Sunday, July 5
by CJ

  • The report from the external task force on misogyny, sexism, and homophobia in Dalhousie’s faculty of dentistry was released this week, finding that the university made a series of mistakes in responding to a complaint of misogynistic Facebook posts. “Everyone connected with this experienced damage and harm,” said Constance Backhouse, the chair of the task force. The university’s sexual and gender resource centre’s statement on the report calls for everyone to take systemic misogyny seriously.
  • “We are talking about women who have to exit the institution to survive the institution. We are talking about missing women.” Sara Ahmed on an academic culture that positions students and their complaints as threats to education and free speech: Against Students. 
  • #WhoisBurningBlackChurches? At least seven black churches have been burnt in the southern US since the Charleston massacre. The Toast has a good roundup of important news, links, and readings.
  • Last weekend, activist Bree Newsome was arrested after she scaled a flagpole in Columbia, South Carolina, to take down the Confederate Flag. Read the statement she gave after being released on bail.
  • “Faith in public can look like a demand – for justice, for recognition, for grace. Faith in public can look like calling white supremacist evil exactly what it is and “coming against it.” Faith can look like a Black girl climbing a pole.” Bree Newsome’s Politics, Theory, and Theology of Resistance.
  • “In a city so often banking on our brand as a young, changing place, what do we lose during the Stampede? What do we lose when we stroll into the Cowboys tent under the words: THROUGH THESE DOORS WALK THE MORE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN ALBERTA?” This one is for all our Alberta friends who might be trying to avoid Stampede this week along with the rampant sexism that takes over the streets of Calgary and normalizes violence against women: “Herd Mentality” via Maisonneuve. 
  • The Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence is organizing a Water Walk in Treaty 3 territory on August 3-7, 2015 to protect Anishinaabek communities’ water from Transcanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline. Participants will walk along the proposed pipeline route from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake. Find out how you can support and participate here.
  • Read Delilah Saunders’ beautiful and devastating Toast piece on remembering her sister, Loretta, one of Canada’s MMIW.
  • Rihanna released the much anticipated video for BBHMM this week. Now that we have some visuals for the song, it’s worth  revisiting Doreen St Felix’s “The Prosperity Gospel of Rihanna“:

     “As a black woman whose artistic inventiveness outpaces her peers and music executives by what feels like whole years, she will also perpetually be owed. To be a black woman and genius, is to be perpetually owed.”

  • “The difference between “MOM” and other compliments women—especially famous women—get is that “MOM” is ultimately about respect. In reality, Moms don’t get enough respect.” On Mom culture and fandom.
  • Like everyone else in the world I just read an Elena Ferrante novel and can’t wait to get my hands on another one and so I revisited this n+1 review of her work and it’s really great, maybe you should too.
  • Finally, the GUTS blog is looking for writers! Check out our call for submissions and send us your pitch. We are also launching an advice column this summer. bb will be answering your burning questions on how to navigate the world with fierce empathy: ask her anything! We can’t wait to hear from you. Happy Sunday xo.

Image by Micadew via Flickr 

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