Equality

To the Hollywood Girls Who Don't Fully Understand What a Feminist Is

Natasha Koifman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

David Letterman recently hosted Parks and Recreation actor Aziz Ansari on his show who beautifully summed up what it means to be a feminist. I think even those Hollywood girls who won't call themselves a feminist will agree with this analogy: "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyoncé concert and you're not like, 'I feel like Beyoncé should get 23 per cent less money than Jay Z. Also I don't think Beyoncé should have the right to vote and why is Beyoncé singing and dancing -- shouldn't she make Jay a steak?"

Would You Still Be Anti-Feminist If You Knew What Feminism Was?

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Dana Marie Krook

It's everyone's right to have an opinion. But here is what bothers me: they've got the wrong definition. They are basing their judgment of me, my beliefs and on feminism as a whole, on inaccurate information. What I am calling for is a re-education of women, and men, across North America. If you take a look at feminism's goal (one more time: equality!) and still want to tote a sign that says, "I'm an anti-feminist," I suppose that is your prerogative.

When You Tell Me I'm Not "Ladylike," What Do You Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

What does "ladylike" mean? Personally, the term leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. There's a difference between being "ladylike" and having manners. "Ladylike" represents a list of expectations of how a woman should be or what a woman should stand for. I'm sorry (not sorry), but screw that shit.

Why 'Privilege' Is Condescending and Manipulative

Angela Hartlin | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

As an evolved species, we can do better than repeating the same patterns of discrimination that feed into a looping and segregating cycle. Let's lay out all issues on the table, educate, and not stamp prejudice onto those who suffer greatly for various other reasons because they fit in with the white/ straight/ rich categories.

I've Been Out and Proud for 25 Years

Nikki Gershbain | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Nikki Gershbain

As I find myself on the eve of World Pride weekend, making plans to march in the parade with my partner, my son and step-daughter, and their dads, I cannot help but reflect on the fact that it has been almost a quarter of a century since I came out. Our children are in Grades one and three. They love all of their moms, and my parents are thrilled to be grandparents -- to not one but, now, two kids. I continue to be an advocate, although today it takes different forms. Today, my girlfriend and I dream about getting married in the backyard of our home. I will get married because now I want to. And now I can.

WATCH: If Gay Guys Spoke Like Straight Guys

Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Impact

Canadian comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding is poking fun at those well-meaning, but completely tone deaf, individuals among us who routinely say the most...

Getting Our Kids to Ask Critical Questions About Discrimination

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Last week I was speaking about rights and freedoms to a high school law class. I asked the students if they could think of any laws that had changed in their life time. They knew that the alcohol limits for driving had changed. But when it came to changes that had brought about legislation against racial, gender, and other discrimination, they had to be reminded or even simply informed.

What I Learned About Identity From a Transgender Truck Driver

Bianca Pang | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

The truck driver tells us to trust him (apparently, this was enough for us to believe that he wasn't a serial killer) and opens up the back of the truck. And of course, anytime the back of a truck opens, you're obliged to look in. Sure enough, costumes. An abundance of them, along with heels I made sure to take note of and purchase later on.

Teaching Our Kids What Equality Really Means

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Do your children know what equality means? Let's celebrate International Youth Day by helping our children to become the citizens we want them to be. Let's teach them to think critically about rights and freedoms so they can grow up to be the fair-minded people we need in this world.

The Reason I Wrote "Why I Don't Sleep With White Guys"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

If my experiences have offended some of you, I'm sorry that you didn't like it, and I'm sorry that you don't understand. I'm sorry that when the next time a woman of colour speaks on a subject like this, you will do the same thing to her. I'm sorry that you won't give her experience any second thought. I'm sorry that you won't even consider delving deeper into history. I'm sorry for you.

Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

Saeed Selvam | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

The jury in the Zimmerman trial made a decision that they felt comfortable with, they didn't have to be racist, Florida law protected and provoked their decision. The point is, collective anger and protest needs to be directed against the law, not store windows.

Saving Capitalism from Itself

Richard Florida | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada
Richard Florida

This piece originally appeared in the Toronto Star. You don't have to be a Marxist to wonder if capitalism has run its course. Though the stock marke...

The Right Aboriginal Women Desperately Need

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

For 25 years, Aboriginal women on reserves have been without the legal protections that are available to all other Canadians. When a relationship breaks down a husband can ban his spouse from the home, sell the house, and even keep all the money, without consent of the woman. The Government of Canada has introduced Bill S-2, Matrimonial Property Rights Legislation.

Don't Hold Your Breath for Gender Equality - It's 228 Years Away

Terri Coles | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

Want to start an argument? Ask friends and acquaintances for their thoughts on the gender gap in pay in Canada, and watch how many of them argue that it just doesn't exist. However, data from several sources have shown, over and over again, that there is a real gap between what men earn and what women earn for comparable work. I don't have a solution for all of this; I wish I did. I am still trying to figure these things out for my own family, and I know it's not easy. What we can do is start making changes in our own homes: throw out the old, outdated gender expectations, let go of the resentment about who brings in what.

Can We Afford Not to Reduce Poverty?

Stephen Hampton | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Stephen Hampton

If poverty and inequality is costing Canadians upwards of $72 billion annually then why is poverty and inequality not a main issue both to Canadians and the government? The reason is that reducing poverty and shrinking inequality will involve two taboos and a political risk to the current government.

Darkness at Downton: 'Downton Abbey' Season 3, Episode 5

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada
Beverly Akerman

When Isobel suggests a luncheon for the Downton "girls," the stage is set for the confrontation: between the men and the women, between creaky notions of propriety and the ancient concepts of mercy, made modern in the guise of rehabilitation. Thank God, mercy wins.

Canadians With Lower Income Have Higher Opportunity

Yanick Labrie | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

We often hear that in Canada, "the rich are becoming richer while the poor are getting poorer." Fortunately, studies focusing on economic mobility in Canada tell a totally different and more accurate story. By looking at these data, it becomes clear that it is the poorest 20 per cent who enjoy the highest upward economic mobility.

No Dogs and Jews Allowed

Bernie Farber | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

In cottage country, and even on Toronto's beaches up to the mid 1950s, it was common to see signs that read "No Dogs or Jews Allowed." Though we, as a nation, have made great strides in the name of human rights for all, we cannot be complacent. There cannot be justice for Jews if there is not justice for everyone.

Canada Gets Failing Grade on Income Inequality Report

Mark Fried | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Business
Mark Fried

In a report called "Left Behind by the G20?", Oxfam looks how every country treats its poorest. Inequality in Canada rose as fast as India's and nearly as fast as South Africa's. Only four have managed to reduce income inequality since 1990 and they are all emerging powers: Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Argentina.

Why I Am Still a Republican

David Frum | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
David Frum

For three years, my political party has veered in a direction I cannot follow. And if the GOP insists on framing the 2012 election as a ballot question on fiscal and monetary austerity, or if they nominate somebody manifestly incompetent to do the job of president, they're going to lose me -- and a lot more people.

A New Kind of Saudi Woman

Amanda Alvaro | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Living
Amanda Alvaro

She defends a country that she believes provides fair access to education but also concedes that many young women are still raised to become wives. Even her talented best friend will likely abandon her career aspirations to become a young wife and mother -- still the most coveted role for Saudi women.

Disappearing Aboriginal Women Are Canada's Secret Shame

Martin Lukacs | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
Martin Lukacs

Killed in their homes and in the streets, on and off reservations, by acquaintances and by strangers, Aboriginal women are the victims of an unmistakable epidemic of violence. The government's expressions scarcely mask the truth written out in their policies and inaction: these women are disposable.

That's So Gay

Ben Johnson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Ben Johnson

The word 'gay' gets thrown around so much, there is perhaps a valid argument that most people aren't even fully cognizant that it's homophobic anymore.

Is Success a Choice for Women in Business?

Beatrix Dart | Posted 10.21.2011 | Canada
Beatrix Dart

One of the worst obstacles for women in business seems to be the mindset. We hear about their limitations and we see double standards for male and female performance evaluations. Women become eroded by society telling them they "can't have it all" -- and they believe it.

Seven Steps To Mind-Blowing Sex

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

What makes someone a fantastic lover is not their technical ability or their repertoire of moves but their attentiveness and their efforts to make their partner happy. When both people show that they really care about meeting their partner's needs, sex becomes something wonderful.