Shameless (magazine)

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Shameless is a Canadian magazine with a feminist and anti-oppressive practice perspective for girls and trans youth. It is published three times a year and also maintains a website[1] featuring a blog, web stories and audio content. Shameless is a registered not-for-profit.

History and awards[edit]

Shameless is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth. It’s a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers’ interests and experiences. Grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression, Shameless aims to do more than just publish a magazine: we aim to inspire, inform, and advocate for young women and trans youth. Shameless was founded in 2004[2] by Nicole Cohen and Melinda Mattos.

Shameless strives to practice and develop an inclusive feminism. They understand that many of the obstacles faced by young women and trans youth lie at the intersection of different forms of oppression, based on race, class, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As a grassroots magazine, they are committed to supporting and empowering young writers, editors, designers and artists, especially those from communities that are underrepresented in the mainstream media.

Proudly independent, Shameless is a grassroots magazine produced by a team of volunteer staff members.

Each issue of Shameless entertains and inspires with profiles of amazing women, discussion of the hot topics that concern you most, DIY guides to crafty activities, sports dispatches, the latest in technology, columns on food politics, health & sexuality, advice and more. Shameless also runs a podcast, Shameless Talks,[3] that can be found on their website and iTunes.

In June 2004, Shameless was named Best New Magazine by Toronto alt-weekly NOW and nominated for two Utne Independent Press Awards (Best New Title and Best Design). In 2005, Shameless won an Utne award for Best Personal Life Writing.[4] The magazine was nominated again in 2006,[5] for Lifestyle coverage. In 2005, cover story “Making The Cut”[6] was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Published three times a year, Shameless is available in independent bookstores and Chapters/Indigo locations across Canada and select locations in the United States.

The blog[edit]

Shameless also hosts a blog, which was named Best Feminist Blog in Canada in February 2008 by the Canadian F-Word Blog Awards and shortlisted again in 2012.[7][8] The site has also won Best Entertainment Blog. Frequent topics include representation of women and trans folks, youth, race and sexuality in mainstream culture, independent artists and musicians, pop culture, news and current events.

The anthology[edit]

In Spring 2009, Megan Griffith-Greene and Stacey May Fowles published She's Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out and fighting back with Tightrope Books. The book contains essays by women and trans-identified adults about their experiences as teens.


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  2. ^ Elizabeth Groeneveld (2010). "Join the Knitting Revolution: Third-Wave Feminist Magazines and the Politics of Domesticity" (PDF). Canadian Review of American Studies. 40 (2). Retrieved March 14, 2016.
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  4. ^ Utne Independent Press Awards 2005
  5. ^ Utne Independent Press Awards 2006
  6. ^ Shameless Fall 2005 issue
  7. ^ And the Winners ARE!
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