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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.

Satire and Gods of Suburbia

Satirizing religious and political affairs must be done, not only to deepen social consciousness and inspire action, but to reach out to those not easily swayed by abstruse theory and rhetoric.
02/24/2015 06:34 EST
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Making Things Right for "DNA's 'Dark Lady" Rosalind Franklin

In his 1968 best-selling memoir "The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA," James Watson depicts himself as the victor of the DNA race, and Franklin as the villainess who stood in his way. Published 10 years after Franklin's death, Watson included a thoughtful epilogue, noting that because of his youth, his "initial impressions of her, both scientific and personal... were often wrong," admitting that he realized "years too late the struggles that the intelligent woman faces to be accepted by a scientific world which often regards women as mere diversions from serious thinking."
08/09/2013 01:27 EDT
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Glamorizing Mistresses on TV Ignores Centuries of Sexual Oppression

In the North American context, mistressing has become a verb, a launching pad for reality TV careers, an entrepreneurial venture, and a sexually liberating medium for women. Ashley Dupre and Tiger Woods's many mistresses, most notoriously Rachel Uchitel and Jamie Grubbs have claimed their humiliating fame by being "kept women." Moreover, riding the mistress commodity and spinning on the BBC success of the dramatic series, Mistresses, ABC recently launched the American version of the same name starring 80s teen star Alyssa Milano and produced by Gossip Girl creator KJ Steinberg.
06/12/2013 02:48 EDT
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Bumpin' Bodies or Beautiful Minds? Science's Problem with Intelligent Women

Despite breakthroughs in Franken-foods and robotic technology, science hierarchies employ the same age-old formula against women where a bumpin' body takes centre-stage over a beautiful mind. Have Einstein's IQ? Cool. But don't you dare look like him; and if you're heading down the family way, smack on the cocoa butter, prance like a photo shopped yummy mummy --two days after birth, because that is the rule -- and whip up that killer tuna casserole. Pronto.
05/30/2013 01:37 EDT
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The Kids Are Not Alright

Proclamations and election mania aside, families may have to hold their breath long after the party hats are put away, the platforms are dusted off, and campaign offensives are silenced into temporary stalemate before any genuine childcare programs are implemented.
05/14/2013 12:01 EDT
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An Indecent Proposal In Vancouver Led Me To A Feminist-Historian

A decade of feminism couldn't explain why the Married Man spooked me and how let down I felt by my female co-workers who excused his behaviour. Why were we divided? Most of all, I was disillusioned with myself; if I couldn't hold my own against the Married Man and sway my co-workers to side with me, what right did I have to call myself a feminist?
01/22/2013 05:48 EST
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Surge Of Tagalog Does Not Equal Filipino Progress In Canada

The mere fact that the media has zeroed in on Tagalog as the fastest growing immigrant language, and the public's surprise of this so-called linguistic phenomenon, is telling of the social insignificance of Canada's third largest ethnic group. Sure, Filipinos are common props in fast-food restaurants, hotels and homes, but their lack of political and economic weight renders them invisible despite their large presence and 24/7 work cycles.
10/25/2012 01:13 EDT
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Stayin' Alive With The Iron Butterfly, Imelda Marcos

It's pretty safe to say that when most folks think of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos and her legendary shoe collection takes centre-stage. A new musical not only glorifies the Iron Butterfly's Cinderella story but threatens to romanticize martial law and its militaristic orders.
10/20/2012 10:58 EDT