Tag: Sexuality

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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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    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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    On the “I like it” Facebook meme and breast cancer awareness

    October 6th, 2010     by Anastasia Szakowski     Comments

    A few weeks ago a message was forwarded to me on Facebook. It encouraged me to update my status with where I like to set my purse. The result would be “I like it on my kitchen table” or “I like it on the dresser.” Suggestive. But why would I do it? To put dirty thoughts into the heads of all my Facebook friends? Duh, to raise breast cancer awareness! Of course! Straight up, this meme … READ MORE

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    In defence of the Bic “legs that beckon” razor ad

    September 21st, 2010     by Anastasia Szakowski     Comments

    I received a blog tip last week from Jenni Sager, who encouraged Shameless to shed some light on the Bic razor ad that was running in many Canadian cities. In the ad, a leggy 50s-pinup-style woman is bending over and shooting us a confident smile with the overarching slogan: “For legs that beckon.” Sager, upset by what she viewed as the objectification of women, launched a petition called “Women Aren’t Objects,” writing: When I saw these advertisements … READ MORE

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