October 12, 2014
- Âpihtawikosisân’s newest blog post for Rabble discusses Indian & Cowboy, a new independent Indigenous media company “that creates, produces & publishes Indigenous … projects across multiple platforms on the internet & for broadcast media.” The featured podcasts look amazing!
- On Friday, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! To celebrate the occasion, Policy Mic shares Malala’s long list of incredible achievements.
- We love a good lesson in women’s history! Check out Leigha Ariana’s Toast article about Norma Ellen Verwey, a “tremendous prankster” who had the guts to suggest to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (circa 1968) that reproductive health could be solved if men were to undergo vasectomies at a standard age.
- Has everyone already seen this? Cuz it’s perfect. For $20, the Womansplainer will answer your questions about feminism. How does she do this, you may ask? Through a google search.
- This week bell hooks and Laverne Cox sat down to discuss feminism, race, colonialism and more. You can watch a video of the discussion here! Apparently hooks was “interested in talking to Cox because she wanted to see how her feminist theory is affecting people outside of academia.” Also, because Laverne Cox is the best!
- I wouldn’t change a thing about Amy Poehler’s author photo for her new book.
- Meredith Graves, the singer of Perfect Pussy, has written a incisive, critical piece for Pitchfork that directly confronts the male privilege of the music industry, as exemplified in Mark Kozelek’s recent one-sided public feud with the band War on Drugs. Kozelek’s unfounded aggression towards the band culminated in a song called “War on Drugs: Suck My Cock,” which sadly, music writers have almost uniformly praised this week.
- For Harriet responds to the violent murder of Mary Spears, a Detroit woman who was recently killed by a man after declining his advances at a club. “Street harassment is so insidious that many Black women consider it commonplace and have developed ways to fend off the unwanted attention of men – many of which must involve the mention of another man before it is taken seriously. Unless you say, ‘I have a boyfriend’ or ‘I’m on my way to meet my husband,’ your decision is met with persistence. Without including another man, a simple ‘no’ is not enough.” Vox more broadly considers the horrifying event in the context of rape culture.
- If you are a Torontonian, you are likely hyper aware of the upcoming mayoral election. Here are two articles to add to your reading list about the election race: NOW rates each of the candidates’ elitism and a Star Op-ed discusses John Tory’s record on women’s issues (hint: it’s not good). If you are feeling overwhelmed by the candidates’ political jargon, be sure to check out Position Primer, a dynamic tool by Women in Toronto Politics that presents side-by-side comparisons of the council candidates’ views on a variety of issues.