DECODING A FAKE NEWS ARTICLE

“One of the things that fake news stories are extremely good at is sprinkling in factual information into their articles to make it appear that the article is accurate and true.”

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THE BASICS OF FEMINISM

Learn about the basics of feminism from 11 year old Coco. An old soul in a young body, Coco knows where it’s at, and she’ll lead you right to it.

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NEVERTHELESS, SHE REGENERATED

“Although the show’s canon supports unlimited diversity in casting, all twelve reincarnations of The Doctor have been cast as white males.
Their ages, personality, and appearance have covered a wide spectrum; however, the character’s gender and race have never wavered. Although the character has an unquenchable thirst to provide support to the disenfranchised and build bridges of peace between hate, real-life minorities have remained unrepresented in his reincarnations. While a racially diverse Doctor has yet to be seriously discussed by the show’s writers and producers, Doctor Who will debut its first female Doctor in the show’s 2017 Christmas special.”

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – The Beginning

“Belle’s adolescence was marked by a thirst for blood. The obliteration of the ogre species became somewhat of an Arthurian quest for her–one that would not be quelled by any man, not even her father. He’d humoured her when she was younger, allowing her to play with swords instead of dolls, to follow his knights on her small horse, and even to learn rudimentary combat skills. But when a princess became of child-rearing age in Avonlea, there were obligations. The kingdom required an heir, and Belle was the last of their bloodline.”

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BACK IN TIME

“Then I got older. I discovered boys, and makeup, and music…and that early sense of displacement was shoved far to the back of my brain. In college, I studied history, specifically medieval and Renaissance history. I learned about the women who lived and died then. I learned what life was really like. I learned the languages of the past. I learned the harshness of past oppression.”

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STEPPING STONES TO FEMINISM

“This is the part in a real essay where I’m supposed to tell you why this happened and how it made me feel. To examine 1980’s children’s toys through a 2017 feminist world view. But we all know why it happened. You know how it probably made me feel. And this isn’t a proper essay.  These are stepping stones.”

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A NEW AGE OF FEMINISM

“I asked 15-year-old Ella Noire to get together with some of her friends and discuss feminism – what it means to them, how it impacts their lives; are they activists, are they students & teachers; what effect does living under the construct of the patriarchy have on their lives.

Tune in for a glimpse into the minds of the next generation – the future is female, after all.”

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A LIONESS IN RUBY SLIPPERS

“Here’s what Darlings, brace. I’m going to get so real with you in 3, 2, 1.  Yes, yes, the Patriarchy is real and it sucks and all that ****. ( I’m very clear on that after living with it under the magnifying glass of the LDS church). Yes, yes, all true. And guess what else is true? We’re 50% of the population. We are wicked smart, we are wired for organization and efficiency, we are strong, we’ve got the goods.  And we’ve made all sorts of strides over the years. Amazing strides. We have females in every major sector now. We clearly have the power to change and we have used it effectively. There is hard evidence that we can and do, get major **** done.”

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WOMEN IN ART – SEPTEMBER 2017

“This month we are talking about what has led us to where we are today in our journey as feminists. I’ve reached out to three of the most badass artists that I know to see what they have to say about it.”

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#NOTANAZI

“When Donald Trump announced he was running for president and began his campaign that reeked of racism, I was appalled. How could anyone in this day and age listen to that man? Sure, the KKK would, but not normal, everyday people, right? I laughed when he got the nomination because I thought the Democrats would have it in the bag.

And then I began seeing MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hats and signs all over.”

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LAP IT UP, GIRL

“This is how I view feminism. As a woman, we are told how to dress, how to speak, when to speak, designed to be a pretty “thing,” critiqued in every way and criticized for anything outside the “norm.” Innately, this didn’t work for me. I wasn’t boisterous or domineering, but I damn sure wasn’t going to let my life be dictated by this implied set of required standards for women.”

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POST-ELECTION POETRY – V.1

“Writing poetry is nothing new. I’ve been writing poems off and on since the angst-filled days of my teenage years. In November of 2016, my muses became a bit more painful and powerful and my words no longer were about me, but to give voice to the fear, hurt, anger, and disappointment felt by those around me. I guess you could say my activist poet was born. “Cracking the Ceiling” and “I’m No Activist” were the first pieces I created using my new voice.”

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WOMEN RUNNING

“In 2014, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals put a call out for more women to run. Although he did appoint a gender-balanced cabinet “because it’s 2015”, fifty-three of one hundred and eighty-four seats are women. That’s right – 28% of the seats won were won by women. Out of 338 candidates nominated by the Liberals, only 105 nominated candidates were female. Not exactly parity, and not much of a change from the 50 seats previously held by Liberal women.”

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FRESH FEMINISM

“My mother unknowing used teachable moments.  The time when a lesson was applicable generally..painful and heart-wrenching.  The time the girls at my school called me fat and made me feel like I didn’t deserve to breathe the same air as them.  My mother without coddling simply would say “Can’t miss what you didn’t have.” that’s it …NOTHING else.”

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A FEMINIST LENS

“I was born in 1977, which is generally recognized as the tail end of Generation X. I’m sure most others born around this time can relate when I say that I sometimes feel slightly out of place in the Gen X tent. On the other hand, I relate even less to Gen Y/Millennials. So perhaps it’s fitting that I hit adolescence at the start of the nebulous Third Wave. Too young to feel like Second Wave feminism was relevant to me, too old to catch on immediately to the inclusiveness and broadened approach of the Third Wave, I was once again left feeling like I didn’t quite belong.”

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