Articles by: Hana Shafi

A chaotic capitalist christmas

A chaotic capitalist christmas

Christmas brings out the capitalist in me. Every holiday season the tinsel comes out, lights sparkle through the night and Starbucks starts serving seasonal overpriced drinks. The ravenous consumer in me springs out. Part of me is so turned off by the consumer culture overload that looms its expensive head come mid-November. I feel queasy at the massive displays of capitalism on […]

by Hana Shafi· · Opinion
Group of RTA students break down gen-Y stereotypes

Group of RTA students break down gen-Y stereotypes

For generation Y, by generation Y. That’s the Gen Y Perspective, a TV show that airs online covering everything from politics to religion to breaking world news in a way that specifically caters to generation Y viewers. Run by a group of fourth-year RTA students for their practicum project, Gen Y Perspective hopes to break down stereotypes that gen-Yers are […]

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Taking back the tech

Bitch. Whore. Slut. If you’re a woman on the Internet, you’ll probably receive one of those insults at least once in your life. Chances are, you’ve already heard some of them. The reality is, social media is often an unsafe space for women. Outspoken women online brace themselves for misogynistic backlash that they feel is, unfortunately, inevitable. When sexism is […]

by Hana Shafi· · Features
My two cents for Poloz, ’cause that’s all I have

My two cents for Poloz, ’cause that’s all I have

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz showed his complete lack of understanding for the economic climate plaguing gen-Yers with unemployment by giving world class advice to young people. His reasoning? That we should work for free to pad our resumés. What Poloz fails to realize is that we are already working for free. I’ve been doing free work for the […]

by Hana Shafi· · Guest Opinion, Opinion
‘I’m Muslim, but Ottawa shooting is not my fault’

‘I’m Muslim, but Ottawa shooting is not my fault’

Anytime there’s a shooting or bombing, I hold my breath. “Please don’t be Muslim, please don’t be Muslim,” I think to myself. I browse through Twitter and see other Muslims with similar sentiments. Why? Because we know, if the shooter is Muslim, the backlash is on us. No matter how removed we are from that one awful person, no matter […]

by Hana Shafi· · Guest Opinion, News, Opinion, Top stories
Halloween costumes: cultural appropriation and racism

Halloween costumes: cultural appropriation and racism

At the Spirit Halloween Store at Yonge and Dundas, I walk through endless rows of spooky getups. Everything from Jack Skellington costumes, to grotesque zombie masks, to the ever-popular sexy nurse. But despite the enormous amount of variety and a whole universe of creatures and characters to dress up as, there are still costumes of hyper-sexualized indigenous women, Day of […]

by Hana Shafi· · Guest Opinion, News, Opinion
Jenesis working on one of her art murals. (Courtesy Alexander Boretski)

Fashion design student creates psychedelic art

Pinks, oranges and yellows explode from the wooden panel it’s painted on. The linework looks endlessly intricate. Jenesis’ love of ’60s culture is especially prominent in this piece, where the warm colour scheme have flower child written all over them. Go Ask Alice, is the piece’s title. Jenesis is an artistic alias that encompasses much more than a 21-year-old fashion […]

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