Canada Feminism

A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing Special

Lauren Messervey | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

To some people, this may not be particularly mind-boggling. Women have moved up a lot in the world in terms of social, economic, and political influence. It wasn't so long ago that women were expected to adhere to the barefoot and pregnant "laws" that were governed by the patriarchal political climate. But here we are, 2015, and cheering wildly because we have more women in government. Apologies for raining on the parade, but I have to question this. In a truly gender equal society, we would all look at this cabinet and say, "Huh."

Girls Are So Much More Than Just One Label

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

My daughter is a hockey player; a student, a little sister, a big sister, a baker, a daycare assistant, a best friend, an artist, a snowboarder, and recently a member of a leadership group at her high school. She's not unusual; she's like many women and girls. We are more than just one thing.

Justin Trudeau Sets American Hearts A-Flutter

Chris Taylor | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

"At present, the list of Canadians with whom I would like to have relations now with starts with Sophie, followed by Justin. And then, of course, Anne Murray."

Why Objectifying Justin Trudeau Is Not OK

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

Justin Trudeau is indisputable in the hotness category and the world is paying attention. For the first time ever, Americans are taking to Twitter to submit their approval for our elected representative. People from all over the world are writing articles and verily salivating over the super-fine man in power. At first, I didn't see a problem with this. But you do, don't you?

Just Because You Can Have Kids Doesn't Mean You Should

Sara Starkman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

At the ripe old age of 28, I still, sincerely, don't know how I feel about having kids. Not about other people having kids -- that I know (no more than two and for God's sake don't helicopter parent, it creates MONSTERS and someday one of them will have to be PRIME MINISTER!).

Harper Is Throwing a 'Veil' Over the Women's Issues That Matter

Martha Muzychka | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Martha Muzychka

Every day we see another poll, another tracker, another analyst examining this or that issue. The latest is the niqab, the face veil some Muslim women wear. But women's issues and politics in Canada encompass more than a face veil. In fact, I'm going to come out and say there are far more pressing issues we have to deal with from a woman's point of view than whether or not some women wear a veil. Stephen Harper's continuing waving of the veil in our faces is nothing more than a distraction and a deflection from what truly matters.

This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern Feminists

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Chanty Binx' impassioned rant outside the MRA lecture displays everything wrong with modern feminism. It's the childish temper tantrums, the causeless wildfire, the name-calling and the abusive labeling that is frequently attributed to the feminist name. Binx' rant displays the most depressing aspect to the discrediting of the feminist cause: they are no better than the patriarchy that they aim to take down.

Only 6.6 Per Cent Of Alberta Corporate Board Members Are Women

CP | John Cotter/The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Alberta

The study commissioned by the Alberta Securities Commission was done by the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business.

▶Our Favourite Clone Has Strong Words About The Term 'Strong Woman'

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living

"I think it’s a limiting term.”

Work-Family Balance Isn't Just an Issue, It's a Movement

Eva Pomeroy | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Pomeroy

In our effort to gain rights for individuals, one significant collective was left out of the equation: family. But change is afoot. Something new and exciting is happening in feminism and it's about children and their care. In academia, the need to address childcare has been called "the unfinished business of feminism" and "the unfinished revolution."

Let's Talk About the Modern Alpha Male

Lauren Messervey | Posted 08.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The Internet is full of wannabe Neolithic men. You can see their comments on Twitter, Reddit, and every Internet dating website ever. They say that they always tried to be the nice guy, but women didn't want to have sex with them, so now they're going to take back their power. They're going to be alpha males now, seducing women and leaving them in their tracks so that they can finally be validated.

Vestal Virgins: Feminism and the 'Evil Field'

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.15.2015 | Canada
Debra Macleod

Despite the resurgence and richness of the Vesta tradition, many people who think "Vestal Virgin" still think of one thing: the fact that Vestals who ...

My Attitude Towards Bill Cosby's Accusers Revealed I'm Sexist

Jason Najum | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

We didn't want to believe it. Not him. Politicians. Athletes. But not Dr. Huxtable. Please. Bill Cosby meant a lot to so many of us, a big part of why we were so slow to pass judgement. For those growing up in the 1960s and 1970s he was a clean cut comedian doing things the right way.

The 'Angry Black Woman' Stereotype Is Justifying Police Brutality

Eternity E Martis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Recent police attacks on black women have been vicious, brutal and savage, often justified by police departments and arresting officers through the excuse that these black women were "angry" -- argumentative and sarcastic smart asses, talking back and full of attitude.

There's No Such Thing As 'Looking' Like An Engineer

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Living

By now, almost all of us know the drill. Someone makes a remark about what exactly women in certain professions should look like and the stereotype ge...

Nicki Minaj Doesn't Have Time for Bad Blood With Taylor Swift

Sadiya Ansari | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sadiya Ansari

Nicki Minaj identified an industry preference for what is seen as attractive, acceptable and what should be rewarded. It shouldn't be surprising that black artists feel some type of way when their cultural influence is undeniable but remains unrecognized. It is, however, surprising that the industry that still makes money off the backs of black artists still doesn't take them seriously.

Talking About Sex Is Easier in Canada Than It Is in the U.S.

Will Sacks | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Will Sacks

Sadly, by addressing their reproductive health decisions openly, American women still run social, civil, and human rights risks that Canadian women no longer need to worry about. Additionally, in the U.S., if a woman speaks out about her body, she risks being pinned with moral connotations. Why? Because the subject of a woman's body is still claimed by both church and state.

Sports Can Give Girls Around the World the Chance to Succeed

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

There's no question that sports can play a critical role in boosting girls' self-confidence and determination. Many of us have known the girl who claims to be "totally uncoordinated," only to score the winning point for her basketball team. Or the shy, uncertain child who had trouble speaking up in class and now kicks butt in karate. Here's a photo gallery of the transforming effect sports can have on girls, no matter where they live.

Birth Control Does Not Advance Women's Rights

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible--ideally free and without a prescription--all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn't merely denying health care, it's denying women's rights. Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.

Why I'm Teaching a University Course on Beyoncé

Naila Keleta-Mae | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Naila Keleta-Mae

Who are the most influential storytellers of the 21st century? Like it or not, Beyoncé's name must be mentioned in any credible answer. She uses visuals and music to tell young people around the world what it means to be a woman, wife, mother and feminist.

Social Media Is Catalyzing Change for Women in Science

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to bring about positive change for women in science. Two recent events involving senior, highly-regarded scientists demonstrate the growing importance of social media as a catalyst for change in science. It is time for the media to pay more attention to those scientists, who happen to be women, and who are woefully under and mis-represented in all media. Women in science all around the world have found a common voice that has never existed before, on this scale or in this form.

Why Amy Schumer Should Be on the Cover of a Fashion Magazine

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Nicholas Nazar

Amy Schumer is dead right: "some of [women's magazines] make you feel bad just for being born with a pussy." Please help me understand. Why is that so? Will a woman against the idea of featuring Amy Schumer on the cover of a fashion magazine please stand and speak up?

The Fear of Being Alone Has Ruined Modern Dating

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

Embittered by their experiences with rejection, a few men have made businesses out of their hate-on for women and encourage other men to channel their anger and treat women as non-humans; commodities to be consumed -- but without taking stock in themselves. Men may not consider the tricky social position women find themselves in: we're the targets of constant male attention, desire, and sometimes aggression. This puts us into a state of defensiveness (self-preservation) or what "pickup artist" Julian Blanc calls the "bitch sheild."

This Maasai Woman Is Changing the Future for Girls Like Her

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Anne Theriault

Born in the Maasai village of Loodariak, Kenya, Teriano Lesancha was the eldest of 15 children. At birth she was promised in marriage to the 27-year-old son of the midwife who delivered her; Teriano was supposed to marry him when she turned 12, as was the Maasai custom. Most Maasai women do not have access to education -- in fact, 99 per cent of women and girls in Loodariak are illiterate. But Teriano's mother wanted a different life for her daughter.

Why Celebrating Dad Bods Is Dumb

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Let's not get caught up in the media body trend of the week. Let's fight for everyone's body to be seen in mainstream media and stop hiding behind myths and excuses as to why someone is better than someone else.