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Mid-Week Round Up: November 12

November 12th, 2014     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee


Shameless magazine is turning 10 years old and to celebrate, we’re having a big party and hosting the inaugural Shamie Awards! The evening will be hosted by comedian Catherine McCormick and our very own editorial and art director Sheila Sampath. When: Friday, November 14th, 2014 Where: Urban Space Gallery @ 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto Time: 6:00-9:00 pm 19+ event Venue is accessible. Tickets are $20, and can be bought online or at the door. Join us!

Also, our tech issue is on news stands.


In response to the attacks on the alleged victims of Jian Ghomeshi, reporters and friends Antonia Zerbisias of the Toronto Star and Sue Montgomery of the Montreal Gazette, started the hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported on Twitter. Men, women, and trans* folk all came forward to share their stories of sexual assault and their reasons for not reporting to the police. Survivors communicated a reality which includes feelings of fear, guilt, shame, anger, isolation, confusion, and denial. By creating a community where the voices of survivors were at the forefront, Zerbisias and Montgomery shifted the popular narrative away from the acts themselves and towards the culture of shame and blame surrounding sexual assault.

Palestinian youth remind us of their own wall

To mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall a group of Palestinian activists dug a hole in the wall that crosses through the West Bank village of Bir Nabala, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Palestinians refer to the wall separating the West Bank from Israel as the apartheid wall. One activist stated, “It doesn’t matter how high the barriers will be, they will fall. Like the Berlin Wall fell - The Palestinian wall will fall.”

Too Many Cooks

The viral (anti) comedy video Too Many Cooks has been all over the interwebs this past week. The 11 minute video, made by Adult Swim, is a cultural mash up and take down all at the same time. It’s a giant montage and absurdist parody of North American 80’s family sitcoms.

We haven’t reached a ‘watershed’ on violence against women

In the continuing story around allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, Denise Balkissoon wrote a rad piece about ongoing violence against women in this country and the systematic ignoring of that violence by both the public and the media.

Reviews Editor

Shameless is still looking for a reviews editor to join our team! We strongly encourage applications from women and trans* people of colour and Indigenous women and trans* people, queer and gender-queer folks, and those with experience with anti-racist feminist politics and/or anti-racist feminist organizations. Please email a resume, a cover letter containing your ideas for the magazine/website, and three writing samples (published or unpublished) to sheila[at]shamelessmag[dot]com. The deadline for applications is THIS FRIDAY November 14th!

Tags: activist report, media savvy, news flash, race and racism, rape culture, recommended reading

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