Conflict as a Litmus Test By

I grew up in a family that had a hard time with feelings. We loved it other, and we told ourselves that it was unconditional, but we rarely dealt with the difficult stuff together. I walked a fine line trying to avoid conflict between my mother’s hyper-sensitivity and my father’s temper. Most arguments resulted in […]

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Inspiration Close to Home By

“The year 2014 was amazing in terms of a dialogue regarding women’s rights, feminism, and a growing awareness of the struggles that every self-identified woman faces on a daily basis. Popular culture has afforded different icons and voices for human rights, coming from different backgrounds and experiences. This week’s theme for kickaction.ca’s carnivale is Role Models […]

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À grands pouvoirs, grandes responsabilités By

J’ai récemment eu le bonheur de rencontrer Sarah, une jeune entrepreneure torontoise qui évolue dans un milieu fortement masculin. En l’entendant parler de son expérience, j’ai compris à quel point il est important que les jeunes femmes soient davantage conscientisées sur les effets de la peur. Notre société a besoin de leaders féminins fortes, compétentes […]

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Être Militante Racisée et Queer à Montréal By

J’ai eu la chance d’avoir un entretien électronique avec Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, travailleuse communautaire et militante. Voici un aperçu des pensées de Karine sur comment passer à l’action! 1-    Quels sont les sujets/problèmes qui te fâchent en ce moment? Penses-tu que ces sujets/problèmes sont adressés adéquatement? Présentement, je vois beaucoup de personnes très privilégiées minimisant voire […]

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Tug of war By

For me, being a feminist is like being in a constant state of tug-of-war as I navigate between the push and pull of preconceived notions of gender and my own identity. How much of what I think and do comes from who I am as a person and how much has been shaped by society […]

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Lean In and The Will to Kick Butt By

  What better way to kick butt than by leaning in? The Lean In campaign was started by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, after she wrote a book called Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The basic premise of the book is about encouraging women to lean in to their full potential as […]

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White Liberalism and the Color of Justice: What Must Change in the Social Justice Community of Montreal By

It became all clear to me within an instant. The moment I started talking and explaining and struggling to make myself heard, understood and acknowledged, he shut me up. Interrupting me and then going on to contradict everything I just said, all having to do with my reality and personal experiences as an immigrant woman […]

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#Hashtag Phenomena & Social purpose: A Chat with feminist filmmaker Brenda Longfellow. By

Brenda Longfellow is a feminist documentary filmmaker and professor of Film Studies and Production at York University.  What inspired you to start working on an interactive web documentary based on the hashtag #Beenrapedneverreported? I was very inspired by the hashtag #beenrapedneverreported created after the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. I observed how this hashtag took off like lightning, […]

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#BringBackOurGirls & the White Savior Complex (Spotlight on Badass Nigerian Activists) By

The week’s Blogging Carnival theme brought back memories of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that peeked in the spring of 2014. I recall a picture of Michelle Obama holding a sign with the famous hashtag, a street protest with Hollywood actors holding similar signs (!), and debates around the effectiveness of the hashtag in fighting Boko Haram […]

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The Internet, Art, and Feminism By

Cyberfeminism is often equated with online activism. Articles, reviews, critiques, online debates, blogging – you name it! But, what I like most is when I fall upon creative, feminist, anti-oppression inspiration. Lately, I’ve come across a number of spoken word videos that show the power of art. Listen to Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya […]

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Cyber Feminism #AmINext By

Cyber Feminism. A postmodernist term used to describe the philosophies of a contemporary feminist community whose interests are cyberspace, the internet and technology. This term was introduced in the early 1990s and over the years has brought much progress in the feminist movement. Hash tags have been created such as #TheFWord, #YesAllWomen, #AmINext, #HeforShe, and […]

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