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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

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    Five Black Writers You Should Know

    August 18th, 2020     by Team Shameless     Comments

    In the spirit of continuing to highlight Black voices and perspectives, the Shameless team has compiled some of our favourite pieces written by Black authors over the past few months. Here are five Black writers we think you should know. READ MORE

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    Surviving the Pandemic Together: Investing in Our Communities’ Futures

    May 23rd, 2020     by Team Shameless     Comments

    In the months leading up to the pandemic, the Shameless team was planning to launch a fundraising campaign to counteract the loss of our Ontario Arts Council funding. Our priorities in the current moment have shifted. We’ve found ourselves asking, how can we maintain our treasured communities through primarily online forms? How can we show up for each other when we have to socialize from a distance? How can we continue to create the world that we want to find on the other side of all of this? READ MORE

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    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

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    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

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    How STD Stigma Shapes the Masses

    March 12th, 2020     by Jori Hamilton     Comments

    Please note this post contains some spoilers for Season 2 of Sex Education. Over the past 10 years, the ‘sex-positive’ movement has grown dramatically. The movement advocates for embracing sexuality as an important part of identity and health, regardless of age or social constructs. In other words, it says sex is human, and you’re human, so it’s a healthy part of your life. Educate yourself, and embrace it. Another interesting trend is the growth in sexually transmitted … READ MORE

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    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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    Review: Just Pervs by Jess Taylor

    February 4th, 2020     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    When I was a teenager, I was introduced to the books of Charles Bukowski. I had spotted a shelf-full of them at the East Village apartment of someone whose taste and lifestyle I admired. The first Bukowski novel I sought out was Women. Out of all the titles I’d seen on the shelf, this one stood out and seemed the most attractive. I assumed that a book with “women” for a title would offer, at its core, a nuanced study of, well, women. I assumed women would figure prominently in Women, in a way that would appeal to me, a young woman reader. I took Women out of the central library in Mississauga and took it to my bedroom to read 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

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    From Student to Stumped: How Graduating Made Me Question My Identity

    November 14th, 2019     by Alexandra Few     Comments

    Let’s throw it all the way back to kindergarten where my biggest accomplishment was correctly tracing the letter ‘e’ (I really celebrated that one). Fast forward to the start of primary school where from grades one to eight, I won the optimism award, the tenth-place ribbon in the hundred-meter dash (I’m not very athletic), and was involved in every school club. After graduating from public school, the next step was high school where I completed … READ MORE

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    When Will We Get the Queer Representation We Deserve?

    September 30th, 2019     by Rye 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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    Wah Wah Wah: An Interview with Bilal Baig & Celia Jade Green

    July 31st, 2019     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Warnings: Discussions of sexual harassment I remember the first time I got street harassed. I was 11 years old. A car was parked at a red light and I was crossing the street two minutes away from my parent’s house off of Bathurst Street. The inhabitants screamed at me and made a crude gesture out the window. At that time in my life, I was being fed the idea that attention from boys or men, of … 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

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    Marlene Dietrich: Insolent Enigma

    July 19th, 2019     by Rachel E. Beattie     Comments

    Before trailblazers like Janelle Monae played with ideas of fluid sexuality and gender, there was a woman who pushed all those boundaries with a demur little smile and a throaty growl of a singing voice. That woman was actress and singer Marlene Dietrich. READ MORE

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    East Asian Beauty Standards

    July 12th, 2019     by Renny Jiang     Comments

    “Have you considered fixing your eyes? If you come visit me in China next summer, we can go and get you some double eyelids!” my aunt gleefully said in her signature Chinglish accent. “Hahaha…haha,” I replied awkwardly. I looked around to see if anyone heard our conversation. How could my mom and dad just continue to smile and wave when someone tells their daughter that she needs plastic surgery? Why wasn’t anyone coming to my defense … READ MORE

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    The Price of Fast Money: The Dark Side of Bars and Restaurants

    June 17th, 2019     by Erin Baldwin     Comments

    There’s fast money to be made in bars and restaurants, but it can come at a price. When I was eighteen and getting paid about $13 an hour as a swim instructor, I heard through friends how lucrative serving and bartending could be. I was determined to get into the industry, and it didn’t take long before I found an entry-level host job at a well-known, upscale restaurant in midtown Toronto READ MORE

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    Competitive Debate: Still a Man’s World?

    May 26th, 2019     by Gabriella Officer     Comments

    November 2018. I was fidgeting with my folder, my head crammed full of facts about pharmaceutical price controls. My opponents walked into the room. Two teenage boys, both in suits. We exchanged awkward pre-round introductions, and took our seats before the judge came in the room. I overheard an unfortunately audible exchange between them, “Can you see her bra through her shirt?” “Kind of. Does she think she’ll win because she’s flashing the judge?” READ MORE

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    My Ancestors’ Dirty Thoughts: The Art of Sarah Creagen

    May 14th, 2019     by Elisha Lim     Comments

    I love Sarah because her effortless witty comebacks make me laugh until my face hurts, because she used to play violin in a crotch-pop band, screaming like a rock star about gender confusion, because she is an unstoppable visionary and a recent graduate from New York’s prestigious Hunter College Masters of Fine Arts program, and because no amount of parents’ skepticism or staggering student fees will stop her from following her dreams and creating the kind of artwork she wants to see in the world. READ MORE

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    Chipping Away: Intersessions works to fix the gender imbalance in dance music

    April 18th, 2019     by Erin Baldwin     Comments

    Sometimes you can change the game by chipping away at the old rules. That seems to be the ammo of Chhavi Nanda, a rapper, DJ and promoter turned music scene activist better known as Chippy Nonstop. READ MORE

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