Misogyny

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.

Why Blame an Innocent Mother for Her Children's Murder?

Jane Tolmie | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada
Jane Tolmie

On October 25, Marina Krim returned from taking her three-year-old daughter to the pool, to find her other two children -- Lulu and Leo -- stabbed to death in the bathtub of the family apartment in the Upper West Side. The nanny has since been charged with the murders. Many Internet responses have focused on mother-blaming, and especially on the mother's part-time labour outside the home. The father's labour is not discussed, just as his parenting skills are not criticized. This is misogynist victim-blaming. Cyberbullying has politics and here they revolve around contempt for women.

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?

Dear Pope, Time for Some Tweaks?

Vicki Murphy | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

So let me get this straight... the Catholic Church thinks that, to be a good wife, I need to be a good housekeeper? Someone interpret that differently for me. Please. Be my guest. Tell me I'm reading it all wrong.