Canada Feminism

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

We are not just expected to put in the same amount of work in the office, and still more at home, we also have to find the time to go to the gym, pull on skin-tight shape wear, prepare gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo, blah, blah, meals, get Botox, gel manicures, and buy expensive serums, lotions, and potions proven to even out our complexion, hide fine lines, and reduce sagging.

Heroines of Literature and Film, You Don't Have to Be Pretty!

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

From Katniss Everdeen, to Bella Swan, to Hermione Granger, to Mia Thermopolis, it seems like just about every heroine needs some convincing to realize how beautiful they are. Because, of course, they are beautiful -- though often the character requires a makeover before she herself and the world around her (except, of course, for that One Special Boy Who Always Knew) realize her true beauty. The message that we get over and over is that beauty, even hidden beauty, is somehow part and parcel of being an exceptional, successful young woman.

21 Feminists Who Aren't Ashamed Of Being Feminists

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living

Finding someone who believes in gender equality these days is probably just as easy as finding someone who likes to watch movies. And yet, even while ...

If Steve Paikin Wants Women On His Show, Maybe He Should Stop Insulting Them

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Kathryn Marshall

Paikin offers up another reason women guests are so hard to come by, and this one will floor you. He says "we've also discovered there also seems to be something in women's DNA that makes them harder to book." I think the last time I read something along those lines was in my undergraduate women's studies critical theory course, but it was something written in the 1800's. According to Paikin: "No man will say, "Sorry, can't do your show tonight, my roots are showing." I'm sure these words will find their way in a women's studies course someday too, to be picked apart by clever students who won't believe for a second it was written in 2014.

Don't Fat Shame, Don't Thin Shame, All Bodies Are Good Bodies

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

When it comes to their appearance, women can never, ever, ever win. They're always too old, or too fat, or too thin, or too tall, or too short or some combination of the above. It doesn't matter if we're talking about now, or 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, the story is always the same: women can never win.

Men Can Be Allies in the Movement to End Violence Against Women

Simon Lapierre | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Simon Lapierre

Given the recent incidents involving male students from the University of Ottawa, several commentators have raised concerns regarding the rape culture on university campuses. Drawing upon a feminist perspective, female students and faculties have initiated diverse actions to end violence towards women, but we now ought to consider how men can act as allies in this movement.

What Role Should Men Play in Women's Health?

Suruthi Ragulan | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Living
Suruthi Ragulan

2014-03-06-Womensdaybanner.jpg This year's International Women's Day theme, "Equality for women is progress for all," spilled over into an impassioned conversation or all-out fight about male roles in feminism and women's health. In short, whether we like it or not, men hold considerable power over women and our sexual relationships.

A "Rape Culture" Tutorial for the Naysayers

Toula Drimonis | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

First off, and since International Women's Day is around the corner, can we take a minute to define 'rape culture' for those who seem to think it's an irrational and highly charged blanket statement that seeks to vilify all men for all sins? Even men who consider themselves feminists don't often get it, because they too come from a place of unconscious privilege.

What Corporations Can Do For International Women's Day

Nick Cowling | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

There's no shortage of examples of how a company's commitment to an issue can inspire an entire country to act. The right for a woman to walk down the street in a developing nation without the fear or reality of being raped has not yet been one of those examples. I think it has incredible potential and power with Canada's own women and men, a unique opportunity to create a legacy of fostering systemic change globally.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

Let's (Really) Talk About Sex

Carlen Costa | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

You've just woken up from a deep sleep and then remember that you've been romping all night with the Sandman who may also happen to be your Ex. That's when the WTF moment kicks in. Sex dreams happen to everyone. Sometimes they are as pleasurable as riding white horses in the meadow with George Clooney or getting naughty with Mila Kunis' legs wrapped around your waist.

Stop Comparing Girls to Boys and Just Love Your Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What even is this steaming plate of garbage on my computer screen right now? By the time my girls are adults, society (with no help from you, apparently) will hopefully have come farther in allowing fluidity in gender roles, more lenient maternity and paternity leaves, women will make the same as men, and even now, even now, you're right, we can be intelligent and efficient and be mothers.

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

Please Don't Tell Me How To Be a Better Feminist

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Seriously, I dare you to go find a "sad-looking" girl and say something "kind" to her. People, anyone, should not be imposing their opinions on what "sad" is on poor random girls who are probably not even sad anyway. Talk about narcissism. What makes you think anything you have to say to a woman you are guessing is sad would make any difference to her?

Did Facebook Censor Me For Being Pro-Choice?

Erika Lust | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Erika Lust

"Page unpublished ... flagged for self harm ... What?" Don't get me wrong, as a director of adult film, I've been temporarily suspended from Facebook a few times. But my community manager pointed out that the pro-choice banner I had published a month ago was nowhere to be found. In English it reads "My pussy, my rules: free and accessible abortion." This image alone generated 1,200 comments -- 17,500 likes -- and was shared 29,000 times. That is, until enough members found the image offensive to their beliefs and flagged it, and Facebook subsequently dubbed it "self harm."

The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Business

Kim Smiley | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Like the ancient Greek poet Sappho, I revere women. Rubenesque. Skinny. Tall. Short. Old. Young. Hourglass. Pear. Every woman. But when I contemplate fashion's cult of perfection and the rise of eating disorders and so-called "fat-shaming," I think beauty standards have become a form of tyranny.

Why Did York University Throw Women Under the Bus?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

I honestly can't think of a major religion that forbids men from meeting in public with a group of women. And honestly, if this restriction existed, how would you even function in the world? Regardless of whether the student's request is legitimate, let's talk about the fact that certain people quite high up in the university's food chain were willing to grant the accommodation that the student was seeking. A secular university -- I seriously cannot stress that point enough -- was more than willing to make an exception based on a religious belief that women were ultimately so different from men that the two genders could not interact in public.

The Most Important Rule for Being a Good Human in 2014

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Never base your feminism in telling other women what makes them a "good" or "bad" feminist. Being a good, compassionate person should be your only criteria, and wearing makeup or liking Sex and the City should not be an issue.

Since the Montreal Massacre, Not Enough Has Changed for Women

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

When Marc Lépine went to the École Polytechnique 23 years ago today, he entered the school with the intention of killing feminists. Feminists, he said in his suicide note, had ruined his life. I was seven years old when École Polytechnique Massacre happened. I want to think that the world has changed since then, but really, has it? Women are still the butt of the joke. Women are still lacking in positions of power. Women are still being told that they need to compete against each other. There is still a persistent bias against women in the worlds of math and science. If there's anything that can be learned from the latest American election, it's that there are still men who hate women. A lot of men. Powerful men.

Rob Ford Should Leave His Wife Out of the Discussion

Julie Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Julie Devaney

Leveraging women's bodies became a political sport in Toronto this week. It began with the blurted out defence Rob Ford offered to reports that he sexually harassed a former employee, and sadly continued with Rosie DiManno's Toronto Star article about domestic violence. It's a mistake to focus on these issues.

The Problematic Racism of Lily Allen's 'Satire' of Sexism

Zeba Blay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music
Zeba Blay

Some of Allen's digs at misogyny in the music industry are spot on. But then there are those scantily clad black backup dancers twerking, p-popping and pouring bottles of champagne over their bodies that have led many to accuse Allen of using black women as props, perpetuating harmful stereotypes whilst exploiting them.

Sometimes It Takes A Man To Explain Feminists

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Living

It's 2013, approximately a century and a half since the first waves of feminism made their way to the forefront of public consciousness. This relative...

Hey Justin, We're Not Your "Ladies"

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

Thursday night in Toronto, "ladies" are invited for cocktails and candid conversation (for $250 a head) with Justin -- unplugged! The Liberal Party has even been so kind as to craft an invitation specially for our gender, complete with cute cursive writing and lots of splashy colours. The only thing missing from this creepy, patronizing and unbelievably ridiculous picture are scented pages and locks of Trudeau's hair as door prizes. Fortunately, Trudeau's plan has totally backfired.

Not Our Jobs: Emotional Responsibility and Sexism

Katie Heindl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Heindl

There's a pretty levelling quote of Germaine Greer's: "Women have no idea how much men hate them." It's the kind of quote that not only knocks you ass-backwards but continues to unfurl in front of you, because the volume it speaks is only really matched by the layers in which it's applicable.