Canada Feminism

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.

Why Are Women Embracing Vesta and Contemporary Paganism?

Debra Macleod | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The rediscovery of ancient faiths like Vesta, as well as other pre-Christian polytheistic belief systems, has been skyrocketing for years now. And wh...

That Ladies' Washroom Sign? It Was Never A Dress

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living

There are some signs that need to be universal — traffic lights, for example, or no smoking signs. But there's one symbol in particular that's getti...

This Documentary Celebrates the Lives of Three Feminist American Nuns

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Nancy Fornasiero

Radical Grace shines a spotlight on the growing chasm between progressives and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church. Director Rebecca Parrish was less concerned with the church itself and more concerned with telling stories about these strong women whose convictions, commitment and compassion she greatly admired.

Women Must Stop Their Anti-Feminist Behaviour

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

We tell our daughters that they can be anything they want to be and we teach them about shattering glass ceilings and squashing stereotypes. We as women have come a long way and we have been empowered by the strength of the Feminist Movement. We are strong, but do we really stand united?

An Open Letter to Pick Up Artist, Roosh V

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Dear Roosh V, I'd like to start a dialogue with you, if I may. I find you to be very interesting. As I was watching your videos and reading your material, I kept asking myself what has to happen to a person in their life to become someone like you. You must have been through a lot of awful things in order to see other human beings the way you do.

This Feminist Filmmaker Is Helping Change the Face of Porn

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Erika Lust's didn't want her daughters to grow up and be exposed to the commercialized and commoditized usage of women's bodies that is typical in mainstream porn; she demanded something different. Her bold emergence into the world of erotic filmmaking has been a breath of fresh air into the erotic genre industry.

The Danger of Pornography Is That We Don't See the Women as People

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Christie Mack, a retired porn actress was beaten by her ex, MMA fighter Jon Koppenhaver. Yet staggering amounts of people seemed to believe that Mack didn't deserve sympathy because she's a porn star, and was therefore asking for it. It's very sad that the perception of a woman being a "slut who deserves what she gets" doesn't turn off in the moment that the pornographic video ends. Despite the "real feel" elements of the film making, the porn industry is just like every other film industry -- every movie is ONLY a movie.

Violence Against Women Is the Western World's Dirty Little Secret

Elvira Truglia | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

It has been 25 years since the Montreal Massacre and women still face gender inequality. According to journalist and filmmaker Francine Pelletier, women face two major obstacles: violence against women and hypersexualization. Yet there are signs that feminism is no longer a dirty word.

I Don't Want to Be the Only Minority at the Table. I Want to Add More Chairs

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jasmeet Sidhu

I remember so distinctly staring around at the room of Toronto Star editors and the people around me, including my own fellow interns, and I remember the exact moment of realizing that everyone in that room, except me, was white. I often believe its all too easy when you exist as a member of the "other," like a minority community like ours, for someone to cling to the idea of being the "first one," the "only one" and achieve what they can in the world for themselves and then go home with the pride of that recognition and nothing else. What if instead of believing there are limited seats to the table, we all chose to add more chairs?

The Most Important Argument About Periods You'll Ever Read

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living

Toronto-based spoken word poet Rupi Kaur uploaded a picture of herself on Instagram this week, and unleashed a revolution. The image, seen below, s...

Dear stay-at-home moms: stop calling working moms "selfish"

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

As a culture, we have a weird obsession with women being "selfish." Mothers especially are prone to accusations of selfishness any time they make a choice that doesn't directly and obviously benefit their children. Even when mothers are encouraged to practice self-care, it's often approached with the idea that feeling happy and rested will make them better partners and parents.

What #Meninism Gets Completely Wrong

Lauren Messervey | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The heart of #meninism might be valid, but it doesn't remotely reflect the kind of struggle that women throughout the ages have gone through. Let's work a little less on spitting on the real issues and work more on making sure that we're making the changes necessary to ensure that we never have the meninist/feminist conversation again.

Why 1,500 Women Signed Up to Edit Wikipedia on International Women's Day

Yen To | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Yen To

Theories of why Wikipedia remains a male-based platform also abound. Some correlate it to the combative exclusivity of an old boys' club mentality that is repeatedly evidenced by women contributors submitting articles that are judged to be not substantive enough and immediately expedited for removal. The edit-a-thons came into existence as a counter measure to the aforementioned persisting pattern.

Sorry Ladies, Clothing-Optional Spas Make Me Awkward

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I'm a feminist, but that doesn't mean want to see your bush. Let me explain. I spent my morning at a water spa in the city. An important part of this scenario is that bathing suits are optional. Great! Cool! I'm a modern lady! I've seen Dove commercials! Nakedness is no problem for me. EXCEPT THAT IT FOR SURE WAS!!!!!

Why It's Sad When Women Say They Oppose Feminism

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Perhaps some fearful women will want to hold onto the idea that a man will only want them if he doesn't have to respect them, but hopefully they'll see that it's better to be loved as well as respected by the men in their lives. Feminism is not a dirty word, anymore than love is, or respect, or compassion or consideration.

Scary Spice Apparently Doesn't Really Believe In Girl Power

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

If you wannabe Mel B's lover, you have to get with her friends — and not call her a feminist. In a Time of London interview last week transcribed...

Tweeting About Sexism Is Good For The Soul: Study

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

When it comes to sexism, women experience increased well-being when they express themselves on Twitter, according to a new study from Wilfrid Laurier ...

This 1 Quote Proves Terry Crews Should Be Everyone's Favourite Feminist

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

Terry Crews won our hearts over last fall when he spoke on redefining manhood and letting go of our egos at the What Makes A Man Conference in Toronto...

Without Men, Feminism Can't Stop Violence Against Women

Angelina Chapin | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Angelina Chapin

After Marc Lépine killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique, his actions fuelled a rejuvenated feminist movement across Canada. Before he...

I Am a Feminist and a Pole Dancer. Got a Problem With That?

Alison Tedford | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

I don't believe a feminist world view requires me to unsubscribe from that which is feminine. I love pole dance for the same reason I love pinup art and vintage clothing: an ability to express playful, exaggerated femininity. I can make shapes and perform movements that accentuate that which I see as feminine about myself. I consider the base architecture of a spin to be a glorious celebration of curves.

2014 Was a Tough Year To Be Female

The Purple Fig | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

What kind of year was 2014? It was a tough year to be female. Most of the time I consider myself lucky to be a woman living today rather than one born generations earlier. I marvel at how much easier I have it than my mother and all the women before her. And I am lucky; I have the ability to make choices -- about my education, life partner, reproductive rights and career -- that none of them ever had. Looking back at the year we had, though, wasn't it still way too tough -- too dangerous, even -- to be a woman or a girl in 2014?

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

Hana Shafi | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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...