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Team LACE/OFF at the Underwear Affair!

By Michelle Reid On June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

The LACE Campaign has been busy all June, getting ready for our Underwear Affair 10K. Not only has Team LACE/OFF been training hard, but we've also been getting ready for our comedy show fundraiser, Girls Girls Girls! on Wednesday, June 29th. Featuring an almost-all-female line-up of hilarious comedians and performers (including last year's LACE Outreach Coordinator Lizzy Karp, and myself, making my first appearance on a stage since 1998), it's probably the most fun you can have donating to the cancer-fighting research of the BC Cancer Foundation.

However, we know not everyone who wants to help out the BC Cancer Foundation and fight cancers-below-the-waist will be able to make it out to the show. So we created a LACE Campaign Reusable travel mug, and 100% of your purchase will go towards our fundraising goal! It's just as easy as donating online, but you get this adorable doughnut-featuring mug in exchange for helping to support BC Cancer Foundation!  Click here to get to our store, and select "Other Cool Stuff" to buy the mug.

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Michelle is a freelance writer and anthropologist with a Master of Public Health from UBC. Her passions are promoting health and building community. She's worked in grassroots community organizations in Vancouver, Victoria and Oceania.

Orgasm Inc. Comes to Vancouver's Cinemateque

By Katherine Dodds On June 01, 2011 | 1 Comments

Orgasm Inc. is a fine and funny film about a subject that in 2011 shouldn't be shocking, but that still is. The shock factor, for me, was not in any explicit sex scenes, but in the revelation that after Kinsey and decades of feminism, not to mention South Park,  too many women and men still  have no idea how to find the clitoris! What should be shocking, but is intead business as usual, is how big pharma preys upon our desire for desire in order  to pitch us more pills. Orgasm Inc. is playing in several cities this June - including Vancouver's Cinemateque. For details on upcoming screenings click here.

I went to to the film with friend and research associate Cindy Masaro when it was part of SFU's conference "The Medicalization of Sex". Then I caught up with director Liz Canner to do an interrview with her. We'll be posting clips of the interview as part of our Hello Cool World Vlog series. We'll also be talking to Cindy about her research and thoughts on the film. For more about the film, links to the trailer etc. read on...

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Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of Good Company Communications and HelloCoolWorld.com. Trained in renegade advertising & branding through her work with Adbusters in the '90s, Kat's early induction into the possibilities of the web-world was inspired by the term hypertext, which she immediately found comforting. She is dedicated to cause-related communication and to the development and use of tools that promote democratic processes.

Parents in Burnaby protest anti-discrimination policy

By Michelle Reid On May 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Burnaby school district is under fire from parents who are concerned about a new inclusive policy whose "objective is to ensure all school community members learn to work together in an atmosphere of respect and safety "free from homophobia, transphobia, antigay harassment and exclusion, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

It's hard for me to wrap my head around why parents would be protesting a policy that wants to make a school a safer place for children- especially since one of the parents who opposes the policy is aware of the awful fact that trans and queer children are 16 times more likely to commit suicide than their straight, cis-gendered peers. All the same, parents are arguing that teaching tolerance about sexual identities infringes on a parent's right to give moral guidance to their child and that the issues of sexual and gender minorities affect only "a few" students. This is a heartbreaking attitude when you consider that most queer students feel unsafe in schools, many are physically assaulted, and most are verbally assaulted.

Parents should support any initiative that seeks to make schools a safer, happier place for all students. The protest and fear of children being "sexualized" or led morally astray speaks volumes about the ignorance and bigoted attitudes of those parents. It isn't enough to say, as many of the parents do, that essentially while they don't "have a problem" with queer and transfolk, they don't want to hear about them in their children's schools. That is, in fact, having a problem with queer and transfolk; it's called homophobia, and their protests are a demonstration of the necessity of having these issues raised thoughtfully in schools. Clearly many children aren't being taught tolerance, respect and understanding at home.

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This weekend, Vancouver puts on her finest leather miniskirt for the SlutWalk

By Michelle Reid On May 09, 2011 | 0 Comments

Picture from the SlutWalk Vancouver Facebook PageOn January 24th, 2011, a Toronto police officer enraged sexual rights advocates around the world when he told a group of middle school students that women should "avoid dressing like sluts" if they didn't want to be victimized. The response was a SlutWalk, where more than a thousand women and men marched through downtown Toronto in provocative outfits, holding signs that pointed out clothing does not equal consent. The phenomenon has taken off, with SlutWalks springing up all over North America. And on May 15th, we'll be celebrating our own SlutWalk here in Vancouver.

While many are praising SlutWalks for seizing on our zeitgeist of humour-as-political-weapon, I've read a lot of responses to the first SlutWalk that distressed me. Critics are have drawn comparisons that go a lot like, "I wouldn't leave my car unlocked with the windows rolled down in a bad neighbourhood if I didn't want it to get stolen, so don't wear a short skirt if you don't want a man to rape you." This is a bad analogy for a lot of reasons, the least of which is not that my body is not a car.

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Vote for Sexual and Reproductive Health Today!

By Michelle Reid On May 02, 2011 | 0 Comments
I'm young, female, Aboriginal, and pro-choice, and that's why I voted against Harper.

I'm young, female, Aboriginal, and pro-choice, and that's why I voted against Harper.

Today, May 2nd, is the general election in Canada. It's hard for me to focus on anything else because the last few weeks have been so inspiring: seeing so many people of all ages come together to challenge voter apathy with insight and innovation. I'm hopeful that today will be a landmark election in Canadian history, one that demonstrates we aren't apathetic about how our country is led. You might know that in the last election, two out of five eligible voters didn't vote; only one in five voted for the current Prime Minister. In comparison, this election saw the highest-ever numbers of advance voting.

Why am I talking about the election on That's So Sexy? Because the personal is political, and your sexual health (and choices, and freedom!) are political issues. Stephen Harper has done terrible things for reproductive and sexual health while in office, many that directly impact Canadian women everywhere.

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