Canada Feminism

I Became A Feminist The Day I Became A Father

Greg Allen | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Greg Allen

Were she to face any other systemic challenge, whether big or small, I would take that challenge on as my own. I would write, speak, march, lobby and fundraise until my throat was hoarse or, more likely, she became embarrassed by me and asked me to stop. How, then, could I justify turning a blind eye to the primary systemic challenge she would face throughout her life?

What I Hate The Most About My Fat Body

Jodie Layne | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jodie Layne

I am learning to love myself, but sometimes it's not enough. All the love I can give myself can't cancel out the hate that people have for fat bodies. If we want to be real about changing the way that beauty is portrayed and what bodies are considered good, then everyone has to do the heavy lifting to normalize marginalized bodies together.

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

YWCA Toronto | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Impact
YWCA Toronto

This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women's washroom reads: "Your safety and happiness is our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.

Taking A Stand Against Campus Sexual Assault

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Sexual violence and harassment on campuses have reached an epidemic level. It is a real and pressing issue for both female and male students, and post-secondary institutions have a duty to take action and ensure that their students are safe. So, are they?

Canada Is A Complicit Partner In Sex-Selection Abortion

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Andrea Mrozek

As defenders of women's rights, we need to begin to recognize that equality for women has a ways to go precisely because we offer women abortion as an easy solution. We love the idea of empowering women. Yet oddly we preach that young women cannot be fully fledged members of society if they don't function as men do.

I Understand The Women Who Accused Ghomeshi, I've Been There

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

This is the first time I have ever spoken publicly about what happened to me. It wasn't the first time I'd had an experience like this, but I pray to God that it was the last. I have been through countless hours of therapy and am now in a very healthy relationship with the greatest human being anyone could have the pleasure of knowing, and for that, I consider myself to be very lucky. Even though I felt better, I stayed silent, but the reason why I kept my silence for so long is not because it didn't happen. I kept my silence because of what happened during the Jian Ghomeshi trial.

Women, Let's Stop Self-Censoring And Say What We Really Mean

Meredith Fowke | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Living
Meredith Fowke

I've spoken to other women who regret not speaking up instead of quitting a job; never telling a friend that they didn't feel supported instead of deleting their contact; confronting a parent before they died; standing up for themselves in an argument rather than taking that anger out on someone else; standing up for someone else instead of staying silent. I know for me that the words I don't say affect my life as much as those I do.

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

Self-Care Is The New Feminism

Brigid Dineen | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Brigid Dineen

We have the right to want more. We deserve to have space for ourselves in our lives. Self-care is the ground floor of the revolution. This is where we begin to reclaim our lives, even in the midst of a chaotic and complicated world. And that, my love, is life-changing.

Wikipedia 'Edit-A-Thons' Take Aim At The Site's Massive Gender Gap

CP | Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2016 | Canada

When it comes to articles about women, even Wikipedia admits it falls short.

Canada's Global Opportunity: End Gender Bias Through Our Teenage Boys

Reva Seth | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Reva Seth

Both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama are at a unique moment in their political careers -- one that lends itself to bold initiatives: an investment in a shared conversation and strategy to shift the frame on gender, care, equality and parenting in the next generation of boys would be groundbreaking. When that generation of men come of age, it would have a transformative ripple effect on families, workplaces, public spaces and relationships.

Joshua Ostroff

She Wants To Go To Space. And Take More Women With Her.

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living

"Choice is empowerment."

Becoming A Woman

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

Is getting a divorce a sign of womanhood? It is. I've never felt being a woman more acutely than I do, presently. No, it doesn't make me feel amazing at all -- but I am on my own, which is hard but it is empowering.

10 Books That Will Make You A Feminist

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Ridlington | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living

In honour of International Women's Day!

On Ashley Graham And Sports Illustrated's Idea Of "Progress"

Jason Najum | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Style
Jason Najum

Companies with long histories of not giving a shit suddenly taking the high-road gives me the creeps. Reminds me of a guy volunteering at UNICEF just to get laid. For decades you bombard us with impossible standards and superficiality, making us believe that we need to be thinner, poutier, sexier, helping push our culture to historic levels eating disorders and social anxiety, saddling our women with insecurities and our men with jaded expectations. And now you care?

Roosh V, Wanna Fight? Toronto Boxers To Protest Pick Up Artist Event

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

“Let’s go f***er.”

What If We Renamed Feminism To Make It Gender Neutral?

Sara Starkman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

Not only am I a liberal-minded, strongly opinionated woman, but I'm a fully conscious being with a beating heart, eyes and a f***ing conscience. Somehow, though, we've managed to turn the continually debated subject matter into something people shy away from breaching and exploring. Something easily misinterpreted as "Latin for armpit hair."

Don't Rape Anyone And Be Home By Nine

Meredith Fowke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Meredith Fowke

I look at my boy and see a sweet... empathetic kid and sometimes think to myself, "You're going overboard. He's only 11. Look at him, he would never participate, stand by or condone sexual aggression." And then I think of all the parents who probably thought the same... and I push on with the conversation.

Trudeau Must Move Beyond Quotas To Encourage Gender Equality

Clare Beckton | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

While the cabinet is now 50 -50, we are still a far cry from achieving equality in Canada. Numbers alone are not the complete solution to the complex challenge of achieving equality. We can see this by looking at quotas which are unable to achieve their stated goals.

This Canadian Is Trying To Change Oxford Dictionary's Sexism

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living

An anthropologist accused the dictionary of reinforcing "sexist stereotypes."

I Bawled When I Breastfed My Child For The Last Time

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lauren Bialystok

The last time I breastfed my first child, I bawled. Unbeknownst to my 13-month-old, I was about to disappear for several days, a last-resort measure to terminate a relationship that was marked by inadequate milk supply, sleepless nights, blocked ducts and metabolic chaos. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, I was losing more weight than was healthy and I had a job interview in a week. It was taking a huge toll on everyone. Heaving with sadness and guilt, I finally agreed to go cold-turkey.

Inside Allah, The One Divine Mother And The Conscience Of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Traditionally acknowledged by all Islamic schools of thought as being beyond gender, Allah is regarded as encompassing both masculine and feminine characteristics. Nonetheless, in contradiction of this concept, the vast majority of Muslims now refer to Allah by the masculine pronoun of "He" without reservation and in the Quran the pronoun "She" is never mentioned.

3 Important Questions About The Bill Cosby Charges

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

It finally happened. After months of accusations from over 50 women with horrific tales of sexual assault, Bill Cosby's luck has run out. On December 30th, 2015, Cosby stood before a judge, faced charges of indecent assault, and paid more money in bail than most people see in their lifetimes. If convicted, Cosby could face a mere $25,000 fine and ten years in prison. These are charges from only ONE of the women, Andrea Constand, who says she became friends with Cosby when she worked at Temple University.

The Best Moments For Women In 2015

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living

It had its ups and downs, but it was a good year, "because it's 2015."

H&M's & Other Stories Features Real Women in Lingerie Campaign

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Style

Long live dinosaur tattoos and armpit hair!