Tag: Gender

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    Leslie Feinberg: Transgender Warrior for Life

    January 7th, 2015     by deb singh     Comments

    As a young femme birthed into queer community in the 2000s, I thought I didn’t need Leslie Feinberg. I came up with the birthing of gender-neutral washrooms, trans men in my community and regular drag king performances at local gay bars (that were gay all week long, not just on Saturday nights). Leslie Feinberg eluded me. I didn’t know hir experience. I didn’t live it either. As a brown femme I had my own Brown Femme … READ MORE

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    Should “women’s spaces” include non-binary people?

    December 23rd, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    Now that winter is starting to settle in, I’m trying to cope by thinking of warmer times. As I bask in memories of this past summer, I think mostly of my warm and sunny week in Halifax, performing in the Queer Acts Theatre Festival. During the festival’s conference portion, we discussed the state of queer theatre in Canada, the trend of the one-person show and about the experiences of queer women in theatre. The latter section … READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: November 5

    November 5th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Take Back the Night 2014

    October 16th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    This month’s entry is the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape’s speech for this past September’s Take Back the Night (takebackthenightoronto.com) event. This year’s theme was Decolonizing Feminism Globally: From Turtle Island to Palestine. Our intention this year was to make connections between how violence is used by the state, worldwide, in Canada and beyond. Sexual violence, in particular, has been used against Indigenous women across the world as a tool of war and … READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 15

    October 15th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up September 11

    September 11th, 2014     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: September 4

    September 4th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Review: Queer Bathroom Stories

    June 10th, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    It’s difficult enough to find a place to pee in Toronto without having to buy something first. If you’re queer or trans, when you do eventually find your way to a public washroom, you still have to navigate the heavily gendered politics of the “male” and “female” divide. In Queer Bathroom Stories, playwright Sheila Cavanagh brings such a necessary issue of queer and trans experiences from the washroom to the stage. 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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    Rookie Yearbook-In-Review 2

    April 16th, 2014     by Zephyr McKenna     Comments

    Zephyr McKenna shares zir thoughts on Rookie’s second year, second yearbook, and the Toronto launch party at Magic Pony! READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Dear Teenage Maranda

    April 10th, 2014     by Maranda Elizabeth     Comments

    Dear Teenage Maranda: I’d like to sit down and listen to you; I think that’s what I’ve been doing the last few years. READ MORE

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    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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    Guest Post: To my fellow and future “Vagina Warriors”

    December 16th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By Rosella Chibambo I have always been into theatre, and in my second year of university, auditioned for a play—something by Shakespeare. I didn’t get the part. A couple months later, desperate to get back on stage, I auditioned for another play and got the part; everyone who auditioned got a part. This play was a far cry from Shakespeare. It was Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, and it changed my life. After my first year as a “Vagina … READ MORE

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    Love and Relationship Series: The Most Interesting Woman I Know

    December 6th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Editor’s note: To get you excited for the upcoming winter issue of Shameless, we are posting a series of blog posts every Friday on the theme of love and relationships. What does love mean? Who are our relationships with? What kinds of love are there? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Look for the new issue on newsstands in January! If you like what you’re reading, don’t forget to subscribe - we’re having a … READ MORE

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    Changing the channel on gender in media

    November 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Vanessa Ciccone At an event put on by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in Calgary last month, Geena Davis stated, “The more hours of TV a girl watches, the less opportunities she thinks she has. For a boy, the more sexist his views become.” In 2004 Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to shift female portrayals and gendered stereotypes in children’s entertainment. The Institute conducts research and offers training to alter how women … READ MORE

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    Review - TIFF’s The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis

    November 14th, 2013     by Anne Thériault     Comments

    Have you ever heard of the Bechdel test? Named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the test examines gender bias in film by asking one basic question: does this film feature at least two [named] women talking to each other about something other than a man? It sounds simple enough, and you would think that most movies would pass this test with flying colours, but, in fact, the opposite is true. The truth is that … READ MORE

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    Illuminate: Celebration of Muslim Women Art

    August 26th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Hosted by Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project, Speak Sudan, and the Truth and Dare Project, on Thursday, September 19, 2013 head down to the YWCA Elm Centre (87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON) for a night of celebrating Muslim Women Art. Space is wheelchair accessible This is a FREE event. Showcasing poetry, spoken word, dance by Muslim women including: Faduma Gere Fowzia Duale Virtue Hawa Abdullah Kanwal Rahim Miriam Farooqi Raazia Rafeek & Sidrah Khatoon Rua El-kasheef Shehzeen Shehnaz Timaj Garadag AND MORE! Funded by: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s … READ MORE

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    Dance Your Ass Off: The Summer-Specific Appeal of Bunheads

    June 21st, 2013     by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite     Comments

    There are some TV shows that keep you on the edge of your seat from episode to episode (Scandal, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones come to mind), and there are some that require a little more patience for a big payoff in action, romance, or some other development that is integral to the show. One of these shows is Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino’s newest show, Bunheads, an ABC Family drama/comedy about a … READ MORE

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    I am not sure “Happy International Women’s Day” is the right phrase

    March 8th, 2013     by Jenna MacKay     Comments

    Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed International Women’s Day is a hot topic. This makes sense because most of my friends and individuals/groups I follow are feminist. A number of posts state “Happy International Women’s Day” or comment that today is a day for women and girls to feel special. And it is true. Today is a day for celebration. It is important to celebrate our survival and accomplishments and we deserve to feel special. However… READ MORE

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    The Contemporary Urgencies of Audre Lorde’s Legacy

    March 3rd, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This coming Thursday will launch a two-week long celebration of poet and activist Audre Lorde. There are free events happening across Toronto and at both York University and The University of Toronto. Check out the list of events below. Community Arts Practice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in association with Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Invite you to THE CONTEMPORARY URGENCIES OF AUDRE LORDE’S LEGACY, MARCH 7-21, 2013 1) Medicines for Survival: Indigenous Knowledge and … READ MORE

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