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Building Community Through Storytelling

Every first Friday of the month volunteers with CYH’s Youth and Gender Media Project gather over delicious home-made crock pot meals and baked goodies for two hours of discussion, laughter, and creativity. I find that every meeting I walk away with a new understanding of our society and learn something new about myself in the process.

Judith Butler: A truly amazing story teller

Walking down Granville Street towards the Vogue theatre the first thing I noticed was a gigantic line curving around the block. “Surely”, I thought, “that’s not for Judith Butler…” It was.

Mentorship in the Youth and Gender Media Project

For the past seven months I have had the privilege of taking part in the Youth and Gender Media Project with Check Your Head. Developing facilitation skills, engaging with my peers, and having the opportunity to participate in and help lead workshops that critically engage youth with issues of gender representation in the media, as well as other social justice issues, has been incredible. Most invaluable to my experience with the project, however, has been the mentorship program.

West Coast LEAF Workshop: Making Connections

As a facilitator, I’ve found making a connection with the workshop participants provides a great chance to learn about other organizations, perspectives, and issues. West Coast LEAF was a great example of that, as we got to peek into their meeting style, the issues that they face as workshop facilitators, and the questions that they ask about gender, media and representation.

Scrabble Event at Frontier College

For the last 6 months I’ve worked with the DWA ESL program for Frontier College designing and running classes and workshops for migrant women working as domestic workers (nannies or care-givers). This is a program offered through Frontier College run partially by government funds and partially by the hard work and dedication of the Frontier College staff and volunteers.

Jackson Katz: A Peace-builder

Katz is, as his biography reads, “an educator, author, filmmaker and social theorist who has long been recognized as one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists.”

The Struggle for Equality

When the world celebrated Women’s Day last year, I was shocked by the prevalent attitude that the battle for women’s rights had already been fought and won in Canada. They could not possibly be referring to political participation, given the deplorable representation of women in parliament (25%) or the abysmal numbers of women in senior management positions (26%).

We’re not there yet; we just didn’t know that until now

I remember my friend remarking to me that same sex marriage wasn’t federally recognized, because certain regions/jurisdictions haven’t legalized it. Honestly, I didn’t believe him (sorry man). But now, due to recent reporting on the issue, this whole thing is quite the slap in the face. Maclean’s brought this whole thing to my attention last night as I was relaxing in bed.

Fotoshop by Adobé

I recently ran into a commercial spoof that sums up unrealistic beauty standards really wonderfully. I would love to see this spoof of a make up commercial actually on television. It is a great parody of an advertisement and allows for an effective delivery of its message: beauty standards aren’t realistic.

The Music and the Message

Using a critical lens can sometimes mean having to re-evaluate things you hold dear. Byron Hurt, documentary filmmaker and anti-sexism activist, knows this. In his excellent film, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Hurt talks about his love of hip hop, the place it’s had (and still has) in his life. He tells of how as he started working as an anti-sexism activist he couldn’t ignore the pervasiveness of misogyny, violence and homophobia in hip-hop any longer.