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Talking Health Care in Victoria

On January 16th Premier Christy Clark hosted premiers from across the country to discuss health care sustainability and the 2014 Health Accord. As part of “Check Up,” a collaborative project that engages youth on health care issues, Check Your Head and BC Health Coalition organized a youth delegation of more than 15 amazing people from the Mainland and the South Island with the aim of bringing a message to the premiers from young people about the future of our health care system.

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How Masculinity, Media, and Societal Expectations Fail Our Boys

The Mask You Live In aims to investigate the question, how does society fail our boys? The film examines how societal standards of boys and men being emotionally unattached, among other “manly” characteristics, has affected an entire generation of young men.

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The Gendered Anatomy of the Great Recession

The effects of the economic failures on the female population reveal the gendered architecture of the global financial system. While virtually every nation on the planet was impacted by the crisis, it is important to observe the disproportionate impacts that were felt by certain populations.

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Can networking really overcome violence?

I really believe through these gatherings I was able to start to make the changes from within and like a cup spilling when filled with so much water, I was able to share these insights when co-facilitating workshops for youth, as well as with everyone else in my life.

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Cinderello: Queering Fairy Tales

As someone who works with children, I frequently read children’s picture books aloud. A few months ago I was reading Hansel and Gretel to a young girl and boy, and I felt bored and frustrated with the gender representations.

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Policing Masculinity through Homophobia

Although many people use these terms out of context, not intending their words to be associated with homosexuality, the implications are real and assert homosexuality as negative, abnormal and to be rejected.

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On Marriage and Family

I was raised, not by one mother and one father, but by an entire community which consist of a whole network of family, extended family, friends, mentors, teachers, bosses, and role models of all age and gender. To deny the many children in need of loving homes the chance to be loved by single parents or same-sex couples is an act, not of protection, but of deprivation.

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An Ode to an Orange

The orange is the symbol of solidarity for all those who chose to be bold, to have the courage to speak out against an injustice. It is the story of welcoming change. Thus it is only fitting we celebrate the courage of the orange while the seasons change. This spring, I implore you to be bold; to be an orange amongst a crowd of apples. Spit out the seeds of ignorance, of stagnant thinking and share your unique segments with our diverse communities to enjoy in solidarity.

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Actualizing Change: Submit Your Action Ideas!

This Spring, Check Your Head is helping you breathe life into your action ideas! We are inviting youth (under 30) to submit action ideas that focus on one of two themes: Gender & Media or Alternative Transportation. Four action ideas will be selected to receive funds of $200 or $100 to see the action come to life!

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Kinder Surprises Made for Girls

The new girls’ Kinder Surprise is bluntly advertised as such: for girls. With its pink packaging and a specific “girl toy” on the inside, it makes me wonder if we truly need more things to define the perfect box that all young women should fit into.