Canada Feminism

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

Hana Shafi | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 11.01.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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.

Why Every Sorority Stereotype You Heard Is Wrong

Christina Campo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Campo

I have often been told that I don't seem like a "typical" sorority girl and I'm never sure how to take that. Am I being applauded for not being a daft, superficial party girl straight out of Animal House? Obviously we go to parties (like most university and college students do), but this has never been the primary function of a sorority.

WATCH: Little Girls With Potty Mouths Are The Best Kinds Of Feminists

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living

How shocking is it to hear little girls dressed as princesses saying the f-word, in context, over and over again? Not as shocking as, say, the stat...

Women Still Can't Walk Alone Without Being Harassed

Olivia Collette | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living
Olivia Collette

The presence of other guys is the only thing preventing followers from intimidating me on the street; not some profound respect for my right to not be intimidated on the street. Otherwise, it doesn't bother followers at all that they make women so uncomfortable.

Anita Sarkeesian Proves We Still Need Feminism

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

Somewhere along the way, we lost track of what the feminist movement stands for and what it doesn't. Just this week, a prominent feminist media critic, Anita Sarkeesian, cancelled a speaking engagement at the University of Utah to talk about the portrayal of women in video games, under threat of a "Montreal Massacre style attack." Really ladies...are we out of the woods yet?

To the Hollywood Girls Who Don't Fully Understand What a Feminist Is

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

David Letterman recently hosted Parks and Recreation actor Aziz Ansari on his show who beautifully summed up what it means to be a feminist. I think even those Hollywood girls who won't call themselves a feminist will agree with this analogy: "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyoncé concert and you're not like, 'I feel like Beyoncé should get 23 per cent less money than Jay Z. Also I don't think Beyoncé should have the right to vote and why is Beyoncé singing and dancing -- shouldn't she make Jay a steak?"

Canadian Girls Are Suffering From "Supergirl Dilemma"

Saman Ahsan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Saman Ahsan

While it's always good practice to stop and celebrate our achievements and accomplishments, we still have a long way to go to truly empower girls. The non-profit organization, Girls' Inc. coined the term "supergirl dilemma" in a 2006 report to describe the pressure on girls to be everything to everyone, all the time.

How My Daughter Taught Me the F(eminist)-Word

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tamara Schroeder

Let me make this clear: It is not just one little sleeper. It is countless versions of these little declarations appearing on t-shirts, cups, purses and other random propaganda, coming together to form one big, persistent message. This message will help shape my daughters view of being a woman as she gets older and it tells girls exactly what society expects of them before they can even walk, or you know, hold up their own heads.

Things I Want My Son To Understand About Misogyny

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

To the Mr. Misogynists out there, I beg of you to ask, where did you go wrong in life? At what point in your lives did you stumble upon a fork in the road, taking the path poorly traveled, deciding to turn your back on your DNA? Was it in the boys' locker room, after the big game, patting each other on the bum?

We Should be Critical, But Not Dismissive of Emma Watson's UN Campaign

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's important to note that despite my appreciation for Watson's UN campaign, I believe much of the criticism she's faced has been warranted. Liberal white feminism tends to cling to these seemingly iconic moments in which feminism briefly becomes more palatable, more easily sold to the masses. Men shouldn't care about feminism because it may improve things for them. They should care about feminism because it will improve things for women.

The Successful Woman's Secret? Sisterhood

Kim Smiley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

There is a wellspring of magic in women empowering other women. I would argue that it is one of the most transformational forces in the world for stretching our purpose on this planet. But I have witnessed that as powerful as we can be in uplifting each other, we are also a formidable force for bringing each other down.

You Can't Threaten Feminism By Leaking Nude Photos

Rebecca Zamon | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rebecca Zamon

If you search "Emma Watson UN" on Google, the first results that show up have to do with one story and one story only -- the community-based site 4chan's supposed threats of leaking naked pictures of the actress. Commenters on the thread have specifically called out Watson's speech as a reason. The message here seems pretty clear: you shoot your mouth off about being equal, and we'll show you how easily we can lay open your most intimate secrets, objectifying your naked body at our will. But here's the problem with that logic. Being naked in a photo doesn't make any woman -- or man, for that matter -- less of a feminist.

The Annoying Comment I Got When I Posted Emma Watson's #HeForShe Speech

Brett Caron | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Brett Caron

Like so many other people inspired by Emma Watson's impassioned speech in her new capacity as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, I shared it to Facebook. Like so many other posts on Facebook and elsewhere calling for attention to women's rights, it almost immediately received a comment from someone who took umbrage with the message.

WATCH: Emma Watson's Feminist Speech Meant Specifically For Men

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living

Actress Emma Watson has an idea about how feminism can change the world. "How can we affect change in the world, when only half of it is invited t...