2014 Conference Presenters


From Ugly Duckling to Sexy Swan: A Critical Analysis of Post-Feminism and Girl Culture in The Princess Diaries

Meghan McCabe

Oppressions of Queer Women by the Trendsetting Fashion Industry

Varruni Krishnathan

Bathroom Inspection

Ashleigh Yee-Fong

My name is Ashleigh, and I am a 4th year student in the Faculty of Arts. I currently major in Sociology, and minor in Law and Society. A bit about me: I am from a tiny island in the Caribbean called St.Maarten. I have always been passionate about societal issues and look forward to presenting at this years conference!

Neutral Nonsense: Contesting Gender-Neutral Restrooms through its Signage, Usage and Physical Space

Bernadette McShane and Skyler Wang

Bernadette is a UBC student majoring in Sociology and Gender Race Sexuality and Social Justice. Although a self-identified heterosexual woman, she has a particular interest in studying actions which complicate dualistic thinking (ie: female does not necessarily mean woman and male does not necessarily mean man). This will be her first year participating in the F-word Conference, and although is nervous, she is extremely exciting to be involved with a community of like-thinkers.

Skyler Wang – Being a student with a Visual Arts major and Sociology minor, I try to actively engage both of these fields by exploring the fascinating connections between social theories and artistic pursuits. Most of my works stem from my curiosity of the human condition – how and why do we act in a certain manner? By engaging with relevant subject matters, I constantly seek to make art that promotes critical thinking through open discussions. Gender and sexuality are two areas I am very passionate about and I have been making works that deal with seemingly explicit content with the intention to normalise what is traditionally perceived as deviant or socially unacceptable. I believe that art should be raw, confrontational, and uncomfortable, allowing exposure to new dimensions that one may not see, or choose not to see, in one’s daily life.

Unlikely Alliances: Radical Western Feminism as an Anticolonial Response to Gender Violence Among Communities of Color

Nicole Luongo

I am a fourth year sociology major who will be graduating at the end of the year. Outside of school I am a youth worker for the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA). I am passionate about antioppressive, anticolonial praxis particularly in relation to the lives of marginalized youth. I intend to pursue a graduate degree in the sociology of education, where I will focus on individualized, youth-led alternatives to mainstream education. My interests are informed by a combination of my academic background, the time I spend doing front-line work, and my own history as a homeless youth.

Reflection of academia and its implications on students’ bodies and identities

Ivan and Rain

Constructing Consent Culture

Axel McGown and Kate Sullivan

Axel is a queer, anarchist and feminist unschooler with a love for words. She lives in East Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories and sometimes in Nelson, unceded Sinixt and Ktunaxa Territories. You’ll find her with a mug of tea in her hand, scribbling feverishly in a corner, or else performing her spoken word poetry on stage. She loves jumping over puddles and enthusiastically consensual hugging.

Kate is a genderfluid femme former homeschooler who loves long conversations and consuming media. They grew up in rural Vancouver Island and are currently living in East Van, and are interested in exploring more sustainable living alternatives in urban and remote environments. Areas of academic interest include queer theory, children’s literary analysis, and saints. Between working on a novel and being a student, Kate tries to fit in political participation and hopes to hone their activist toolkit.

Women’s Warrior Song: An Exploration of Indigenous Feminist Resurgence 

Sophie Johnston, Salia Joseph, Reba DeGuevara  and Samantha Knock of the First Nations Studies Students’ Association

Sophie Bender Johnston is an Anishinaabe-kwe from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She is in her third year of study in the First Nations Studies Program and minoring in the Creative Writing program. She is in the process of (re)learning Anishinaabemowin. In her studies at UBC she has enjoyed feminist theories that are rooted in Indigeneity, languages and literatures, and the land.

Samantha is a recent graduate of the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.  She is Metis from Northern British Columbia, but her family comes from Sakitawak (Ile-a-la-Crosse) in Northern Saskatchewan.  For most of her studies, Samantha has focused on Indigenous Feminisms and political theory, thanks to her Political Science minor.  In he spare time Samantha enjoys reading, crocheting, and drinking coffee.

Reba DeGuevara is syilx from the Okanagan and Yaqui. She is currently a third year student at UBC majoring in First Nation Studies and Political Science. She enjoys cooking, slahal, and a good dog meme.

Salia Joseph is a 3rd year First Nations Studies Program major and a member of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh nation. Alongside her studies, she is the vice-president of the First Nations Study Student Association and Coordinates the Reading Club program with Musqueam youth. She is very passionate about her program and is particularly interested in the work of Indigenous women/feminist scholars.

Rape Culture: A review of campus culture

Anisa Mottahed and Ashley Bentley  of the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre

Anisa Mottahed is the Manager of the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC Vancouver, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Musqueam people.  She is a Persian-Canadian feminist who strongly believes in social change, social justice, and grassroots community development. Her educational background includes Hispanic Studies, English Literature, and Social Service Work.  Anisa also serves as the Co-Chair on the Board of Directors of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre (a wellness centre for people of all genders).  

Ashley Bentley is the Assistant Manager of the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueaum people. Ashley originated from England and has been a part of the Vancouver community for the past 4 years. Her educational background is in Cultural Studies and her expertise is in anti-violence, gender studies and mental health. Ashley considers herself an imperfect ally to the LGBT community and an advocate for social change. 

Cannibal Capitalism: Zombies, Neoliberalism, and Apocalyptic Possibility

Sherisse Roseboom

Sherisse has just completed her third year in undergraduate studies at UBC, pursuing an International Relations degree with a minor in Gender Studies. As a student, she is interested in social justice issues around gender, inequality, participatory democracy, and climate change. She plans to pursue alternative, independent journalism in the future. Sherisse is excited to tackle this presentation, combining her passion for critical social justice research with popular culture and her newly-discovered interest in zombies!

Let’s Talk Sex: Rethinking Sexual Identity, Intimacy & Desire in a Muslim Context

Lana Nazer

I am a 4th year UBC Student majoring in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. As a Muslim Feminist I am very interested in topics revolving around sex, identity, and desire. I am very excited to present on this topic at my first F Word Conference!

Tattoos and the Western Construct of Femininity

Whitney Brennan

Whitney Brennan is a third year Art History major, with a strong interest in social justice and gender studies. She became passionate about feminism through the supportive GRSJ community at UBC and the incredible people who work so hard to spread their knowledge and enthusiasm for feminist discourse. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to present at this year’s F Word Conference.

Less Than Human: Contextualizing the Discourse on Sex Workers’ Bodies

Suzanne Ross

Suzanne Ross is a first year student at the University of British Columbia who plans on specializing in International Relations and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice studies. Suzanne came to UBC from her hometown of Austin, Texas, where she became interested in feminism at a young age. In her hometown of Austin Suzanne volunteered for the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) helping to facilitate girls’ clubs at middle schools that taught important concepts such as consent and body acceptance. Suzanne will be coordinating the 2014/2015 academic year “I Am A Feminist” Day campaign and looks forward to becoming more involved in the UBC feminist community. 


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