Tag: Race And Racism

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    Mid-Week Round Up: September 4

    September 4th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Book Review: Lila Abu-Lughod’s Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

    June 2nd, 2014     by Vijaya Chikermane     Comments

    Do Muslim Women Need Saving is peppered with stories like those of Zaynab that reveal the complexities of women’s lives across the “Muslim world.” Through these stories Abu-Lughod is able to peel away at the assumptions and stereotypes that many of us in the West are offered up about Muslim women. READ MORE

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    From zines to online community: Masala Militia’s one-year anniversary

    May 23rd, 2014     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Masala Militia is a year-old Toronto-based, feminist-oriented online magazine, zine, and movement focusing on a variety of topics affecting self-identified brown girls and women of the brown diaspora. READ MORE

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    Toronto Event at York University: Queering Urban Justice

    January 13th, 2014     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    For the past few months I have been lucky enough to work with a bunch of folks to bring together this amazing panel. If you have any time off and live/work near York University, please join us for an afternoon of Queering Urban Justice with Che Gossett, Rio Rodriguez and Syrus Marcus Ware on Tuesday 21 January, 2.30-4pm, York University , Faculty of Environmental Studies, Building HNES (Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies) Room 140. To … READ MORE

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    Guest post: Right here, right now: Nationalism in Poland

    January 9th, 2014     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Dorota Jędrzejewska Their voices are being heard more clearly. They are not afraid to come out and fight on the streets: with the state, with the police, with anyone. They shout “OUT OF MY COUNTRY,” “NO QUEERS” and “YES FOR NATIONALISM.” Who are they? Why does nationalist ideology attract young people in Poland these days? Nationalism, according to Wikipedia , is a “belief, creed or political ideology that involves an individual identifying with, or becoming … 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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    Toronto event: Tease Project

    October 31st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    ASAAP and SAVAC would like to tease you starting at 5:30pm on Nov 6 at Beit Zatoun. The Tease Project is an initiative by and for South Asian youth focusing on arts and health. We aim to share a space with youth to challenge social perceptions around gender, culture, sexuality and identity. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this art exhibition and booklet launch will be showcasing all the artwork the youth have created in the … READ MORE

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    Retired Supreme Court justice wrong to endorse Quebec values charter

    September 30th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This past weekend Amna Qureshi, a recent law school graduate, had her open letter to Supreme Court Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dube published in the Toronto Star. In the letter, Qureshi teases out many of the problems, contradictions, and discriminations within the Parti Quebecois’ proposed Charter of Values. Thanks to our friends over at Outubrst! for putting us in touch with Qureshi. The following is an open letter from recent law school graduate Amna Qureshi to retired Supreme … READ MORE

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    The Fosters and the Successes of Representation

    September 14th, 2013     by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite     Comments

    One of the things I did to numb the pain of my beloved Bunheads’ cancellation this summer was to search through the ABC Family lineup for a suitable replacement. I was looking for something funny with a dash of sass and maybe a little dancing. Instead, I found The Fosters, a heartfelt family drama about a blended family living in San Diego, California. I was pretty skeptical of The Fosters at first, because the … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance

    August 27th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    There has been a lot of writing on Miley Cyrus’s performance at the Video Music Awards this past weekend, from all angles. This one is important. From Ninjacate writing at Groupthink at Jezebel: As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women. With those five words, she was … 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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    Guest Post: Our Stories, Our Agency over Our Media & The Allied Media Conference for a Just World

    August 13th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By MaryCarl Guiao Do we know our history so we know where our work lies? There’s no time like when you’re that close to the opening event featuring an interactive, investigative hip-hop experience with Complex Movements that we are all eagerly anticipating, for the US border guards to suddenly bring our travel to an hour and a half halt. Prince’s Purple Rain album is on its second rotation because we forgot to bring the over-five-hour-ride mix … READ MORE

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    Not your ‘Fashion Dots’: The Continuous Appropriation of Bindis

    July 1st, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    In the latest slew of North American women pop stars to don the bindi, white-passing Selena Gomez clocked in at number 10 for her MTV Movie Awards performance of “Come and Get It.” While it can only be assumed that Selena probably didn’t think this move through, the question remains as to why popular pop stars such as Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Nicole Scherzinger, Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have … READ MORE

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    Toronto Pride art programming: Bambitchell

    June 17th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Toronto Pride is almost upon us! There are a huge number of events, programs, installations and shows throughout the city during late June and early July. One of these is That’s So Gay, an annual art exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, curated this year by Elisha Lim. Stay tuned to Shameless for more coverage of this exhibition coming soon. One of this year’s participants of That’s So Gay is Bambitchell, the name used by Sharlene Bamboat … READ MORE

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    Queers Who Pray: An Elisha Lim endeavour

    May 21st, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    I have had the pleasure of many run-ins with Elisha Lim at various community events, and have been totally blown away by their work. Thus, I feel compelled to promote their recent endeavour, a film called Queers Who Pray. Elisha is a brilliant and multi-talented artist who has illustrated comics, books and anthologies, as well as exhibited portraits in international galleries and screened short films all over the world. They have also self-published beautiful and endearing … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Woman in Niqab Asking for it?

    May 3rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Farrah Khan A consistently held myth is that women who are sexually assaulted “ask for it” by the way we dress or act. However, government reports and community organizations have demonstrated that this doesn’t matter. A woman of any age, physical type, or dress can be assaulted. Violence is violence, and believing in the myth that women “ask for it” is harmful. Not only does it absolve the perpetrators of violence, it also serves as … 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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    Global outrage, Local “meh?”

    February 8th, 2013     by Jenna MacKay     Comments

    While I home for the holidays I watched the 6 O’clock news with my mom. The local station highlighted the Indian protests against violence against women in response to the woman who was gang raped and beaten. A young protester was interviewed and stated the rates of sexual assault in India. I cannot remember the statistic, but it would have been alarming to the average viewer and was framed in sensationalized terms. … READ MORE

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    The 5 W’s and the H’s of the Anti-Oppression Framework

    February 4th, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    The Anti-Oppression framework is a tool to see how people experience oppression in the world and a way for us to stop it. This blog will outline some of the basics of what the anti-oppression framework is, how it is used by/against people and how we can use it as a tool for supporting people in our own communities. What is Anti-Oppression? Anti-oppression is a way of thinking about the world as well as a tool to … READ MORE

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    MyMSG: We all need positive messages

    January 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Afi Browne For the past 10 months I have been working with Springtide Resources, an agency committed to ending violence against women and everyone who faces oppression, such as queer and trans people, people with disabilities, Deaf people, immigrants and refugees. Along with four other youth and our project coordinator we have been creating curriculum around our own experiences of oppression and using that curriculum to encourage youth to create positive messages to counteract the … READ MORE

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