Tag: Rape Culture

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    Mid-Week Round Up: April 8

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    Mid-Week Round Up: February 18

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    Mid-Week Round Up: February 11

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    Mid-Week Round Up: January 28

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    Mid-Week Round Up: January 14

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    Mid-Week Round Up: December 4

    December 4th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: November 26

    November 26th, 2014     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: November 12

    November 12th, 2014     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 29

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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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    Guest Post: #Sexism: stop blurring those lines

    September 4th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By Jesse McLaren Originally published at Socialist Worker With 125 million views on Youtube, Robin Thicke’s song and video Blurred Lines has become one of the most popular songs of the summer. But it has also sparked outrage for degrading women and promoting rape culture, reinforced by the arguments that Thicke and his supporters use to defend the song. Not funny The song features a catchy melody and collaboration with well-known singers Pharrel and T.I, and Thicke claimed that … READ MORE

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    Guest blog: Don’t holler at these activists, because they will holla back.

    August 21st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Katie Toth Hollaback! had its first international speakers’ series on Friday, July 25, at New York University. Women from five Canadian cities and provinces–Ottawa, Halifax, Alberta, Winnipeg and Hamilton–were there to represent. The feminist group, which is dedicated to ending street harassment, began with the hope to take concrete action against a sexist culture. “We’d taken all the women’s studies classes and critical theory classes, and nobody was telling us that sexism was (happening) on the … READ MORE

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    On Calling Things By Name: Rape, Exploitation and Victim-Blaming Aren’t Bullying

    April 11th, 2013     by Beth Lyons     Comments

    Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence. – Another young Canadian woman is dead as a result of sexual abuse, exploitation, and subsequent victim-blaming, and, yet again, public discussion and media coverage is reducing this story from one of gender-based violence and oppression to one of bullying. Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died in Nova Scotia on Sunday night after having hanged herself 3 days priors. Her family is attributing her actions to the fact that in November 2011, when … 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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    Repost: National day of remembrance and action of violence against women in Canada

    December 6th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    This was originally posted one year ago at the Shameless blog. The writer has kindly agreed to have it posted again. Today is for you, you lucky people who have not experienced violence. Today is the day for you, who do not know what it is like to be harmed for being a woman, to remember the victims of l’Ecole polytechnique, 14 beautiful young women who were gunned down for being women, accused of being feminists. As … READ MORE

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    Rape Culture in Popular Culture

    November 27th, 2012     by Anne Thériault     Comments

    Let’s start out with a few basic facts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a dreamboat. Like, on a scale of one to super-ultimate-double-plus-dreamboat, he is pretty high up there. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reaching unprecedented break-my-marriage-vows levels of attractiveness. I would pay good money to watch a movie that was nothing but Joseph Gordon-Levitt sitting on a chair reading the phone book. Not convinced? I present you with Exhibit A: And Exhibit B: [YouTube video of Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing a cover of … READ MORE

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    The future of feminism?

    October 7th, 2012     by Sheila Sampath     Comments

    Earlier this week, I was a guest on TVO’s The Agenda. For those of you outside Ontario (or without a television), The Agenda is a nightly current-affairs program, engaging in debates and discussions about politics, culture and society. (Note: video will be online soon; in the meantime, audio can be found here) I was contacted by a producer of the show, Allison Buchan-Terrell, who invited me to be a guest panelist. As I understood it, the … READ MORE

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    Second Looks: A Sailor, A Nurse, and Sexual Assault

    October 6th, 2012     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    Photos are funny, aren’t they? A look through an album or Instagram and you see moments in time, frozen with the click of a shutter. It is, as Susan Sontag observed in her book of essays On Photography, proof that you were somewhere. A photo is a pictorial declaration that you took up space, at some point, in some location. And then, there are those images that are, for many, instantly recognizable. We might know nothing … READ MORE

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    Visual Essay: Take Back the Night 2012 - Un-Occupying Our Minds, Healing Ourselves

    October 2nd, 2012     by deb singh     Comments

    Take Back the Night! A community fair, rally and protest to raise awareness of the issues of violence against women and trans people and our fear of walking the streets at night. But TBTN is so much more than that; it is a meeting place for us survivors, it is a place of safety and support for survivors of all kinds of violence, it is a place of empowerment for us, even if only for … READ MORE

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    Events: Take Back the Night 2012 - Toronto

    September 13th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Take Back the Night’s theme this year is “Un-Occupying Our Minds, Healing Ourselves.” Take Back the Night is a FREE community event where we celebrate survivors of (sexual) violence, protest our right to live lives free of violence and build our diverse communities. TBTN includes a free community dinner, a community fair with resources, a rally with speakers and performers and a march. This year our event will feature the amazing community of PARKDALE. Saturday September 15th, … READ MORE

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