Canada Feminism

I Don't Want to Be the Only Minority at the Table. I Want to Add More Chairs

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jasmeet Sidhu

I remember so distinctly staring around at the room of Toronto Star editors and the people around me, including my own fellow interns, and I remember the exact moment of realizing that everyone in that room, except me, was white. I often believe its all too easy when you exist as a member of the "other," like a minority community like ours, for someone to cling to the idea of being the "first one," the "only one" and achieve what they can in the world for themselves and then go home with the pride of that recognition and nothing else. What if instead of believing there are limited seats to the table, we all chose to add more chairs?

The Most Important Argument About Periods You'll Ever Read

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living

Toronto-based spoken word poet Rupi Kaur uploaded a picture of herself on Instagram this week, and unleashed a revolution. The image, seen below, s...

Dear stay-at-home moms: stop calling working moms "selfish"

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

As a culture, we have a weird obsession with women being "selfish." Mothers especially are prone to accusations of selfishness any time they make a choice that doesn't directly and obviously benefit their children. Even when mothers are encouraged to practice self-care, it's often approached with the idea that feeling happy and rested will make them better partners and parents.

What #Meninism Gets Completely Wrong

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The heart of #meninism might be valid, but it doesn't remotely reflect the kind of struggle that women throughout the ages have gone through. Let's work a little less on spitting on the real issues and work more on making sure that we're making the changes necessary to ensure that we never have the meninist/feminist conversation again.

Why 1,500 Women Signed Up to Edit Wikipedia on International Women's Day

Yen To | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Yen To

Theories of why Wikipedia remains a male-based platform also abound. Some correlate it to the combative exclusivity of an old boys' club mentality that is repeatedly evidenced by women contributors submitting articles that are judged to be not substantive enough and immediately expedited for removal. The edit-a-thons came into existence as a counter measure to the aforementioned persisting pattern.

Sorry Ladies, Clothing-Optional Spas Make Me Awkward

Hannah Jack | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I'm a feminist, but that doesn't mean want to see your bush. Let me explain. I spent my morning at a water spa in the city. An important part of this scenario is that bathing suits are optional. Great! Cool! I'm a modern lady! I've seen Dove commercials! Nakedness is no problem for me. EXCEPT THAT IT FOR SURE WAS!!!!!

Why It's Sad When Women Say They Oppose Feminism

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Perhaps some fearful women will want to hold onto the idea that a man will only want them if he doesn't have to respect them, but hopefully they'll see that it's better to be loved as well as respected by the men in their lives. Feminism is not a dirty word, anymore than love is, or respect, or compassion or consideration.

Scary Spice Apparently Doesn't Really Believe In Girl Power

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

If you wannabe Mel B's lover, you have to get with her friends — and not call her a feminist. In a Time of London interview last week transcribed...

Tweeting About Sexism Is Good For The Soul: Study

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

When it comes to sexism, women experience increased well-being when they express themselves on Twitter, according to a new study from Wilfrid Laurier ...

This 1 Quote Proves Terry Crews Should Be Everyone's Favourite Feminist

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

Terry Crews won our hearts over last fall when he spoke on redefining manhood and letting go of our egos at the What Makes A Man Conference in Toronto...

Without Men, Feminism Can't Stop Violence Against Women

Angelina Chapin | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Angelina Chapin

After Marc Lépine killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique, his actions fuelled a rejuvenated feminist movement across Canada. Before he...

I Am a Feminist and a Pole Dancer. Got a Problem With That?

Alison Tedford | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

I don't believe a feminist world view requires me to unsubscribe from that which is feminine. I love pole dance for the same reason I love pinup art and vintage clothing: an ability to express playful, exaggerated femininity. I can make shapes and perform movements that accentuate that which I see as feminine about myself. I consider the base architecture of a spin to be a glorious celebration of curves.

2014 Was a Tough Year To Be Female

The Purple Fig | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

What kind of year was 2014? It was a tough year to be female. Most of the time I consider myself lucky to be a woman living today rather than one born generations earlier. I marvel at how much easier I have it than my mother and all the women before her. And I am lucky; I have the ability to make choices -- about my education, life partner, reproductive rights and career -- that none of them ever had. Looking back at the year we had, though, wasn't it still way too tough -- too dangerous, even -- to be a woman or a girl in 2014?

Why Can't I Be Feminine and Have Body Hair?

Hana Shafi | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Body hair doesn't have a gender. It's just hair that grows from your body and twisting it to mean otherwise is just yet another way for society to control women and profit off the double standards that have been forced upon them. So if you spot me on the subway with my ripped jeans and leg hair, just remember: it's just hair, it's not going to bite you.

14 Great Moments For Feminism In 2014

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

To take a quick glimpse at 2014, your initial impression may be that it was not the greatest year for women — and to be honest, it'd be hard to disa...

Why Do So Many Still Fear the "F" Word

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There are a growing number of people who spurn the words "feminism" and "feminist" even though they support women's rights and equality. It seems there's widespread misunderstanding about what these terms mean. And the message that sends to youth about the ideals of gender equality concerns us deeply

Why #NoGenderDecember Isn't Only for "Insane Feminists"

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

For years, marketers have told boys and girls which toys "should" interest them, instead of encouraging them to choose freely. This makes no sense. Why should we limit kids that way? An incredible new campaign called #NoGenderDecember seeks to fix that problem.

Ending Misogynistic Killing Forever: The Legacy of the Montreal Massacre

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

On December 6, 1989 a 25-year-old man armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, killed 14 women studying at the technical college before turning the gun on himself. He said that his motives were to fight feminism. It's easy for us to sit back and pretend that women aren't being killed because of their sex nowadays. But the fact of the matter is, it continues to happen.

Why Are the Tone Police Only Called on Women?

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

When you're a woman, tone policing is rampant. Amid the hate and abuse, we are expected to stay as calm and eloquent as possible. Our justified rage is always attributed to over-sensitivity, hormones, or PMS-ing. We are treated as emotional, not intellectual beings, when the truth is we are emotional AND intellectual beings. Intellect without emotion is dead inside. There's a whopping double standard regarding tone between men and women (and of course others along the gender binary and non-binary folk). Men who are angry are passionate and driven. Women who are passionate and driven are just angry.

How Kim Kardashian's Booty Pic Is Helping Women Everywhere

Jason Najum | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

My newsfeed is littered with concerns of body image, equal pay for equal work, and why women are still underrepresented in books and film. When someone pulls a cheap publicity stunt they may indeed receive the attention they so badly desire, but the net result to society is no longer necessarily a negative. We have come far enough that with every empty and ridiculous action you actually help push things along.

International Men's Day Isn't Worthy of Celebration

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Today is International Men's Day, so let's join hands today and celebrate all that men have done for the world. Wow, I couldn't even type that with a straight face. But International Men's Day? Seriously? Every day is International Men's Day, or really International Cisgender Men's Day. Every day the achievements of men are celebrated. Every day their innovations are hailed. What's next? International White People Day? International Heterosexual Day? I'm sure some of you would love that.

"Ghomeshi-gate" Proves Why Every Man Should Be a Feminist

Lewis Wynne-Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Living
Lewis Wynne-Jones

So why are we all still so damned upset? Well, possibly because this is no longer about Jian Ghomeshi. Possibly, this is about feminism; and feminism is still something we very much need to talk about. I'm a feminist. I'm also a man. Some people have more of a problem with this than others and suggest that being a feminist is not my prerogative.

Three Items on Any Abuser's To-Do List

Maya Roy | Posted 01.01.2015 | Canada Living
Maya Roy

After 18 years of social work with survivors of gender violence and offenders, you start to notice a few patterns -- especially with how abusers rationalize how they treat women. They have figured out the rules of the game and take comfort in the ultimate insurance policy: that society protects men who beat and violate women.

Women's Forum 2014: Building the Feminist Agenda

Niki Ashton | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Niki Ashton

This Thursday, I will host the third annual Women's Forum des femmes in Ottawa. The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively t...

Marketing To Kids: Parents, Corporations Must Share Responsibility

Raina Delisle | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Raina Delisle

I'm not buying the "if you don't like it, don't buy it" argument. Images have an impact whether or not you allow them into your home. The more we normalize corseted costumes and Daisy Dukes, the more our girls will be attracted to them. I can tell my daughter that the "firefighter goes to the fetish club" costume is inappropriate, but when she sees a happy girl her age on the packaging, she's getting mixed messages.