Why do we laugh at a comedian's misogynist joke? Why do we vote for a man who brags about grabbing women by their genitalia? Why would we try to seduce a man who abused us? I don't know whether it's a fear of being disliked or an inferiority complex or a survival instinct or a tainted childhood or a history of women who speak up for themselves being trashed (Trump's relentless "she's a fat, ugly lesbian" attack on Rosie O'Donnell always comes to mind), trying to put an end to misogyny is not for the faint of heart.
Jessica Holmes is the author of the comedic memoir I Love Your Laugh: Finding the Light In My Screwball Life. A Wellness Coach and comedian, Holmes' goal is to provide validation through humour. "Embrace your embarrassments - share them - make them a punchline, and you'll be more likely to relax and enjoy life." <br> <br> Jessica Holmes is best known as the star of The Holmes Show, as well as a popular member of the long running hit, CBC's <em>Royal Canadian Air Farce</em>. She also wrote and starred in her own one-hour Comedy Now! special, <em>Holmes Alone</em>, which won a Platinum Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston, and was nominated for a Gemini Award. <br> <br> Jessica has brought the house down opening for such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen deGeneres and Leslie Nielsen. She recently hosted the live portion of Oprah's Lifeclass in Toronto. She is one of Canada's fastest rising comedy stars and always leaves audiences in stitches with her interactive humor and vivacious energy. <br> <br> She has appeared in such films as <em>Moon Point</em> and <em>Citizen Duane</em>. More information on Jessica Holmes can be found at <a href="http://www.speakers.ca/holmes_jessica.html" rel="nofollow">www.speakers.ca/holmes_jessica.html</a>
There are an abundance of examples of poor parenting out there, and I didn't know that showing off your curves was one of them. So I thought nothing of posting a photo of myself on Facebook in a fitted dress. I was surprised when someone criticized me for posing like a sexy mermaid when I know good and well I'm a mom.
05/20/2016 05:19 EDT
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!
03/30/2016 11:30 EDT
By the time we're in our thirties we've subconsciously conditioned ourselves to have automatic responses to stress: "I'm too tired," "I can't help myself," or "things never work out for me." These myths can lower the bar and prolong a rut you may find yourself in, making meh the new normal.
12/29/2015 05:37 EST
I'm coming out of the closet -- the age closet. As a performer, apparently my prospects go down at 40. But what's great about 40? 40 years worth of friends, 40 years worth of life lessons, 40 years of honing skills! In fact, any major obstacles I've faced in life have given me strength or insight I wouldn't have had otherwise.
08/15/2013 08:28 EDT
One day I realized no one in my family was benefiting from my hectic race for perfection. And would I even be healthy enough to enjoy my kids' future considering I was anemic, sleep-deprived, out of shape, and kept alive by fast food and diet soda? Here are things that helped me slow down and enjoy motherhood.
02/13/2013 12:31 EST
My kids are extremely outgoing and love initiating new activities. I, on the other hand, have a shorter attention span since becoming a mom. Below is a list of seven things the hubby and I initiated that have turned our "please, for the love of Jebediah, chill out!!!" attitude into genuine laughter and a [slightly] more relaxed atmosphere.
07/26/2012 11:40 EDT
I was standing six feet away, feeling pressure to get the bragging rights of having met one of the greatest icons of womankind. I stared for about a minute, mulling it over. Should I jump her? Meekly present myself? Ask someone backstage to snap a photo?
04/19/2012 12:20 EDT
I've been to Africa. I've hung out with kids whose only possession is a ball made of leaves. And guess what -- they were grateful for it. I'll be keeping this in mind when I forgo loot bags at my son's upcoming birthday, and donate the money saved to filling up some bellies.
09/03/2011 08:31 EDT
"My baby was sleeping through the night at six months." (Her baby slept through the night once at eight months, then didn't do it again for another year.) What possible reason would a mom have for lying like this? I decided to ask an expert: myself.
06/27/2011 08:58 EDT
Although the relationship my husband and I have with our kids is close to perfect, our "us time" has slid down the chain of importance. Somewhere between "shave bikini line" and "buy new socks," is "make time for relationship."
06/20/2011 11:49 EDT
For years, I thought my kids were like bananas -- one emotional bruise and the whole thing's ruined. Until finally, a snow boot was thrown at my head one time too many, and everything but the F-bomb came shooting out of my mouth "I can't stand it! You're driving me crazy!!!"
06/07/2011 09:14 EDT
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