This is what solidarity looks like; make sure it’s authentic!
Lots of us care about deepening relationships with and social/economic/political justice for first peoples. It’s hard to come in, though, sometimes as a person from an oppressor or settler class. But there is a good checklist to make sure we’re actually contributing effectively.
It’s hard to know how to live humility, sincerity and really really good listening to make sure we are not a hindrance, but this Ally Bill of Responsibilities does a good job of helping us be mindful of humility, and maintaining a sincere focus on assisting those (Read more…)
Faisal and Azeem, getting it done!
Platitudes and paternalism aside, the 21st century actually does belong to the young. And not that they’re OUR future, like an extension of us, but that we are stewarding the future for them.
And we’re doing a pretty horrible job of it. But since we’re not idiots, we should be able to try on a new hat and leave a legacy we won’t be so ashamed of. Here’s how.
I’m not a big fan of Microsoft, but they’re figuring it out at least a little bit [see below] by spotting that there is a (Read more…)
Wow, this is still a thing. Drunk women do not deserve to get raped. Ever.
I am NOT saying that all cases could have been avoided but certain ones yes. My thing is that girls that go to parties and get drunk don’t blame themselves a tiny bit. That’s what I was specifying. If you go to a party without people you trust then you really are to blame.
And if I walk outside alone with a wallet in my pocket, and I get mugged, I’m to blame. And if I work nights at a (Read more…)
This week we finished Ken Burns’ excellent documentary “Prohibition,” and I recommend it highly to everyone who enjoys history. Most of us know at least something about Prohibition, especially how it failed, but I’d bet that much of this film will be eye-opening.
And, if you aren’t a regular viewer of Ken Burns’ documentaries, this three-parter could serve as a wonderful introduction to his signature style. It’s on US Netflix, on PBS, and probably at your local library.
I did know that the early movement against alcohol was deeply rooted in the early US women’s movement. Women’s anti-alcohol (Read more…)
Some inspirational words from the 2013 Feminism in London Conference, the speaker was Finn Mackay – see the whole speech here.
Let us be clear. It is not feminism that turns women into victims. It is the men who choose to abuse women, who choose to violate women, who presume a right to buy women. It is those men who make women into victims; not feminism. Feminism is here to stop that process, to end the violence of male domination. We respond to individual experiences with the aim of collective change for all. That is what empowerment looks like.
It (Read more…)
Labiaplasty is on the rise. Who knew?
There’s an article in the Guardian in which Daisy Buchanan argues that we can’t blame porn for this rush towards plastic surgery to pretty-up our lady bits because it’s everywhere; in mainstream music videos we can see about as much as porn shows.
I’m not sure what bands Buchanan follows, but I haven’t see much in the way of actual labias in my regular, mainstream video-watching, nor in any of the movies I watch – and I watch a lot of movies. Even Miley Cyrus doesn’t actually show her junk. So, if (Read more…)
Clueless dudes are always going on about the rise of female power, and how good women have it now. Heck, the post-feminist era has been declared, always by dudes, to have arrived.
Lisa Kudrow, in a scene from Scandal, enumerates some the features of the ingrained patriarchal cultural norms we live within.
Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Cultural Norms are Normataive, Feminism, Patriachy, Scandal
While I was waiting for the newest Munk Debate to show up on the site, I watched an old one. An excellent debate between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens on, of course, religion. There’s little I enjoy more than watching really intelligent thinkers go at each other with carefully and thoughtfully chosen words. The debate was run with opening statements, a series of 3-minute rebuttals, then closing statements. They understood and followed the rules, and they remained focused on the topic without a single barb directly at anything said outside of that arena.
So it was interesting to watch (Read more…)
Fantastic interview with Germaine Greer. Appreciate a great intellect on display.
Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Education, Feminism, Germaine Greer
I suggest reading the entire article, but some highlights I’ll post here.
“I said this a long time ago, and I’m saying it again – not only is rape about a rapist having control, but victim blaming is about controlling the female population: what better way to cajole women into standards of purity, decency, “learning how to behave” and sobriety than dangle the threat of “Well, if you don’t, you’ll surely invite rape upon yourselves?” What better way to get “these hoes” and “these broads” to understand that they don’t “know how to behave” than to help drive (Read more…)
While I usually ignore and skip YouTube ads as quickly as possible, the one I just saw was too ridiculous(ly offensive) to not skip.
Well, at least until “Ben” complained about how frequently he gets “friend-zoned”.
What hooked me on this video was the absurd claim that “Ben” was going to use science to oppress pick up women.
Going to the website (which I won’t link to, Google Pandora’s Box) we find the following disclaimer:
I agree to use the techniques in Pandora’s Box ethically and responsibly. Altare Publishing cannot be held liable if I use Pandora’s Box to manipulate, (Read more…)
Pakistan announced that Malala Yousafzai’s book “I Am Malala” was banned from private schools. From the CBC:
Officials say they have banned teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai’s book from private schools across Pakistan, calling her a tool of the West.
It isn’t about religion, holiness, or allah, god (etc.). It’s not about defending the country from Western influences or even polishing allah’s knob at exactly the correct speed as mandated by the Qur’an.
This book banning is about charlatans and courtiers defending their privileged status against the radical notion that women are people.
Adeeb Javedani, president (Read more…)
“One of the most pervasive and undisputed gender stereotypes is that men are more aggressive than women. However, this stereotype has, until recently, led researchers to conclude that women are nonaggressive and, therefore, to ignore the topic of female aggression as a distinct phenomenon. The basis of the myth, factors supporting its maintenance, and theories of female aggression are examined. A feminist reinterpretation of aggression that views women’s and men’s aggressive behavior within social structural arrangements that create and sustain differential power relations is presented.”
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Gender binary (Read more…)
Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Femimism, Makeup, satire, tutorial time
From the article on Reality Check.
“Abortion is often framed as a mercy bestowed upon a woman who has committed the “crime” of having had sex. Mercy is something that someone else grants you, however, and not something you can simply decide for yourself that you deserve. That’s what people are stabbing at when they say they don’t want women to use abortion “as birth control.” The fear is that a woman might get an abortion without feeling remorseful or may, gasp, even feel like she’s entitled to it without having to apologize or grovel. Basically, people are uneasy (Read more…)
What the heck is a complementarist? Well I will tell you.  I was forced to look this up when I noticed that some of the traffic to my blog was also overlapping somewhat with people who would call themselves “Complementarians” (this is probably due to my awesome Feminist rants like this and that). A …
North Carolina based artist Endia Deal explores the relationships of minority women within the corporate space.
Her most recent project, “Can I touch it?”, is a photo series depicting white women in their 40s or older with traditionally black hairstyles. The final results show women with cornrows, flat twists, fingerwaves and somewhat apprehensive faces.
“I wanted people that had a certain idea of what you’re supposed to look like in the workspace, because it would be a challenge for them to understand what I experience in that space,” she explained in an interview with Slate.com. Endia, who sports (Read more…)
“When we point out that there is a rape every three minutes, that a woman is beaten every eighteen seconds in this country, that’s very bad for women because it makes them feel victimized. And we’re not supposed to be bad and make women feel bad. This is the ultimate mind fuck. It takes away all the ground that we can stand on to say: “We have a political problem. We are going to find a political solution. And we are going to have to change the society that we live in to find it.” If you take a (Read more…)
I have a confession: I am a Feminist. I honestly don’t know what happened or when it happened. All I know is that for the time that I’ve been actively blogging under my own name (I have blogged for a long time under a pen name on other sites) I have written a LOT of …
I want to look at a few things Russell Brand has to say – in print and on video (quotations below are from both). As Elizabeth Renzetti said in yesterday’s Globe & Mail, he’s resonating with people. But, as she also suggests, he’s not going far enough clearly enough for others to follow. It reminds me of the Canadian film The Trotsky in which a young rebel tries to encourage a student protest. (*spoiler alert*) In the end, they all decide that he hasn’t really thought it through all the way, but who cares? It’s clear we so desperately need (Read more…)
This is a signal boost/handy reference that enumerates the risks women face when pregnant. It is a useful tool in dispelling the motherhood myths that surround what pregnancy is like for women and awesome it is for them. The Liz Library is a great website, but slow loading, thus its duplication here for easier access.
And that’s just talking about the immediate physical repercussions.
Below is a partial list of the physical effects and risks of pregnancy. This list does not include the many non-physical effects and risks a woman faces in reproducing, such as the economic investment (Read more…)
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Abortion, Feminism, Forced Birth Advocates need to know, Pro-Choice, Pro-life