Gender

Let's Celebrate Bossy Girls

Leah Eichler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Language is powerful -- but banning another word from our lexicon is at best a token solution, and at worst misguided. I wish that banning the other B-word would result in improved self-worth for girls everywhere but that simply wouldn't be the case. Instead, let's celebrate fabulously bossy girls.

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

Rae Spoon | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Music
Rae Spoon

I recently ended up on a talk radio show based in my hometown of Calgary. "Is this Rae Spoon?" asked the interviewer. "Yes, it is," I replied. "And you are transgender, right?" "Yes, I am." "And we're supposed to use a different word for you?"...In over 10 years, through the hundreds of interviews I'd done with people firing questions at me about being transgender, I had always tried to avoid answering the ones that sounded like they were something off of Jerry Springer.

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

We are not just expected to put in the same amount of work in the office, and still more at home, we also have to find the time to go to the gym, pull on skin-tight shape wear, prepare gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo, blah, blah, meals, get Botox, gel manicures, and buy expensive serums, lotions, and potions proven to even out our complexion, hide fine lines, and reduce sagging.

Systemic Misogyny and the Downfall Of Alison Redford

Shannon McClennan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

While there are a myriad of reasons the Premier Redford has faced such heavy criticism, we have to recognize that systemic misogyny -- an entrenched prejudice against women and girls that is inherent in a given system, such as society -- plays at least some part in the story. It's not the only source of the premier's troubles, but it's certainly one piece in the much larger puzzle.

Stop Comparing Girls to Boys and Just Love Your Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What even is this steaming plate of garbage on my computer screen right now? By the time my girls are adults, society (with no help from you, apparently) will hopefully have come farther in allowing fluidity in gender roles, more lenient maternity and paternity leaves, women will make the same as men, and even now, even now, you're right, we can be intelligent and efficient and be mothers.

Equality Unplugged: How Women "Really" Talk About Issues

Niki Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Niki Ashton

When women engage me in my community, in Ottawa or across the country, they talk to me about the economy, about health care, about child care, about housing, about the environment. Simply put, all issues are "women's issues." But as Status of Women critic, I also ask questions about challenges specifically facing women.

The Gender Gap Exists Online, Too

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

A report released by the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender revealed that there are 200-million fewer women online than men. This technology gap does not end on the Internet. It is found in mobile communication devices as well.

The Reason I Wrote "Why I Don't Sleep With White Guys"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

If my experiences have offended some of you, I'm sorry that you didn't like it, and I'm sorry that you don't understand. I'm sorry that when the next time a woman of colour speaks on a subject like this, you will do the same thing to her. I'm sorry that you won't give her experience any second thought. I'm sorry that you won't even consider delving deeper into history. I'm sorry for you.

My Girlfriends Are Making A World of Difference

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png My girlfriends are engineers -- compassionate, beautiful, well-educated and yes...smart women who are out there making a difference. My friends are designing implants to deliver pain medicine for those with chronic pain. But what if my girlfriends never received an education?

Being The White Guy in The Picture

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada
Seb FoxAllen

Today, The Rosedale Club -- which has no formal website, instead operating through personal tweets, Facebook event pages, and a Gmail address -- announced that their next meeting would be held on July 1, and feature "guest of honour" Conrad Black. Inevitably, critiques culminated in the all-too-familiar refrain: "What's with all the white guys?"

Can Traditional Italian Families Survive in Modern Canada?

Elvira Truglia | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

According to the latest Statistics Canada report on household demographics, the nuclear family is no longer the norm. But are Italians, one of the country's largest ethnic groups, rethinking family composition in step with other Canadians? If so, how do these changes interplay with cultural identity?

Don't Hold Your Breath for Gender Equality - It's 228 Years Away

Terri Coles | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

Want to start an argument? Ask friends and acquaintances for their thoughts on the gender gap in pay in Canada, and watch how many of them argue that it just doesn't exist. However, data from several sources have shown, over and over again, that there is a real gap between what men earn and what women earn for comparable work. I don't have a solution for all of this; I wish I did. I am still trying to figure these things out for my own family, and I know it's not easy. What we can do is start making changes in our own homes: throw out the old, outdated gender expectations, let go of the resentment about who brings in what.

Why These Five "Solutions" Won't End Rape Culture

Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Living
Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra

Last month, I wrote how patriarchy and racism give birth to rape culture, not a drunk woman or her miniskirt. But it is baffling to see the dialogue outside of these platforms going off on a tangent, in random directions. This needs to stop, now. Here are five "solutions" that aren't stopping rape culture.

Zombies Aren't the Scariest Part of "The Walking Dead"

Sheetal Lodhia | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada TV
Sheetal Lodhia

If the world was like The Walking Dead then it would be a world where nearly everyone alive speaks English, nearly everyone is white, and male. The biggest failure of the show is to have the audience rooting for a society that preaches tired principles of violence, lack of community, selfishness, capitalism, patriarchy, and shoot-first mentality.

Why New Pink Kinder Surprise Pisses Me Off

Melissa Carr | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

For years and years, Kinder eggs were gender neutral. I'm not sure if there was a dip in sales or if Kinder decided that they desperately needed more girl clientele, but the way they were packaged before neither said "girl" nor "boy" to me. The new package states "Toys for Girls."

Why Do Men Still Pay for Dates?

Davide Mastracci | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada Living
Davide Mastracci

Men may take women out on different sorts of dates than they previously did, but the expectation that men be the ones to do this largely remains. When it comes to dating, many men are expected to pay for dates, both by some women, and more commonly, by themselves. Men paying for women on dates because they enjoy their company, and view it as a kind gesture, is not an issue. The issue is that some men still pay for women simply because they are women, and the men would feel emasculated if they did not.

What I Learned at the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

After a four-hour trek through downtown to find coloured fishnet stockings, a garter, and plastic water pistols in an outfit that reveals more skin than I do at the doctor's office, we are on our way to the Late Night Double Feature Picture Show. I begin to get very nervous when remember that I am not wearing pants.

Just Because Your Brain Objectifies Women Doesn't Make it Right

Jeff Fraser | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Living
Jeff Fraser

Cognitive psychologists have discovered that our brains reduce women to their sexual body parts, and treat those parts as objects. The data confirms what many of us have suspected all along: we objectify women without even thinking about it. But does that mean that sexism is an inevitable result of our physiology? That's not so easy to answer.

For Daniel Tosh, Gang Rape is a Gas

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada
Supriya Dwivedi

Daniel Tosh, the host of Tosh.0, recently performed stand-up at the Laugh Factory whereby he proceeded to make many a joke about rape. After a woman in the audience retorted, "Actually, rape jokes are never funny!" he proceeded to ponder aloud how funny it would be if she were gang raped right then and there. And he got laughs. So, what is it about violence against women that is so time-tested and hilarious? And why do people feel the need to defend the "right" to make such jokes?

He, She, It -- Does It Really Matter What our Gender is on Passports?

Aviva Rubin | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

Passport Canada is looking into policy changes to the gender requirement on passport, and introducing a "genderless" passport for transgendered peoples. But the question isn't whether we should introduce a third "gender" to passport policies, but rather, should there be gender at all on passports?

Selective Abortions Prompt Call For Later Ultrasounds

CBC | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Living

A fetus's gender should not be revealed until after 30 weeks of pregnancy, says an editorial published in the Canadian Medical Journal. This change...

What LivingSocial and Groupon Show Us About Sex And Shopping

Rachel Ryan | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
Rachel Ryan

While females, football, and food are certainly enticing, there is no single word or concept more powerful than "free" in the marketing and sales industry. Offer a man or woman just about anything marginally-to-very valuable at a discount and chances are, they'll gobble it up like it's going out of style.

"Where Do Babies Come From?" and More Awkward Conversations With Kids

Josey Vogels | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Living
Josey Vogels

"My youngest son wanted to know what the 'part' below his penis was," one mom tells me. "I explained to him that it was his testicles. He quickly replied he didn't like the look of it and could I take them off!"

One Mother's (Exhaustive) Search for Gender-Neutral Clothes

Jane Tolmie | Posted 11.25.2011 | Canada Living
Jane Tolmie

In days of shopping I was unable to find attractive colourful unisex clothing for my son in main street/mainstream stores. So may I say three words to the fashion industry: Get over it. It is soul-crushing and mindless to force children to differentiate their sexed bodies in such limited and limiting ways.