May 29, 2016
This week we continued to roll out the latest issue of GUTS, on the topic of FUTURES. In case you missed it, we published some incredible content:
On Monday, Billy-Ray Belcourt and Maura Roberts got together to talk about radical friendship—a life sustaining force and a tool of decolonization.
Then Evelyn Deshane wrote about LGBTQ romance novels and the revolutionary potential of the happy ending.
On Wednesday waaseyaa’sin christine sa read sap for future sugar bush (re)matriation, weaving together Anishinaabe knowledges into her historical Indigenous feminist analysis of colonial legislation in Canada.
And on Friday TK Matunda wrote about her routine application of coconut oil to her skin and hair:
This precious time became where I matured. Where I mourned the realities of being a black woman, where I reconciled with the uncertainty of the future, and where I learned to look within for strength. These minutes are more than just sixty second increments, they are rebirth and revolution.
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- Although Bill C-16 has been tabled by the federal Liberal party, there is still a lot of work to be done. Sophia Banks on the best ways to help forward trans rights in Canada.
- On Thursday, a coroner’s jury in Brampton determined that the police shooting of Jermaine Carby in 2014 was a homicide. The jury made 14 recommendations for the Peel Regional Police and Ontario Police College, calling for the development of new “methods of de-escalation and to choose ‘the lowest level of force appropriate if use of force should be required.’”
- Bullying, harassment, and workplace abuse continues at the CBC: Canadaland reports on the allegations being made throughout CBC’s departments.
- NYC’s Babeland has become the first unionized sex toy shop! Workers are calling for more transparency, more support from management when mediating disputes with or harassment from customers, and more measures taken to protect trans employees rights.
- The new issue of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, Society is here and looks incredible.
- Things fucking change ok: this is a great interview with Basic Spice Rack, a Saskatoon band who played at Edmonton’s Not Enough Fest and I heard they played a song about adult acne and ingrown hairs.
- Helen Hunt’s tweet about being mistaken for Jodie Foster at Starbucks is a thing that happened on the internet this week and it is still making me giggle.
— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) May 23, 2016
- “I’m in love with you, she says. In love or otherwise, I do not like to be entered.” From “Partnered” by Emma Horwitz.
- Trigger warnings, intersectionality, privilege, and allyship: the new activism of campus life (and why language matters)
- OMG yes: “I think a lot of girls feel like they have to be great all the time, they have to be shining all the time. And what I think everyone is looking for right now is to be able to be not good or not okay, and not have that devalue them in any way.” Mitski talks to Rachel Syme. Also, if you aren’t following Mitski on twitter, you should be
- Bananas, willfully ignorant, wild, absurd, over the top, thrilling: just a few words that can replace the word “crazy” in your vocabulary.
THIS TOOK A TURN pic.twitter.com/g6limC5SU9
— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) May 25, 2016
- And again from the Establishment, a roundtable about what it’s like to get your period when you aren’t a cis-woman, and also why saying “people who menstruate” when talking about menstruation is not that difficult and very important.
- So much incredible content to read: Towards a syllabus of queercrip writing that pushes up against push limited notions of embodiment.
- Abolish prisons, legalize sex work, fuck the patriarchy. This is truly awful: a fifteen-year-old girl, who is also a mother, has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after using a toy gun to rob two men.
- “How We Live” is series by Rookie that centres lived experience and thought of black teenagers to check out: this piece on not being polite about antiblackness is really great.
- Why Are You Complaining? Some People Actually Feel That Way: A Critique of Me Before You
- Meet Rajni Perera, the Toronto-based painter taking on the global art market.
- Feminist Art Conference has a new call for submissions: they’re looking for both emerging and established community artists that address social justice and intersectional themes in their work. Details here!
- TORONTO: On June 23, there will be a gathering in memory of women who have died on the street. Find out more about the rally and march end gender based violence in Toronto’s downtown east here.
- Are you trying to get a book published? Here are some helpful tips!
- I usually find geology pretty dull but I learned so much about fucking rocks (literally) from this tumblr post I’m so pleased.
- Have a good Sunday friends! I’ll be here teaching myself how to dance like Adele.