Gloss over This: Tei Shi

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“There’s an independent mindset here. When you grow up in Canada, you’re not surrounded by lots of people trying to make music or become an artist-but because of that, I had the chance to form who I am as a musician in a more genuine way. It’s something I feel in young Canadian artists.”

- Tei Shi in “The Breakout Act” by Sarah Laing in Elle Canada August 2015

Closet Feminist Project: Redefining the Literary Canon

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Above: Trying to read in bed but alas, Liberty Bell/Sabrina is interrupting me.

It’s no secret that so-called literary canons have a bit of a bias issue. Literature “classics” and “must-read-before-you-[die, turn 30, etc]-lists,” “are-you-well-read lists,” etc, are composed of books usually written by white guys of North American or European origin who are long dead.

For most of my life I’ve tried to read as many classics as possible, and this was spurred on even further when I was in university. I had an attitude of “why bother reading anything new when I can plough through another classic?”

Then I watched Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” and it inspired me to throw this whole viewpoint out the window.

She got me thinking—why should I blindly accept certain stories as the story? As such,why accept these classics books as classics? As long as I buy into that system of thinking, I perpetuate the the idea that books outside the canon are somehow lesser.

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Above: A Margot-inspired portrait of me reading by CS, which she painted for me while we were in university.

As a feminist, I was surprised that I had bought into this idea for so long. Considering that books outside the canon are very often written by women and people of colour, it was high time to put my philosophy into action with regards to my reading. This means reading and supporting the stories of women as central and essential, not fringe or elective.

I decided that I wanted to create my own literary canon of sorts. I wanted to read more books written by women, and more books by and about people of colour.

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Above: Highlighting all my Jacqueline Carey books–soooo much more than just trashy romance/fantasy novels, but more on that later.

Since starting this new journey/project, I must say I have learned so much and enjoyed myself immensely. The books I have read have been excellent, inspiring, entertaining, and have given me new things to ponder. I find it thrilling to seek out new authors myself and read their work. Defining for myself which books are classics is surprisingly empowering.

I have new favourite authors now—I used to love Steinbeck and Salinger and I still do, but now my favourite authors are Dawn Powell and Catherynne M. Valente.

The books I share on here are part of this project. Here’s to women who write their own rules!

 

Bibliostyle: Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “The Siege at Whale Cay”

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Above: Monique Lhullier Resort 2016

As she listened to the sounds of guests downstairs fawning over the mansion, Georgie had trouble choosing a dress. Joe had ordered two custom dresses and a tailored suit for her when she realized Georgie’s duffel bag was full of bathing suits. Georgie chose the light blue tea-length dress that Joe said would complement her eyes; the silk crepe felt crisp against her skin. She pulled her hair up using two tortoiseshell combs she’d found in the closet and ran bright Tangee lipstick across her mouth, all leftovers from other girlfriends, whose pictures were pinned to a cork board in Joe’s closet. Georgie stared at them sometimes, glossy black-and-white photographs of beautiful women. Horsewomen straddling Thoroughbreds, actresses in leopard-print scarves and fur coats, writers hunched artfully over typewriters, maybe daughters of rich men who did nothing at all. She couldn’t help but compare herself to them, and always felt as if she came up short.

- from “The Siege at Whale Cay” by Megan Mayhew Bergman in Almost Famous Women

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7 Best Girl Gang Music Videos

By: Emily Y.

As you may have noticed, I have quite the fondness for all things girl gang-related. Here are some of my favourite music videos featuring gangs of girls. What are your faves?

1. Electric Lady by Janelle Monaé (which I’ve already talked about here)

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2. Bad Girls by M.I.A.MIA_BAdGIrls

 

3. Genesis by GrimesGrimes_Genesis2 Grimes_Genesis1

 

4. Run The World (Girls) by BeyoncéBeyonce_Girls

 

5. Bad Blood by Taylor SwiftTaylorSwift_BadBlood

Though I would note for Swift’s video above, I agree with this and this.

6. You (Ha ha ha) by Charlie XCX 

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7.  Better Have My Money by Rihanna

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Covers & Content: Bazaar August 2015

Normally we do our Covers & Content column on Canadian fashion magazines only, but this year we’ll be focusing on Bazaar US as well. That being said, how diverse was the August issue of Bazaar? Read on for details below.

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Above: The subscriber cover of Bazaar’s August issue

The Issue: Bazaar (US) August  2015

The Cover Star: Natalie Portman

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There were two fashion editorials in this issue, and both starred one thin, white model each, making this issue of Bazaar a Whiteout Issue.

Thankfully, neither editorial was shot by alleged sexual offender Terry Richardson.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

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