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'Nothing Looks Familiar' asks: 'What does it mean to live in a body today?'

Nothing Looks Familiar

by Shawn Syms
(Arsenal Pulp Press,
2014;
$15.95)

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"I won't go out with another man on the killing floor," says Wanda, the narrator of 'On the Line,' in the opening line of Shawn Sym's debut collection Nothing Looks Familiar. "I can't stand the smell of them, or their attitudes."

Wanda's potential suitors work with her in a meat-packing plant, and carry the smell of dead flesh on their skin. Her preoccupation with their bodies' scent is understandable. It is also emblematic of the author's thematic concerns.

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Jim Prentice
| December 8, 2014
November 26, 2014 |
YWCA Rose Campaign's #NOTokay social media initiative calls on individuals to take a stand on violence against women by sharing their voices in response.

#BeenRapedNeverReported: I refuse to stay silent

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#BeenRapedNeverReported: I just did it.

When I read that Jian Ghomeshi had been fired, initially, I was shocked because I deeply respected his work. Then I read his statement on Facebook and something didn't seem right.

The repeated use of the words, "it was consensual" raised a red flag for me. Abusers are masters when it comes to explaining their actions as a misunderstanding: it was consensual; it only happened once; she seemed to like it; she never said no; I only gave her what she was asking, and on and on.

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| October 23, 2014
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A remembrance of webs past

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A lot of the recent talk about Ello, an upstart social media site, has been about how the nascent community reminds members of the early days of the Internet. You know, before native advertising, privacy invasions and Buzzfeed.

Ello's appealing manifesto recalls the first days and first communities in the web. 

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October 3, 2014 |
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is revealing how their passion and work are helping to contribute to one of the best education systems in the world.

#ImNotNext: Indigenous women use social media to demand change

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"I'm Not Next."

A chorus of resistance is rising on social media this week, as Indigenous girls and women take a stand against furthering their portrayal as victims by posting pictures of themselves with the hashtag #ImNotNext.

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Green Memes: The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever

With the extremely high goal of being the “Most Amazing Guide Ever” Green Memes has curated an awesome 81 page primer to social justice activism online. The guide includes practical advice and case studies alongside introductions to using twitter, facebook and gmail. It goes beyond the simple 101 to discuss how to create a Facebook Storm, how to make your own memes with no design experience and why it all matters offline.

The guide is authored by over 30 of the top online organizers from a spectrum of progressive movement groups: from 350.org, Freedom to Marry, New Organizing Institute, Avaaz, GetEqual, Greenpeace, Idle No More, Open Media, and many others.

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Egypt's new dictatorship model for the digital age

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Egypt was ruled by the Mubarak dictatorship for 30 years before the people managed to overthrow him in 2011.

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