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A Puff of Absurdity: Supporting Bare Boobs

It’s not about this:

the Braza Bra

It’s about arguing in favour of a woman’s right to take off her shirt.

How stupid, right?

I mean, it’s stupid that we have to argue about this and try to make it clear to everyone why it should be acceptable and actually have to argue with police who don’t know it’s been legal in Ontario for decades. But some people – mainly men, judging by the comment on various articles – are still having a hard time with it. And it’s really, really stupid that 8-year-old children and their parents have to (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Rachel Moran on “Empowering” Prostitution

“…But I do feel a special place of contempt for the absolute army of twenty-something, socially privileged, very well educated, young white women, who speak about prostitution in terms of “sex work” and “empowerment” and this utter nonsense when they have spent years educating themselves… in order to keep themselves out of the social class of women who are most commonly used in prostitution.“And you know… formally prostituted women like myself have been delivered and expected to digest the most galling lie about our own histories, that is, we have been told that our imprisonment was liberty – that (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Video Gaming: Misogynistic Harassment is the Wheelhouse of Losers.

Women in video games, destroying men’s lives everywhere!!!

Spending your time harassing people just doesn’t seem like productive or pro-social behavioural choices. According to a study recently undertaken it seems there is a positive correlation between unskilled players and the amount of abuse they heap on other players, especially females.

“Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.

In today’s online environment, alas, this is not an idle observation. According to (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: New Research Explains WHAT CAUSES RAPE

This just in…choose to not rape anyone this weekend.

August 6, 2013 Women As Meat, Volume 874,597 (1) February 19, 2015 Looking for Heroes? (0) November 27, 2012 No, Taylor Swift. No. (4) November 30, 2012 “Female Characters Are Still Sidelined, Stereotyped, and Sexualized in Popular Entertainment Content” (0)

A Puff of Absurdity: The Smell of Your Moral Judgment

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, make it funny or people will kill you.”   

                        – Billy Wilder

I just watched a series of videos (65 minutes if you watch them all in one go) by Innuendo Studios that were made specifically about the backlash against Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist who questioned some of the choices made by video game creators, but the ideas in these videos can be applied to explain the backlash to any social movement, like environmentalism.

First, they look at why people (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: So I Went to the March

I went to the Jobs, Justice, Climate march on Sunday.  It’s taken me a few days to think about what I think about it.

Klein so close at the pre-pre-rally.

I got to Queen’s Park way early and sat under a big tree to read and wait, and I happened to sit where the media were setting up, so right next to Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben.  I missed seeing David Suzuki, and I somehow didn’t recognize Jane Fonda.  But the usual crowd was there.  In the pre-rally show, they faced the media with their backs to us, which felt (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Women in Science – Marie Tharp

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, History, Science, Women

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Sheila Jeffreys on Gender

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Dead Wild Roses: One Woman’s Examination of Trans-Racial versus Trans-Gendered

Hmmm. This is a delicate topic, but one worth investigating. For context, the people being referred to in the video are Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Biology, Social Constructs, Transgender, Transracial

Dead Wild Roses: Ladies Guide to Smiling More :(

More useful information for the double XX crowd. :/ *sigh*.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Helpful Hints

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Three for the road

Cootie Catcher, written and performed by Lucas Brooks, focuses on Brooks’ close encounters of the transmissible kind. Using a cootie catcher, better known to some as a fortune teller, Brooks regales the audience with tales of all the times he thought he had been exposed to one STD or another, while simultaneously exploring his sexual history.

The cootie catcher gimmick is cute, and means that the show is obviously different with each performance. Normally this would be impressive, but given that the stories in question are well-edited anecdotes from Brooks’ personal past, the effect is somewhat diminished.

So, too, (Read more…)

wmtc: my feminism includes trans people. all women need to listen to each other.

The continuing liberation of transgender people is a marvel to behold. We are witnessing history, as trans people and their issues become part of the mainstream. From Chelsea Manning to “Transparent” to Laverne Cox, and of course Caitlyn Jenner, transgender people and issues have never been so front and centre. I don’t do celebrity gossip so I don’t know anything about the lurid lead-up to Jenner’s coming out, but when the woman who cuts my hair asks me what I think about transgender people, I know something big is going on. There is more than one out trans person in (Read more…)

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Laureen: Queen of the Tundra

As an American expat unfamiliar with the pop-cultural aspect of Canadian politics, a lot of the jokes in Laureen: Queen of the Tundra went over my head. However, it is to the performers’ credit that this did not distract from their commentary about the fluidity of gender and culture, against the rigidity of modern politics.

This show had a great sense of pacing punctuated by confessional monologues in between political skits, shedding some light onto the person behind the persona. By raising questions about identity, whether Canadian, queer, or both, the show is inherently political and subversive, while also heartfelt (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Being an Ally

I’m not sure how to say this without being blasted, but I’ll try:  I might understand a little piece affecting Rachal Dolezal decision to present as black rather than be a white ally.

I just have one story.  It was about ten years ago.  I had just finished reading The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative and was floored by it.  I couldn’t believe I had never heard of her before.  The story is compelling, and it’s a good length to offer to high school students.  I was curious if anyone else had tried teaching it (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: OITNB

I read some review somewhere of the first episode of Orange is the New Black on the weekend before I dove into a marathon session of the entire season.  It suggested that the reason people like the show is because it actually shows real relationships between real women.  The context is divorced from most viewer’s experiences, but the conversations are similar.  And we rarely see that elsewhere.

No spoilers.

Okay, sure.  It’s nice that it’s a show about women, for sure, and the dialogue is fantastic – especially between Big Boo and Pennsatucky.  But I don’t relate to it because (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: At the intersection of capitalism and patriarchy

It appears TLC is quite aware on which side its toast is buttered. Look what they were airing a couple weeks before the Duggar scandal broke:

Feminists beware: the new TLC special “Submissive Wives’ Guide To Marriage” is sure to stir a hot debate by showing marriages in which the woman caters to her husband’s every need and allows him to be the king of the castle.

And that means he gets plenty of sex, too—even when she’s not in the mood.

source

sigh… anybody remember when it was The Learning Channel, and showed actual educational programming?

Filed under: Feminism (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Origins of Prostitution

Divide and conquer has always been an effective strategy. Applied against women, it has blossomed into one of tap roots of Foppression.

“The feminist historian, Gerda Lerner, showed that prostitution has not always existed. It first arose at the beginning of patriarchy, which was relatively recently in the long history of the human race. Prostitution began when men systematically seized control over women. One of the key ways they controlled women was to divide them into two groups: respectable women and prostitutes. Respectable women had to cover their heads and the prostitutes were not allowed to cover their heads (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Dance Festivals as Transmitters of Patriarchal Values

Dancing season is rapidly coming to close. Not a moment too soon, I must heartily add, as I will miss nothing about the hot chaotic mess that is hosting a Dance Festival. Children running, crying, scurrying about, being chased by frazzled Moms – all to the backdrop of shitty canned music and the omnipresent sickly smell of too much hairspray. One can feel the anxiety in the air as troops of children are herded about for their stiltedly choreographed time on stage. So many shades of awesome; but not the reason for this post today. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Gardening while female

The front flowerbed at Arb’s and my place is starting to take off – perennials that I’ve planted over the couple years we’ve owned the house, are established enough now, that they can dedicate some energy to blooming! Of course, weather that’s good for flowers is also good for weeds, and our weed crop is plentiful, so I was out pulling weeds yesterday evening.

Working in the front yard is not a peaceful and relaxing experience for me. I feel self-conscious about bending over with my back to the street and my butt in the air and often get into (Read more…)

wmtc: action bronson, hate speech, and protest: rape culture vs. freedom of speech

As part of the NXNE concert series in Toronto, rapper Action Bronson was slated to perform a free concert in Dundas Square. Bronson is apparently known for lyrics and videos that degrade women and glorify rape. He has also bragged about assaulting a trans woman. Many people felt that this performer was inappropriate for a headliner act and a free event in the heart of Toronto.

A petition was circulated calling for NXNE to cancel the Dundas Square show. Eventually they did. Their statement says they will try re-book Action Bronson as a ticketed event in a different venue.

That (Read more…)

Canadian Dimension: Gaming for Equality: Komma Lika Finds a Friendly Way to Raise Awareness at Home

Photo from kommalika.se.

Everybody wants the revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes … or the laundry … or the grocery shopping … or take out the trash. Specifically, women disproportionally perform the majority of domestic labour in contemporary households. That is why Swedish feminist Maria Loohufvud invented the new game Komma Lika: to find a fun yet concrete way to demonstrate the persistent unequal division of domestic labour with the aim of changing it.

Komma Lika is easy to play. Each time a family member (children included) completes a household task, that person receives a certain number (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Female/Male Lived Experiences – SinFest

Another great strip from Tatsusya Ishida.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Patriarchy, Sinfest, Society

A Puff of Absurdity: It’s Just a Joke

This week wasn’t the first time I talked to my class about the FHRITP phenomenon.  But the fact that one guy lost his job and another was fined $400 has changed the conversation.  A discussion about the sexual aggressive street harassment typically elicits a “but it’s just a joke” response in some of my younger classes, like the adult men in the now famous video said to Shauna Hunt.  Some women experienced this once a week, and sometimes even a few times a day, because people found it so hilarious. But now that guys are getting in trouble for it, (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: How to Hate Women

So, it turns out that if you and some of your single girl friends lament the lack of quality men in Vancouver, you may get attacked by anonymous men and women in the comments section of the Georgia Straight.

Go figure.

Whether that is “true” or not, people sure like to tee off on people. It feels a bit like the entitled imperviousness idiotic men feel when they shout sexually graphic obscenities at a female tv reporter on a live remote segment.

You can read the initial lament here and don’t miss the comments below it. Here are but (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Sum of Male Abortion Activism

Filed under: Feminism, Politics Tagged: Abortion, Dudes, Feminism