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Power pose

Vivek Shraya seizes power through vulnerability in her patriarchy-detonating manifesto I’m Afraid of Men


BEFORE VIVEK SHRAYA boarded her flight from Calgary to Toronto for Quill & Quire’s photo shoot, she tweeted a GIF of Beyoncé posing, fist defiant in the air, as a car explodes behind her. “Mood,” Shraya wrote.

Self-empowerment has been on the 37-year-old multidisciplinary artist’s mind as she prepares to launch her memoir-manifesto I’m Afraid of Men (Penguin Canada) on Aug. 28. The volume shares its title with a song on Part-Time Woman, Shraya’s Polaris Music Prize–longlisted EP with the Queer Songbook Orchestra. But “I’m afraid of men” also serves as a thesis statement for her confessional, confrontational critique of our male-centred culture.

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