Canada Feminism

Corporate Gender Quotas Will Not Fix Sexism

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is proposing a private member's bill that will institute a quota system that will mandate that 40 per cent of all corporate board members must be female. Gender quotas result in good numbers on paper, but that's about all they do for the advancement of women. In reality, gender quotas simply reinforce tokenism and push the sexist belief that women somehow aren't "good enough" to earn power on their own.

Top 9 Ways to Not Get Raped

femifesto | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
femifesto

Avoid Rapists: Stay away from those who commonly commit assaults: strangers, family members, friends, partners, spouses, co-workers, bosses, clients, teachers, doctors, teammates, and police officers. Be extra careful during peak times when rapes occur i.e. daytime, nighttime, dawn, afternoon, early evening, tea time, nap time.

The Purpose of Feminism

Lauren Messervey | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The remedy for all ignorance is simple; compassion and education. If you come across a 21st century "alpha" male basking in North American blindness, be kind. They are less-educated in the ways of human behavior, and perhaps it is best to leave them to it. Pick up the torch, speak up, and educate those who are willing to listen. Your voice has power. Never let go of the truth in equal rights.

Sorry, Women Against Feminism I Still Need

Julia Brucculieri | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Julia Brucculieri

Do you need feminism? I do. But I'm one person, with one view point, which not everyone agrees with. For instance, on a recent morning, I came across the online community Women Against Feminism, and I have to say, I was pretty baffled at what I found. When I look at their pictures, all I see I see is a bunch of misinformed ladies who seem to have little understanding of what feminism actually is.

#SorryNotSorry: Rise of the Unapologetic Woman

Carlen Costa | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

This is about the end of excuses. It's about the end of the perpetual apology and the idea that if we as women don't rally, pull ourselves together and support one another we won't make it out alive. What I have experienced is that women more often than not say "I'm sorry" than any other phrase.

20 Women Who Apparently Don't Need Feminism

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living

It's basically a collection of all those awful arguments you hear against feminism, neatly wrapped up in a 4,000-person Facebook page. Women Again...

Many Things in Life Are Grey, But Rape Is Black and White

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If a woman says "no" to you, you are a rapist. If at any point during sexual contact she says "no," you are a rapist. If the woman expresses a desire for you to stop in any way, including words such as "this is not OK," you are a rapist. If the woman is too far under the influence to verbally give consent to a sexual act, you are a rapist. There is no colour in these rules. These are the black and the white.

A "Thank You" Letter to Leah McLaren

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

We've never met, but I read your open letter to Nazanin Afshin-Jam in the Globe and Mail. As you may have heard, there is a very unfortunate trend in the media to go after the spouse of a politician for something that politician did or said. This disturbing trend almost universally applies to wives only. Why is that?

I Don't Need Anyone To Tell Me What Mothers Should Do All Day

Darlena Cunha | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I'm writing this because I often complain about and worry about my new line of work / not work. I feel like I'm missing out on real life by not punching a clock. That I've perhaps sacrificed my career and will never get it back. I want to remind myself that even if I don't get it back, I haven't been wasting my time here. If anything, I've become a better worker, not a worse one.

The Power Is in Dad's Hands to Teach Sons Respect For Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Creating a society where all men respect women starts in the home. Boys look up to the adult males in their lives. With Father's Day approaching, dads are realizing the power they have to make a difference. We can't fight the violence until all men respect women as equals. And this Father's Day, changing men's attitudes starts with dad.

Get Your Nose Out Of My Uterus: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask A Woman If She's Pregnant

Vicki Murphy | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Reason #1: Because we might not be pregnant. And then we'll think you're calling us fat. As much as we treasure new reasons to question our appearance, maybe you should refrain from asking the question until there's a giant baby head dangling from our crotch.

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Remember: At the End of the Day, It's Yourself You Answer To

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I try to remember to admire the things I love about myself, to flirt if I want to, to smile for no reason at all. I remember that, like Dr. Angelou said, "I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved." I remember that in the end, always in the end, it's myself I answer to at the end of the day.

Elliot Rodger Killed Women Because He Believed He Was Superior To Them

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

If you are a man and reading this, you might be thinking "But not all men would hurt women." That's true. Not all men would. But all women have been dehumanized by a man. That's what's forgotten in this conversation -- there's so much defensiveness from men. Please listen to what we have to say. We're telling you that this happens enough that every woman has a story. Not all men do this, but enough men do that the default is to be distrustful and wary around men. Elliot Rodger believed in the lies the Men's Rights Activist Movement told him.

The Unlikely Feminism of Mindy Kaling

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's exciting to be living in an era of television where we see more and more clever women gracing our TV screens -- especially ones who look and act like us. But at the same time, there seems to be a growing attack on femininity in the name of progress. And that's why Mindy Kaling's brand of feminism is becoming increasingly important.

Would Willow Smith Be Sexualized If She Was White?

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

We need to talk for a hot second about the sexualization of young girls. Specifically, we need to talk about the sexualization of Willow Smith by the media. In case you've somehow missed the whole hullaballoo, the picture below of 13-year-old Willow and 20-year-old actor Moises Arias was recently posted on Instagram, and the internet subsequently exploded. Everyone immediately leapt to the conclusion that the photograph was somehow sexual. Had this been a picture of a young white girl with a man a few years older than her, it most likely would have been written off as totally innocent.

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 05.25.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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.