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INTERVIEW ARCHIVES: Occupy Valentine’s Day – An interview with Samhita Mukhopadhyay

I spoke with Feministing’s executive editor, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, back in February 2012 about the romantic industrial complex and her ‘Occupy Valentine’s Day’ initiative. She wrote, in a blog post: In an effort to push the bounds of that exclusivity that so many of us feel on Valentine’s day, I wanted to think about the ways we can rethink love and romance to resemble who we are, as singles, couples and community. Celebrating love is a beautiful thing but shouldn’t depend on if we are in a relationship or not, our sexual orientation, our class background, our citizenship status or our marital status. Mukhopadhyay’s response to the romantic industrial complex and to many of the sexist and heteronormative messages perpetuated by Valentine’s Day was to start a tumblr called Occupy...
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Interview archives: Older men/younger women relationships: Is age really just a number?

This interview was recorded in July 2011 and originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio.   In this episode, Meghan Murphy explores the older man/younger woman relationship with guest, Hugo Schwyzer. We’ve all heard or seen the cliche that is the middle-aged man who, maybe post-divorce, seeks out a much younger woman; but whether it be to start a (new) family or simply to pump up his ego, the ‘creepy’ factor remains intact. While some may want to present this kind of relationship as ‘natural’ or as some kind of biological imperative that is applicable to men in particular, we must ask whether or not it is indeed ‘natural’ and why it is that we continue to get that creepy feeling about middle aged men who pursue relationships with women...
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Pinkwashing & the trouble with Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns: An interview with Kim Irish of Breast Cancer Action

October was breast cancer awareness month, a month when everything turns pink. But do these ‘pink’ campaigns actually work? In terms of ending the breast cancer epidemic is awareness productive? What does all this pinkwashing actually work towards? Will buying ‘pink’ products contribute towards prevention or towards finding a cure? I interviewed Kim Irish of Breast Cancer Action, back in November 2010. This interview originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7fm For more information on Breast Cancer Action or on the Think Before You Pink campaign, go to www.bcaction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org   Podcast: Play in new window | Download...
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Objectifying women and sexualizing meat: An interview with Carol J. Adams

There is something very similar in the way we cut animals up into body parts, turning them into objects for our consumption rather than seeing them as whole beings, and the way in which we cut women up into parts in order to treat them, not as whole human beings, but as sexualized bodies or body parts. When it comes to organizations such as PETA, who regularly feature the sexualized bodies of women in their ad campaigns, many excuse this particular form of objectification, arguing that we must do anything we can to save animals, but why is it that we so readily accept the objectification and dehumanization of women? Even when we object to the similar representation and treatment of animals? And why is it that we think...
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INTERVIEW ARCHIVES: Jackie Lynne on Vancouver’s approach to prostitution and harm-reduction

I speak with Jackie Lynne, a Métis woman, a social worker, an exited prostitute, and a member of The Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, about the way in which the City of Vancouver is approaching the issue of prostitution. Does looking at prostitution through a harm-reduction lens really “reduce harm”? This interview originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio in November 2011. Podcast: Play in new window | Download...
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