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Do you know TED?

You may have heard of TED talks already–they are as their slogan indicates “ideas worth spreading”. You can read a little bit more about TED here.  Basically, they are inspiring talks videorecorded at the annual TED Conferences. There are hundreds of videos of amazing people sharing their ideas on everything from design and technology to women’s rights and combating HIV/AIDS. It’s an excellent way to spend 20 minutes. Prepare to be inspired when watching these videos!

You can also get TED talks and video podcasts for your ipod–for free! Just check out the itunes store and search under “podcasts”.

I found the video below completely inspiring. It helps us reframe the way we see women, tradition and resistance.



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Of course the kids are alright.

The LBGTQ community is diverse, unique and rich with beautiful stories. Like all communities there are stories of love and commitment but unfortunately, the media often misses the wealth of ‘good news’ stories, instead focusing on the more sensational. It’s easy to feel really misrepresented by the media.

It was nice to read this morning’s Globe and Mail and to find a positive story- an article dismissing many of the negative myths about same-sex parenting. This article focused primarily on lesbian mothers and used a recent  (and first!) conception-to-adolescence study of children raised in lesbian families, led by Nanette Gartrell, a psychiatrist from the UCLA School of Law.

Besides articulating that children of lesbian parents are in fact well-adjusted, the article also noted that lesbian parents tend to be more egalitarian in their parenting duties and that the non-birth mother tends to be more involved in a child’s life than a heterosexual father.

This news isn’t shocking, by any means, but it’s about time that loving and committed mothers got the recognition they deserve.

They say that parenting is the hardest job out there–and I can’t imagine how much more bigotry and oppression is felt by same-sex parents, who, like most of us, just want to raise their kids with love and stability.

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Two Minute Action: Urban Outfitters

I know as well as others how hard it is to find good fashion that is reasonably affordable. For that very reason, Urban Outfitters has been my go-to for cute clothes for a couple of years now. However, recently UO released a t-shirt with a “quirky” logo that says, “Eat Less.”

While this was intended to be “cool”, the message the shirt displays does not send a positive message to the young girls who shop at their stores. In a time where more and more girls are being pressured to be thin, how does this t-shirt help women and girls to accept their bodies and self image? And with more and more women and girls being diagnosed with eating disorders, how does and “Eat Less” logo put onto a t-shirt contribute to healthy eating and life styles?

Wouldn’t a logo such as “Be Healthy” or, as Operation Beautiful advocates, “You are Beautiful” been more positive?

If you disagree with the message this logo sends to the many girls and women who shop at their stores, you can send an e-mail to this address.


by Kelli