Misogyny

Watching Chris Tucker Make Rape Jokes Made Me Sick

Sara Starkman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

I was literally dumbfounded as Chris thrashed around the stage like a gutless fish. He chose to open with his plight with marriage and being in a relationship. I could tell from the moment he started we were destined for trouble.

Who Decides What Makes a Woman?

Madison Foster | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living
Madison Foster

Writer Elinor Burkett, in this past weekend's New York Times, takes it upon herself to define womanhood, which she feels is under attack from trans women. Instead, Burkett only succeeds in viciously grinding an anti-feminist axe with the intent of severing trans women from our rightful womanhood. Transmisogyny is where transphobia and misogyny meet, each intensifying the other. It is a form of gendered oppression experienced by trans women, central to which is the vicious lie that we are, or ever have been, men. This is violence, a violence which all too frequently ends in a trans woman's death.

Action Bronson's Upcoming Toronto Performance Under Fire For Misogyny

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living

UPDATE: Action Bronson has responded to the petition on Twitter — please see tweets at bottom of story. NOTE: The article below contains graphic ...

What I Hear When You Call My Unborn Daughter a "Drama Queen"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

"Good luck with the little drama queen," they say when they find out I'm expecting a girl. It seems we gals have a rep right out of the womb -- as dramatic, irrational whack-jobs. So, when one of us is assaulted and comes forward, many people instantly think: oh she's exaggerating, seeking attention or revenge or a payday. It's a pattern, after all.

Ending Misogynistic Killing Forever: The Legacy of the Montreal Massacre

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

On December 6, 1989 a 25-year-old man armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, killed 14 women studying at the technical college before turning the gun on himself. He said that his motives were to fight feminism. It's easy for us to sit back and pretend that women aren't being killed because of their sex nowadays. But the fact of the matter is, it continues to happen.

International Men's Day Isn't Worthy of Celebration

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Today is International Men's Day, so let's join hands today and celebrate all that men have done for the world. Wow, I couldn't even type that with a straight face. But International Men's Day? Seriously? Every day is International Men's Day, or really International Cisgender Men's Day. Every day the achievements of men are celebrated. Every day their innovations are hailed. What's next? International White People Day? International Heterosexual Day? I'm sure some of you would love that.

You Don't Need to Act Like a Lawyer in the Court of Public Opinion

Denise Brunsdon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Denise Brunsdon

"Innocent until proven guilty" is a criminal law concept used in conjunction with the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard to guarantee an important legal doctrine: it's better for guilty people to go free than infringe the liberty of the innocent. This high threshold isn't used in civil action, where judges decide guilt on the balance of probabilities standard. And it certainly isn't required in Facebook or any public forum of debate. There may be two different accounts of the same incident; that's OK. Trust me when I say, there is no need to Columbo such a situation.

Things I Want My Son To Understand About Misogyny

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

To the Mr. Misogynists out there, I beg of you to ask, where did you go wrong in life? At what point in your lives did you stumble upon a fork in the road, taking the path poorly traveled, deciding to turn your back on your DNA? Was it in the boys' locker room, after the big game, patting each other on the bum?

Let's All Acknowledge the Feminist Conspiracy That is Canada

Anne Theriault | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this? Sure the five dollar bill boasts our old pal Wilfred Laurier, and the ten dollar bill shows everyone's favourite confederation-loving racist Sir John A. Macdonald, and the fifty dollar bill has séance-holder and dog enthusiast William Lyon Mackenzie King and yeah, fine, the hundred dollar bill is devoted to Nova Scotia's good ole boy Sir Robert Borden, but I mean, come on.

Even With Dov Charney Gone, I Won't Buy American Apparel

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Business
Toula Drimonis

American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney, was ousted from his very own company spread like wildfire this morning. And it was predictably greeted with major glee among most of my feminist friends, who've had enough with this guy's gag-inducing sexist marketing campaigns, as well as his own personal conduct with employees. I still have no intention of ever purchasing anything from them in the future. Ousting Dov Charney may have been the right decision to make, American Apparel executive board members, but that's not why you finally got rid of him.

Entitlement and Misogyny: Why Gun Violence Occurs

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Naomi Elana Zener

A growing sense of entitlement is leading to gun violence in the U.S. Many people think they are entitled to guns, and are entitled to control the lives of other people. But this isn't the case. Let's be clear -- in life, we are entitled to but one thing: our own lives. Apart from the air he breathed to help sustain his life, we are not entitled to anything else -- no person, no shooter, is entitled to kill anyone.

Men Must Learn From the California Mass Murder

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living
Davide Mastracci

A man killed six people in a drive by shooting on Friday night in California. On Thursday night the apparent shooter made a video explaining why he was going to embark on the murderous rampage. In this video the man stated that he was a 22-year-old virgin who couldn't attract women. We should avoid reducing the murderer to a crazed individual whose actions can be explained solely by his mental state. Instead, we should analyze how the misogynistic societies we live in enabled the murderer's killing spree.

Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

Anne Theriault | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington: We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail about being "silenced" based on gender. First of all, let's get a few things straight here: You are not being silenced. Yes, sometimes your opinions will be discounted because of your identity -- because you know what? In the context of social justice, lived experience trumps everything else every time.

'Islam' That Mocks International Women's Day is Not My Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Why must anyone view International Women's Day negatively as opposing Islam and not positively as complementing the teachings of Islam? Why must anyone seek to enact a rigid uniformity by bull dozing diversity when, in Islam, differences of opinion are viewed as a sign of Allah's grace?

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

How Booze Ads Fuel Rape Culture

Christine Sismondo | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Sismondo

Frankly, in the context of the recent gang rapes of drunk girls (Steubenville, West Auckland's Roast Busters and Halifax, to name a few of the most shocking) liquor marketers should start thinking about the optics and their own fairly flimsy commitment to responsible drinking. Thus far, responsibility has generally been translated into talk of driving and personal health. But corporate social responsibility needs to extend towards perpetuating dangerous attitudes about women, too. And booze marketing is full of them, although, this, by far, is the most offensive I've ever seen.

Why I Hate the '80s Ninja Turtles

Vicki Murphy | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

One day, I pressed play on the PVR and went about my bidness, Max on the couch pumped for some Turtle Power. A few minutes later, I heard this moaning and groaning coming from the television, with some bow-chicka-wow music in the background. What the. I ran to the TV and saw a commercial for a chat line, The Night Exchange.

I Can Only Hope God Has Mercy on Sex-Offending Clergy

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We all have a part of us that is still connected to the animal emotions within that have not been filtered by our more mature moral pre-frontal cortex. I know that feeling all too well. It comes over me when I read about child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, especially committed by clergy.

6 Reasons Why There's No Wrong Way to Be a Woman

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's become apparent to me that the other side, the feminists working tirelessly to get rid of misogyny, are going too far in the other direction and trying to dictate what women should do and be. Enough, already. Here are six reasons why there's no wrong way to be the woman you are.

Rape Culture? What Rape Culture?

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
Supriya Dwivedi

Sexualized violence against women is one of the world's most common human rights offenses, and yet from New Delhi to Nova Scotia there is an alarming sentiment that persists: good girls do not get raped. Consequently, the flawed logic train seems to stop at the conclusion that if one is the victim of sexual assault, it is probably because the victim brought it on.

Sexism and Silence in the Literary Community

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Living
Jon Paul Fiorentino

There are so many reasons a literary community remains silent when faced with the unpleasant business of sexism or misogyny: many writers fear the repercussions of speaking out because many of the people who get away with both blatant and subtle forms of hate are also in positions of relative power in the literary community.

Sexual Violence Is Not Inherent in Men

Marko Sijan | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada
Marko Sijan

One of the reasons behind why the media focused on the "ruined" lives of the Steubenville rapists and ignored the suffering of their victim is this: we think she asked for it and doesn't deserve our empathy. She should have known better than to get drunk and lose consciousness at a party full of boys who, being victims of their inherent need for sexual violence, can't be blamed for being male.

Why Canadians Shouldn't Travel to India

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

My friend has written on her blog that the media is guilty of sensationalism in the coverage of rapes in India. I disagree with her assessment, however. The attention the media is giving to the rape epidemic in India is long, long overdue. Should you be scared? Not really. But ask, is India as safe to travel as anywhere else? The answer is no, it's not.

Muslim Sermons That Offend Instead of Inspire

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

On February 15, 2013, Muslim students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, attended a Friday prayer service, seeking enlightenment and spiritual comfort. Instead they were delivered a Khutbah filled with offensive comments against sexual minorities and women. Unfortunately, the Cornell incident is not an isolated one.

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.