Sexism

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

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 04.14.2014 | 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 03.23.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

David Gilmour's Real Victims Are His Students

Julie Mannell | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Mannell

If David Gilmour is indeed refusing to teach literature by women, queer, Chinese, and Canadian authors, then he is actively excluding them from the history that he imparts to his students. My fear for the future is that students are being denied the opportunity to learn from, be inspired by, and empathize with literature that doesn't fall under the white-hetero-male domain.

Hey SMU, There's No Funny in Rape

Toula Drimonis | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

When 80 student leaders (both men and women) at Saint Mary's University stand up to chant an utterly despicable chant about non-consensual sex with minors to a group of 300 freshmen, sorry, but that's crossing the line, and I absolutely fail to see the humour in it. To casually dismiss what happened at SMU as an isolated issue with a flippant shrug of the shoulders is to negate the very real fact that we don't live in a post-feminist world, and there continues to be a very strong link between how women are perceived and the disrespect and violence actively and routinely shown to them in everyday life.

WATCH: Feminist "Blurred Lines" Parody Briefly Banned By YouTube

HuffPost Canada Music | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Music

Robin Thicke's mega-hit "Blurred Lines" was basically asking for a parody -- the song's been criticized as "rapey" ever since it aired earlier this su...

Feminists Should Be Loud Until There's Nothing To Yell About

Toula Drimonis | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Feminism is nothing more than the desire for a world where women are equal. Equal. Not superior, but equal. Pro-woman does not mean anti-man. It never has. And the only people who want you to think otherwise are those whose privileged status is derived from women being treated as inferior.

Don't Use Rosie the Riveter to Sell Me a Mop

Terri Coles | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

Rosie the Riveter: it's hard to think of a feminist image that is more iconic than this one. A recent ad shows a model dressed in the gear we associate with Rosie, but not looking fierce and determined and inviting us to the gun show. Instead, she's got that patented advertising Satisfied Mom Smile on her face, secure in the knowledge that she's got the Swiffer in her arms to help with the housework.

There's a Totally Sexist App for That!

N/A Inc. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Business
N/A Inc.

Siri, Jeannie, Andy and even Edwin all reply to their users in female voices, and the trend of "female" virtual assistant apps isn't going anywhere. The multitude of "female" personal assistant apps in the marketplace feels terrifyingly counter-productive to all the strides women have made in the work place over the last few decades.

Sexist? No, Just Trying To Crack Open The Rob Ford Scandal

Mark Hasiuk | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Hasiuk

Tweets are brief. I get that. But Robyn Doolittle's response to my earlier blog post is telling. She failed to address the widespread concerns about her reportage, and opted instead for a straw man strategy starring yours truly. It's a familiar defense aimed at ending debate. Call someone a sexist, a racist, a homophobe. I've heard them all. But I've never used them.

I Was Detained and Interrogated at the Border for Carrying Condoms

Clay Nikiforuk | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Travel
Clay Nikiforuk

What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms? It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States. "I could have you charged with being a working girl! The proof is right here!" All I could do is shake my head. This can't be real.

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.

Being Chivalrous Does Not Make Me Sexist

Andrew Lawton | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada Living
Andrew Lawton

When I woke up this morning, I had no idea I'd be setting the women's rights movement back 100 years. Chivalry is an exercise in basic human decency, not an effort to subjugate women. To believe that ladies should be treated as such should not be a controversial -- let alone offensive --notion.

Will Conventions Stop Using Breasts to Attract Males?

Kyle Bachan | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada
Kyle Bachan

If you've ever been to any sort of male-heavy convention, such as comic book/sci-fi or tech ones, then you've probably seen the anachronistic phenomenon known as booth babes. For the uninitiated, booth babes are women who are dressed in as little clothing as possible for the sole purpose of attracting more attendees to their vendors. They're essentially signposts with boobs. That this advertising model is cheaper and easier to deploy than traditional ones, has led to its inclusion on convention floors around the world. Still, it hasn't come without its criticisms and some have chosen to leave this practice in the past altogether.