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Taking A Feminist Approach To Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

This year, among other things, we will need to take stock of Canada's Minister of International Development's proclamation that the government will have a feminist approach to international assistance.

Health Research Needs To Put Women's Issues On The Agenda

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Throughout my medical training, I have been struck by the failure to better differentiate women from men in terms of our health, risk of disease and drug metabolism. Often, women are contemplated as "mini-men."

The Grief Inherent In Being Black And Feminist

Rachel Ricketts | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Ricketts

It's exhausting having to constantly point out privilege, what it is, how it operates and how it's insidious and thus extremely hard to see or understand when you have so much of it; which is precisely why even those feminists with the best intentions can get caught up defending their own story instead of listening to the stories of those more oppressed. 

5 Ways To Be An Active Feminist In Your Community

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada Living

1) Do your research.

It's Time To Address Violence Against Women With Disabilities

Bonnie L. Brayton | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Bonnie L. Brayton

There are still no resources to speak of for girls with disabilities facing violence, even though they experience violence at higher rates and more frequently than any other group of young women and girls in Canada. The rates of sexual, physical, verbal and systemic violence are at least three times higher.

Let This Election Be Our Rallying Cry

Jess Tomlin | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Jess Tomlin

As an increasingly isolated beacon of progressive values in North America and even the world, Canadians have a role to play in preventing the reversal of critical progress for women's rights. Especially now, we must first hold our Government to account for their stated priorities to advance the rights of women and girls.

Things Only Ladies Will Ever Know About

Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living

From pregnancy to the nuisance that is getting a manicure, here are a few things only the ladies will ever know about

Trudeau Must Move Beyond Quotas To Encourage Gender Equality

Clare Beckton | Posted 01.28.2017 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

While the cabinet is now 50 -50, we are still a far cry from achieving equality in Canada. Numbers alone are not the complete solution to the complex challenge of achieving equality. We can see this by looking at quotas which are unable to achieve their stated goals.

This Poem Slams Gender Inequality

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Living
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

We are beaten; we are burned, stabbed, We are sold; we are raped, and killed In times of peace and in times of war We are powerless.

Can Social Media Be Considered A Safe Place To Talk About Rape?

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada
Lauren Messervey

When we talk about something that not everyone wants to hear, there is going to be backlash as much as there will be support. There are no guarantees that the internet is a safe place to talk about anything, let alone rape. But that does not mean that we should stop talking.

Why Objectifying Justin Trudeau Is Not OK

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

Justin Trudeau is indisputable in the hotness category and the world is paying attention. For the first time ever, Americans are taking to Twitter to submit their approval for our elected representative. People from all over the world are writing articles and verily salivating over the super-fine man in power. At first, I didn't see a problem with this. But you do, don't you?

This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern Feminists

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Chanty Binx' impassioned rant outside the MRA lecture displays everything wrong with modern feminism. It's the childish temper tantrums, the causeless wildfire, the name-calling and the abusive labeling that is frequently attributed to the feminist name. Binx' rant displays the most depressing aspect to the discrediting of the feminist cause: they are no better than the patriarchy that they aim to take down.

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.

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.

Why We Need #LikeaBoy Too

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Campbell

Our boys need empowering too. This why we need to change the #likeaboy conversation. #likeagirl AND #likeaboy can be used for good. They should not be used to divide us. And NO child should be put in a gender box. As far as I'm concerned #likeahuman, we should be working on solving all of these issues together.

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.

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.

Why Do So Many Still Fear the "F" Word

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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.

#IfIWereABoy Feminist Campaign Gets Ambushed By Stupidity

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

What do you get when you mix an online feminist campaign with a so-called manly energy drink? Something like this. The original #IfIWereABoy campa...

How I Taught My Little Girls It's Okay to Look Different

Sarah Deveau | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Deveau

I don't know how to teach my daughters that they have to follow arbitrary rules about their bodies, rules that will change based on current fashion, the people they socialize with, the media they consume. I don't know how to teach my daughters to sift through the shit that society decrees about their bodies.

Cleavage: To Stare or Not to Stare?

Trina Read | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Trina Read

Guys shouldn't be given carte blanche to stare, even when the lady has her cleavage out invitingly. But women might want to lighten up a bit and save themselves unnecessary headaches. Cleavage staring will never go away -- it's in a man's DNA. Might as well make peace with it.

As a Disabled Person, Maya Angelou Taught Me To Feel 'Phenomenal'

Amber Rehman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

Those words secretly worked magic on me. As a disabled person, I had an extra swing in my waist that never bothered me. The joy in my feet was something far more powerful than anyone could understand. The flash in my teeth, were vicious to those that fed me negativity,  and the same flash was a brilliant smile that won the hearts of those that I cared about.

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 ...