March 30, 2014


  • Famous male artists kill their wives, and it only serves to increase their value, while their victims are blamed, or simply forgotten. Two articles this week trace the way these crimes are publicly remembered: one piece examines how William Burroughs’ murder of his wife, Joan Vollmer, is treated as a quirky footnote in his life story, and the other searches for feminist artist Ana Mendieta, allegedly killed by her husband Carl Andre in a domestic dispute, and largely erased in art history.
  • Watch two of the most important novelists of our time, in conversation: Zadie Smith and Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie discuss postcolonial literature, ‘strong women’ in fiction, and a host of other topics.
  • “The older I get the hornier I get”: Women discuss how aging has effected their sexual desire.
  • “I feel a heaviness. I feel saturated sometimes. I feel lit up and glowing”: an interview with an abortion doula with The Doula Project highlights the range of emotions that accompany terminating a pregnancy.
  • CBC Radio’s Q was host to an impassioned debate on rape culture this week, and followed up with a series of powerful listener responses to the ignorant and harmful statements put forward by one of the guests. Listen here to a few of the reactions, and follow up on the website for many more.
  • “I don’t identify as a mother, a lesbian, or a woman at all, frankly. Yet I don’t identify as a man either.” A lovely personal essay on the difficulty of naming in parenthood.
  • Anita Hill, the law professor who testified against Clarence Thomas in his 1991 Supreme Court hearing, speaks in an interview about the enormous resistance she’s faced in the 23 years since her testimony, and her work advocating against sexual assault and harassment.
  • Unpaid internship programs at Toronto Life and The Walrus were shut down this week in a first wave of action by the Ontario Labour Board against unpaid internship programs throughout the province. The action has been read as a political move by the Liberal government: while the Board is making an important statement about the unsustainability of unpaid internship programs, simply shutting down these programs does not benefit the exploited workers. As Madeleine Schwartz explains in this 2013 essay on the phenomenon of unpaid internships: “if we are to understand how to strengthen the position of those who do contingent labor, we need to look more carefully at the similarities of contingent labor, women’s work, and the free labor of interns.” Look out for an upcoming article in GUTS’ second issue that will delve deeply into these very relationships.

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