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Bif Naked Rebuilds the Stage of Life  by Anna Lazowski
 Bif Naked Rebuilds the Stage of Life

Bif Naked Rebuilds the Stage of Life

It was a surprising side effect from the chemotherapy Bif Naked experienced during her treatment for breast cancer. Spending time with other women who were sharing her cancer experience clarified something for her.

“I realized how isolating my job was for all those years. It’s like being Rapunzel in the tower. Really and truly, you never meet other women and get to interact.”

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Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight  by Cindy Filipenko
Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq and her music are genre-defying.

But, then again, that’s what makes them both so great. Tagaq is great because she’s talented, real, warm, funny and not above using a few well-placed curses for emphasis when needed.

The fact that her music is great was recognized in September, when her latest album, Animus, won the Polaris Music Prize. For the Inuit throat-singer, winning the Polaris wasn’t as much mind-blowing as it was validating.

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Why Mannequins Must Reflect Us  by Sharon Haywood
 Why Mannequins Must Reflect Us

Why Mannequins Must Reflect Us

Triggering women’s insecurity by selling us unattainable beauty has been the golden rule for the fashion industry, but common sense begs the question: Wouldn’t sales naturally increase if consumers actually had models—both real-life models and mannequins—that looked like their own bodies?

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Yes! Women are Funny!  by Kaj Hasselriis
Yes! Women are Funny!

Yes! Women are Funny!

It’s one of the first warm nights of spring, and the venerable queer venue is shaking with laughter at a stand-up comedy show headlined by young women comedians.  Avery Edison strolls onstage, with her small round glasses and short red Sinead O’Connor-style hair, and the mixed-gender, mostly 20-something audience welcomes the young British comic with the same polite applause it gave to the five young women who performed before her. Not long into her set, Edison comes out to the crowd as transgender and, seeking to prove it, starts to unbutton her black jeans.

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Red Rock: Chinese Women Take to the Stage  by Ember Swift
Red Rock: Chinese Women Take to the Stage

Red Rock: Chinese Women Take to the Stage

It was only in 1986 that contemporary rock music began in China. The artist was Cui Jian, and the instruments were a mixture of Western and Eastern styles, featuring screaming electric guitars. He is now seen as the figurehead of the Chinese rock movement.

Since then, the music scene in China has developed at breakneck speed. Now, in what is seen as its fourth generation, there is a burgeoning scene for every musical style. Some compare the Chinese music scene today to the late ’60s of North America.

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Reach for the Stars  by Cindy Filipenko
Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars

Fair-skinned girls who want mainstream acceptance aren’t singing about gender politics or First Nations’ issues, either, but that’s exactly what makes Kinnie Starr stand out.

Favourably compared in the music press to Lauryn Hill, PJ Harvey and Ani Difranco, Starr has spent her 10-year career on the edge of mainstream success. Her first album came out in 1996 and she has worked steadily—albeit often independently—since then.

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Tattoos More than Skin Deep  by Alexis Keinlen
Tattoos More than Skin Deep

Tattoos More than Skin Deep

When Patricia Roe was 46, her 20-year-old son, Adam, died while mountain climbing in Guatemala.

Several of Adam’s friends got tattoos to mark the loss of their friend. A few weeks later, Roe got the same design tattooed a few inches above her knee, while Adam’s father had the tattoo applied to his shoulder. The design is an impala—a type of deer—surrounded by a sun. The deer was an important symbol for Roe’s son, who loved speed, movement and freedom; he also loved the sun.

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Drama Queers  by Karen X. Tulchinsky
Drama Queers

Drama Queers

Ever since Ellen was cancelled, we have been starving for a TV show featuring a loud, proud, leaping lesbian. While Ellen Morgan the character didn’t survive, Ellen Degeneres has.

“Less evil and more glamour for daytime,” is what she promised of her new television talk show. Dressed in tailored suits, open collar and white runners, Degeneres exudes lesbian on her talk show. But it doesn’t deal with queer issues.

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Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets  by Sheila Nopper
Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

nah-ee-lah and d’bi young are creating sparks with their word sounds. These second- generation dub poets—who are also noteworthy playwrights and actors—rhythmically fan those sparks into flames of resistance against injustice as they burn new pathways toward social liberation.

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Feminist Horror Plots Against Patriarachy  by Alison Gillmor
Feminist Horror Plots Against Patriarachy

Feminist Horror Plots Against Patriarachy

Horror and feminism may seem like an unlikely pairing at first. After all, horror is a cinematic genre marked by ugly violence, menaced by masked men and packed with blonde sorority girls who run upstairs when they should be running out of the house. Then there’s the iconic image of the scary movie: the flash of a knife penetrating soft female flesh.

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