Canada Feminism

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.

It's Time To Address Violence Against Women With Disabilities

Bonnie L. Brayton | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Bonnie L. Brayton

There are still no resources to speak of for girls with disabilities facing violence, even though they experience violence at higher rates and more frequently than any other group of young women and girls in Canada. The rates of sexual, physical, verbal and systemic violence are at least three times higher.

Long Live Rory Gilmore: An Ode To My First Feminist Role Model

Louise Johnson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada TV
Louise Johnson

In ways I only now recognize in hindsight, Rory Gilmore shaped the trajectory of my life during an impressionable phase of transition-hood. While it sounds silly and cliché for a fictional character to have had such an impact, she truly was an integral part of my adolescence.

Sexual Violence In Video Games Isn't Child's Play

Meredith Fowke | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Meredith Fowke

When I explained why I will not buy Grand Theft Auto 5 for my son and why he is not allowed to buy it even with his own money, he replied, "but it's just a game." I can't get angry at him for wanting a game that nearly all his friends have. But I cannot, and will not, give in. There is no place for this content in a video game.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Says We Have To Stop Ignoring Women

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living

"Our boys need to look up to older people around them, especially male figures."

Trump Win Proves You Can't Be 'Your Own Kind' Of Feminist

Tara K. Reed | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

After the U.S. election, I wanted to call myself a feminist. Especially as friends wept about the uncertain (and certain) future of a Trump America. Still, I can't. Because feminism is hiding too many racists and bigots. People who hear "Be your own kind of feminist" and place emphasis on "your own kind."

Advertisers, Let's Portray Pregnant Women Accurately

Angie Campanelli | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Style
Angie Campanelli

Why should a double zero model get to strap on a baby-bump, as though it's a mere accessory like shoes or bracelets, and pose in a maternity clothing campaign?

Why We Hurt After Hillary's Defeat

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

We hurt because this was personal. Women who have come such a long way in our evolution and fought so hard to be valued, valuable and powerful in every definition of the word. That pain knows no borders -- or walls. And that mourning is the loss of a dream. The dream that women can be much more. That's why it feels so personal.

Are You Having Your Own Misogynist Moment?

Jessica Holmes | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Holmes

Why do we laugh at a comedian's misogynist joke? Why do we vote for a man who brags about grabbing women by their genitalia? Why would we try to seduce a man who abused us? I don't know whether it's a fear of being disliked or an inferiority complex or a survival instinct or a tainted childhood or a history of women who speak up for themselves being trashed (Trump's relentless "she's a fat, ugly lesbian" attack on Rosie O'Donnell always comes to mind), trying to put an end to misogyny is not for the faint of heart.

Hillary Clinton's Words To Little Girls Are Wise Ones For Women Too

The Huffington Post Canada | Lisa Yeung | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Living

"Never doubt that you are valuable ... "

Toronto Police Chaplain's Sexist Views Don't Define My Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Concerns have been recently raised about the Muslim Toronto police chaplain on his personal views about women and marriage. Officer Musleh Khan's viewpoints come across as strongly patriarchal and infantalizing of women.

You're Not A Mess, So Stop Saying It

Lauren Ross | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Ross

Confidence is intimidating, but it shouldn't be. Why should I feel guilty about being happy with myself? I have flaws, sure, but I am not a mess. So why do I participate in mess culture? Why, at brunch, do I feel obligated to chime in with a self-disparaging comment? There is no reason to participate in something that downplays what I have to offer.

I Paid The Price For Arriving Early To The Braless Revolution

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Anya Wassenberg

I'd been teased mercilessly from about grade four or five on about the smallness of my breasts -- good, honest B cups, but they were not the favoured size of my youth. So I came to a logical conclusion: I stopped wearing a bra. Why bother, if no one's looking? I did mention I was naive.

Trump May Be The Women's Movements' Best Recruitment Tool Yet

Shari Graydon | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Shari Graydon

Thoughtful and attentive people of all ages and affiliations now have chilling clarity about the depth of the double standard and breadth of unconscious bias and its impact on women -- even those who have, in fact, worked twice as hard to be thought half as good.

PTSD In The Wake Of Abuse Is A Reality For Many Women

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Teal Swan was only six years old when she found herself in the hands of her abuser and forced into a nightmarish world that a lot of people were unwilling (or unable) to believe. For the better part of 13 years, she was was raped, beaten and psychologically tortured by people who she was told to trust.

A Positive Mindset Helped Me Lose Over Half My Body Weight

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I was verbally bullied about my weight throughout school. The weight started increasing exponentially while I was in high school. That is when it started impacting my moods and the way I looked at life... I did not want to be around my friends and I started isolating myself. I became physically sick with stomach problems, mentally sick and looked down upon myself. I hit rock bottom.

Let's Create Consent Culture Online

femifesto | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

While "cyberviolence" has been a hot topic for the past few years, recent months have put a spotlight on the misogynistic and racist sexual violence and harassment enacted online. More than two-thirds of Canadians who report cyber crimes to the police are women, according to Statistics Canada.

My Headphones Aren't A Barrier, They're My Lifeline

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Despite retaining my "anti social in style" persona, I've been interrupted more times than I can count by men telling me to take off my headphones so that they can talk to me. There have been times when they have literally jumped in front of me and blocked my path so that we could just "have a conversation" (and it's always the same one). The whole interaction is not just annoying; it often borders on invasive.

Men Must Step Up Their Game To Beat Sexism In Sport

Adam van Koeverden | Posted 08.13.2016 | Canada Living
Adam van Koeverden

This week, my friend and fellow Olympic champ boatsman, Adam Kreek, made a mistake that I hope can prove to be a learning experience. While chatting with Ron McLean on CBC television, he expressed his opinion that Eugenie Bouchard may not be committed to winning, evidenced by her selfies, interest in fashion and social media presence. To add fuel to the fire, when three fellow Olympians whom I admire very much -- Marnie McBean, Chandra Crawford and Annamay Pierse -- expressed concern over Twitter, he emphatically defended his commentary.

Five Ways We Can Change The Way Women Feel About Their Bodies

Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living

Five ways we can combat gender discrimination as told through activists and community members who endeavor to change the conversation one social post at a time.

Canada's Humanitarian Action Must Be Feminist And Principled

Development Unplugged | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global humanitarian need is on the rise. The UN estimates that 125 million people need humanitarian relief and more than 60 million people are displaced from their homes. The Government of Canada's international assistance review could not have come at a more critical time. Disasters do not discriminate, but ultimately due to structural gender inequalities kill more women than men, and affect women's livelihoods hardest. Sixty per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict.

Don't Call Winnie Harlow A Role Model

Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living

Winnie Harlow may be one of the most influential models in the world right now, but don’t call her a role model. The 22-year-old Mississauga, Ont. native has defied traditional beauty ideals by taking on the fashion industry and not letting her vitiligo (a condition characterized by the depigmentation of skin) get in the way of success. But she still doesn’t see herself as someone to look up to.

Heaven Help A U.S. More Concerned By Orlando's Junk Than Trump

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Donald Trump may get to be president of the United States, and if he does, it will in large part be because the U.S. populace is more interested in re-tweeting pictures of Orlando Bloom's genitalia than in finding out who the Republican candidate really is and what his intentions are for the great United States of America.

Millennials Are Having Way Less Sex Compared To Their Parents

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living

Yes, even in a world of online hook-up apps.