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We live in a society that encourages us to express ourselves through our clothing with a focus on individualism. And it’s true: the way we dress defines us. What we often forget, though, is that the fashion choices we make can have a huge impact that reaches far beyond our own lives. These daily choices we make matter—for better or worse. The term ‘fast fashion’ refers to rapid turn-over and unethical production methods currently used by huge clothing manufacturers such as H&M, Forever XXI, Topshop, and Zara, just to name a tiny handful. Whereas the fashion industry used to release two seasons per year (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter), large companies now produce 52 micro-seasons per year—Topshop alone releases 400 new items online per week. These companies... View Article

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Feminist Book Club: Issue #1

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that I love a good book. Ever since I was a kid books provided me with a window into another world, books introduced me to people that I would never have met in the real world — either because they were talking lions that didn’t actually exist (as much as I wished they would) or because growing up in the suburbs, I lived in a world that was mostly middle to upper class, mostly white, and pretty darn heteronormative. Books changed how I thought about the world. I’m always on the hunt for new things to read, especially if they’re written by women and have a feminist slant. So I asked some folks in my life who love to... View Article

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Bossy Babe: Meet Barbara Erochina

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When I created the Bossy List I wanted it to be a directory for folks looking to support feminist/queer women-identified, gender queer, and trans folks. But I also wanted to get to know more about this boss babes and hear their stories. Each month I’ll be sharing a Q&A that I had with one of the bossy babes on the list. This month I got to hear from Barbara Erochina, one of my dearest pals,  whose commitment to self-care and emotional wellness has played an integral role in my growth as a human being and I continue to be inspired by the work that she does. Hope you enjoying reading her responses to my questions as much as I did! Floral Manifesto: I would love for... View Article

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Bossy Babe: Meet Carly Boyce

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When I created the Bossy List I wanted it to be a directory for folks looking to support feminist/queer women-identified, gender queer, and trans folks. But I also wanted to get to know more about this boss babes and hear their stories. Each month I’ll be sharing a Q&A that I had with one of the bossy babes on the list. This month I got to hear from Carly Boyce, a tarot reader and community builder who calls themselves the “Feelings Witch.” I once had the pleasure of having Carly read my cards. It was such a supportive, illuminating, and cathartic experience. Hope you enjoying reading their responses to my questions as much as I did! FM: Tell me a bit about how you got... View Article

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T-Shirts and the Stories They Tell

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T-shirts are a new member in my wardrobe community. For so, so many years my wardrobe consisted of dresses, dresses, and more dresses (with the old skirt + silky blouse combo). It wasn’t always this way. During my late teens/early twenties I worked at the Bluenotes in the Pickering Town Centre, which was the definition of cool, and I had more t-shirts than any human being should ever have. When I quit smoking and grew out of those t-shirts my fashion shifted and I never replaced the plethora of graphic tees that had held such a beloved space in my wardrobe.   It wasn’t until last summer that I re-discovered just how awesome t-shirts could be — and just how much better they had become... View Article

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Bossy Babe: Meet Yuli Scheidt

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When I created the Bossy List I wanted it to be a directory for folks looking to support feminist/queer women-identified, gender queer, and trans folks. But I also wanted to get to know more about this boss babes and hear their stories. Each month I’ll be sharing a Q&A that I had with one of the bossy babes on the list. This month I got to hear from photographer Yuli Scheidt, who helped make my photo shoot dreams come alive in my blog post “The Importance of Home.” So inspired by all of the thoughtful things she said in this interview. Hope you enjoy!  Floral Manifesto: Tell me a bit about how you got into photography. On your Bossy List profile it says that you began... View Article

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Living in a world that is so deeply invested in the American dream, I can’t help but recognize how one of the ways that neoliberalism and capitalism survive is by teaching us to dream big while training us to ask for so little. When we pass through childhood and into adolescence, we’re told that not all of our needs can be met all of the time. But as we’re told that not all of our needs can be met all of the time — which, I believe, is a vital lesson in ethics and what it means to be human — we’re also taught to feel ashamed of having any needs at all. And so we remain silent, for if we remain silent then we... View Article

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2017: My Year of the Cosmic Mama

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New Year’s Resolutions: we’ve all done it at some time or another. “I’ll go to the gym five times a week!” Or, “I’m going to stop procrastinating!” And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably noticed how quickly you “forget” about those resolutions and return to your normal routine. The only exercise we find ourselves doing is the figurative running to finish our X project right before the deadline. There are many reasons why we don’t keep our resolutions. Sometimes our resolutions are just not manageable. Like, with all of the other obligations you have, is going to the gym five times a week actually feasible? And sometimes, the issue is that the resolution isn’t getting at the root cause.     Let me explain.... View Article

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Every year, I feel buried by the wastefulness of the holiday season. Between all of the travel, exchanging of cheaply-produced gift items, non-recyclable wrapping paper & packaging, and the endless feasting, the holidays often result in more bags of trash under the tree than we’d like to acknowledge. So many of the gifts that we give and receive are produced unsustainably in overseas factories with unlivable conditions for workers—the reality that you don’t see tied up with a bow on Christmas morning.   But spreading holiday cheer doesn’t have to come with a negative ecological or societal impact! There are so many options for giving meaningful gifts that both your loved ones and the environment will appreciate. Some of my favourites to give and receive... View Article

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