Canada Feminism

Before You Roll Your Eyes, This Is What Feminism Actually Means

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living

It benefits everyone.

John Legend Wants Men To Become Feminists Before Having Kids

HuffPost Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Parents

After all, most men have other female figures in their lives before they have daughters.

It's Time For Free Birth Control

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Despite those who may object to free birth control, there are many reasons why prescription birth control should be free. Making birth control free saves Canada billions in health care costs. It benefits those who take it, is effective in reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions, and increases equal access to sexual health products.

Dress Codes Are About Fear Of The Female Body

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

By deeming what is normal to be inappropriate, we turning women's bodies into a real thing of horror. I am praying that there was not a single person on that plane who would have mentally drawn a connection between a ten year old in leggings to a sexual object. But isn't the thought that the conclusion could be drawn part of the problem?

Federal Budget 2017: Feminist Foreign Policy Needs More Than Rhetoric

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

If we really want to support women and really want to be known as a feminist nation, then we need to work hand-in-hand with women and fund their work. We would welcome an announcement for this in the federal budget this week. But for this to happen, it would take courage and vision - not just rhetoric.

The Entertainment Industry Double Standard Hurting Women And Men

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Sex is great, being sexy is great, looking sexy is great. Double standards, not so much. I don't see why a young actress in a magazine article describing her talent and her latest projects must be photographed in her underwear, when a young man in the same situation is photographed in jeans and a shirt.

Joshua Ostroff

Nelly Furtado: Women, We Need To Support Each Other | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living

"We're not done yet."

338 Young Women Took Over Canada's Parliament And It Was Glorious

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics

In celebration of International Women's Day, Equal Voice filled the House of Commons with women between the ages of 18 and 23 to represent every riding in the country.

Stop Shaming Advocates For Not Being The Right Kind Of 'Feminist'

Clare Beckton | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

Reading and watching the stories arising around International Women's Week, I was struck by the divisiveness around the meaning of feminism. Emma Watson, who is a passionate advocate for feminism, was criticized for her Vanity Fair poses. Articles regularly question whether Justin Trudeau is a feminist or a hypocrite depending on his actions on a particular day. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is currently being criticized for suggesting that women thank the men in their lives and hold their hands on International Women's Day. Be bold - stand up and end this harmful debate around feminism.

The Grief Inherent In Being Black And Feminist

Rachel Ricketts | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Ricketts

It's exhausting having to constantly point out privilege, what it is, how it operates and how it's insidious and thus extremely hard to see or understand when you have so much of it; which is precisely why even those feminists with the best intentions can get caught up defending their own story instead of listening to the stories of those more oppressed. 

What Passes For Feminism These Days Needs To Do Better

Tara K. Reed | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

Feminism: you in danger, girl. Blogger Tara K. Reed explains why she struggles with the term feminist as a woman with a disability and why she would like to see a change in how the term is used among millennials and in pop culture.

We Asked You: A World Without Women Would Be..

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living

The verdict was unanimous.

5 Ways To Be An Active Feminist In Your Community

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada Living

1) Do your research.

To All My Tiny Addictions

Emelia Symington Fedy | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Emelia Symington Fedy

Having bipolar disorder is starting to be considered a plus if you're an artist. Gonzo journalists are writing about their trip to Peru to take Ayahuasca to treat their Schizophrenia. Stars are outing themselves about their previous Oxycodin abuse, and I'm starting to think "is it becoming cool to be an addict?"

To Doula Or Not To Doula?

Georgia Morley | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Georgia Morley

It was only some years after the birth of my son that I began to be really intrigued by the idea that there could've been someone in the room with me to speak when I could only growl. Don't get me wrong, my midwife Susie was amazing, but she was busy doing midwife-y things like checking blood pressure and filling in paperwork and unwrapping the cord from around my son's neck: um, yes please.

Feminist Baby Names To Empower Your Little One

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Parents

We’ve included sweet names for both boys and girls.

Feminism Has To Be Intersectional. This New Book Explains Why

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living

"The only way you can be truly feminist is by embracing that’s how our world looks and behaves."

'Property Brothers' Star Put Online Bullies In Their Place On Facebook

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living

Commenters did not like the fact Jonathan Scott supported the Women's March.

Why I Joined The Women's March

Leviana Coccia | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Leviana Coccia

The Women's March is a reminder that there are many ways to support a positive future. You don't have to make a sign or scream really loud or join 60,000 people on foot. You can educate yourself and others, you can donate to causes that support equality and the environment, you can volunteer for organizations that improve lives of people in your community and you can make small changes in your lifestyle to better the future of others.

Busting Gender Stereotypes Can Benefit Men In Life And Career

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

People are realizing that, without the weight of gendered expectations, they can embrace skills, talents and passions irrespective of gender, which benefits individuals, corporations and the world. It is a long way from where we once were, labelled "pink" or "blue" at birth and put into our gender-specific boxes.

Let's Rethink The Pressure Of Cooking Family Meals During The Holidays

Merin Oleschuk | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Merin Oleschuk

While enjoying a wholesome meal together is surely a worthy goal, family meal campaigners don't always acknowledge the work that goes into this achievement: the time demands, parenting challenges and financial burdens required to put good food on the table. These pressures exist daily, but for many of us-particularly women-- they come to a head during holidays.

Canada Must Be A Shining Light For World's Women During Dark Days

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Fears that the divisive politics which characterized Brexit and the U.S. presidential election will undermine liberal democracies across the globe, and put the world's most vulnerable people in harm's way, have never been greater. They are not misplaced -- right now real lives and a meaningful Canadian identity are at stake.

It's Finally Men's Turn To Embrace So-Called 'Feminine' Fabrics

Leah Morrigan | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Style
Leah Morrigan

True self-expression must have freedom without gendered boundaries. To allow men true freedom, freedom of their senses, we must loosen the knots of gender expression through clothing and fabric and allow men to be who they naturally are.

Montreal Massacre Lessons More Important After Trump: Women's Group

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living

Trump’s election win gives license to misogynists, Dr. Stanton said.

Why 'Locker Room Talk' Hurts Both Women And Men

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

From the time we enter high school we are told that this type of talk is harmless, good-natured joking and if we react negatively, we must lack a sense of humour. What we fail to mention is that locker room talk leads to groping and unwanted sexual advances because when you dehumanize people in conversation, their needs no longer count. Once you have obscenely torn a woman apart with bro-talk, an insidious web of disrespect is woven. It becomes difficult to promote her and even more difficult to work for her. In short, it limits her opportunities.