Our Sunday Links

Look out for GUTS’s next issue, “Watch Yourself”,  this week! In the meantime, here are some good reads:

How Ontario’s Resolution to Debate the Validity of Gender Identity Endangers Trans People

Trans Day of Remembrance was this week. Here’s Morgan M Page’s article on the alarming situation for trans people in Brazil.

Jake Pyne tweeted an important thread about trans mental health issues this week.

“No matter what we write, white people can turn our stories into weapons, an excuse to be paternalistic. If we depict ourselves as educated and self-­sufficient, they might advance the narrative that our tragedies are long past, that we should dust ourselves off and move on. If we are portrayed as poor or dysfunctional or prone to alcoholism, they can use that to take away services or argue that we game the system. No matter what we do, we’re still Indian, and often we don’t get to speak for ourselves”, writes Terese Mailhot.

Indigo’s Bookshelf: Voices of Native Youth

The four prize winners of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize are white photographers who took photos of people of colour. 

“The apocalypse will happen during my lifetime, if I can figure out how to live long enough.” Elissa Washuta’s “The Sun Disappears”, in Canadian Art. 

Ontario’s child advocate has 27 on-going investigations into foster homes as province shuts him down

Black in Canada: 10 Stories

The queer cult of Carly Rae Jepsen: “After all, what’s queerer than a crush you can’t act on? Than having to hold in your desire? Than longing for someone you can’t have? There’s an absolute sincerity in the way that Jepsen sings every line of her music, which makes it easy to make fun of…, but it’s hard not to find oneself enamoured with that level of earnestness.”

“I’d always thought the secret to winning Two Truths and a Lie was in keeping your lies small. But really, it has nothing to do with the magnitude of the lies you tell—it’s about what you can convince other people to believe.” Alicia Elliott writes on truth.

How did Larry Nassar deceive so many for so long?



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A weekly roundup of links from GUTS

Editorial Note: Watch Yourself

GUTS editors reflect on writing about "watching ourselves" in a hyper-surveilled world

The Decentres

Marlowe is searching for her twin brother, Hugo. Ten years ago, they were kidnapped from their home planet, an all-black commune in space, and separated. Marlowe was left in an all-white suburb on Earth, but she's not alone. Together with...

A Part Yet Apart

Mirusha Yogarajah explores how gentrification in Austin and Vancouver uses surveillance methods to subjugate racialized groups.

Staying Soft Under the Gaze

eyos discusses how Indigenous lives are subject to hyper-surveillance, and the ways communities resist.

Ọrun is Heaven

“Ọrun is heaven, the water is sweet, the work is plenty, and they pay well. And nobody can vanish there.” The first instalment of Francesca Ekwuyasi’s two-part story chronicles the exploitation of a young migrant trapped in a dazzling but...

Watched and Not Seen: Tech, Power, and Dehumanization

The rise of corporate and state surveillance technology is terrifying, but we cannot talk about privacy without talking about power. Lorraine Chuen examines how technologies and data systems are being used to monitor communities at the margins.

Watcher Within, Watchers Without: My Black OCD Story

"my Blackness and my OCD are indivisible."