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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…

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…

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…

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…

The Normalization of Intimate Partner Violence in Beauty and the Beast

Although it may happen behind closed doors, violence against women is a public issue that has serious psychological, social and physical consequences. This short clip from the documentary Mickey Mouse Monopoly is useful for teaching about how Disney films socialize girls to accept and overlook…

Local 2 Global

In celebration of International Development Week (IDW), BC youth were invited to attend “Local 2 Global”, a networking event for individuals to share and inspire others with their amazing accomplishments and goals within the local and global community.

Misrepresentation of Gender Roles in Media: Easy Bake for Boys

To this day, the role of mass media in the misrepresentation of gender roles continues to manipulate the interest of children and youth, such the industry defining what-boys-supposedly-love in comparison to the interests of girls. The continual role of mass media in distinguishing gender roles…

Same Love

Seattle rapper Macklemore’s hit track “Same Love” provides a social commentary for the relatively absent discussion of homosexual love in mainstream hip-hop culture. In “Same Love,” Macklemore expresses his views in support of gay marriage and effectively creates a dialogue for listeners to rethink their…

December 6: A Day of Remembrance & Action

This year, I was in the town of Vanderhoof on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. To remember the 14 women who died in Montreal in 1989 and all women affected by violence, a local group organized a…

December 6: A Day of Remembrance & Action

This year, I was in the town of Vanderhoof on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. To remember the 14 women who died in Montreal in 1989 and all women affected by violence, a local group organized a…