Category Archives: Feminism

How 4chan Radicalizes White Men Online

Filed under Feminism, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   March 27th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Content warning: racism, misogyny, animal cruelty 4chan is an imageboard where users post anonymously. It’s a simple premise, but within that ephemerality they’ve still made their mark on the web. They’ve been known to pull off stunts ranging from leaking celebrity nudes to calling in bomb threats, and from stealing jokes on Reddit to lighting […]

Open letter against transmisogyny and anti-sex work rhetoric in Vancouver

Filed under Feminism, Trans Issues, Vancouver Politics   ·   March 21st, 2017   ·   0 comments
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In the spirit of anti-hate and a truly intersectional politics, we the undersigned express our solidarity with trans women and sex workers by denouncing discourses and practices that engender a culture of discrimination towards trans women and sex workers, prevent their access to health and social services, and otherwise expose trans women and sex workers […]

An Open Critique of Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

Filed under Feminism, Global Politics, Queer Issues   ·   March 20th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Dear Mrs. Trudeau, By now, the reality of your Women’s Day Instagram post, where you showcase your husband’s activism, has reached hundreds of thousands of people, and the backlash has been swift and brutal. It is not my intention to approach this with anger, or contempt; but rather with this letter I attempt to educate […]

Sex Work in Canada

Filed under Feminism   ·   February 6th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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In a 2014 report written by Canadian Conservative MP Joy Smith, the ardent anti-sex work activist suggests “…prostitution dehumanizes and degrades individuals and reduces them to a commodity to be bought and sold.” Smith’s misguided statement is reflective of a larger political discussion that has emerged in Canada over the past several years, revolving around […]

Pandora

Filed under Feminism, Humour   ·   January 28th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Content warning: sexual violence, physical assault I have evil thighs that sweat and slide down bus seats, stair banisters, bar stools, park benches and coffeeshop sofas, sun soaked beach loungers, carnival booths, pub vinyl and airplane chintz My evil thighs twitch under cotton sundresses and cleave communist creases across khakis magnetize security guards, homeless men […]

If There’s a Reason: A Letter from a Survivor of the Campus Sexual Misconduct Debacle

Filed under Activism, Campus, Feminism   ·   March 21st, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Content note: this letter discusses sexual assault I had a hard time deciding who this letter should be addressed to. There’s a lot of people I want to address, you see. The first, of course, is the scumbag who sexually assaulted me. And I guess I could talk about that. But, as a professor once […]

Social Justice Synonyms #23: “Exotic”

Filed under Feminism, Race and Racism, Social Justice Synonyms   ·   February 2nd, 2016   ·   1 comment
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Welcome to another instalment of Social Justice Synonyms, a column at The Talon that discusses  reasons we should be critical of the language we use, and why we should unlearn certain words that maintain the status quo. Previous segments can be found here.   Today I’d like to talk about the word “exotic” and the […]

Public Statement on Campus (Un)safety

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Feminism, Race and Racism   ·   December 11th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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University of British Columbia xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Territory socialjustgradstatements@gmail.com / socialjustgradstatements.wordpress.com Note: The views in this statement are solely of the authors. They do not reflect the views of all faculty, staff, and students at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Research. Recently gaining public attention, student activism at UBC has illuminated the […]

there’s the rub;

Filed under Campus, Feminism   ·   December 4th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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TW: rape, secondary victimization/victim-blaming, PTSD, dissociation do you remember when the nightmares of your childhood were the only notion you had of the existence of evil where you’d stare wide-eyed (doe a deer a female deer) into the eyes of your monster while your mouth, an open grave, tried to give voice to the singing, […]

seasons of gender: reflections on trans day of remembrance

Filed under Decolonization, Feminism, Global Politics, Queer Issues, Race and Racism, Trans Issues   ·   November 20th, 2015   ·   1 comment
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gender can be a daunting topic – daunting for trans and cis people alike. for the latter, discussing gender can seem difficult. anxiety-provoking. tentative to engage, cis people often avoid asking about pronouns, avoid trying with pronouns, avoid learning about gender altogether. all this employed in the spirit of fragility: as if it is better […]