Tag: Rape Culture

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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

    October 29th, 2014     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     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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    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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    To the Guy at Yonge and Dundas

    August 15th, 2012     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    To the Guy at Yonge and Dundas: Hi, I’m a bit new at this, having come a bit late to the physical disabilities side of this game, so forgive me if I don’t sound grateful for what you did or something. I think it’s part of the privilege that goes with having grown up in a disabled bodied that has always managed to pass as able-bodied. I have some expectation of my own independence and right to … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Stephanie Guthrie on challenging online misogyny

    July 13th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Trigger warning for discussions of violence. As I saved my first copy of this blog, one of the folder options the menu offered was “Death Threats,” a folder of screenshots I made on Monday. Weird, right? Talk about things I never expected to be a normal feature in my daily grind. That was before I chose to respond fiercely and loudly to the sexist bullying of a brave young woman on the internet. I’m sad to … READ MORE

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    How we react to people who say rape jokes aren’t funny

    July 12th, 2012     by Julia Caron     Comments

    Trigger warning: this post contains mentions of rape. Trigger warning on comments in the link at Buzzfeed. It all started with a post called “So a Girl Walks into a Comedy Club….” shared on Tumblr July 10th. A person who normally uses her tumblr to share baking recipes instead decided to use that platform as a way to call attention to a more serious issue. An unnamed friend of hers was at a comedy club, and … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading Round-up: Responses to Ian Brown’s Male Gaze article

    March 30th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Globe and Mail columnist Ian Brown recently wrote a piece in the Globe and Mail called “Why men can’t - and shouldn’t - stop staring at women.” There have been a variety of responses, and we’ve collected some of them here for you. What do you think about the piece? Are there other responses you’ve seen and liked? From Kasia Mychajlowycz at Archive Kasia: It’s part of male privilege to feel that writing a long feature about … READ MORE

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    Link round-up: Day of remembrance and action

    December 6th, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

    [Trigger warning for discussion of violence.] As many Shameless readers will be aware, today is the 22nd anniversary of the Montreal massacre, an event in which a man shot 28 people and killed 14 women, claiming to be “fighting feminism.” Much to the chagrin of many, the man’s name is known and published and remembered frequently in media coverage of commemorative events, but the names of the murdered women are often missing. Today, we remember: Genevieve Bergeron (born … READ MORE

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    National day of remembrance and action of violence against women in Canada

    December 6th, 2011     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    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 if that was a trait worth being murdered for. Today is a reminder for you, that every day women are raped, … READ MORE

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    Quick rant: music radio shows

    November 29th, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

    I don’t want to get all “when I was younger, people had more respect!” because it’s completely untrue. But I do feel that maybe there were more regulations about what radio presenters could say on the air ten or fifteen years ago (and I listened to the radio constantly when I was in junior high/high school). This morning, I flipping on Toronto’s Virgin Radio while I was getting dressed, and discovered their morning show hosts were … READ MORE

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