June 15, 2014

  •  Thousands of Canadians will watch the FIFA World Cup over the course of the next month. Less attention will be paid to the ongoing struggle between protesters and police on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Did you know that Brazil spent roughly $14 billion to host the soccer event? The Telegraph documents in photographs the “Our Cup is on the Street” protests that are “targeting the high cost of the stadiums, corruption, police brutality and evictions.” To learn more about the history of police brutality and austerity measures in Brazil, check out this Vice article. According to the writer of the article, Eva Hershaw, “nearly 700 protests took place in Brazil in 2013 alone.” Also, Policy Mic weighs in on the #NotGoingToBrazil hashtag, the latest rallying cry of the World Cup protesters.
  • The Toast features “Alternative Father’s Day Cards,” which is really just a series of funny, thoughtful poems about dads. “What is a father (who doesn’t think his wife and kids are a punchline)?”
  • Some good news for Toronto: This Tuesday, the city council voted in support of a proposal to develop a 24-hour women’s drop-in centre. If the proposal goes forward, the around-the-clock “safe space” will be the first of its kind in Toronto.
  • Migra Zoom, a collective photography project started by Encarni Pinado, captures the stories of migrants trying to cross the Mexican-US border. “Some of the most compelling stories about illegal immigration are not in a book, a movie, or even told by a reporter: they are captured by young immigrants themselves, in Facebook posts, photographs, and yes, selfies.”
  • John Green fans, protect yourselves from this blasphemy! Just kidding, go read this Atlantic article about the “teen whisperer” ASAP. Do you guys believe that Green has “singlehandedly saved YA from extinction”? Or has this “chatter” about Green’s unparalleled talent continued the“cycle of promoting the work of white men as ‘real’ work, and the work of women as ‘simple’… or ‘uniformly satisfying.’”
  • Gender Focus analyzes the outcome of Conservative government’s long awaited legislation on prostitution: “It’s the bait-and-switch approach that I find most confounding – the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act starts off so promisingly, with a preamble stating unequivocally that prostitution primarily affects vulnerable women and children and offends their human dignity. But after acknowledging this, the bill focuses more on protecting the communities than the ‘exploited persons.’”
  • The thinly veiled men’s rights group CAFE (Canadians for Equality) has managed to gain charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency. To give you a sense of CAFE’s women-bashing mandate, here are some titles from its “educational” reading list: The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men, and Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame To Systemic Discrimination Against Men.
  • Yes! Emily Nussbaum reviews High Maintenance,” an incredibly addictive web series about a New York pot dealer and his web of clients. “Despite its D.I.Y. origins ‘High Maintenance’ doesn’t feel like a self-indulgent pet project—instead, it’s more like a shoebox that opens into Narnia. Freed of the constraints of thirty-minute or one-hour formulas, the episodes are luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling.” Go watch it now!
  • This is interesting: Since 2007, Rush Limbaugh has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to an women’s organization in the states. Curious which one it is? “Hint: it’s the one that defends [Limbaugh] whenever he launches into a sexist tirade.”
  • Racialicious shares and comments on comedian Jenny Yang’s popular web-video, “If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say.”
  • “Next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 221-6251… when the person calls or texts, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.” That’s right, an anonymous blogger has come up with the brilliant idea of creating a feminist “phone intervention hotline.” The only drawback is that the call is long distance for Canadian residents. Maybe we can get something similar started here?
  • The Cut discusses Wyldfire, a new invite-only dating site that gives curating privileges to the female users. Women can “sign up freely, but any man on the app has to be invited, theoretically creating a network of only women-selected desirable, dateable, single men.” (At moment, the new app is only available in the US and UK.)
  • Want to learn more about the contemporary “porn debate” in feminist circles? Read this blog post on Ms., which presents a comprehensive description of both the pro- and anti-porn argument.



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