Category Archives: Covering Up: Censoring Sexualised Bodies around Yonge & Dundas

Covering Up: Censoring Sexualised Bodies in the Yonge-Dundas Area.

  What does it mean for Ryerson to move onto Yonge Street? Well for starters it means a coveted Yonge Street address which would allow the university to feature more prominently in Toronto’s downtown core. It also means that the … Continue reading

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Yonge Street Pedestrian Mall, 1972

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Dancing in Toronto

(Toronto, 1912) (Toronto, 1950s)

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Topless on Yonge

Topless on Yonge (Toronto, 1969) Yonge Street, among all things, has also been a siteĀ for discussing the morality of women’s bodies. Zanzibar, not surprisingly, started a whole discussion around what constitutes moral when it started staging women topless. Te tension … Continue reading

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Joyful Sundays

Joyful Sundays (Toronto, 1962) Here is an ad that calls Torontonians to enjoy their Sundays by watching “wild for Kicks” also known as “Beat Girl”: An apparently amusing story of a girl who wants to become a stripper! [Movie Synopsis … Continue reading

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Women against Alcohol

Women against Alcohol (early 1900s) Independent of our views about alcohol consumption, this picture is extremely effective in demonstrating the tension between morality and sexuality. The fact is that morality does not necessarily want to entirely silent sexuality, it rather … Continue reading

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Cover up Jayne, or We’ll Look at You

Cover Up Jayne, or We’ll Look at You (Beverly Hills, 1957) One way to perform feminine sexuality is how Jayne Mansfield does it, another way would be Sofia Loren’s… The question is who gets to look at whom, and what … Continue reading

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