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End All Sexism in the Indian Act  by Penni Mitchell
End All Sexism in the Indian Act

End All Sexism in the Indian Act

There is a Cheyene saying, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

Look around. It’s been 150 years since British colonies drew up the British North America Act to lay the groundwork for their nation, and Indigenous women are still fighting for their nationhood. Specifically, they’re taking aim at another colonial document, the Indian Act of 1876, and the sexism that’s excluded them from receiving Indian status on an equal basis for 141 years.

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Calling Out Sexpats  by Joanna Chiu
Calling Out Sexpats

Calling Out Sexpats

Growing up in a Vancouver suburb with a very diverse population, I remember a few racist taunts on the playground, but they were few and far between.

Ironically, it was only when I moved to Asia that I began encountering serious discrimination as well as “yellow fever” (fetishes over Asian women). When I first moved to China seven years ago, as a 23-year-old reporter, I was a target, not a peer, for some of the men in my professional network.

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Refashioning Fashion  by Ayesha Mian Akram
Refashioning Fashion

Refashioning Fashion

As a Muslim woman who practices hijab—the wearing of modest clothing and covering my hair—I spend a lot of time navigating. I navigate the politics of being a Muslim woman in Canada and the politics of finding modest, yet
stylish clothing. I also navigate the politics of buying clothing that’s not only ethical for the environment, but also ethical to my fellow human beings.

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The Scourge of Manspreading  by Lyn Cockburn
The Scourge of Manspreading

The Scourge of Manspreading

I’m supposedly a funny feminist. Even my psychiatrist said, “You are really funny. Why don’t you do stand-up comedy?”

“Anxiety,” I said, omitting the “that’s bloody well why I’m here” part. This week especially, I do not feel funny. I feel cowardly. I blame it on the man on the bus. I don’t know his name, but maybe I can out him by naming the Vancouver bus and time: Davie Street, rush hour, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

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