As a high-schooler, I spewed my emotions into a well-guarded journal. In English class, I read Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own. (Her theory: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write.”) I wondered if self-reflection was my own rite of passage — a notion explored in She’s Shameless, an anthology to be released next week by Shameless, a Toronto-based alt-magazine for young women.
The essays are honest, but as co-editors Stacey May Fowles and Megan Griffith-Greene wrote in the book’s introduction, “This is not an after-school special.”
The voices of young women are rarely heard. Adults, often men, are invited on TV to wring their hands about teen-girl crises and asked how to “fix” these problems. This is what makes She’s Shameless remarkable. The essays neither condone nor condemn; some contributors display regret, but their bios tell of eventual successes as “proud feminist mamas,” university graduates, artists.
Canice Leung is a former editor of Ryerson University feminist magazine McClung’s, copy editor at Metro, ardent feminist and loudmouth.
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