Tag: Sexuality

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    Review: Girlhood (Bande de filles)

    March 12th, 2015     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    In one of my favourite classes I took last year, my professor told us a story about her then toddler aged son. His hair was long and he wore it in a braid, and some of the other kids at the daycare asked him if he was a girl or “why he had long hair like a girl”. He responded sombrely, “There are many ways to be a boy in this world”. I tell this … READ MORE

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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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    The Feminist Politics of Sailor Moon

    December 4th, 2014     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    “Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight.” Many young people who were of elementary school age during the mid to late 1990’s will most likely have the remainder of following lyrics memorized. These lyrics were the first few lines of the opening song for the English dubbed Sailor Moon anime television show READ MORE

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    Cross-post: Asexuality: A Minority in Need of Understanding

    September 2nd, 2014     by Kirstin Kelley     Comments

    When I told my therapist “I think I’m asexual,” she told me it was my depression that made me feel that way. She informed me that the proper treatment would “clear that right up.” 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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    Maybe You’ll Meet Someone Nice

    July 26th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Denise Reich I was talking with my mom - who, aside from this issue, is a hip and cool sort of parent - when I mentioned that I was taking walks with my pets around my neighborhood. She said, very hopefully, “maybe you will meet another animal lover!” This is situation normal, unfortunately. Over the years well-meaning relatives have optimistically wished that I would “meet someone nice” or “find a life mate” at sporting events, concerts, … READ MORE

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    Advice column: Should you tell your friend you have a crush on them?

    July 10th, 2013     by Sarah Mangle     Comments

    Welcome to our first-ever video advice column! You can view the video here on this page or on YouTube. A transcription is below the embedded video. Feedback is welcomed! - ed Hi Everybody! My name is Sarah Mangle and I write advice for Shameless, and this time I’m going to do my advice in the form of a video blog and here it is — and I’m really pumped about it. I have never made a … READ MORE

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    Guest post: Shamelessly Single

    July 10th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Part one of two on living single lives. Shameless reader Laura Brightwell examines what happens when you choose to be celibate in a community that defines itself by its sexuality. Sometimes people cannot or do not want to have sex. When I started to tell people, 3 years ago, that I didn’t want to date anyone, I was always afraid. I anticipated people’s judgment, much like I had anticipated their homophobia when I came out as … READ MORE

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    Journey Inward: A Profile of Anna Berankova

    March 25th, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    I recently had the pleasure of having a chat with Anna Berankova, who has recently facilitated a series of free, women’s sexual-exploration workshops at the 519 and is preparing for the launch of her memoir due out this spring, which looks into the interconnectedness of sex to the physical, spiritual and mental realms of being. While there are a bevy of wonderful angles that could be taken to describe her body of work, I was most … 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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    On the End of Teen Mom

    September 19th, 2012     by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite     Comments

    This week marked the end of an MTV show that has been both polarizing and extremely popular since its inception three years ago. The show is Teen Mom, which began as a 2009 spin-off of MTV’s documentary series 16 and Pregnant. Created by Lauren Dolgen, 16 and Pregnant depicted the lives of real teen parents before and after the birth of their children. After the first season of 16 and Pregnant aired, MTV selected four … READ MORE

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    Planned Parenthood Toronto Needs Assessment Survey

    June 7th, 2012     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Planned Parenthood Toronto is a fully accredited community health centre which provides primary and sexual health care services to youth between the ages of 13 and 29, and support to women throughout their reproductive years. PPT also offers health promotion programming, education, training, and research to improve the health and well-being of Toronto’s diverse communities. We are currently doing a needs assessment to help us better understand and meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of … READ MORE

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    May 23rd, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    I would wager money that almost every single person on this planet has masturbated (and those who deny it are probably lying). It’s an easy, low-stress, healthy activity that you can do on your own, almost anywhere (if you’re the adventurous type) and however you like. You can use fingers, toys, a shower head, or even a stout zucchini (I even had a friend who preferred an electric toothbrush) to get the job done, and … READ MORE

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    App for Safety

    February 21st, 2012     by Naz Afsahi     Comments

    I can recall when my parents made the decision to purchase a cell phone for me. Their main concerns were the ability to call 911, and to call home for rides. As mobile devices have evolved and we have transformed into a generation of smartphone and social media users, there is now another tool young women can use to assist in their safety. YWCA Canada, the country’s largest and oldest women’s multi-service organization has released … READ MORE

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    Shameless thoughts on SlutWalk

    June 21st, 2011     by Team Shameless     Comments

    On Sunday, April 3, 2011, women gathered en masse at Queen’s Park before marching to Toronto Police Headquarters on College Street in a protest that’s been called everything from inspired and exceptional to ignorant and exclusive: SlutWalk. If you still haven’t heard about it, please visit the official website for the Toronto walk and/or check out some of the news media’s coverage here (G&M), here (The Star), or here (CBC). Essentially, in response to a police officer’s … READ MORE

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    The Missing Voices in the Anti-Violence Movement

    May 4th, 2011     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    This past week I had the pleasure of engaging in a conversation about sexual violence with some awesome young women. It really was a pleasure since I think that this is a topic that doesn’t get discussed nearly enough, and there is far too much silence on the topic. In fact, the majority of the conversation focused around the barriers that prevent young women from openly discussing sexual violence. As awesome as the conversation was, … READ MORE

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    An Indigenous Feminist Reminder of Women and Environmental Justice

    February 24th, 2011     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    In anticipation of the book launch of Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism, I want to keep it “real” and give a reminder of what this deconstruction will mean if taken seriously. To provide this reminder, I have chosen to point out the patriarchy and racism that is still so pervasive in the environmental movement. As an Indigenous Feminist, one of the links I, as well as many Indigenous women across the … READ MORE

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    Why I can’t ignore How to Raise a Boyfriend [Book Review]

    February 22nd, 2011     by Anastasia Szakowski     Comments

    If there is a book that can be accurately judged by its cover, it is How to Raise a Boyfriend by Rebecca Eckler. It’s a “humour/non-fiction” book offering “sound” relationship advice based on the idea that men are just like children, desperately in need of raising by women. If not the cover or its premise, surely we can judge it by its marketing. (An earnest quote from this video: “You have to disguise the nagging.”) Not … READ MORE

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    Feminist Pinups: Can You Be A Sexy Role Model?

    February 16th, 2011     by Desirée O     Comments

    There are endless contradictions for women and girls to face when trying to understand and explore their identities, and a contradiction that has always fascinated/frustrated me is the one that exists between feminism and sexiness. We’re seemingly free as feminists to embrace our sexuality, but when it comes to being “sexy” there’s a very blurry line that is impossible to define. The concept of “sexy” itself is full of personal opinion, cultural influence, and a million debatable … READ MORE

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    Change Needs to Happen for Metis Youth

    December 15th, 2010     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    This is the third and final part of an introductory series of posts. Parts one and two can be found here and here. What makes us different as Metis youth? What makes me different, and why do I continue to fiercely voice this opinion? There are specific vulnerabilities to Metis that increases the chances of us being affected by HIV, and I am sick of the racism that is felt by being placed in this colonial grouping … READ MORE

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