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For Raping a Little Girl, Five Years in Prison Isn't Enough

(60) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:59 PM

TW for rape, child abuse, victim-blaming

There is a story in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald today about a woman who was sexually abused by her mother and her mother's common-law boyfriend from the age of eleven. It started with the man coming into the girl's bedroom at night and reaching up under her...

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Let's All Acknowledge the Feminist Conspiracy That is Canada

(14) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:07 PM

I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this? Sure the five dollar bill boasts our old...

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The Men's Rights Movement Taught Elliot Rodger Everything He Needed to Know

(722) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 3:40 PM

TW for violence against women, misogynistic language, violent language

Last night, a 22-year-old man named Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured seven more in what most news outlets are describing as a "shooting rampage." Rodger died later that night from a gunshot wound to his head, though...

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Would Willow Smith Be Sexualized If She Was White?

(18) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:13 PM

We need to talk for a hot second about the sexualization of young girls.

Specifically, we need to talk about the sexualization of Willow Smith by the media.

In case you've somehow missed the whole hullaballoo, the picture below of 13-year-old Willow and 20-year-old actor Moises Arias was recently posted on Instagram, and...

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The Racist Tweets About Subban Are Only Part of a Bigger Problem

(70) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 11:40 AM

Trigger warning for racist and violent language and images

On Thursday night, Montreal Canadiens player P. K. Subban scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Predictably, Boston fans were outraged. In this case, though, with Subban as one of the few black...

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Why, When My Friend Got Attacked, Did No One Stop to Help Him?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:06 AM

I woke up Wednesday morning to a message from my friend Nathan. He had been attacked on his way home from another friend's house. Someone had jumped on him from behind and put him in a choke hold until he'd passed out. The attackers took everything he had on him -- his...

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Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

(45) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington,

We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail.

Specifically, we need to talk about the fact that you have cast yourselves as allies and yet are doing far more to hurt the causes that you claim to believe...

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If Fredericton's Morgentaler Clinic Closes, Women Will Die

(23) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:38 PM

The Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick has announced that it will close its doors in July due to lack of funding.

The Morgentaler clinic is the only abortion clinic in New Brunswick. In fact, aside from the Athena clinic in Newfoundland, it is the only abortion clinic east...

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Why the Men's Rights Movement Is Garbage

(770) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:04 PM

I need to take a moment here to talk about the Men's Rights Movement, because there seems to be some confusion. Actually, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion.

Over the past little while, I've had a number of people challenge me on calling out men's rights activists...

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Heroines of Literature and Film, You Don't Have to Be Pretty!

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:25 AM

"I'm not trying to be self-deprecating," I say, "I just don't get it. I'm younger. I'm not pretty. I --"


He laughs, a deep laugh that sounds like it came from deep inside him, and touches his lips to my temple.

"Don't pretend," I say breathily. "You know...

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Don't Fat Shame, Don't Thin Shame, All Bodies Are Good Bodies

(7) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 8:37 AM

You've probably heard that Marilyn Monroe was a size 14.

Or a size 16, or a size 12, or a size 10, depending on who you ask.

Whatever number someone quotes you, the message is always the same: our standards of beauty have changed, and not for the better. The...

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An International Women's Day Alphabet

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:51 PM

A is for Austen, the Regency hellion

B is for Boudica, who raised a rebellion

C is Cleopatra, fierce Queen of the Nile

D is Diana, whose voice does beguile

E is for Ella, who broke racial barriers

F is for Franklin, whose DNA...

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Trans Woman Avery Edison Was Put in a Men's Prison -- Why, Canada?

(33) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Here in Canada, we tend to think of ourselves as claiming a sort of moral high ground when it comes to social justice issues. We think of ourselves as liberated, fair, and anti-oppression; we look down on other countries for their medieval legislature, patting ourselves on the back for being...

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How To Undermine a Rape Victim: Woody Allen Edition

(98) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Trigger warning for talk of rape. 

Preface the victim's open letter about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father with a statement saying that he deserves the presumption of innocence. Always approach situations like this with the thought that the victim might be lying; remind yourself...

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Saying "It's Your Depression Talking" Takes Away My Voice

(8) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 12:02 AM

I walked out of my therapy appointment yesterday. I don't mean that I stormed out or anything -- I politely told my therapist that I wasn't in a great headspace and that talking about it was making me feel worse instead of better -- but still. It felt like a...

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Thanks Pete Seeger, For Your Revolutions Big and Small

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:33 AM

I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I mean, he was 94, right? That's a good run. A really good run. And I haven't listened to his music in years and years. Maybe not really -- not seriously,...

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Why Did York University Throw Women Under the Bus?

(46) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM

When I first heard about the student at York University who asked to be excused from a group project for religious reasons, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I'm still not, to be perfectly honest.

The student, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons,...

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Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:00 PM

You are a smart person and you pride yourself on your critical thinking abilities and general good taste.

You read or hear or watch something and find yourself smiling, nodding in agreement, maybe even laughing out loud. This, whatever this happens to be, is genius. Whoever created it somehow articulated...

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What Would Nelson Mandela Think of Canada's Apartheid?

(16) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Thomas Mulcair wrote a very touching tribute to Nelson Mandela in today's Toronto Star, using Mandela's story of struggle and eventual triumph over a deeply racist regime as a call to arms to Canadians to affect change in our own country. Like so many of the things that I've...

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Since the Montreal Massacre, Not Enough Has Changed for Women

(66) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:33 PM

When I was a kid, my mother had a button that looked exactly like this:

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I couldn't find a very large image of this button, but in case you're wondering, around the edge it reads: "In commemoration of...

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