Tag: Media Savvy

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: DECEMBER 18

    December 18th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Suffragette’s Missed Opportunity

    November 23rd, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    I left work and biked hard to the theatre, late, muddled, sweaty, missing the intro talk. Two hours later I left the theatre in much the same condition, feeling out of sorts and generally ill at ease, in the best way. A lot of criticism has been levelled at Suffragette including racism and erasure of the identity of people of colour in Britain’s suffrage movement. It can be difficult as a viewer to tease apart a film’s political failings in order to evaluate its content, and frankly I’m not sure we should, but when a film leaves you with rocks in your guts it is worth moving deeper. READ MORE

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    Reflections on the Mainstream Organic Movement in Canada

    October 27th, 2015     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    A critical reflection on the often murky ethics of the organic ‘foodie’ movement in Canada and cultural appropriation. READ MORE

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    Two living female rock fans on The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

    October 22nd, 2015     by Nyala Ali and Laura Friesen     Comments

    With roots as a ‘zinester in the Riot Grrrl scene of the early 1990s, Jessica Hopper is a longtime music critic and writer who often tackles her subject matter from a feminist viewpoint that has been sorely lacking in music criticism. The highlights of her career are collected in the tersely yet effectively named The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, published this May by Featherproof Books. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 15

    October 15th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 1

    October 1st, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: SEPTEMBER 24

    September 24th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancient

    September 24th, 2015     by Anna Green     Comments

    I discovered Kate Tempest when my aunt, an English teacher, invited me to one of her performances in Brighton. I must admit, I went with slight trepidation, for, even as a poetry fan, I feared a night of boredom was in store for me. However, when Kate Tempest walked on stage, casually dressed, casually speaking, she performed a miracle. READ MORE

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: SEPTEMBER 3

    September 3rd, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Denise’s Test, Part 2: More Positive Media Depictions of People of Size

    August 24th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    As I continue to search for positive depictions of people of size on stage and screen, I’ve come up with several more examples. As a reminder, to pass Denise’s Test the character of size must be treated like any other person on the show. They might be villains or heroes and they might be loved or loathed by the audience, but they’re not there in the context of a stereotype or joke. They’re not a) a stock “villainous glutton” or a related trope; b) they’re not the token “funny fat guy” who exists only for comic relief, and c) their existence is neither defined nor dominated by obsession or contentious relationships with food. Part 2 continues to focus on people of size that appear as main or supporting characters. READ MORE

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: AUGUST 20

    August 20th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: AUGUST 12

    August 12th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: AUGUST 6

    August 6th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: July 15

    July 15th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Denise’s Test: In search of fair media depictions of people of size

    July 13th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    It’s not particularly common to find fat people depicted in a positive light in films and television shows. They’re far more likely to be cast as unpleasant characters, and in the instances where they’re actually given a lot of screen time, it’s often for comic relief. And of course, they’re frequently depicted eating a lot. Everyone knows about the Bechdel Test for depictions of women in media. I couldn’t find anything similar about fair depictions of people of size, so I developed my own test. READ MORE

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    Magic Mike Likes It Big

    July 9th, 2015     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Just watched Magic Mike XXL with my bestie, and have to say that I was very disappointed. The plot was very weak, loose and didn’t follow that well. I couldn’t for the life of me explain or justify what happens in the film during the parts where there aren’t sexy men dancing for a crowd, but I did think to myself as I left the theatre that big women were quite the focus of the film and perhaps even inspired the title. Throughout the film, I noticed big women making appearances—in line to get into the clubs with their friends, or sitting on the couches watching the acts, or dancing with their friends. READ MORE

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    Q & A with Sabrina Ramnanan

    June 30th, 2015     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Toronto writer Sabrina Ramnanan’s debut novel, Nothing Like Love (Random House), follows a cast of Trinidadian villagers through one summer month filled with hijinks and humour. The novel’s protagonist, an eighteen-year-old girl named Vimla, unwittingly finds herself at the centre of attention after being caught frolicking in the mangrove trees with Krishna, the village pundit’s son. Scandal ensues, and, in the process of dealing with the shame-mongers and a broken heart, Vimla ends up discovering what it is she actually wants. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 11

    June 11th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Scandal and Emotional Abuse

    June 9th, 2015     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    If there is one thing that is for sure on ABC’s hit TV show, Scandal, it is that Olivia Pope is one of the bravest people ever. She is brave not only because of the daily struggles that she negotiates everyday as one of the most powerful fictional women in US politics, but also because of the strength that she displays in dealing with her father, Rowan Pope, a source of toxicity in her life. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 4

    June 4th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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