SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links and Hijinks No. 21

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All the links, videos and photos you need from around this week’s feminist internets!

Doing any gift buying this December?  Here’s a handy guide:


Via Equality for Women

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Wondering if we still need feminism and awesome critical analysis of media?  Watch this video:

(After watching people say so many gross things, oppressive, objectifying things about women, all I want to do is watch this video all day long….)

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Activists have shut down the construction for Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline in North Toronto, locking down to equipment to prevent further work on the line.

“The health of Aamjiwnaang is suffering from the effects from Canada’s Chemical Valley as a result of Environmental Racism. We need to act now in defence of the land we depend on before Enbridge permanently destroys our territories. This is a human rights issue that effects future generations of all peoples.”
– Vanessa Gray, Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines

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A wicked awesome hilarious rebuttal that shuts down the idea that ‘reverse racism’ was ever a thing…

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Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to more than twenty years in jail after firing a warning shot near her abusive husband, was released from jail last week!

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Awesome response to street harassment!  Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Stop Telling Women To Smile” mural project:

Stop Telling Women to Smile is a street art project that addresses gender based street harassment.

The project consists of a series of portraits of women – women who I have sat talked with about their experiences with harassment. The portraits are designed into posters, including text that is inspired by the subject’s experiences. And then I wheat paste.

STWTS started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an on-going, travelling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants.

Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street – creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

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Check out this list of awesome male allies doing work to confront men’s violence against women and to end gendered violence!!!  Please Be That Guy

I was super excited to see that Jeff Perera from White Ribbon Campaign was included…

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Tired of hearing about Rob Ford?  How about what’s been missing from the conversations?….  His embracing and embodying toxic masculinity.

But then, when it comes to the replication of gender norms, most of us are enablers. Toxic masculinity is not “men being awful”; rather, it is people of all genders holding, performing and perpetuating rigid ideas of who we are allowed to be. Rob Ford, in particular, has spent a lifetime striving to perform what a Rich, Powerful White Man should be (a whole other level of toxicity beyond the merely masculine). His pursuit of idealized masculinity seems unmistakably modelled after that of his simultaneous bully and protector brother, who has often been framed by the media as “the smart one” and seems to have always been perceived as more competent, more likeable, more of A Man.

— compiled by erin

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