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Bias what bias – A story of a complacent woke woman

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I consider myself a feminist, and I have for quite some time. I protested the Snelgrove verdict, I regularly have difficult conversations with people about gender inequality, and I take notice of the “minor,” yet impactful, injustices that I (and women everywhere) experience every single day. I’m proud to say that I stand for something, and I’m proud to make a contribution to the cause in my own small way. I think sometimes we let our strong moral compasses (and the fact that we’re already “woke”) cloud our judgement, and it’s important to reflect on our thoughts and actions and examine them for ingrained discriminatory beliefs/behaviour. This past week I was reminded of my own biases and internal misogyny and,…

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All My Friends Are Waste(rs)?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends. I love them despite the fact that I often have trouble making plans with them, and even when they can’t see the truth; that Taylor Swift is a snake. I love them despite our differences but that doesn’t mean that they sometimes disappoint me (and surely I, them). A lot of my friends here in St. John’s (and I suspect many of the city’s residents) do not recycle and I do not get it. For as long as I can remember, recycling has been a part of my life. Does anyone remember the sketch that used to air during Sesame Street on CBC back in the day? From what I remember it…

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Why are we always surprised Newfoundland spring sucks?

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Every year I face the same tiring argument with my family and coworkers in May. “This weather is ridiculous, it was never this cold in May before was it?” And my answer is always the same: Yes, of course it was. Its funny how Newfoundlanders have a tendency to brush aside their memories and FACTUAL evidence about the weather and fool themselves into believing our spring is on par with the rest of Canada. We are extremely dedicated to May 24 long weekend and yet none of us recall drinking beers by the tent in mittens and snow pants. We act as if we all have memories of 2-4 lounging in bikinis, tossing volleyballs and slurping brewkies under the hot…

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FHRITP: No But Like…What Do You Meme?

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It isn’t very often that the person reporting the news becomes the news, but that is just what happened this week to NTV’s Heather Gillis. The journalist was doing a live report with a St. John’s city councillor on April 24 when it is alleged that a man drove by and yelled an obscenity at her. She Tweeted a photo of the man’s vehicle which lead to charges being laid. It is alleged that the man yelled “FHRITP”. The man was charged under “causing a disturbance” under Canada’s Criminal Code which states that yelling obscene language in public is breaking the law. Since this story broke the Internet has exploded with comments just as it always does. Some in favor…

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A Thank You to the Victim of the Snelgrove Case

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With the verdict of the Snelgrove case on our heels, I want to scream as loud as I can that the jury must have been a plethora of idiots. Of course, as a woman I want to stomp up and down and say the justice system isn’t fair and we need to reevaluate the law but I have yelled that statement a few too many times in my life, without any avail. I have come to terms with a lot of the injustices in the world, because I have to get up every morning and survive. I have had to change perspective on a lot of actions in order to live as a woman. It’s something we do, we brush…

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