One of the many things that I have learned in my lifetime about nature and organisms is that they like similarity. They like having a routine, for things to be a certain way, and stay that way, without disturbance. Animals are like that, ecosystems are like that, and when a non-native animal or species is […]
Second Wave Feminism took off during the 60s in the West with the slogan the “Personal is Political” resonating far and wide. Understanding the dynamics within the private sphere as having political significance was an eye opener to many as the movement clarified the meaning of patriarchy and its daily implications. To this day, many […]
What does it mean to reclaim your body, your identity, when it’s been stolen & fractured? This term I will be graduating from McGill University in Anthropology, and Education. So far I’d be the first generation (alive) in my direct family to graduate from University. As a racialized, mixed, proud feminist and engaged artist I’m […]
Protect what makes you, you. Safeguard your hills, mountains and the valleys in between. If they can’t handle you at your plateau, they don’t deserve you at your peak. Always remember that there are treasures within you that have yet to be discovered. You possess talents and skills that are useful even if they don’t […]
Aurelia did reclaim her body, her voice…But why did she have to reclaim those in the first place? She wasn’t always that care-free and unapologetic about herself as a human being. Aurelia’s Haitian parents immigrated to Canada. In the hopes for a better life, it implied a lot for that little girl growing up as […]
I am a white, cis-gendered, relatively straight female who fits most size ‘medium’ clothes. I am the privileged person who gets heard. I am not the person to discuss the intricacies of intersectional feminism, the identity struggles many LGBT+ people deal with, or the fat-shaming, racism, ableism that happens in every day micro-aggressions. I do […]
You took their words graciously, allowing their ideas to flow from your lips. You framed their labour, that you now claim as your own, on the walls of your home. You took their place at the table, while you ate their food, telling stories of their roots. You declared yourself in alliance with their struggles […]
I’ve struggled with defining an ally. I’ve had people approach me about whether they should show up at a #BlackLivesMatter demonstration on campus, or how can a straight, white male play a role in empowering women. To be honest, I’ve struggled with how to answer them in a way that is satisfactory to me. What […]
As a black African woman, when the concept of allyship is mentioned, I can’t help but think immediately of Rachel Dolezal the former NAACP President, who is known as the white woman who pretended to be black for over a decade. After the disbelief and incessant laughter that I had when I saw her all over […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
There were hundreds of people gathered to hear more than a dozen speakers. People brought flags and banners and signs with all kinds of messages on them, mostly demand for fair treatment, recognition of indigenous rights and solidarity.
From the authors of Decolonizing Social Justice Work: Stories to Support Organizations, Facilitators, and Youth Working Against Oppression: “In October of 2011, Girls Action Foundation invited a few of us to sit together over three days to see what might emerge. Each one of us has been working towards some vision of social justice in our own […]
margins is an unapologetic anti-racist, anti-colonialist, Indigenous, queer, feminist Vancouver-based print and electronic zine produced by and for self-identified Indigenous women, women of colour and queer and/or trans women.