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Charlene Sayo
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Charlene Sayo is a lover of sweatpants, a little black dress collector and a second generation feminist. She lives in Vancouver. Her work can be found on salon.com.

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Writing the Outlaw: Maria Venegas Recounts Stories of her Fugitive Father in a New Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 3:40 PM

"Can you tell I'm wearing a vest?" he asks us as he turns to one side, then the other.

"Sort of," we say, pointing to his horseshoe belt buckle, which appears to be pressing on the bottom edge of the vest. "Maybe you should pull your shirt out a bit,"...

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Making Things Right for DNA's "Dark Lady" Rosalind Franklin

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 8:00 AM

This year, DNA celebrated its 60th birthday. Not surprisingly, stories exalting James Watson and Francis Crick, the official -- on record anyway -- trailblazers of what is arguably the 20th century's biggest scientific breakthrough were cranking out non-stop from the annals of the internet printing press. Of course, like any...

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Glamorizing Mistresses on TV Ignores Centuries of Sexual Oppression

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 2:48 AM

This week, the Philippines celebrate 115 years of independence from Spanish rule with jubilant gunshots and ecumenical prayer. Eight thousand miles away in Los Angeles -- itself a former extension of the Spanish Empire -- Grace Grande awaits judgement.

Her soft voice and bonny laugh closes the gap between...

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Bumpin' Bodies or Beautiful Minds? Science's Problem with Intelligent Women

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:37 PM

With Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman astronaut on the slate, and a programme conferring advances in immunology research, experimental mechanics, science communication and Isabella Rossellini's porn career, the mood at the "Creating Connections: Working Together to Transform our World" conference was frenetic.

Nerd Fest? Hardly.

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The Kids Are Not Alright

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 1:00 AM

As British Columbians were getting ready to vote, childcare boldly, albeit briefly, shifted centre-stage last week when Adrian Dix promised--again--to reduce childcare costs at one of his final campaign blitzes in Sidney.

The kids, Mr. Dix proclaimed, are going to be alright.

Proclamations and election mania aside, families may have...

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An Indecent Proposal In Vancouver Led Me To A Feminist-Historian

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:34 PM

It was the summer the Married Man asked me to have sex with him.

"Didn't your wife's mother just die of cancer?" I asked.

"Yeah" he said. "She's just not motivated these days." Apparently, he'd been fantasizing about sleeping with me since we started working together at the...

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Surge Of Tagalog Does Not Equal Filipino Progress In Canada

(5) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:25 PM

A few years ago, my friend Jenn and I attended an opening gala for the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). We were inundated with arias, appetizers and guest artists from Korea. Display tables were brimming with travel brochures and cheap flight information to Korea's best tourist destinations. We got...

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Stayin' Alive With The Iron Butterfly, Imelda Marcos

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 8:10 PM

It's pretty safe to say that when most folks think of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos and her legendary shoe collection takes centre-stage. In terms of Filipino pop-culture history, it's not surprising that she overshadows her cold-blooded dictator husband -- anybody remember what's his name? Even international best-selling Irish...

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