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Updated on Sunday, November 23

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OMG: Donate bras, panties, tampons, deodorant, pillows, and towels to the Women's Centre and Food Bank for the holidays. All donations are going to Mary's Place Women's Shelter for the holidays/

Rooms 2102 and 2104 SLC

17 comments

  1. Why would I do that instead of donating food to people and not discriminating based on gender.

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    1. Are you donating or collecting donations for homeless men? Because if you were, I am sure no one would have a problem. People need help in this world and I respect those FEW people who actually take initiative to help people. But if someone is adopting homeless kittens, I don't scoff at them and say "why aren't you helping dogs?!". Or if someone wants to help native american children in a community, I don't demand to know why they aren't doing things for black children in the community.

      People need different things. There are different ways to approach helping men and different ways to approach helping women, just as there are different ways to approach helping people in all different circumstances due to cultural and socio economic differences.

      Men don't need tampons, women do. So if you ask for tampons and bras and other products that homeless women would like for the holidays, then I don't see the problem with it.

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    2. Is it really discrimination to say that a lot of homeless women really need bras and tampons? Are we only allowed to donate gender-neutral toiletries to shelters, lest we offend some dude on the internet?

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  2. preferably not used

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    1. I'll take the used ones. Sniff sniff

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  3. Might be good to note that you're looking for unused supplies...

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    1. Good tip!! It's on the posters.

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  4. 1. If you would like to actually do something to help people then go for it. At least some people are doing something for a major portion of the homeless population in kw.

    Also, homeless women are in desperate need of tampons and bras. These are some of the most demanded things from women's shelters. What's wrong with asking people to donate those things? Food and clothes are donated in overabundance.


    Toiletries are also being collected. If you started collecting things for homeless men, I would have no problem with that because at least you were doing something to help.

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    1. You know full well if I tried starting a collection for homeless MEN I'd get fucking protested by that red-headed creature at uoft.

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    2. 5a, you know there are men's shelters too, right? And they have collection drives the same as women's shelters.

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    3. @5a if you can think of some gender-specific items for men's shelters, go right ahead.

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  5. 5.a what on earth! Now I think you're actually just joking. Who the hell would get mad if you collected stuff for a men's shelter? Nobody would care!! And I'm a huge feminist. People want people to do something for others. So stop complaining and actually do somethng to help people in need.

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  6. Okay, so goodness forbid anyone try to do anything pro-social around this place!

    So let's clear a few things up, the overall objective of donations is to help individuals in poverty access basic needs and services. Thus, they are able to lead more dignified and empowered lives.

    Furthermore, men and women have different needs: because, apparently you don't need to know grade six sex ed at this school, women menstruate and thus require hygiene supplies. They also wear bras. These things, along with access to adequate clothing, shelter and hygiene can help these women live with access to necessities in a more dignified fashion. The same can be said for men's shelters, they receive donations of toiletries to help men in poverty participate in society in a dignified way.

    BIG PICTURE TIME:
    When examining gendered poverty, it is true that men and women experience poverty in different ways. While the feminization of poverty ensures that women experience poverty disproportionately to their male counterparts, men are most likely to experience homelessness without access to shelter. This is due to Victorian stereotypes that transcend generations and deem women and children the most vulnerable populations in society. While women experience poverty due to lone parenting, discrimination and lower income levels, there are more social support and shelter services available to them. This being said, access can be limited due to transportation, shame and daily violence. Men are less likely to live in poverty; however those in extreme poverty are provided with fewer social service options.

    In order to create long term change, challenging social values is imperative: for examples of poor disempowering gender ideologies, see above! This must coincide with a greater understanding of privilege and disenfranchisement, and general social stratification and mobility. Policy changes and access to services (affordable childcare, subsidized housing, and employment services) can also be useful in promoting long term change.

    But congratulations, you have effectively discouraged people from prosocial behaviour, stigmatized individuals in poverty and proven the misogyny is a live and well. This school is the best!

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    1. Wow fuck off. Since when is gender neutral charity misogynistic?

      If women are equal to men they should get the same handouts (but they AREN'T equal, so they don't. Women get pampered to they get more). And what the fuck is the "feminization of poverty"?

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  7. Umm wow,

    Gender neutral charity is not misogynistic. The preceding comments about supporting women's organizations are...

    And menstrual products are not superfluous handouts, they're kind of essential...even under the outlandish belief that sanitary products were not necessary, it's this notion of EQUITY, levelling the playing field so people of different groups can have fair dignity and societal participation.

    Such a radical idea that civil society may benefit from a little gender mainstreaming.

    And women are unequal in many aspects of social life...pick up a book, you might just stumble upon the "feminization of poverty" when you're educating yourself.

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