Wilfrid Laurier TA reprimanded for showing gender neutrality debate video

Wilfrid Laurier University reprimanded a teaching assistant for showing her first-year communications tutorial class a video debate featuring controversial University of Toronto (U of T) psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Lindsay Shepherd was sanctioned after she screened an episode of The Agenda, a TVO current affairs program, where Peterson—known for his stance on issues such as genderless pronouns—debated Nicholas Matte, a sexual diversity studies professor at the U of T, according to a CBC News article. She told CBC that she explained to her students it is important to listen to both sides of an issue before forming an opinion on it.  “I very clearly stated, watching debates like these are so important for getting yourself out of speech bubbles,” she told […]

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Style Blog: Gender in fashion

Jake Gender-bending in fashion is not new, and is hardly a trend. However, labels are finding new ways to cash in. Speaking on a cultural level, recent years have seen a much greater awareness about the fluidity of gender identity. It is becoming more clear gender is not a binary, and the business side of fashion is catching up with the opportunities this presents. It’s important to be critical of the concept of clothing being gendered in the first place. A misunderstanding of this idea often shows how labels are exploiting gender-bending in their collections to appeal to a new market niche. You see this when female models are dressed in blazers that are coded ‘masculine’ in the width of […]

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Letter: The woman to be put on the bill must represent all women

When the news was released that a Canadian woman was finally going to grace the polymer bill, those lobbying for equal rights were thrilled. As names of potential nominees start to be tossed around, it became clear there is still a long way to go until we reach gender equality. The names proposed included the “Famous Five” Alberta women who championed for political equality. It was part of a nationwide suffragette movement to raise the status of women in Canada. What is often forgotten regarding this—and many other suffragette movements—is the fight for equality is primarily equality for white women. Not only that, first-wave feminist movements were often blatantly racist, excluding people of colour, Indigenous people, and immigrants. Emily Murphy, […]

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Letter: Break the rules—wear clothes made for another gender

Where’s the fun in looking like everyone else? Designers are asking the same question. Conformity and authority have always been the enemies of new trends—until something catches on, and everyone joins in and claims they were doing it before it was cool. The essence of style and cool is something that makes you stand out in a crowd, and the easiest way to do that is break some rules—one of which is wearing clothing not marketed to your gender. Growing up, I followed the trends, but I tried to do it with my own twist. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. As a guy, when I started growing my hair long in high school, my friends made fun of me, […]

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Bending the fashion rules: exploring gender-bending and the future of the fashion trend

The chatter from the eager audience fades away into the soft strum of an acoustic guitar. The dark room is suddenly illuminated, revealing a long, rectangular runway lined with fashion bloggers, fashion critics, and celebrities in the front row. Cell phones cast a glow on the faces of fashion’s elite. As a burst of camera flashes go off, a model with long honey-blond hair sashays down the runway. In a crimson pussy bow blouse, black tailored trousers, and a statement gold belt, all eyes are on him—yes, him. This is the beginning of Gucci’s menswear collection at Milan Fashion Week for the fall/winter 2015-16 season. For Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, this was his debut into the world of menswear […]

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