Posts by Andi Schwartz

  • In the Blog

    The Problem With Detox Talk: How to Build a Self Caring Yoga Practice During Quarantine

    August 23rd, 2020     by Victoria Sagardía Calderón     Comments

    “Since quarantine began, a wide range of yogis – from popular influencers to local yoga teachers – have persistently argued for the importance of keeping or creating a yoga practice to handle stress levels during quarantine. Many of these teachers, however, also started to market from a weight loss perspective, and sport slogans like “lose the quarantine 15.” This, combined with the indirect messaging of what a yoga body “should” look like (online yoga accounts often show just one type of body: thin, white, and clad in expensive yoga wear), very quickly turned into a conversation about how yoga could make you into a superhero mermaid with a six-pack.” READ MORE

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    Banding Together Through Mutual Aid

    August 21st, 2020     by Ainsley Lawrence     Comments

    “Ironically, as social isolation is encouraged for the sake of public health, it is small, united groups of people that may ultimately thrive.” READ MORE

  • A House of One’s Own: Feminism and Furnishings in “Sex Education”

    May 9th, 2020     by Morgan Bimm     Comments

    “Having your own space has been central not only to women’s independence, but also to unlocking their creative potential.” READ MORE

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    Rust Belt Femme: An Interview with author Raechel Anne Jolie

    April 19th, 2020     by Andi Schwartz     Comments

    “The Rust Belt gave me my femme identity more wholly, and more fully, and more beautifully than anything else.” READ MORE

    Author Raechel Anne Jolie talks to us about growing up in the Rust Belt, becoming femme, and writing a memoir about it all. READ MORE

  • What We Can Learn About “Distant Socializing” From Chronically Ill Trauma BBs

    April 11th, 2020     by Margeaux Feldman     Comments

    Can living through a global pandemic help us imagine a more accessible future? Margeaux Feldman believes it can. Margeaux first got sick in 2016. Like many other chronically ill and disabled folks, she has already developed many strategies for “distant socializing.” She shares her tips for staying grounded and connected in this wild time and her hopes for a more accessible future. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    TIFF Next Wave: Denise’s Top Picks

    February 19th, 2020     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Our writers review their top picks. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is on This Weekend

    February 15th, 2020     by Hailey Orrange     Comments

    Our writers review their top picks. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    This Story Is About You, But Not For You: A Review of “Made in China”

    February 6th, 2020     by Gelaine Santiago     Comments

    Gelaine Santiago reviews the film Made in China. READ MORE

    “Made In China couldn’t seem to reconcile the nature of telling the story of a Chinese person with its desire to pander to a white audience. Because of that, so much of this film just felt watered down, the way Chinese dishes are removed of spice and heat and history to be made palatable to mainstream consumers.” READ MORE

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    Barriers in the classroom

    January 29th, 2020     by Anthonella Alvarez     Comments

    Latinx students face unique education challenges that are not being addressed. READ MORE

  • Abortion Talk: Five Reasons to Ditch “Women’s Health” and Switch to “Reproductive Health”

    November 6th, 2019     by Katherine Gladhart-Hayes     Comments

    While abortion rights are being fiercely debated around the world, it’s important to think about the language we’re using in these conversations. Here’s five reasons to stop talking about abortion as “women’s health” and instead call it what it is: “reproductive health.” READ MORE

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    When Will We Get the Queer Representation We Deserve?

    September 30th, 2019     by Hailey Orrange     Comments

    It’s always wonderful to see myself, a queer woman, represented in mainstream movies and TV shows, but at what cost? At the overly graphic sex scenes, the lack of racial and gender diversity, and the absence of body inclusivity in the characters and cast? We want representation, yes, but we deserve the kind of representation that is authentic and real: queer people come in all races, body sizes, genders, and abilities. Showcasing only thin, white, feminine-presenting women and calling it “representation” is almost as harmful as not having any representation at all. READ MORE

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    The harmful effects of slut-shaming in school

    July 27th, 2019     by Sylvana Poon     Comments

    Content Note: This blog post discusses slut-shaming and mentions sexual violence, rape culture, self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide. READ MORE

    “The first time I was slut-shamed, I was only 13 years old. I did not even realize what it was, I just felt immense shame and humiliation. I was wrongly accused, threatened, punished by school authorities, and ridiculed by my peers — all for sitting on a boy’s lap in a classroom (with other people present).” READ MORE