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Mid-Week Round Up: October 1

October 1st, 2014     by Jessie Hale     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Good2Go is a new app that “seeks to prevent or reduce sexual abuse, miscommunication, or regretted activities.” Users have their potential sexual partners answer a simple question via the app: “Are We Good2Go?” (Possible answers are “No, Thanks,” “Yes, but…we need to talk” or “I’m Good2Go”). Then they indicate their level of sobriety, on a scale from “Sober” to “Pretty Wasted.” The well-intentioned idea is for the instigator to obtain explicit consent before initiating sexual activity. What could be wrong with that? Well, a couple of things, points out Amanda Hess at Slate.

A brand-new Canadian children’s publisher is aiming to address the lack of diversity found in Canadian literature and publishing (check out #WeNeedDiverseBooks) on Twitter for more). Clockwise Press is seeking manuscript submissions that are “inclusive of as many marginalized parts of the reading population” as possible. We must give a special shoutout to co-founder Solange Messier, who is only 26!

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets of Hong Kong. They are protesting China’s refusal to allow open candidacy for the territory’s first direct elections (currently, a pro-China panel must screen all candidates before they can run for office; chosen candidates must “love China”). The protests are being called the “Umbrella Revolution,” because protesters have used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas fired by police. Check out these links to learn more about the situation:

Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution”: What you need to know

From Canada to Hong Kong, solidarity with the “umbrella revolution”

33 Extraordinary Pictures of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution”

Protests held in Vancouver in support of “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong

The woman who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal _is back with _How to Get Away with Murder, another addictive drama that premiered last Thursday. Like Shonda Rhimes’s other hits, Murder has a diverse cast and promises storylines featuring characters of colour, non-hetero characters and lots and lots of strong lady characters. Bitch argues that, while antiheroes are increasingly common on TV these days (think Don Draper and Walter White), Viola Davis’s Annalise Keating is one of the first WOC antiheroes.

Defiant Spaces kicked off at the University of Toronto on Monday and continues until Friday. The “alternative frosh week,” also known as Disorientation, aims to politicize campus life and includes a radical campus walking tour, a queer zine fair, and panel discussions on everything from racism to food justice to oppression in sport. Check out the full schedule on their website.

Tags: activist report, media savvy, news flash, recommended reading

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