’t only experienced by patients, as explored in our previous posts. No matter how much education, training, and experience a person can acquire, sometimes people will only see skin colour, a name, or hear an accent. This prejudice exists in many institutions in Western society, especially in medicine. Like patients, BIPOC (Black Indigenous, People of Colour) medical professionals and students can also face discrimination every day from patients, peers, and … READ MORE

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    Take Two Pills a Day and a Dose of Racism

    May 28th, 2018     by Amethyst Tagney     Comments

    Even with all the progress that has been made in civil rights and equality, prejudice and discrimination can still be found in every corner of the world. As I interact with people and see how people interact with my family on a daily basis, I wonder when our perceived ethnicities come into play in how we’re treated. When is bad customer service actually discrimination? Or, when is a denial of access to something because of … READ MORE

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    Fat Positivity for the Unapologetic

    October 3rd, 2017     by NiaZamar     Comments

    Recently in the media Black women’s bodies in particular have been under high scrutiny. If you Google Beyoncé or Rihanna right now much of what shows up is focused on their bodies and the changes they are going through. It is clear that Fat is still deemed as a bad word. The internet memes implying that Quantasia Sharpton is too fat to have possibly slept with Usher reveal how much our society literally steals away desirability and humanity from fat women. All the memes implying Rihanna must be pregnant as a way of explaining her recent weight gain are a sad reminder that while the body positivity movement is in full effect we still need a more comprehensive conversation around Fat positivity, one that includes sexual health, desirability and awareness around consent. READ MORE

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    Here’s how you can help a friend struggling with depression

    May 31st, 2017     by Molly Kay     Comments

    Learning how to be a good support system when you don’t understand what they’re going through READ MORE

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    My Name, My Identity

    March 14th, 2017     by Denise Reich     Comments

    I recently learned about the My Name, My Identity initiative. This campaign, created by the Santa Clara County Office of Education in California, USA, invites teachers and school districts to commit to saying students’ names correctly and fostering diversity in the classroom. The project also includes a social media hashtag, #mynamemyid, and encourages youth to share the stories and significance of their names. READ MORE

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    Accessible Organizing Means…

    March 8th, 2017     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Did you participate in the Women’s March on January 21st? Many of us did – millions, in fact, in countries across the globe. But did all of us make it to the march, or feel included there? Before the march, in an article for TheEstablishment.com, Emily Ladau pointed out that disability was mentioned exactly twice in the Women’s March’s platform. One of those mentions referred to caring for and chronic illnesses as a “burden.” Yep. READ MORE

  • Lyn Mikel Brown: Powered by Girl Review

    December 6th, 2016     by Kaitlin Tremblay     Comments

    Growing up, I was raised by my mom, a single mom who was going back to school to become a nurse, while also raising three very rambunctious children. My mom is a loving, compassionate woman, but she also is a fighter. She taught me so much, like how to stand up for myself and others when people and systems were unfair. She taught me that it is okay to be angry, and how to use this anger to try and make things better. READ MORE

  • Body Dysmorphia

    August 24th, 2016     by Urooj Mirza     Comments

    Content warning: sexual assault, fat phobia- Body dysmorphia is an open letter to Victoria’s Secret READ MORE

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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

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

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