Sexism

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...

Why Are the Tone Police Only Called on Women?

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

When you're a woman, tone policing is rampant. Amid the hate and abuse, we are expected to stay as calm and eloquent as possible. Our justified rage is always attributed to over-sensitivity, hormones, or PMS-ing. We are treated as emotional, not intellectual beings, when the truth is we are emotional AND intellectual beings. Intellect without emotion is dead inside. There's a whopping double standard regarding tone between men and women (and of course others along the gender binary and non-binary folk). Men who are angry are passionate and driven. Women who are passionate and driven are just angry.

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.

Why Should I Apologize For Having a Complex Identity?

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Girls like me are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Our critiques about, let's say, the misogyny within our community are so often co-opted by white Eurocentric feminism as a kind of "see, look, the oppressed brown women need us!" And at the same time, I don't want to silence myself from critiquing by own community just because I'm scared that some white feminists may twist my words.

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.

25 Years After the Montreal Massacre, Canada Still Has Gun Control Issues

Coalition for Gun Control | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Coalition for Gun Control

As the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre approaches, it is interesting to reflect upon the evolution of gun control and the government's approach to questions of gun violence and misuse. However, ensuring a safer environment for women -- and for society in general -- requires more than official recognition of sexism or any other so-called justification as an invalid reason for violence.

To the Hollywood Girls Who Don't Fully Understand What a Feminist Is

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

David Letterman recently hosted Parks and Recreation actor Aziz Ansari on his show who beautifully summed up what it means to be a feminist. I think even those Hollywood girls who won't call themselves a feminist will agree with this analogy: "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyoncé concert and you're not like, 'I feel like Beyoncé should get 23 per cent less money than Jay Z. Also I don't think Beyoncé should have the right to vote and why is Beyoncé singing and dancing -- shouldn't she make Jay a steak?"

Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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.