Canada Feminism

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.

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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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?