Feminist

Why Do So Many Still Fear the "F" Word

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 ...

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

Please Don't Tell Me How To Be a Better Feminist

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Seriously, I dare you to go find a "sad-looking" girl and say something "kind" to her. People, anyone, should not be imposing their opinions on what "sad" is on poor random girls who are probably not even sad anyway. Talk about narcissism. What makes you think anything you have to say to a woman you are guessing is sad would make any difference to her?

How Feminism Has Failed Our Children

Lydia Lovric | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

Women have been brought up to believe that they have the right to pursue their own goals and dreams without any consideration for those around them. As a result, we have women having babies who almost immediately hand the child off to a daycare worker or nanny so that they can return to the office in order to feel fulfilled.

Anything Girls Can Do, I Can Do Better

Donald D'Haene | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

At 17 I just enjoyed reversing the gender stereotypes of my peers. I was raised in a hierarchal, conservative area (read: small-town Ontario) in the 1960s. I recall a girl sitting behind me in my Gr. 12 business class piping up, "Boys cannot be secretaries!" Personally, I thought, was she for real?

Why The Bad Boys of Fiction are Bad for Kids

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

With the final instalment of the Twilight franchise hitting cinemas soon, I am reminded that the fabled bad boy may make for good fiction, but seldom does he make a great catch in real life. Don't believe me? Just ask Rihanna. What duty, if any, do authors have to create strong female leads (and males who respect them)?

I'm a Feminist Because My Mother Was Abused

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

My mother's life is why I am the feminist I am. From the moment I saw her crying, holding her just-hit face, looking into my four-year-old eyes in helplessness, I knew she was something and I would dedicate my life to making her believe it. I once spoke at an event in which I touched on my mother's story. Imagine my surprise when I was later informed, by a woman no less, that one man in the audience didn't like my saying that I was a feminist and said that those he was with felt the same way. She hoped it would be food for thought for me.

An Informal History of the Word "Slut"

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

Even though the euphemism "four-letter word" only came into use during the first half of the twentieth century, I think the first and most controversial anachronistic example must be "slut. I found an unusual modern-day definition: a woman with the morals of a man. Surprised? Slut is not just a term used for women.

Why Being a Woman Working in the Gaming Biz Gets Ugly

Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Living
Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch

Just when I think I've come to place of being comfortable in the video game industry, something happens that has made me question what I'm doing here. I'm talking about the harassment and hatred directed at feminist media critic and gamer Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian is experiencing a hostility that many women in the games industry have experienced to varying degrees for many years. And it's ugly.

Mommies Can be Feminists Too

Tracie Wagman | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Living
Tracie Wagman

My business partner Deb and I have always considered ourselves feminists. However, that word seems to be fully loaded these days. Neither of us believe women HAVE to stay home with their kids. But nor do we believe that our frame of reference should be that both parents have to be at work full time and outsourcing the "nuisance" of child rearing to someone else.