Sexism

Moms And Dads, Teach Consent Along With The Birds and Bees

Jessica Holmes | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Holmes

I know this makes you uncomfortable to talk about. I sure don't want to hear it, either. But I need to. You're the people I trust most, and my first line of defence against regrettable or unwanted sexual encounters. Don't limit the sex talk to periods and how babies are made. Tell me EVERYTHING!

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

Manitoba NDP Star Wab Kinew Faces Calls To Be Dumped As Candidate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics

The comments made fun of fat women and called a sport "gay.''

Refusing Skimpy Uniforms Can Still Cost Women Their Jobs

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business

Ontario's recent human rights report is not in touch with reality, labour groups say.

Trudeau: There's A Lot Of Work Still To Do On Gender Parity

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living

"I think there’s not one solution, there’s multiple, multiple solutions that can be pursued at the same time."

On Ashley Graham And Sports Illustrated's Idea Of "Progress"

Jason Najum | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Style
Jason Najum

Companies with long histories of not giving a shit suddenly taking the high-road gives me the creeps. Reminds me of a guy volunteering at UNICEF just to get laid. For decades you bombard us with impossible standards and superficiality, making us believe that we need to be thinner, poutier, sexier, helping push our culture to historic levels eating disorders and social anxiety, saddling our women with insecurities and our men with jaded expectations. And now you care?

Here's The Problem With Political Correctness

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Since the 1980s, it's been used to diminish and discredit efforts to reduce racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, ableism and other forms of discrimination. But despite people like Donald Trump declaring "I'm so tired of this politically correct crap," the efforts remain because the issues have not gone away.

3 Important Questions About The Bill Cosby Charges

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

It finally happened. After months of accusations from over 50 women with horrific tales of sexual assault, Bill Cosby's luck has run out. On December 30th, 2015, Cosby stood before a judge, faced charges of indecent assault, and paid more money in bail than most people see in their lifetimes. If convicted, Cosby could face a mere $25,000 fine and ten years in prison. These are charges from only ONE of the women, Andrea Constand, who says she became friends with Cosby when she worked at Temple University.

Fox News Airs Cringe-Worthy Segment About Girls Wearing Leggings

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Style

CAN YOU NOT?

How Many Deaths Will it Take Before We Redefine Masculinity?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

News that former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen's recent death was ruled a suicide saddened me. There is no doubt in my mind that competitive sports exact a physical and mental toll on professional athletes -- deaths are not just the consequences of a violent game and the long-term nefarious effects of injuries incurred on these athlete's bodies and brains, but a reflection of a society that does not allow for its men to be weak.

Is This Eyeshadow Packaging Sexist?

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Style

TheBalm Cosmetics is under fire for their popular "Nude 'tude" eyeshadow palette, with some calling the product's packaging sexist.

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.

Two Reasons Canadians Are Confused About Sexual Consent

Diane Hill | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Living
Diane Hill

A new study from the Canadian Women's Foundation found that while almost all Canadians agree that sexual activity between partners should be consensual, two-thirds do not understand what consent means. If you can't tell if someone is consenting, ask: "Are you okay with this?" Encourage them to answer honestly. Decent people treat others with respect, especially when it comes to something as intimate as sexual activity. Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault. It's all pretty simple.

How Gender Stereotyping Impacts Women in STEM

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The underlying reasons for this gender imbalance are complex but research suggests gender stereotyping from the earliest age impacts the enrollment of women in STEM.

We Must Take a Strong Stance Against All Forms of Sexual Harassment

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Sexist insults and harassment is something women who are involved in politics, the media or head up public organizations unfortunately have to deal with on a daily basis. This sort of taunting has become extremely commonplace in our digital world. It is not acceptable, and society should take a strong stance against it!

#FHRITP Is Not Simply a Vulgar Prank, It's Sexual Harassment

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

I've been a Toronto FC season's ticket holder for five years and I'm the mother of TFCs most devoted fan. So it was my 13-year-old TFC enthusiast who was the first person I wanted to talk to about the appalling sexual harassment at the Mothers Day match when a fan shouted "F--- her right in the pussy" at CityNews reporter, Shauna Hunt. Turns out our kids have been sharing this offensive "prank" for a year and most of us hadn't really heard about it or thought to talk to them about it until this week. Shouting "F--- her right in the pussy" is sexual harassment, verbal assault and a blatant threat of rape.

Yes, Paying For Dinner Might Mean You're A Chauvinist

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living

Chivalry is dead, at least as far as equal rights are concerned. A new study out of Northeastern University in Boston says there are two types of s...

What Is Our Government Doing to Advance Women's Rights?

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

It is clear that even in 2015, there is a lot of work to be done both at home and abroad to advance the rights and equality of women. Let's take a peek at what the federal political parties in this country are doing to make a difference.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

Tweeting About Sexism Is Good For The Soul: Study

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

When it comes to sexism, women experience increased well-being when they express themselves on Twitter, according to a new study from Wilfrid Laurier ...

Dalhousie Dentistry Forgot About the Dangers of Social Media

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Though I am about as much of a dentist as I am a squirrel, the Dalhousie Dentistry scandal cannot be ignored, even by a humble B.F.A, such as myself. Of course, I was outraged by the misogynistic nature of a Facebook page that was created for the express purpose of debasing women within the dentistry program. However, the first thought that ran through my mind wasn't outrage over their sexist remarks.

Sexually Degrading Comments Are Not "Just Guy Talk"

Clare Beckton | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

"Boys will be boys" and "it's just guy talk" are expressions that we need to erase from our vocabulary as a justification for some men's blatantly inappropriate behaviour toward women. This week, we saw disturbing events at Dalhousie University's Dental School involving comments of a sexual nature and those suggesting sexual violence against women, posted on a social media site. Response to the incident ranges from condemnation to commentators justifying the action of the male students on the basis that this was "just guy talk."

My Neighbour Thought Skimpy Clothes Invited Rape. I Hope She Reads This

Reva Seth | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Reva Seth

"It's the way these girls dress Manju -- it's just an invitation for a man to come on over and rape them." I was 16 years old, lounging on the front steps and listening to my mom chat with our neighbour about a rape case dominating the local news cycle. As they spoke, I saw my mom's worried eyes repeatedly dart over to me and anxiously frown. A couple of months later my family moved and I never saw or spoke with that neighbour again. But oddly, I thought of her often. It was neighbour Brenda who once again came to mind when I decided to share my experience in the Huffington Post about being sexually assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi.

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Zeppieri

With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace.

U Of T Business Prof Totally Insults Woman And "Legally Blonde" In One Go

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living

If you're a business prof and want to use the plot of a Hollywood movie as your fictional example in an assignment, you might want to make sure it's n...