Reason #7 Not to Come to TBTN – I Can’t Walk the Entire March

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Take Back the Night is coming up on Thursday, September 17th. We’re taking some time before the event to look at some of the reasons folks might not want to come to TBTN.

Reason #7 – I can’t walk the entire hour-long march

We understand that not everyone is able to walk for an hour long.

Recognizing that some participants use canes, walkers, wheelchairs or scooters or just struggle with walking, we try to have the march happen at a slower pace.

Halfway through the march, at Summer’s Lane, there is a shortcut back to City Hall for folks who would like to only walk in half the march.

If you’d like to participate in the march AND ride in style, a city bus will be following the march and is available for folks! Continue reading

Gender and STEM: From Legos to Learning Code

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SACHA is speaking about Gender and STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – today at CREST – Current Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology. (So many acronyms!)

CREST is put on by the awesome folks at WISE – Women in Science and Engineering.

Here are some of the links, videos, reports, and articles that we talked about.

To get excited for the discussion we watched the amazing panel from the What Makes a Man conference – Gender in Tech: (Un)Learning the (Bro) Code.

We started with Emily Graslie of the Brain Scoop’s amazing video ‘Where My Ladies At?’

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Gender in Tech: Men (Un)Learning the (Bro) Code

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Since SACHA is speaking about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) at CREST – Current Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology this Friday, this week we’re focusing on women in tech!

At last November’s What Makes a Man Conference there was a fabulous panel called Gender in Tech: Men (Un)Learning the (Bro) Code.

It featured Saadia Muzaffar – Senior Director of Marketing at Audience View, Natalie Zina Walschots  – who is doing her PhD in video games, digital cultures, and feminist criticism, and Ramona Pringle – digital journalist and producer.

Lyndsay Kirkham – writer, college professor and creator of Feminist Anne of Green Gables and Syndications on the Rights of Women – was not able to be at the panel as she was making a police report because of online threats and harassment.

They talk about the exhaustion of constantly having to prove yourself in tech, about the need for folks to listen to the stories of women who are working in tech, and about how men can take action every day.

Watch the entire panel here:

Bike Repair and Woman-Identified Only Spaces

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by Johanna Bleecker

As an avid rock climber, I always felt comfortable enough in climbing gyms. I would go with both guy and girl friends and on my own, was happy to make friends with other climbers, and never felt overtly discriminated against. Occasionally I would have to put up with others, usually male, giving patronizing tips I hadn’t asked for and didn’t want or trying to engage me in conversations that made me feel uncomfortable.

Then my bouldering gym started a women’s only time, adding a couple extra reserved hours onto their schedule.

Intrigued, my female friend and I went and found something in that space that we hadn’t realized we were missing. Women at all levels of climbing were cheering each other on, there were baked treats, and even the music was female-fronted. The biggest wall, usually overrun by the stronger male climbers, was being climbed by women who said they’d never felt comfortable trying it when the largely male clientele were showing off their skills one after another. Continue reading

SACHA BroadCAST – Feminist Links and Hijinks N0. 29

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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:

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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!’

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SACHA Broadcast – Feminist Links & Hijinks No. 27

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Links, news and videos curated and collected carefully from the internets.

Ear plugs, pens, tea, tissues… These are all products that absolutely need to be gendered, right? (Via Buzzfeed.com)

Bonus! Riley taking down companies that market gendered products:

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Need a head start on how to ask for consent?  Here’s sixteen ways to talk about consent. (Via Sixteen Secrets):

4. “How does this feel?”
5. “Do you want me to…?”
6. “Do you want to…?”
7. “Is there anything you want to try?”

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University of Waterloo student, Amulya Sanagavarapu, is kickstarting some consent themed underwear:consent-panties(Via Thinkprogress)

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Former SACHA staff Pauline Kajura on working in feminist agencies and ‘using your power for good’!

Kajiura praises the women at SACHA and their commitment to ending violence against women.

“I am grateful for that amazing experience of applying feminist theory to real life issues. It was difficult but rewarding.”

(Via Illuminessence)

 

— compiled by erin

SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinks No. 25

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It’s cold outside but we’ve got some hot feminist links to keep you warm!

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard made it to the semi finals in the Australian Open.  On the court directly after her win did the reporter choose to ask her about her training or her headspace?  Nope.  She was asked who in the whole world she would like to go on a date with.

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That’s what British sports reporter Samantha Smith, herself a former tennis player who really ought to know better, asked Bouchard seconds after the match ended. A lot of people are pissed off about what Smith asked, and rightly so – it completely disregarded Bouchard’s abilities and achievements as a tennis player

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Kiera Obbard wrote a great piece for the University of Ottawa’s paper, Fulcrum, about what sexual assaults get covered in the media and the tips that women are given to keep safe.

In addition to creating more inclusive spaces, Msosa would like to see a focus on community accountability and ways that people can help stop sexual assault, including practical strategies for intervening.

“In an ideal world, I want the community accountability to be there for survivors,” she said. “I would love to see the conversation shift from being, ‘This incident happened, women beware,’ to, ‘This incident happened, let’s all come together to figure out how we can keep our community safe.’”

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Longtime activist Beth E. Ritchie writes about her ‘journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation’ and how that lead her to question how we respond to violence in our culture.

It means investing in a new kind of community, especially within communities of color, where those who are most disadvantaged are in leadership of sustained, base-building activities for justice. Concerns about gender justice and sexuality liberation would necessarily be included. Strategies to address the harm caused by violence would be grounded in these stronger, more equitable communities. Safety would come from communities, and, therefore, prisons could eventually become obsolete. Here, in a feminist prison abolition project is where I find the best possibility of the kind of liberation that I have been working towards for so long.

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Media critic, anti-racist feminist, founder and executive director of Women In Media and News, Jenn Pozner (@jennpozner) has a simple tip for white progressives &male allies to ensure diversity in speaking events:
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Do you need a reason to come to SACHA’s Chocolate Fest on February 6th?  Here’s FIVE!