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PostArctica: Surprises – Jam Report #13

You just never know what you are going to get at the Jam. Friday night at Cafe Kali being no exception to this rule as things started off quietly, perhaps […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Surprises – Jam Report #13

PostArctica: Friends – Jam Report #12

Writing this on February 3 which signifies one month smoke free for me, hard to believe, and all I can say is it can be done, but you have to […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Friends – Jam Report #12

PostArctica: Light – Jam Report #11

At 5pm you can see it is still light out and that has always been a liberating experience for me, that first day of the 9-5 drudgery where you walk […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Light – Jam Report #11

PostArctica: Warmth – Jam Report #10

We have not had too many real cold days so far this winter but Friday night was one of them so I was a bit concerned about musicians wanting to […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Warmth – Jam Report #10

PostArctica: Jam at Cafe Kali in Verdun

Last night was our 2nd edition of the Jam and it was a truly good time. The musicians work very well together, the people love the casual environment and it all comes together nicely. Wally Dae is one of the greatest unknown singer songwriters of our time so it is a particular pleasure to have . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Jam at Cafe Kali in Verdun

Left Over: Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

AdBlock Plus mobile browser could devastate publishers About 215 million people will use ad block services on their computers by June, company estimates

CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 25, 2015 5:17 AM ET

Twenty-four hours after Ad Block Plus launched its Android browser with . . . → Read More: Left Over: Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

ffibs: Cutting video in short pants is easy: When asked he would

Filed under: Making fun of Harper, Videos

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Rick Mercer on the Low Wage Economy Outtakes from the NDP Leadership Convention

The Krellant Evening News brings you the deleted scenes from our special report on the NDP Leadership Convention.

Every wondered about the NDP’s position on the weaponization of space, or how they plan on stealing the nation’s baby’s? Cat Reporter brings you the truth on these hot-button issues, and more!

And Frank just . . . → Read More: Outtakes from the NDP Leadership Convention

cultural sn:afu: Sunday Blues Spotlight: Derek Miller

I first saw Derek Miller when he was featured on the live music TV program, ‘Arbor Live’, on the APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network). Arbor Live is a fantastic show to catch great new and independent bands. Unfortunately the budget … Continue reading →

ROAR!: Happy Darwin Day

Late in posting this…my bad.  Happy Darwin Day!

ROAR!: Resolution #58 Ghiz, Casey and MacAulay – Day 15

Does it really matter that the PEI NDP’s asked our Premier, Robert Ghiz and our two other Liberal MP’s to comment on Reslolution #58?  Does it really matter that women on PEI stood in front of the Parliament building in Charlottetown sharing stories, calling for change, yelling shame at the PEI government?  Does it really . . . → Read More: ROAR!: Resolution #58 Ghiz, Casey and MacAulay – Day 15

ROAR!: Media Literacy in PEI Schools

Would love to see PEI schools develop Media Literacy programs in Junior High, maybe even in Grade 6. My daughter is in Grade 6 and we talk about these types of issues when we watch TV and I see some add that says something to the effect of ‘if you don’t buy/wear makeup you’ll look old’.  . . . → Read More: ROAR!: Media Literacy in PEI Schools

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Wall Street: The Movie

Soon, we’ll get better understanding of the passion underlining the Occupy Wall Street movement. Via the big screen. But not from Michael Moore or some other leftty big-shot Hollywood film-maker. From film-savvy activists on the …Read More A Very Krellant Kristmas

In this special Christmas episode of The Krellant, Frank Feltman tells a story of holiday mishap, and his rescue from one unlikely cat…in verse! Krellant Special on Climate Change

In the latest edition of The Krellant Evening News, Cat Reporter is at the helm while Frank is out in the field interviewing Matthew Paterson, a farmer—err, university professor—about the latest round of climate change talks. Of course Cat Reporter brings in his own Cat Expert to ensure “fair and balanced” coverage of the . . . → Read More: Krellant Special on Climate Change Frank’s Tribute to Andy Rooney

In the latest edition of Frankly Speaking, Frank pays homage to his friend and mentor, the late great Andy Rooney in his own complainerous style. Krellant Special Report on Occupy Toronto

In this episode of The Krellant Evenings News, Cat Reporter infiltrates the Occupy movement and learns of their secret plans to take over the world. Oh, and Frank has a new reason to freak out. Suzy Citizen, Episode 1

The people who brought you The Krellant Evening News have a new project: The Continuing Adventures of Suzy Citizen. Produced for Student Vote by Wildrun Productions, the web series follows a precocious ten-year-old as she discovers what it means to be politically active. Hilarious and heartwarming!!

Impolitical: Epic win

A metaphor for good versus evil. Overcoming the stresses of life, whatever they may be. Raw survival skills at their best. The beauty of nature. Whatever you’d like to make of it. Or just lazy but fun Sunday blogging fare.(h/t) . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Epic win

Geoff at Mount Allison: 600+ Views on Tips for Mount Allison University Students

 Hi everybody, I just wanted to make a quick comment on the “20 Tips in 20 Days for first-year students” video project I’ve been working on. In less than 50 hours there have been over 600 views of the three video tips posted so far and an incred… . . . → Read More: Geoff at Mount Allison: 600+ Views on Tips for Mount Allison University Students The Krellant Election Special—Youth Voting

Frank Feltanchor probes youth voter intentions in the latest video from the Krellant. In it, he gets to the heart of the resentment fueling political apathy among Canada’s youth.

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Brontë sisters power dolls

Thank you to my friend Sarah for sharing this wonderful video on facebook:

I don’t really have anything to say about this aside from “Brontë sisters power up!” . . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Brontë sisters power dolls

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Brontë sisters power dolls

Thank you to my friend Sarah for sharing this wonderful video on facebook:

I don’t really have anything to say about this aside from “Brontë sisters power up!”

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Kathleen Hanna on leadership

A few days ago, somebody posted this interview with Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre in ontd_feminism:

In the interview, Hanna discusses how she feels about donating her zines and other papers to the New York University Library. More information about this is available in this article at Village Voice:

After a series of trivializing articles appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, and some alternative press outlets, many in the Riot Grrrl movement called for a media blackout, which left much of Riot Grrrl unrecorded in anything other than private and piecemeal fashion. A Riot Grrrl archive would thus function as a remarkable resource, providing scholars of feminism, gender theory, and music history with a trove of unpublished and undocumented primary sources. As Jenna Freedman, a librarian who maintains a zine collection at Barnard College, explains, “I think it’s just essential to preserve the activist voices in their own unmediated work, especially because of the media blackout that they called for. What the young women have to say in the unedited, un–’corporate stamp of approval’ way is really powerful.”

Another thing that Kathleen Hanna discusses in this interview is leadership:

I want more interesting leaders. I think the thing that um is really hard for feminist women who are also interested in challenging like all kinds of oppression is that we’re freaked out about leadership, and so there’s not more interesting leaders, and a lot of times we kill off our own leaders. I mean not because I think because we’re women but because we’re in a culture that you know we create products and then we destroy those products, the same way that we lift people up and it’s like the kill your idol syndrome, and then we’re like, “They’re not good enough, and this is wrong,” and we get all picky about everything and I just, I don’t know, I just wish there was more feminist leaders to choose from and more variety.

I think I agree with her. A recent example of “kill your idol syndrome” is some of the negative reaction to Jen McCreight’s Boobquake. And maybe we were all a little hard on McCreight:

The main feminist objection to Boobquake seemed to be that the women who participated were letting ourselves be exploited. They argued that many men reacted to the event with sexist, “Show us your tits!” idiocy—a reaction McCreight should have foreseen, and was therefore responsible for. Even if the intention behind the event was good (a point on which anti-Boobquake feminists differ)—even though the event was initiated by a woman and voluntarily participated in by women—the result was simply another round of female bodies being objectified by men.

Ah. I see.

Women ought not to display our sexuality—because men can’t be trusted. In the presence of a display of desirable female flesh, men will lose control of themselves. Women ought to dress modestly, and ought not to encourage other women to dress immodestly… and if we persist in our immodesty, and men respond by behaving badly, it’s women’s fault.
-Greta Christina

On the other hand, I also agree with Kathleen Hanna that it’s better to have more leaders, and because there were some people who disagreed with Boobquake, Negar Mottahedeh and Golbarg Bashi created Brainquake. Because we had Boobquake and Brainquake, we had more leaders to choose from and we could choose to follow the movement that we were more comfortable with.

Now, don’t think that just because I think that it’s better to have more leaders that I’ve changed my mind about men as feminist leaders. I still think that the oppressor leading the oppressed is counter-productive to the feminist movement. It doesn’t seem that Maymay sees himself as an oppressor, but I’ve noticed some viewpoints from his supporters that are a danger to feminism. There were two comments in particular in response to this debate (one on Maymay’s twitter and the other on the Femquake facebook page) that I found to be very unsettling:

I think it means more when more privileged people acknowledge the problems and contribute to solutions.


If anything, I think it’s better that you’re a man.

If we’re going to place more importance on men’s roles within feminism than on women’s roles, then what’s the point of even having feminism?

If you agree with Maymay that men can be feminist leaders, then I suggest that you read Feminism 101. There are some good articles in their FAQ about what roles men should have in feminism and why. If you read that and you still think that men should be feminist leaders, then we’re not in this together.

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