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Shannon McClennan

Arts and culture, politics, gender relations, and things in between

Shannon McClennan-Taylor is a Calgary writer, blogger, poet, communications specialist, and arts/culture junkie. She has a Bachelor or Arts in English Literature from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in International Journalism from Leeds University, UK. Shannon has done time as a communications specialist in big business and not-for-profit, and currently works in provincial politics. Her graduate thesis, Advertisements, gender and violence: Examining violence against women in contemporary western advertising (2006) explored graphic depictions of violence, abuse and sexual assault used in western print advertising to sell products, typically to women. She continues to take an active interest in gender relations and the gendered politics of violence.

When not writing or ranting about something (politics, gender (in)equality, etc.) you’ll find her reading, sewing, doing yoga, sleeping, and taking in the local arts and culture scene—but rarely at the same time. You can follow her on Twitter and check out her rarely-updated personal blog for more.