Dead Wild Roses: DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Gail Dines on Porn Culture.

“Pornography has socialized a generation of men into watching sexual torture,” Dines said. “You are not born with that capacity. You have to be trained into it. Just like you train soldiers to kill. If you are going to carry out violence against a group you have to dehumanize them. It is an old method. ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: LSN Lies About PEI Sexual Development Guide

Apparently PEI has published a guidebook for parents as to what is normal sexual development for children, and the folks over at LifeSite News don’t like it very much.    Link to the actual guidebook: http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/CSA_Healthy.pdf According to LifeSite: A new guide from the government of P.E.I. is telling parents that it is “natural and healthy” ...

Art Threat: Children 404: help fund a film exposing Russia’s crackdown on LGBTQ youth

In the Fall of 2013 a Russian documentary filmmaker contacted numerous LGBTQ activists and filmmakers in Canada and the United States with whom they had worked with in previous years to screen their films. The message they sent was a request to help fund a film that they believe desperately needs to be made: a ...

Melissa Fong: Let me hate my body if I want to

“Or maybe me loving my body is about you. And how you feel about how I feel about my body. If I tell you that “I love my body. I love my freckles. I even love my sagging ass because it’s on my body.” You’ll pat me on the back and tell me that I’m ...

Art Threat: Identity, Oppression, Resistance

For this week’s Friday Film Pick I’m choosing two very different, seemingly unrelated docs that are available for online viewing. Girl Inside is an intimate portrayal of a male transitioning to female, and because the film is available for streaming from Canada’s TVO broadcaster, it is likely unavailable to non-Canadian residents. With that in mind, ...

The Canadian Progressive: S.E.C.R.E.T: Canada’s Answer to Fifty Shades of Grey

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 6, 2013: Last year, a still-unpublished erotic Canadian novel created quite a stir at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair.  The Toronto Star speculated that the novel,  written under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline, was Canada’s answer to British author E.L James’ blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. That the writer was broadcast journalist, author and co-host ...

The Scott Ross: Powerful Women Shouldn’t Be News

Kathleen Wynne becoming our sixth female premier isn’t newsworthy, what will be, is when a premier’s gender doesn’t make headlines. It’s of course understandable why newspapers should report on Ontario’s first female premier, it is historic, but ultimately what will determine progress on gender equality is whether the media and Canadians in general eventually stop ...

Canadian Progressive: The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

By South End Press Publisher: South End Press Pages: 368 ISBN: 978-0-89608-794-1 Format: Paperback original Release Date: 2011-05-01 Synopsis: The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood ...

Five of Five: Anders Pushing Transgender Hysteria

Calgary MP Rob Anders has once again drawn criticism for controversial comments, this time about the transgender community.Anders wants to stop Bill C279, a private member’s bill that would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crime section of the Criminal Code to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as grounds for discrimination.He says ...

Five of Five: Anders Pushing Transgender Hysteria

Calgary MP Rob Anders has once again drawn criticism for controversial comments, this time about the transgender community.Anders wants to stop Bill C279, a private member’s bill that would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crime section of the Criminal Code to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as grounds for discrimination.He says ...

Five of Five: Spoken Word Homophobia

This is just…awful, weird and creepy, and full of the usual lies about sexuality. The up camera angles are very 1984. I’m sure the young peoples of the hood were deeply touched. Update: wrong video…

Five of Five: Spoken Word Homophobia

This is just…awful, weird and creepy, and full of the usual lies about sexuality. The up camera angles are very 1984. I’m sure the young peoples of the hood were deeply touched. Update: wrong video…

Canadian Progressive: Same-sex marriage and the 2012 U.S. presidential election debate

As the 2012 U.S. presidential election approaches, it’s safe to assume that a significant chunk of the debate will revolve around same-sex unions. This graphic from the Marriage & Family Counseling puts things into perspective. Source: Marriage and Family Counseling Degrees RELATED: On the chopping block, Canada gay marriages Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay” Federal ...

What is love and how do we know when it happens?

“It matters not who you love, where you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love” – John Lennon Ah, tis the question on many a mind is it not?  What is love?  How do we define it?  What is real?  What is fake? I have a unique perspective[continue ...

Art Threat: Invocation of the Queer Spirits – Book review: Queer Spirits by AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs

Invocation of the Queer Spirits (Governor’s Island) – AA Bronson There is always a certain magic to be found in the moment of queering. As bodies are opened to unsanctioned desires and sensations, tense moments of wonder unfold before them. Static charges crackle and spark as genders and sexualities are peeled away from the sticky ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay”

A couple of years ago, a friend swore to me that the CNN’s Anderson Cooper was gay. And that it was a matter of time before he came out. I argued that Cooper would be gay only after he’d publicly confirmed that he was gay. The essence of the conversation is that my friend I ...

Thumbs Up Canada: Identity, Migration & Politices: Journeys of LGBTQ+ Newcomers

I am co-organizing this panel discussion event on LGBTQ+ Newcomer issues on June 19, 2012 in Toronto. If you are in this area, come join the discussion!

Thumbs Up Canada: Identity, Migration & Politices: Journeys of LGBTQ+ Newcomers

I am co-organizing this panel discussion event on LGBTQ+ Newcomer issues on June 19, 2012 in Toronto. If you are in this area, come join the discussion!