Posts by Tuval Dinner

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    CB & Rihanna: Love Gone Wrong on MuchMusic

    February 24th, 2009     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    It seems like every celebrity focused magazine and website is still obsessing over this story. This week MuchMusic is doing a half hour special about the topic of violence against women, specifically in relation to this celebrity incident. I was part of the taping and I am really interested in how the piece is edited together. I had a lot of issues with the direction MuchMusic took the discussion but overall I’m glad they’re using … READ MORE

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    Indie film makers need your help!

    January 27th, 2009     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    36-24-36 is being made by a small group of teenage girls in Kitmat, BC who teamed up with two off duty clinical counsellors. The film is about the perception of female body image in our society and its correlation with eating disorders. The film has been two years in the making and has never received financial funding of any kind. What They Need… The filmmakers are looking for photos from girls and women of any age that … READ MORE

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    Who’s that girl?

    December 12th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    Folks, at the Shameless party this week I realized that I had made an assumption. I thought that everybody knew the awesomeness that is Robyn. Some of you may remember Robyn from the mid-nineties when she was teen pop sensation. I recently discovered that Robyn is back and she is now in full control of her music career and delivering seriously wicked songs about independence, gender and general good stuff. Here’s two of my favourites but I … READ MORE

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    Women Won’t Forget (and hopefully, neither will anyone else)

    November 28th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    Saturday December 6th is the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women. Women Won’t Forget invite you to attend our annual candlelight vigil on Saturday, December 6 at 6 pm at Philosopher’s Walk, University of Toronto (path off Bloor St. between the Royal Ontario Museum and the Royal Conservatory of Music). We gather to remember the fourteen women who were killed in Montreal as well as the women who have been killed since … READ MORE

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    Beyonce Knowles All

    November 13th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I’ve only watched this video once but I felt really moved by it. If nothing else it seems to be asking those of us who are heterosexual to just think about our partners, think about the effects our actions have on our relationships and to think about what its like in someone else’s shoes. You can’t go wrong with that, can you? … READ MORE

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    Some Good News!

    September 17th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    The numbers aren’t official yet but… Rwanda is set to be the first country to have more women in parliament then men. Their last government already had the highest percentage of women representatives in the world, at 48.8% but could now go up to 55%. Read more here. Some Bad News! To put this in perspective, 20.8% of Canada’s parliamentary positions are held by women. To read more about women in Canada’s parliament check out this useful report. … READ MORE

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    Advertisers -1 Billion: Us - 4

    August 7th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    This news is a year old but its new to me. Sao Paolo, the world’s 4th biggest city, banned most forms of outdoor advertising in January of 2007. After a little research I found out that four US states (Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine) also have bans on billboards. Shameless has been doing a lot of writing about about the advertising world’s negative portrayals of women (here, here, and here). Is this kind of ban a … READ MORE

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    When Men Cry

    August 5th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    A couple of British media sources have been running articles lately related to masculinity. One of them is from the BBC and is a list of 10 things that make men weep in public. I’ve been interested in this for years. I am so curious about how it is often the most macho of public figures that are unpunished for crying. For example, professional athletes are often seen crying on or off the sports field. But … READ MORE

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    The Revolution Will Not Be Masculinized

    June 11th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I don’t actually know anything about this performer. This video was sent to me and I thought it was touching and funny and furious. The Revolution Will Not Be Masculinized … READ MORE

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    Free Movie Monday

    May 28th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    Toronto readers, this looks amazing. And it’s free. The film is also showing in Vancouver, Halifax and Ottawa. More info after the break. A groundbreaking training model for integrating the justice system, developed in British Columbia, is now being used in South Africa and Ethiopia to train police, prosecutors and judges to work together to combat the rampant domestic violence in these countries. The African project leaders, Mahdere Paulos (ex high-court judge and Executive Director of the Ethiopian Women … READ MORE

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    Da Big Block Party Against Violence

    April 1st, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    White Ribbon Campaign Canada has partnered with a group of youth from Serve!’s Experience This! program who have organized “Da Big Block Party” event at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. The event starts at 5pm this Friday, April 4th, and features musicians, spoken word artists and poets. This event seeks to raise awareness about eliminating violence against women. The line up includes Canadian Idol finalist Kamilla Miller; spoken word artist Truth Is, who was the Up … READ MORE

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    March 28th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    This movie has been getting a lot of buzz lately and that usually means I probably won’t see it. But on the insistence of my most trusted movie critic friends I took the plunge. Its hard to write about this film without spoiling some of its gentle power but I’ll try my best. The first thing I would say is don’t watch the trailer. As with most trailers it tries to sell a different idea of … READ MORE

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    Feminist Currency

    March 24th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    It’s not every day I see a $50 bill. But last week an ATM spat one out at me. I was extremely surprised to see the following three things… A representation of the statue of the Famous Five that can be seen on the Olympic Plaza in Calgary, Alberta, and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The Famous Five are Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards, and Louise McKinney. These women triumphed in the … READ MORE

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    Movie Magic

    February 29th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I know I’ve mentioned this film before but now I’ve actually seen it! Yesterday I joined about 100 high school students, their teachers and a small number of other adults at the Revue for a screening of A Winter’s Tale followed by a Q + A with two of the film’s actors. I had expected this film to be a poorly made but very well-intentioned piece of social commentary. What I actually experienced was an amazing … READ MORE

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    Fighting Back

    February 27th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I haven’t seen this story anywhere in the mainstream media…Any ideas as to why that is? From Pajamas Media: Iranian Shoppers Riot Against Modesty Police It happens every day on the streets of Tehran: a police squad grabbed a young woman for dressing immodestly. But this time, the young woman fought back, and a crowd defended her and attacked the police. At approximately 7 pm on Saturday, February 23, the Ershad patrol, modesty police assigned to enforce clothing … READ MORE

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    February 13th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    Has anyone heard of Bill C-484? Its a sneaky bugger. Basically the bill is using the high profile murder of several pregnant Canadian women last year to bolster the anti-choice movement. The bill aims to give the unborn legal protection from violence. At first I found this very confusing. Of course I don’t think a fetus should be exposed to murderous violence. That’s obvious. But the reality is that in the 30+ states south of our … READ MORE

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    Talk It Out!

    February 12th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    What!? Free Movie!? I can’t believe it. But it’s true. For tomorrow night’s screening of A Winter Tale at the Revue the admission is free. This looks like an amazing film and a profound tool to start meaningful discussions about youth violence: SCREENINGS FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH 2008 February 13th to 28th @ The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles (Toronto) February 29th to March 6th @ Rainbow Cinemas (Woodbine Mall) A Winter Tale tells the story of a black men’s … READ MORE

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    masc magazine event! mark your calendar! tell your friends!

    January 31st, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    masc is a magazine providing space for young men between the ages of 15-22yrs old to express themselves and their realities. masc magazine presents positive, alternative examples of masculinity and is a catalyst for discussion, particularly around ideas of gender, stereotypes, sexuality and health. masc magazine supports and challenges young men to be better, more whole human beings. MASC magazine update - Please forward to anyone you think would be interested. Mark your calendars, MASC magazine is … READ MORE

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    Beyond Sexist Music

    January 25th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I’m a lucky guy. As part of my job this week I was creating a workshop for teens about images of masculinity in the media. Someone I know from the school board asked me if I’d seen Byron Hurt’s documentary, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” because they now had a copy if I wanted to check it out. Well…I’ve been wanting to see this film since I first heard about it a couple of … READ MORE

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    November 23rd, 2007     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I’ve been wanting to watch this movie since I heard about it a couple of years ago but never seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Last night I finally made it happen. “Searching for Angela Shelton” is a curious film that is never quite what you think its going to be. This is one woman’s quest but she takes a lot of other people along for the ride. Angela Shelton (the … READ MORE

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