March 20, 2016

from CJ

GUTS NEWS: We’re looking for a volunteer acquiring and developmental editor to join our team. We welcome applications from everyone and we are particularly interested in hearing from women of colour, Indigenous women, trans or non-binary people, members of the queer community, and members of underrepresented communities. Help sustain the media empire! We can’t wait to hear from you. 

  • Minority jobseekers in Toronto are “whitening” their resumes, and apparently with good reason. Despite the popular practice of including equal opportunity statements on job applications, a study out of U of T found there is a major gap between callbacks for minorities with “whitened” names and experiences and those with “unwhitened” names and experiences. Read more about their findings here.
  • This week in labour news: Manitoba passed new legislation that offers victims of domestic violence paid leave for five working days, and unpaid leave with job security for seventeen. Also! Ontario has the opportunity to pass a similar bill. Find out more here. 
  • We want to note that black women have been saying this for years, but this is still an excellent read: Ta-Nehisi Coats on Nina Simone’s face:  “there is something deeply shameful—and hurtful—in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic. In this sense, the creation of Nina is not a neutral act. It is part of the problem.”
  • Also relevant: Meet Debbie Medina, the democratic socialist who’s running for New York State Senate and sounds incredible.
  • “When an economic system or government is responsible for personal harm, those affected can feel profoundly helpless, and cover that helplessness with self-criticism. Today, if you can’t become what the market wants, it can feel as if you are flawed and have no recourse except to be depressed.” Why therapists should talk politics.
  • Jenny Zhang’s “On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams” thinks about how cultural appropriation and racism co-exist: “What I wanted to say was how it felt to grow up in a country that indicated to me everything from the country I was born in looked good on anyone but me.”
  • Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things is a new documentary out of Nunavut exploring how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how Inuit are reframing their past. Watch the trailer!
  • Sex positive: a comic

  • I love this: “I believe there is something distinct about queer time. Queer time is a bushwhacked path, a sled’s shaky trail, a web of continual reinvention in many different directions.”
  • If you are anything like me, you might be creating an ambitious list of books you want to read this summer. This list is giving me some ideas: the books that changed my life
  • Reminder: the verdict for the Ghomeshi trial is due Thursday, and if you are in Toronto and interested, there is a rally and march planned to support those who testified, and the countless others who have reported or have not reported sexual assault.
  • I’m so happy this vine was brought to my attention, and this selfie is very important. Have a great Sunday, bbs. 

Image: a still from this silly music video


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