On this episode, we explore the concept of emotional labour and how it applies to everyday life and relationships. We start off with a group discussion reflecting on why emotional labour is relevant to us personally. Then we hear an interview with Ubah Mohamoud about why she began hosting healing circles for black Muslim women and the emotional toll of dealing with violent Islamophobia and racism in the media and in Canadian society.
On this episode, we hear from a roundtable of young Muslim women who discuss Canada’s recent “niqab debate” and what it’s like to be a Muslim living in Canada. After, we learn some facts about Fatima al Fihri, the Muslim woman who founded the University of Al Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morroco, the oldest university institution in the world.
- Another awesome interview with AQSAzine on Muslim women by the F Word: “Ten years later: How 9/11 changed the lives of Muslim women“
- The McGill law student who filmed white Business students in blackface, wearing Jamaican colours, and speaking in Jamaican accents about smoking marijuana has now filed a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission. Blackface has been used historically by those disseminating racist stereotypes in theatrical productions, and is now considered a racial slur much like the N word.
- Some valid criticisms of the Conservative’s omnibus crime bill – it won’t help victims, it won’t reduce crime, it will cost a fortune, and it won’t improve our communities.
- College admission policies in the States are now making it easier for men and more difficult for women to be admitted. This can in part be seen as a response to the hysteria around the greater number of women earning bachelor degrees. Hugo Schwyzer breaks down why men don’t need affirmative action. While he pins men’s lower attendance on a false belief that they don’t need college to succeed, the research shows that in the States men can earn as much without completing college as women can with a bachelor degree. Given the fact that the President of the University of Alberta, Indira Samarasekera has said she wants to support what she sees as the underrepresented white males in university, and the fact that Alberta has an oil economy employing a disproportionate number of men, both these things are likely true here as well.