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Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Bell Hooks – Lifestyle Feminism

“Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging and changing themselves or the culture.”

-bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: “Choice” Feminism, bell hooks, DWR (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Who Are the Main Caregivers for People with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis?

It’s women, of course, who pick up the slack when our healthcare system neglects people. It’s either picking up the slack or being the excuse for systemic neglect.

The main informal caregiver was typically a woman (62%), lived in the same household (72%), and provided assistance on a daily basis (76%). For the most part, the recipient’s spouse was the main informal caregiver (64%).

June 3, 2011 The Social Determinants of Health (1) March 14, 2014 Don’t Tolerate Ignorance About the Minimum Wage (0) October 15, 2013 BC’s Child Support Clawback Hurts Kids (4) (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Who Are the Main Caregivers for People with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis?

Art Threat: What does the word Polytechnique mean to you? – a review of The Anorak

The Anorak, written and performed by Adam Kelly Morton, goes beyond the pat answers and media sensationalism around the Polytechnique massacre and examines what made Marc Lépine a killer.

Exceptionally well-researched, Morton’s text looks critically at the myriad factors that anti-feminists have attempted to derail the public discourse with, from an abusive childhood right through to violence in films and the media. Each of these episodes ends with Lépine blaming various women for his misfortune, indicating that none of the issues raised, however valid they may be, preclude misogyny as the driving force behind the attack.

Morton’s performance as (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Yes Means Yes: A Reading to Start Your Week

If you read anything about Yes Means Yes, this week, read this paragraph, then click the link to read it all.

We all need to be talking about this around the water cooler this week.

We’ve come a long way in our acceptance of all manner of sexual relationships and habits, but the one I think is still in the closet, is the desire not to have sex. Abstinence-only education has become such a joke, that the choice to abstain has become denigrated right along with it. If we put up ads to suggest it’s okay, it comes across as (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Thought of the Day – The Third Wave – Gail Dines

Just a handy reference slide for your perusal.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Gail Dines, Helpful Infographics

Dead Wild Roses: Street Harassment – Shut Down the Dude in You

From the tumblr: But What Was She Wearing?


Anon: “There is a difference between cat calling and complimenting someone. Some of these ladies have experienced true cat calling and some have merely been complimented and instead of saying thank you or flashing a brief smile, they chose to be rude and take it offensively. I’m not saying cat calling isn’t a negative thing and needs to be stopped. But ladies, we need to stop acting as though every compliment is a form of harassment. You’re beautiful and it’s okay for others to notice it.”


Dear Anonymous,

Two (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Inside a Safe House for Costa Rica’s Abused and Trafficked Girls

Human traffic disproportionately effects females. People try and fight the growing tide of human trafficking, here is one story of someone making a difference.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Costa Rica, Feminism, Human Trafficking

Politics, Re-Spun: Are Your White Male Entitlements Maiming Your Vote this Month?

I’m not going to argue that using an Intersectionality lens in the municipal election in 2 weeks will make your voting choices perfectly easy.

But I will say that your white male entitlements have likely contributed to worse choices in the past. Including not voting.

When you read this entire article you will see the lie of neutrality and non-partisanship.

Don’t perpetuate your perhaps inadvertent oppression.

As we approach the municipal election on November 15th, potential voters may feel unsure about which party or candidate represents the best interests of their community. One way to begin sifting through the different (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC – Street Harassement! Misogyny! Lewis’ Law!

Why hello there gentle readers (and a big thanks to John Zande for bringing this video to my attention). Today were going to look at one of the fundamental differences between the lived experiences of men and women in public. We’re also going to look at some of the horrible things misogynistic, entitled men say when they see a version of reality that doesn’t agree with theirs. These are the same dudebro’s that cry foul when women post videos on you tube and decline to open the comment section. So, let us watch the video and (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Do You Know What it Feels Like To Be A Target?

Sometimes while surfing the web you find passages that are so brutally eloquent that the only acceptable action is to replicate them. This from the Notes Against Humanity Blog.


“I am targeted for rape and other types of sexual violence because I’m perceived as female. The only effective way to protect myself from rape is to not exist in the world while being perceived as female. (And even then, you know, men get raped too.)

Do you have any ideas about how I could do that?

I am patronizingly told that yes, rape culture is a thing, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The CBC Fires Jian Ghomeshi – Good Riddance Mr. Creeper.

***Let me preface this post with a handy disclaimer for clarification – When women say that have been abused – I believe them.***


Okay this story broke over the weekend and the major print media involved so far has been the Toronto Star. In the TS’s words here is what happened -

“CBC star Jian Ghomeshi has been fired over “information” the public broadcaster recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ the 47-year-old host of the popular Q radio show. Shortly after CBC announced Ghomeshi was out the door on Sunday, Ghomeshi (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: The Election-Eve Racist, Sexist Attack on Olivia Chow

If this cartoon were published, say, 2 weeks before the election, it would have been debated as a tool of racist, sexist propaganda and yet another blemish on corporate media. Her support would likely have grown after such a brutally immature attack.

But because politics is a dirty, disgusting, sociopathic game, it was published the day before the Ontario municipal election.

Read what Olivia Chow thinks of it below:

Chow told CP24 she thinks the cartoon is “disgusting.”

“Because I am Chinese-Canadian, I must be a communist and have slanted eyes and glasses … and since I am a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Laci Green On Sam Pepper and Rape

The wheels of justice are moving slow on this one, as is often the case with rape. It is ‘funny’ that our society won’t take the time to look at the reality of the situation when it comes to rape and the legal system.

One could say that, tacitly, rape is condoned in our society. Not a particularly happy conclusion, but there it is.




Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Laci Green, Patriachy, Rape, Societal Norms

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Dead Wild Roses: Rachel Moran’s Speech – FemiFest 2014

Wow, kick back and let Ms.Moran guide you though the problems of liberal feminism with regards to prostitution and the changes that are necessary to make in society.

First of all I’d like to talk a little bit about what Radical Feminism means to me in the context of my work as an abolitionist activist, and also in an emotional sense, as a sex-trade survivor. Three years ago, when I began writing anonymous newspaper articles and blogging under the pseudonym FreeIrishWoman, I noticed pretty quickly that my words were shared amongst and disseminated by a particular group of feminists: (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: If You Read But One Thing About Universal Childcare This Week

Line them up here. In this one section of universal childcare analysis by one of the smartest people in the country, Michal Rozworski, we see a number of significant policy issues addressed:

affordable childcare. universality. feminism. including mothers in the workforce more effectively. a better shot a living wage for childcare workers. national standards. standardized curricula and best practices. economies of scale [for those obsessed with the business plan]

Ultimately, a winning paragraph in a winning analytical piece

While caring for children is an essential task, it is also an unequally distributed chore according to gender and made difficult by (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Obligatory Sexy Halloween Costume Post – No Objectification Here!

I do love the heroic proclamations of anti-feminists and others boldly stating there is no need for feminism, or that we’re now in a post-feminists society, or worse they are an “egalitarian” *eye roll*. Yeah… soo… anyhow lets look at the evolution of costumes for women. See if you can spot the any troublesome trends as women graduate from “child” to “object I want to put my dick into.”


Woo. Can’t you just feel the equality oozing from the above selections. I know I can if I squint a little and get a partial (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: Anita Sarkeesian Now In Rolling Stone! – Keep up the Good Work Internet Misogynists!

Ah, all the poor male gamers having their pet misogyny project blow up in their faces. Yep, you dudes are for sure are ruining Anita Sarkessian’s career. Keep the hate-train going maybe you can get her into the NYT again, or Le Monde or Time or… really the sky is the limit.

*basking in the sweet sweet schadenfreude*

Good Job Gamer Gaters – You may have to blame Anita for starting GG as well, because she must have started it, just look at all the publicity, fame and money she’s getting…


Anyhow, here is (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Beauty Pageants and the BC Liberals

There are no words.

2 former @HyackFestival Miss New West girls and 1 former Miss White Rock now working for Today's @bcliberals

— Kirsten Hamilton (@kirstenmay13) September 21, 2014

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian-American feminist cancels talk after “Montreal Massacre style” threat

Anita Sarkeesian, a prominent Canadian-American feminist cultural critic, was forced to cancel an appearance at Utah State University after receiving threats of a Montreal Massacre-style attack.

The post Canadian-American feminist cancels talk after “Montreal Massacre style” threat appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics, Re-Spun: The People Who Want to Shoot the Women

Do you stand with @femfreq?

If not, you’re welcome to not come back to this website. You aren’t welcome.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Socialist, AND Nobel Peace Prize Winner

…And after reading that, do you have an urge to say, “yeah, but”

– she’s young

– she’s a woman

– she’s uneducated

– whatever other condescending, dismissive thing you can imagine?

As a post-partisan eco-socialist, I affirm her words.

And if you follow the link below, you’ll see that The Nation Magazine uses the socialism quote to promote her picture, but does not link directly to their story on her, and the story doesn’t include the word “socialism.” Corporate media, for the fail, again!

“I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: How @Dicks Sporting Goods Can Advance Feminism, So Easily

Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the all-too testosterone world of sports, released a catalogue with virtually no women in it. Except for cheerleaders and a girl watching men play sports.

A 12-year-old calls them out on this because even 12-year-olds get equality.

Dick’s sent a FOAD brush off letter back [see below].

Here’s what Dick’s ought to do now.

Recognize that there is profound sexism in sports. Recognize that they have been a part of that. Seek out organizations that promote equality in sports. Partner with them to promote equality. Open up their catalogue and advertising process to expanded stakeholder input. (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: How to Not Commit a Sex Crime

You participate in a sex crime if you search for or look at revenge porn.

It is really that simple.

A Richmond, B.C., woman hopes her story of having nude photos leaked online will foster laws to protect women against cyberbullying.

Anisa Salmi was working at her desk when she got the call from a friend: Did you see what was posted about you online?

When the 27-year-old typed her name into Google she saw intimate photos of her posted online on The Dirty, a U.S. website known to feature photos of men and women and comments about them.

“It was (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why It’s So Hard For Men To See Misogyny

Amanda Hess on Misogyny Spotting -


“These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Splayed Feet: The New Scourge(?) brought on by Birkenstocks

“The Problem with Birkenstocks” by Annie Kreighbaum illustrates so perfectly the fantastical through-the-looking-glass distortions of reality that we collectively we know as “Fashion“. Unpacking this article was kind of fun in the “Wow..really??” sort of way. What wasn’t so fun is that amount of shaming that is going on and the expectations of self-policing and in general the absolute necessity of being hyper-aware of you looks and how others perceive you.

“Birkenstocks are the Chipotle of footwear. Like opting for a burrito bowl and a side order of guac at (Read more…)