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Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

by Sanaa Humayun Edmonton’s Women’s march left me with mixed feelings. I’ve tried to write this article a hundred times, I’ve procrastinated and made excuses, I’ve found myself absolutely incapable of coherently explaining this mix of pride and anger I feel in my heart. When I think of what’s happening, my heart pounds faster – my palms become sweaty and I realize, more than anything, … Continue reading Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

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Why Online Activism is Important For Social Justice

by Sareeta Lopez Lately, I’ve felt I’m not really doing anything to support feminism and other important social justice causes. Most of what I do is online; sharing articles, writing my own, discussing ideas on Twitter and Facebook, and engaging in discussions in the comments of my blog. For obvious reasons, I avoid conflict in YouTube or Facebook comment sections. I’m not out picketing anything, defending a sacred place, or lobbying for changes in … Continue reading Why Online Activism is Important For Social Justice

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How To Talk To Your Relatives About Social Justice Issues

by Sareeta Lopez I don’t know about you, but I often find I don’t know how to talk to relatives about social justice issues — not without coming across as either uninformed or arrogant.  Though politics is one of the topics you generally want to avoid at the dinner table, it’s difficult to do. With the results of the American election at the forefront of everybody’s … Continue reading How To Talk To Your Relatives About Social Justice Issues

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Can Initiatives to Prevent Violence Against Women make Long Lasting Change?

By Sanaa Humayun The UN Safe Cities project is an international effort launched to tackle the sexual violence women face on a daily basis. Edmonton, in an attempt to do just that, has signed up for this initiative – and I am skeptical. I was asked by a colleague to participate in a focus group for this project, to discuss sexual violence in Edmonton’s public … Continue reading Can Initiatives to Prevent Violence Against Women make Long Lasting Change?

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Why Are You Not a Feminist? | By Jimmy Kang

Many campaigns and initiatives, including International Women’s Day, celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and the progress of women’s rights advocacy. However, to be a feminist in our society still means having to face a plethora of societal judgments stemming from negative connotations associated with that word. This societal prejudice against feminists is mainly perpetuated by incoherent and uninformed arguments put forward by some, and rather than simply dismissing them, we must be diligent … Continue reading Why Are You Not a Feminist? | By Jimmy Kang

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Body Image Issues: The Things Men Would Rather Not Talk About | By Sebastian Kasza

“90% of feeling good is looking good.” A young twenty-something left this comment on an article my friend shared on Facebook. According to the article, fitness on social media has become an outlet for people to post “sexy” pictures for likes rather than a place to promote a healthy lifestyle. The article rightfully bashes the emphasis people place on looks nowadays. I felt my stomach … Continue reading Body Image Issues: The Things Men Would Rather Not Talk About | By Sebastian Kasza

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Our Canada: Reflections on Half-White Canadianism | By Bria Said

Today in Canada, a lot of people (read: white people) are gaining interest in race, politics, privilege, and intersectionality. A large part of this privilege-checking process is recognizing either a white identity’s inherent complicity and vowing to recognize that as an ally, or in dismantling one’s complex oppressions and finding possible arenas for resistance. A binary between white and non-white occurs because our power structures … Continue reading Our Canada: Reflections on Half-White Canadianism | By Bria Said

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The Aftermath of Coming Out | By Cosette Dubrule

Those who celebrate Christmas know it as that just-over-a month-long period of frantic shopping and festive tunes everywhere you go. A time for family, and for feasts. Unfortunately, many others know it as a yearly burden, especially sexual and gender minorities: “What offensive thing will Grandma say this year? How do I answer my relatives’ pressing and invasive life questions? What should I avoid saying when … Continue reading The Aftermath of Coming Out | By Cosette Dubrule

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Our Canada: Untethered | By Mahsa Toghrai

A student of mine once asked me why I applied to work as an instructional aide—a cross between a TA and a tutor for International students in the English department—and I told her it was because I’ve been where she is. With broken words and meaning conveyed more through gestures and expressions than language, she asked me what I meant. “This isn’t my first language,” I … Continue reading Our Canada: Untethered | By Mahsa Toghrai

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A Letter to My First Real Life Bigot | By Sanaa Humayun

To the Person Who Spat at my Feet: I’ll admit, I’m impressed. It takes a certain level of dedication to commit to an act of hatred. I mean, I’m assuming your message came from a place of hatred. You didn’t give me a lot to go on, but saying “I hope you and your people die” is a fairly self-explanatory judgement of my race. And … Continue reading A Letter to My First Real Life Bigot | By Sanaa Humayun