The Roles of Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous Politics

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Gender and sexuality are important to discussions of Indigenous politics because these characteristics structure the particular experiences of colonization lived by Indigenous persons. The institution of gender is one that has been used by settler-colonials and later Indigenous persons to define how power, wealth and opportunity shall be distributed in society. Gender-based poverty of choice…

Toxic Masculinity in Regards to Femininity

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Toxic Masculinity. A topic we always refer to when discussing how gender norms placed on men negatively affect behaviour and society. For a massive time in our society, the idea of referring to traits that are heavily rooted in gender norms is toxic, especially in regards to femininity and acting more “feminine.” So I’m going…

Body Image: The Consequences of a One-Size Fits All Society

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As you can tell by the title of this post, I’ll be discussing sensitive topics that some may find triggering or would rather not read about. So I’ll start off with a trigger warning including body dysmorphia, eating disorders, mental illness, and other related topics. With that being said, welcome to the world of distorted…

The Prevalence of Misogyny, Misogynoir, and Hypocrisy in Rap Culture

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Trigger warning: this blog post features mentions of physical and sexual assault as well as graphic images. Rap music is a personal favourite of many people. When asked why these individuals often cite past paced beats, the stories of social ascension and personal successes rappers tell as some of the reasons why. Listeners are often…

Content Warning: Rape Culture and Victim Blaming

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“What were you wearing?” Why does it matter? “Were you alone?” Why does it matter? “Why did you go out so late?” Why does it matter? Ask him why he followed a girl into a back alley. Ask him why he said vulgar things to her. Ask him why he touched her without her consent. …