May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
SACHA will be offering two workshops — Supporting Survivors for community members and Listening to Disclosures for helping professionals.
Fannie Hustle has worked as an independent escort in a mid-sized Canadian city for the past three years. From the start, she has been convinced that radical social movements have a ton to learn from sex workers.
Fannie Hustle is working towards an analysis of sex work that is reflexive, critical, anti-oppressive and true to her experiences as a femme-y, queer person who both dates men and fucks them for money. Like everything else, it’s complex, and it’s complicated.
Fannie is in the process of making zines, pamphlets, posters, and other sex work-positive resources that may be useful to you. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post was originally on her blog – http://smalltimehooker.tumblr.com/
On December 20th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada declared several of Canada’s prostitution laws unconstitutional. In Bedford vs Canada, three women with experience in the sex trade launched a court challenge against sections of the Criminal Code criminalizing prostitution. (Currently, the physical act of exchanging sex for money is not illegal, but other aspects of the sex trade are.)
Whoa! It’s been a while since we broadcast anything…
Let’s get to it!
Actor Gina Torres had some amazing things to say about sexism and sci-fi:
I walk into a room, and for this industry, I’m impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what’s left for a woman? Either you’re the tall ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not-so-attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they’ll give you a gun and they’ll say, ‘Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!’
We are excited to announce that thanks to Hamilton’s AMAZING support we raised over $30 000 for SACHA programs and services at Chocolate Fest this year.
The money will be used in SACHA work to support survivors of sexual assault and to end violence in our community.
Thank you to everyone who came out to make the event such a massive success. We truly appreciate your support.
Also, big thanks to our sponsors, the bakeries, restaurants and chocolatiers that bring all the scrumptious treats as well as the volunteers who make it all happen.
Five student leaders made sexually threatening statements towards and suggested that Anne-Marie Roy, president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, has sexually transmitted infections.
From Diane Mehta’s March 2nd article in the Globe and Mail:
A student union leader at the University of Ottawa says an online conversation among five fellow students in which she was the target of sexually graphic banter shows that “rape culture” is all too prevalent on Canadian campuses.
Anne-Marie Roy, 24, is going public despite being threatened with legal action by four of the male students, who say the Facebook conversation was private.
“They should be held accountable for those actions. Actions have consequences and I think that this is certainly something that can’t go unnoticed,” said Roy, who heads the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa.
“Rape culture is very present on our campuses … I think that it’s very shameful to see that there are student leaders who are perpetuating that within their own circles.”
Anne Thériault wrote about it on her blog The Belle Jar:
This is the type of thing that’s said about women in positions of power — not a critique of their policies, but a threat of sexual violence. Not a comment on how they do their job, but graphic fantasies about how they should be sexually degraded. Nothing about their intelligence or capability, just a string of jokes about how riddled with venereal disease they are. This is misogyny, pure and simple. This is slut-shaming. This is rape culture.
Hamilton has two exciting art exhibitions coming to town for March which is Women’s History Month.
This is an Emergency!
At Homegrown Hamilton, 7 King William Street, Hamilton, Ontario
March 14th – April 10th, 2014; opens at Art Crawl, March 14th, 2014, 7pm. Presented in association with SACHA