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April 6, 2016

That’s “Unprofessional” Part 2: On Feeling Your Feelings In The Workplace

Read “That’s “Unprofessional” Part 1: Body Policing in the Workplace” here. Answer me this [...]
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    April 1, 2016

    {Punk™ is for Wypipo} // “The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk (2008)” by Nia King

      Nia (Angry Black-White Girl and Borderlands) comes forward to declare her status as an ex-punk. She [...]
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    March 18, 2016

    Please Don’t Compliment Me For Losing Weight

    Disclaimer: Content of this article touches on childhood sexual violence, body shaming, fatphobia and dysphoria. This past week I’ve been visiting some family and removed from my usual circle of gentle and nurturing and sensitive friends. One of the things that a lot of us know all too well in immigrant families settled in the west is the extreme pressure from parents and family members to assimilate to Western beauty standards. Being told not to stay out in the sun for too long, learning about nose jobs at the age of 7, and most commonly, being told to lose weight. Up until a year ago, I had spent my adolescence and young adult years being emotionally abused by my parents both about my weight and post-puberty body. They were always making roundabout comments to police my food choices in extreme ways (such as being told not to eat bread or rice in high school), policing my clothing choices (when I would wear the same tank tops as other girls, apparently they were too “sexy” on my body type) and instilling shame into me. I was sexually assaulted as a child and this commentary about my body, this shaming and hypersexualization of my [...] [...]
  • Getting Brain

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    April 6, 2016

    That’s “Unprofessional” Part 2: On Feeling Your Feelings In The Workplace

    Read “That’s “Unprofessional” Part 1: Body Policing in the Workplace” here. Answer me this [...]
    • plzdonot
      March 18, 2016

      Please Don’t Compliment Me For Losing Weight

      Disclaimer: Content of this article touches on childhood sexual violence, body shaming, fatphobia and dysphoria. This past week I’ve been visiting some family and removed from my usual circle of gentle and nurturing and sensitive friends. One of the things that a lot of us know all too well in immigrant families settled in the west is the extreme pressure from parents and family members to assimilate to Western beauty standards. Being told not to stay out in the sun for too long, learning about nose jobs at the age of 7, and most commonly, being told to lose weight. Up until a year ago, I had spent my adolescence and young adult years being emotionally abused by my parents both about my weight and post-puberty body. They were always making roundabout comments to police my food choices in extreme ways (such as being told not to eat bread or rice in high school), policing my clothing choices (when I would wear the same tank tops as other girls, apparently they were too “sexy” on my body type) and instilling shame into me. I was sexually assaulted as a child and this commentary about my body, this shaming and hypersexualization of my [...] [...]
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      January 28, 2016

      ‘Five major barriers to basic mental health care’ [excerpts] // murky green waters

      Trigger Warning The following includes discussion of mental health, care, gatekeeping… 1. Cost This [...]
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      January 4, 2016

      Dating While Woke: A Retrospective // Blavity

      I’m coming into this space with three things: I am a young cis-hetero black woman invested in black [...]
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      December 8, 2015

      The Balance Between Awareness and Self-Care: When Staying Woke Is Too Much // ReadContra

      My body autonomy is a constant political debate–by men who have no clue what being a woman in 2015 means. [...]
  • Brain Drain

    plzdonot
    March 18, 2016

    Please Don’t Compliment Me For Losing Weight

    Disclaimer: Content of this article touches on childhood sexual violence, body shaming, fatphobia and dysphoria. This past week I’ve been visiting some family and removed from my usual circle of gentle and nurturing and sensitive friends. One of the things that a lot of us know all too well in immigrant families settled in the west is the extreme pressure from parents and family members to assimilate to Western beauty standards. Being told not to stay out in the sun for too long, learning about nose jobs at the age of 7, and most commonly, being told to lose weight. Up until a year ago, I had spent my adolescence and young adult years being emotionally abused by my parents both about my weight and post-puberty body. They were always making roundabout comments to police my food choices in extreme ways (such as being told not to eat bread or rice in high school), policing my clothing choices (when I would wear the same tank tops as other girls, apparently they were too “sexy” on my body type) and instilling shame into me. I was sexually assaulted as a child and this commentary about my body, this shaming and hypersexualization of my [...] [...]
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      January 7, 2016

      Wanted: Space To Grow

      Disclaimer: I recognize that ageism and physical space are not the only barriers to the music community. They are the barriers I've personally experienced and feel adequate writing about. [...]
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      November 4, 2015

      Letter to the boy I conceived with

      CONTENT WARNING: This account includes mention of sex, abortion, and child abandonment. You said you might [...]
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      October 19, 2015

      Carrying the Weight of My Oppression

      TRIGGER WARNING: This account includes brief mention of self-harm/suicidal ideation. I regularly find myself [...]
    • the_new_normal
      October 2, 2015

      Dear Hot 89.9…

      TRIGGER WARNING: This piece includes mention of Transmisogyny, Anti-Trans Violence, Suicide, and Crude [...]
  • Cool Story

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    April 1, 2016

    {Punk™ is for Wypipo} // “The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk (2008)” by Nia King

      Nia (Angry Black-White Girl and Borderlands) comes forward to declare her status as an ex-punk. She [...]
  • OPP

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    April 6, 2016

    That’s “Unprofessional” Part 2: On Feeling Your Feelings In The Workplace

    Read “That’s “Unprofessional” Part 1: Body Policing in the Workplace” here. Answer me this [...]
  • A // V

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    September 17, 2015

    Listen // 1 Girl 5 Babes: An Interactive Panel on Gender and Racism in Local Music

    This is a recording of an interactive panel prepared and hosted in Ottawa, ON by femmes of colour from the [...]
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