It's tempting to view the term as an instance of poor branding. Call it a stay-at-home salary and we can all go home. But the "wife bonus" is called a "wife bonus" because it comes from the brains of people who still don't view men and women as equals. Changing the words won't do anything to change their entrenched attitudes.
If you've travelled in 2015, you know selfie sticks have replaced fanny packs and Tilley hats as the most sought-after tourist paraphernalia. While the device has many faults -- it disrupts the "visitor experience" in museums and at festivals and is pretty much the embodiment of narcissism -- the stick's most serious offence is that it turns users into anti-social tourists.
05/25/2015 12:15 EDT
Women, frustrated by the gender discrimination, harassment and absurd beauty standards channel their anger toward other women. It's easier to judge a colleague than to fight against patriarchy. But feminism cannot evolve unless we stop seeing our differences as points of conflict.
04/21/2015 05:09 EDT
Facebook regularly turns me into a jealous mess. Everyone in my network seems to have either a book deal, an award or an article in the New Yorker (I currently have none of those things). It's tempting to prescribe self-help to the envious. But that advice is misguided. The cure for the social media blues is honesty.
04/09/2015 01:41 EDT
*This blog appeared March 6 in the Ottawa Citizen This year, I'm not feeling especially connected to International Women's
03/23/2015 12:26 EDT
This week, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) announced a proposed benefit of $7,238 for family members caring for severely ill or injured veterans. You'd think Jenifer Migneault, the wife of a man who suffers from PTSD, would be celebrating. But she's not. Migneault does not think cash is the solution. She wants a program that trains family-turned-caregivers to live with PTSD. "I can have all the money in the world," she told CBC in reaction to the caregiver benefit. "But if I don't have a quality of life, this money doesn't serve anything."
03/23/2015 01:31 EDT
Last night, the colour of a dress seduced the Internet. Yes, it was a cool optical illusion. Yes, other than Victoria's Secret Swim Special there wasn't much on TV that night. But the real reason the dress continues to captivate our attention is because humans love to form groups based on often trivial similarities. Once we form these groups, we love to fight with outsiders. People were more interested in pledging allegiance to #teamwhiteandgold or #teamblueandblack than reading about the science behind the photo.
02/27/2015 06:18 EST
If you want to change someone's beliefs, compassion and empathy work infinitely better than humiliation. In the race to form an opinion, feelings always beat logic. So while it's tempting to snap at anti-vaxxers about how complications due to vaccines are statistically insignificant, an aggressive approach towards non-believers will fall on deaf ears.
02/17/2015 08:57 EST
Our reasons for dragging ourselves to the office when sick reveal a cultural obsession with "hard work." A day off feels lazy rather than restorative. We falsely equate long hours with good work. And our mania is sending the wrong message to corporations and policymakers.
02/05/2015 08:40 EST
Judy Haiven, the chair of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia argues in the Halifax Media Co-op that the pieces of fabric are a band-aid solution to poverty. Donations "make the giver feel good" and act as poor substitutes for much-needed political action. Obviously, a piece of fabric doesn't have the strength to solve poverty. No threads to pick there. But what the argument fails to acknowledge is that small gestures such as sock-giving is the gateway to deeper commitment.
01/20/2015 09:27 EST
In my first year of university, I made a poster with a quotation from Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw: "As we drive along
01/19/2015 05:58 EST
The Fifth Estate documentary about Jian Ghomeshi opens with the now-disgraced host reciting his trademark refrain: "Well
01/19/2015 05:51 EST
After Marc Lépine killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique, his actions fuelled a rejuvenated feminist movement
01/19/2015 05:33 EST
Online, over the phone and around dinner tables, Canadians are turning the problem of sexual assault around like a Rubik's Cube in an effort to make sense of why 90 per cent of all sex assaults go unreported. Since the Jian Ghomeshi allegations broke, the discussion has widened in scope after two Liberal MPs were recently suspended for alleged "personal misconduct" and former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps revealed she had been raped and sexually assaulted as a young woman. Yet some insist all the talk is futile. Many say that instead of words, we need legal reforms that would encourage women to come forward. But conversation is one of the best ways to change minds.
11/18/2014 07:49 EST
After reading detailed accounts from the nine women who have come forward to this point with allegations of abuse, many fans dragged themselves in front of a screen to walk-back their positions. In addition to many disturbing tidbits about Ghomeshi, many Canadians learned a difficult lesson: wait before you react.
11/02/2014 10:31 EST
Last week, the tech industry shocked North America with news that Facebook now covers up to $20,000 in egg freezing expenses, a lead Apple will start to follow in January. The loudest, and most ridiculous criticism decries the perk as a Big Brotherish attempt to ensure women make profits before placentas. In reality, many women decided long before these new programs that they would rather have their babies later in life.
10/20/2014 12:56 EDT
Last week, Iranian-American scholar Reza Aslan taught all North Americans a lesson: don't generalize when it comes to regions of the world you know nothing about. North Americans tend to see the rest of the world through the lens of outdated stereotypes or extremist violence that makes the news. If we started to think more like Aslan, we'd realize some countries without indoor plumbing are actually surpassing us on policy. North America often acts like the popular kid from high school who didn't evolve after graduation. We're too busy navel-gazing to notice how much progress the underdogs have made. It's time to put down the mirror and grow up.
10/07/2014 08:39 EDT
There's a reason you feel like Einstein while sitting on a dock or Edgar Allen Poe while staring out an airplane window: a relaxed head is fertile ground for insights. When a task requires concentration, your mind follows a straight path. When a task requires minimal attention -- taking a shower or going for a walk -- your mind is free to wander.
09/24/2014 08:19 EDT
Mercy Osagie ended her kids' first day of school lying on her couch in tears. The 38-year-old who moved to Toronto from Nigeria 13 years ago is still waiting for a Permanent Resident Card, but that night her cheeks were wet with a different worry: back-to-school expenses had left her with only $400 for September. While many students view the back-to-school season as a chance to show off new kicks and gel pens, for some children it's a reminder of the chaos poverty creates at home. And too many are being reminded.
09/09/2014 07:47 EDT
In August, we're putting my 92-year-old grandpa into respite care for the first time. And I should feel relieved. But instead of relief, I feel loss. The time I've spent alone with my Nonno has taught me the most important family value: Even if you don't need someone, they might need you.
07/29/2014 09:09 EDT
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