Toronto Pride Ad Draws Controversy

This year’s ad campaign for Toronto Pride is causing controversy in the LGBT blogosphere. The ad, part of a campaign called “Don’t Just Get Pumped, get Pride Pumped” features “Toronto fitness guru Brody” advertising his “Pride Pump” workout, which includes exercises like “Sexy Sparkle Crunches” and “Bangin’ Booty Butt Clenches”:

Toronto Life really didn’t like the video, saying it sets back the movement, and Queerty agreed it reinforces tired stereotypes. But PerezHilton and other blogs argue it’s just campy fun.

I asked folks on Twitter what they thought, and by and large the ones who responded weren’t really fans. One follower said she thought the biggest problem was poor execution, while another said her first response was, “Huh, sad.”

I didn’t find the Toronto Pride Pump ad particularly offensive, but I didn’t find it funny, either. And what annoyed me was that it reinforced the idea that Pride is all about gay men. There were a couple women in the video but they didn’t get a lot of play and didn’t really look like they were having fun. Organizers of the Trans March and Dyke March have often struggled for recognition next to the larger Pride parade and it would’ve been better to make an ad that exemplified a greater cross-section of the queer community.

What do you think of the ad?

-Jarrah

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FFFF: That’s So Gay on the NBA

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The Round-Up: June 7, 2011

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Open Thread: Sex Ed

Reading the 24 Hours I came across this story: “Canadian Ignorant about HIV: Survey”, which discussed the results of a recent natural study that revealed only 50% of Canadians believe condoms to be effective against HIV transmission, when they’ve been shown to be 80% effective in stopping HIV transmission between heterosexuals.

I was surprised at the number too so I thought it was a good opportunity to have an open thread on sex ed.

I had my first sex ed class in Grade 6, for which my school brought in a local public health nurse. She also did sessions for classes in grades 8 and 9 at my Junior High. She addressed a range of issues, including same-sex sex, the use of dental dams for oral sex, and the normalcy of masturbation. In Grade 7 sex ed was part of our science curriculum and was taught by our teacher, who treated heterosexual sex as normal. In High School sex ed went from being part of gym class (a couple very awkward sessions where the gym teachers would put us in a room and show us videos like “Captain Condom” and one about a boy concerned about his penis size), to being part of Career and Personal Planning. I found the sessions run by the public health nurse much more honest, open, and useful than the ones teachers were forced into teaching.

So what was your experience? Some questions to start things off:

1. Where did you get most of your sex ed? (School, parents, friends, on your own on the internet?)

2. If you had sex ed in school, what was it like? Who taught it? Anything particularly memorable?

3. Were there particular topics that weren’t covered?

 

-Jarrah

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Browser Alphabet

I got this idea from not martha, one of my favourite craft blogs. The idea is to get a snapshot of your web activity by seeing what sites your browser suggests on auto-complete when you type in each letter of the alphabet. Like not martha’s Megan, some of the results suprised me (no Facebook or Twitter, for example), and it doesn’t reflect many of the sites I read every day on RSS. But I thought it was interesting nonetheless and encourage you to try it if you’re curious or bored.

A: Artmind – One of my other favourite art/craft blogs. I am determined to try out their idea for homemade scratch-off lottery-style tickets.

B: Bitch Media – Not surprised by this result. I’ve been a Bitch Magazine subscriber for 3 years and I’m currently writing a guest blog series for their site.

C: Cynical-C – a site with a good variety of content. I started reading it because of its segment making fun of one-star Amazon reviews of classic books and movies, but it’s also great for keeping an eye on the wackiness of the Christian right.

D: Dreamhost – My web host, which I am so far pretty happy with.

E: Etsy – Too many cute crafts…

F: Foodnetwork.ca – Where I catch up on the latest episode of Top Chef Canada and check out new recipes.

G: Gender Focus – Quelle surprise

H: Hootsuite – This kind of explains why Twitter didn’t show up. I lurves Hootsuite for all my Twitter monitoring/updating needs.

I: Instructables – Immense resource of ideas for DIY projects.

J: Joe.My.God – Good American LGBT blog that always has the latest headlines.

K: Klout – I get pretty into analytics and Klout is quite addictive/competitive. I have to say going from “Explorer” to “Specialist” was one of the most exciting things to happen to me in the last month.

L: Lunapads – Awesome Vancouver-based company that sells reusable cotton menstrual pads, amazingly comfortable Lunapanties, Divacups, and related stuff.

M: The Mary Sue – Great resource for geek girls.

N: Neatorama – My source for random awesomeness.

O: Our Turn: Feminism for Newbies – The title says it all. This site has lots of great material for people just being introduced to feminism.

P: Plastic Manners – An enlightening eco-blog from Vancouverite Taina about our reliance on plastic and her daily interactions with plastics.

Q: Queerty – Queerty (“Free of an agenda. Except the gay one”) almost died this year but thankfully it’s back and continues to be a key source of the latest LGBT news.

R: Racialicious – Awesome analysis on everything to do with race. I particularly like their pop culture coverage and book reviews.

S: Sports: Figure Skating at CBC – My favourite sport! Where I go when I’m feeling bitter that everyone around me is watching hockey and I’m the only one who cares that Patrick Chan won the figure skating world championship this year.

T: Tenth to the Fraser – A great local blog from New Westminster, BC, where I live. I am also a very infrequent contributor to the site.

U: Urban Dictionary – Words I have looked up recently include: “aggro”, “otaku”, and “scrabble”. I am so not hip to the times, slang-wise, so Urban Dictionary is a big help.

V: Vancouver Observer – Another local site to which I am an occasional contributor. I originated the “Gender Files” column at the VO and they’ve got tons of commentary, news and events on Vancouver happenings.

W: Wikimedia Commons – When I’m looking for a picture for this blog, I often turn to the huge database at Wikimedia Commons to find images that have been licensed for common use.

X: Xtra.ca – Canada’s gay and lesbian news.

Y: YWCA Canada – Runs many great programs across Canada dealing with important issues like violence against women.

Z: Online with Zoe – Feminist blog by Zoe Nicholson which I came across recently through Feminist Fatale.

-Jarrah

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FFFF: Pledge of Allegiance

This is not brainwashing.

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The Round-Up: May 31, 2011

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