Posts by Wesley Fok

  • Blog Series

    Ten Years of Talking Back: Wesley Fok

    November 11th, 2014     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Long-time webmaster Wesley Fok talks about Shameless and why it’s important. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Malware warnings on the Shameless site

    July 2nd, 2010     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Update: Google’s given our site a clean bill of health, so you should no longer be getting any angry red warnings. Again, apologies for any trouble we may have caused you. Earlier today, Google reported that the Shameless website was serving malware to our users. As a result, the StopBadware database has flagged the site as a potential attack vector, meaning Firefox and Google throw up angry warning messages before you’re allowed to visit the site. Chances … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Kate Bornstein and Shameless in Utne Reader

    November 9th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    The lovely Kate Bornstein was recently featured in the Utne Reader’s arts blog, and the profile we published in our latest issue gets a mention or three. We’ve decided to put the whole article up so Utne readers and everyone else can check it out. If you want more on Kate, you can also read her blog. Enjoy! … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Come with me if you want to live: the Sarah Connor Chronicles

    May 16th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Traditionally, women only have a couple of roles to play in action movies. If you want to be fair, I suppose men only have a couple of roles to play in action movies too, since the genre seems only so open to nuanced, complex characters. But based mostly on personal experience, the ass-kicking female characters fall into a scant few stereotypes: there’s the butch “plays with the boys” type role, the glam lipstick assassin, and … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    “A lot of you might not know that buttons don’t start out hard.”

    March 22nd, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Miranda July teaches you how to make buttons. Try it the next time you’re at a button factory. … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Putting together the puzzle of Tracey Berkowitz

    March 14th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Yes, this is my third post regarding a movie starring Ellen Page, but stay with me on this. The Tracey Fragments has a fairly simple premise: take a fifteen-year-old girl who’s tormented at school, shackled with an ineffectual psychiatrist, and living with a family barely held together with emotional duct tape. Then rip the tape off and see what happens. One day, Tracey’s kid brother goes missing, and like all teenagers teetering on the brink of … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Mrs. Peel, we’re needed

    February 15th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Diana Rigg has had a long and storied career as an actress. She’s performed in numerous stage plays, married James Bond, and had her prized diamond necklace recovered by Muppets. But the role she’s best known for is the surefooted, quick-witted British agent Emma Peel on the 60s-era landmark spy series The Avengers. Every bit the equal to her crime-solving companion John Steed, Emma Peel was far from the typical damsel in distress of most spy … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Black women: which candidate should I vote for on completely superficial grounds?

    January 21st, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    We’ve already touched on how many media outlets have been playing the Hillary Clinton v. Barack Obama battle for the Democratic presidential nomination as Blacks v. Women, and how that leads to unproductive infighting. So consider this today’s antidote and a sign that not all is lost. CNN posted a story earlier today about the tough choice black women voters in South Carolina apparently faced as the state primary draws near: “should they vote their … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    You’re a part-time lover and a full-time friend: Juno revisited

    January 12th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Previously, on the Shameless blog: Judd Apatow’s keeping mum on abortion. At the time I wrote that post, Juno hadn’t yet arrived in theatres, though if you were lucky you could’ve caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival or at one of many test screenings across North America. Since then the movie has raked in decent box office and a whole lot of accolades; Roger Ebert named Juno his favourite movie of 2007, and … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    “Jade Smells Pretty At London Games Fest”

    November 17th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    I’m not sure how many of you own or play on an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, but if you’re a rabid console gamer you’ve probably heard of Assassin’s Creed. For everyone else, here’s the scoop: Assassin’s Creed is a video game that has you playing a medieval assassin tasked with eliminating nine people associated with the Crusades. Assassin’s Creed is one of the biggest games this holiday season, with a big marketing push from … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Smushmortion: Hollywood’s preoccupation with “keeping the baby”

    November 16th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    As a moviegoer whose cinematic diet as of late has been rather heavy on action-packed popcorn flicks (Hello, Live Free or Die Hard! How ya doin’, Bourne Supremacy? I hate you with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns, Spiderman 3 hours of my life I’ll never get back!), I’m looking forward to an unusually high number of indie/arthouse flicks over the next few months. One of them, which premiered at the Toronto Film … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    What it means to be a woman in America

    November 9th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Two women drive across the country looking for stories. It’s a pretty typical road trip—except these women have a mission. Nona Willis-Aronowitz and Emma Bernstein are criss-crossing the United States in order to interview people about feminism, what it means to them and how it fits into their lives. And they’re blogging about it with the hopes of turning the whole enterprise into a book upon their return. Some of the people they’ve already interviewed or … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Madam President, as seen on TV

    September 28th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    While television news broadcasts and pundit shows have been asking for months now if the United States is ready for President Hillary Clinton, another province of Televisionland has been busy conjuring up fictional visions of what a female leader of the free world would look like. Or perhaps “busy” isn’t quite the right word; even in the fictional universes of the small screen, female presidents seem to be few and far between. Even so, the past … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Girls, some advice: be hotter, work less, and shut up

    August 18th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Penelope Trunk is a Boston Globe and Yahoo! Finance columnist who’s been giving out tips and advice as the Brazen Careerist. The basic idea is she tells you what it’s really like in today’s workplace, and that you can hack the system by following her tips—which no longer involve such old-fashioned concepts as “climbing the ladder” and “paying your dues.” Which is fine—even hearing those phrases puts me in a bit of a 1950s American … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    “What should happen to women who have abortions if abortion is illegal?”

    July 30th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Let’s ask these anti-abortion protesters in Libertyville, IL: ( … READ MORE

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    Welcome to the new server!

    July 5th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    If you’re seeing this message then you’ve successfully made it to the new Shameless web server. Nothing’s changed with the site—just a whole lot of technical housekeeping on our end. Now back to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress. … READ MORE

  • In the Blog


    May 29th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Do you know Allison Stokke? Hundreds of thousands of internet users do. Up until recently, if you did know Stokke, it was probably because of her athletic accomplishments; she’s a high school senior with an outstanding track and field record and an athletic scholarship to a state university. But now those accomplishments have arguably been overshadowed by a picture of her from a year ago that was posted to the internet. It’s not even a … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Spring Fever, coming soon

    April 10th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Here’s the poster for our upcoming launch party. Spread the word! … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    New Fall 2006 content

    March 9th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    We’ve posted some more articles from the most recent issue of Shameless. Feast your eyes: Our cover story on the Miss G__ Project; A profile of folk-roots rocker and Winnipeg native Jessee Havey; Dr. Anne Katz’s tips on how to prevent HPV; and in The Last Word, we take on the word “chick.” … READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    The Shameless blogging team

    February 17th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

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