Canada Feminism

I Paid The Price For Arriving Early To The Braless Revolution

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Anya Wassenberg

I'd been teased mercilessly from about grade four or five on about the smallness of my breasts -- good, honest B cups, but they were not the favoured size of my youth. So I came to a logical conclusion: I stopped wearing a bra. Why bother, if no one's looking? I did mention I was naive.

Trump May Be The Women's Movements' Best Recruitment Tool Yet

Shari Graydon | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Shari Graydon

Thoughtful and attentive people of all ages and affiliations now have chilling clarity about the depth of the double standard and breadth of unconscious bias and its impact on women -- even those who have, in fact, worked twice as hard to be thought half as good.

PTSD In The Wake Of Abuse Is A Reality For Many Women

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Teal Swan was only six years old when she found herself in the hands of her abuser and forced into a nightmarish world that a lot of people were unwilling (or unable) to believe. For the better part of 13 years, she was was raped, beaten and psychologically tortured by people who she was told to trust.

A Positive Mindset Helped Me Lose Over Half My Body Weight

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I was verbally bullied about my weight throughout school. The weight started increasing exponentially while I was in high school. That is when it started impacting my moods and the way I looked at life... I did not want to be around my friends and I started isolating myself. I became physically sick with stomach problems, mentally sick and looked down upon myself. I hit rock bottom.

Let's Create Consent Culture Online

femifesto | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Living

While "cyberviolence" has been a hot topic for the past few years, recent months have put a spotlight on the misogynistic and racist sexual violence and harassment enacted online. More than two-thirds of Canadians who report cyber crimes to the police are women, according to Statistics Canada.

My Headphones Aren't A Barrier, They're My Lifeline

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Despite retaining my "anti social in style" persona, I've been interrupted more times than I can count by men telling me to take off my headphones so that they can talk to me. There have been times when they have literally jumped in front of me and blocked my path so that we could just "have a conversation" (and it's always the same one). The whole interaction is not just annoying; it often borders on invasive.

Men Must Step Up Their Game To Beat Sexism In Sport

Adam van Koeverden | Posted 08.13.2016 | Canada Living
Adam van Koeverden

This week, my friend and fellow Olympic champ boatsman, Adam Kreek, made a mistake that I hope can prove to be a learning experience. While chatting with Ron McLean on CBC television, he expressed his opinion that Eugenie Bouchard may not be committed to winning, evidenced by her selfies, interest in fashion and social media presence. To add fuel to the fire, when three fellow Olympians whom I admire very much -- Marnie McBean, Chandra Crawford and Annamay Pierse -- expressed concern over Twitter, he emphatically defended his commentary.

Five Ways We Can Change The Way Women Feel About Their Bodies

Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living

Five ways we can combat gender discrimination as told through activists and community members who endeavor to change the conversation one social post at a time.

Canada's Humanitarian Action Must Be Feminist And Principled

Development Unplugged | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global humanitarian need is on the rise. The UN estimates that 125 million people need humanitarian relief and more than 60 million people are displaced from their homes. The Government of Canada's international assistance review could not have come at a more critical time. Disasters do not discriminate, but ultimately due to structural gender inequalities kill more women than men, and affect women's livelihoods hardest. Sixty per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict.

Don't Call Winnie Harlow A Role Model

Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living

Winnie Harlow may be one of the most influential models in the world right now, but don’t call her a role model. The 22-year-old Mississauga, Ont. native has defied traditional beauty ideals by taking on the fashion industry and not letting her vitiligo (a condition characterized by the depigmentation of skin) get in the way of success. But she still doesn’t see herself as someone to look up to.

Heaven Help A U.S. More Concerned By Orlando's Junk Than Trump

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Donald Trump may get to be president of the United States, and if he does, it will in large part be because the U.S. populace is more interested in re-tweeting pictures of Orlando Bloom's genitalia than in finding out who the Republican candidate really is and what his intentions are for the great United States of America.

Millennials Are Having Way Less Sex Compared To Their Parents

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living

Yes, even in a world of online hook-up apps.

Women Can And Should Unapologetically Ask For What They're Worth

Heather Magee | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Magee

This is where I see the shift in narrative taking place. It's not a matter of whether or not women are capable of succeeding in whatever field they choose. That's not the debate anymore. It's about women understanding what they're worth and feeling OK about asking for it.

Dear Boomer Employers: You Are Not Our F*cking Parents

Brett Caron | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Business
Brett Caron

Like it or not, we are adults who have grown up into a world which is objectively unfair. We could go into the reasons why -- like the deregulation of corporate shenanigans which crashed our economy and rapes our ecosystem, or the wild inflation of tuition that's buried us in debt. It must be a struggle, having to listen to scary words you don't like from little people you don't respect.

What We Really Really Want Is An End To Violence Against Women

Development Unplugged | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

It is estimated that globally 1 out of 3 women will be physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime. In some countries, rates of violence against women are so high that we have a term for it: femicide. Women around the world continue to be afraid to say no to sex, for fear of being shamed, beaten, or even killed. It needs to change.

Tessa Virtue Is Sick Of Being Told She's Too Fat And Not Good Enough

Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living

Olympic champion, Tessa Virtue, opens up about media's treatment of female athletes.

When 'Feminism' Is A Killing Word

Jess Tomlin | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Jess Tomlin

We can vote, and drive, and march on Parliament Hill without fear. But do we question the deep rooted inequalities that make it possible for Aboriginal women and girls to disappear without a trace, and without an outcry? Do we demand an end to the gender wage gap that has been stuck at around 72 per cent -- and hasn't budged in years?

Leslie Jones And The Crime Of Shattering Male Expectations

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The fact that Ms. Jones loves herself -- the fact of her obvious confidence and the ease with which she speaks her mind -- well, that's an awful affront to the misogynists who expect a "woman like her," i.e. "not pretty enough" or light-skinned enough (in their tiny minds) to stay in the background with her mouth firmly shut.

Go See Ghostbusters Because It Matters

Erynn Brook | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Erynn Brook

I really didn't know you could save the world without looking like you're trying to pose for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition at the same time. I have never, in 30 years, seen a major movie that didn't reinforce the message that how I look is more important than what I do.

Here's Every Damn Detail About This Kim Vs. Taylor Vs. Kanye Drama

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living

Oh boy, here we go.

Amy Schumer Reveals Her First Sexual Experience Wasn't Consensual

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living

“When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway."

Jennifer Aniston's Blog Only Addresses The Tip Of The Iceberg

Renae Regehr | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living
Renae Regehr

While the focus on loosening the ironclad corset and giving breathing room for diverse bodies to be loved and appreciated is a big step in the right direction, something is still fundamentally missing in our well-intentioned conquest to develop a positive body image.

After Losing 130 Pounds, This Woman Learned To Love Herself Again

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living

" I wanted to finally be happy and look at myself with love."

The Beautiful Meaning Behind Alanis Morissette's Baby Name

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Parents

The Canadian singer welcomed her daughter, Onyx Solace, on June 23.

Chewbacca Mom Has Touching Response To Dallas Shootings

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Parents

Get your tissues ready.