Gender

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

Sarah Deveau | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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.

Make Japan a Nation Where Women and Men Shine

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize their full social, economic and political potential. As a Japanese youth, I am not afraid to break from traditional practices and defy what is expected of me. I am ready to pursue my own dream to become a fearsome business leader and 2014 G(irls)20 Delegate representing Japan.

What's Wrong With Giving Dad Flowers on Father's Day?

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

If mums get flowers on Mother's Day, why wouldn't dads get flowers on Father's Day? I mean, how many golf clubs can a man own? Does he really need another pheumonic nailer? How about something that will make him smile and lift his spirits instead?

What Does Modern Masculinity Look Like?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Since the feminist movement, women have openly discussed and debated what it means to be female. This multi-decade dialogue has led to a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of womanhood, and what it means to grow and develop as a multi-faceted woman. A similar dialogue between men about the nuanced intricacies of malehood has been slower to develop.

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Why We Should Stop Calling People "Crazy"

Lauren Messervey | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Out of all of the terms to be re-addressed in light of recent mental health awareness, "crazy" should be the first to go. It has become verbal leprosy, a warning to all of those who witness it for fear of spreading its sickness. A crazy girl or boy is to be avoided at all cost.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

It's Time We All Think Outside of the Gender Box

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Leah Morrigan

Buying into gender differentiation means that a profit-driven media can easily hook you into buying gender-differentiated products because they know you believe it to be true.

Let's Celebrate Bossy Girls

Leah Eichler | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.22.2014 | 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 04.24.2014 | 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.