Sexism

Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Elliott

Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.

Heaviest Polluter Australia Puts The Boots To Carbon Tax

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

This is an excerpt from Capt. Trevor Greene's new, self-published book. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott kept his most noxious campaign promise ...

Corporate Gender Quotas Will Not Fix Sexism

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is proposing a private member's bill that will institute a quota system that will mandate that 40 per cent of all corporate board members must be female. Gender quotas result in good numbers on paper, but that's about all they do for the advancement of women. In reality, gender quotas simply reinforce tokenism and push the sexist belief that women somehow aren't "good enough" to earn power on their own.

Bad Sex Doesn't Sell Porn -- Or Fashion (NSFW)

Erika Lust | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada
Erika Lust

Abercrombie & Fitch has been peddling billboards of apparently-naked men for decades and it seemed to work okay. American Apparel shocked and titillated with its early campaigns: using sex appeal to sell such sundry basics as t-shirts and socks. My theory? BAD sex doesn't sell. And this is one similarity between the porn and fashion industries.

#SorryNotSorry: Rise of the Unapologetic Woman

Carlen Costa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

This is about the end of excuses. It's about the end of the perpetual apology and the idea that if we as women don't rally, pull ourselves together and support one another we won't make it out alive. What I have experienced is that women more often than not say "I'm sorry" than any other phrase.

Peter MacKay: Ending Sexism Is Your Responsibility

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Sexism is beyond male ignorance. It is a cultural problem that we all must confront every day, at work, at home and everywhere else. As a lawyer and a Senator who is currently tabling a bill (Bill S-217) designed to increase gender equality in the private sector's leadership, I cannot stand by and be silent. I find it extremely perplexing that the government's Minister of Justice believes that gender equality is not his concern. It is unacceptable for a Minister of Justice to be ignorant of the injustice of sexism.

Jack Astor's New Sexist Ad Proves They Really Are Asses

Toula Drimonis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

"Our patios are like national parks. Huge and filled with cougars." This is Jack Astor's latest brilliant burst of marketing genius. Cougar: An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. Now here's the term for older men who date younger women for casual sex. They're called... men. The term 'cougar' is so derogatory, ageist and sexist, it baffles me that some women use with it pride. Jack Astor's logo is an ass. As in a donkey's ass. I've never felt any which way about the company, but after today, I feel like that logo suits them perfectly.

A "Thank You" Letter to Leah McLaren

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

We've never met, but I read your open letter to Nazanin Afshin-Jam in the Globe and Mail. As you may have heard, there is a very unfortunate trend in the media to go after the spouse of a politician for something that politician did or said. This disturbing trend almost universally applies to wives only. Why is that?

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.

The Power Is in Dad's Hands to Teach Sons Respect For Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Creating a society where all men respect women starts in the home. Boys look up to the adult males in their lives. With Father's Day approaching, dads are realizing the power they have to make a difference. We can't fight the violence until all men respect women as equals. And this Father's Day, changing men's attitudes starts with dad.

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.

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.

'Thinner and Cuter' Women Get Better Jobs and Higher Pay

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

One study, reported in 2011, of 10,000 graduates of Wisconsin high schools found that overweight men experienced few barriers to getting hired and promoted but fat women, for a variety of reasons related to reactions to being overweight, were less likely to earn college degrees, had jobs with lower earnings, and less social status than thinner female peers. Women working in television have been required to be thin (and young and beautiful) to be hired and retain their positions. Fat females, in day to day situations, confront discrimination in many forms. A 250-pound aerobics instructor in California who was fit, had many students, and no record of performance issues was denied a Jazzercise franchise.

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.

'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?

A "Rape Culture" Tutorial for the Naysayers

Toula Drimonis | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

First off, and since International Women's Day is around the corner, can we take a minute to define 'rape culture' for those who seem to think it's an irrational and highly charged blanket statement that seeks to vilify all men for all sins? Even men who consider themselves feminists don't often get it, because they too come from a place of unconscious privilege.

Punk Band Tight Nuns Nix Ottawa Gig After Sexism Complaints

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Music

A Toronto punk band have cancelled an Ottawa gig after the event's name and its description on Facebook brought complaints in a city currently reeling...

No Kidding: Sexist Jokes Aren't Funny, They're Hostile

Toula Drimonis | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

"I like my violence like I like my beer: domestic" This was the recent Facebook status of popular east-end Montreal bar, Nacho Libre, whose social media manager somehow thought it completely appropriate to publish this cringe-inducing "joke." Isn't domestic abuse a riot? Sexist jokes are not funny -- they're hostile.

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.)

Why Buy the Cow...Oh Wait, Women Aren't Cows, Debra Macleod

Matthew Bellissimo | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Matthew Bellissimo

In her article titled "Don't Live With Your Boyfriend If You Want To Get Married," Debra Macleod provides her reasons for why she thinks couples should not make the cohabitation commitment before the man decides to "put a ring on it." Macleod refers to herself as a "relationship expert." She may want to reconsider that title.

Sure, Eugenie's Great at Tennis, But Who Is She Dating?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Last night, tennis fans sat riveted in front of their TV screens, watching 19-year-old Canadian, Eugenie Bouchard, beat former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and triumphantly reach the semifinals of the Australian Open. And after that exhilarating and shocking victory, what did the on-court interviewer ask this dedicated and amazing athlete? Who's the man of your dreams, Eugenie? Who are you crushing on, girl? Because, being a woman, what else could she possibly be interested in? Entrenched sexism needs to be pointed out, ridiculed, and eradicated.

Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Life is an ongoing exercise in empathy. As a human being, your job should be constantly learning how to make your own way in this world while causing as little harm as possible. Which is why I'm ultimately baffled when people wonder aloud if they're supposed to look at everything critically and worry about its potential to harm others. Because yes, that is exactly what you are supposed to do.

Lean In Until You Fall Over, Ladies -- You Still Won't Find Gender Balance

Denise Brunsdon | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
Denise Brunsdon

The Lean In zeitgeist says individual women can take personal responsibility for failure and act to achieve success. Meanwhile, recent research says there is an unconscious bias in corporate Canada that prevents equally qualified women from attaining the same level of success as men. The Lean In school is decidedly wrong. In short, both men and women need to lean in to create equity in business. It's the only way to achieve balance.

Hey Justin, We're Not Your "Ladies"

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

Thursday night in Toronto, "ladies" are invited for cocktails and candid conversation (for $250 a head) with Justin -- unplugged! The Liberal Party has even been so kind as to craft an invitation specially for our gender, complete with cute cursive writing and lots of splashy colours. The only thing missing from this creepy, patronizing and unbelievably ridiculous picture are scented pages and locks of Trudeau's hair as door prizes. Fortunately, Trudeau's plan has totally backfired.

Gloria Steinem Is Wrong: Blame Miley, Not the Game

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music
Rachel Décoste

Gloria Steinem was asked whether she thought Miley Cyrus was setting the feminist movement back. The icon and activist responded with cringe-worthy rhetoric for woman who spent a lifetime defying the status quo for the weaker sex. The premise that nudity is required to be noticed is a poor defense.