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September 20, 2015
by CJ

If you choose sex work as an alternative to these colonial supports, the state will punish you. In Alberta, sexually exploited youth are incarcerated in “secure care” for their own “protection,” while the conditions that led their sexual exploitation remain unresolved. Reinforcing colonial responses in the face of exploitation creates a commodity out of sexually exploited Indigenous youth. There are entire systems built around the intervention, apprehension and detainment of Indigenous youth, resulting in colonial economies based on these systems… The recent changes to prostitution laws in Canada perpetuate this cycle of paternal systemic victimhood.

  • In the wake of violent online threats made against women and feminists working in the departments of sociology and women’s studies at U of T, read Lily Cho’s important piece: Vulnerabilities.
  • Alberta’s minimum wage goes up $1 next month, the first increment in the NDP’s promise to increase minimum wage to $15 by 2018. This piece does a good job of pointing to the real impacts of raising the minimum wage.
  • I recently stopped wearing pencil skirts to work and I couldn’t be happier about this decision. This piece offers some great inspiration for figuring out your (NOT TIGHT) work uniform.
  • “Masculinity is one range of options for gender expression among many. For me, masculinity feels like a certain amount of tension between comfort and vulnerability.” Check out this photo essay on what masculinity means to twelve trans guys and non-binary trans masculine people.
  • I didn’t think I could love Connie Britton any more than I already do but then she did this.
  • “We are constantly given one-size-fits-all recipes, but those recipes fail, often and hard. Nevertheless, we are given them again. And again and again. They become prisons and punishments; the prison of the imagination traps many in the prison of a life that is correctly aligned with the recipes and yet is entirely miserable.” Rebecca Solnit on the mother of all questions.

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