The children: being the future.
There seems to be a bit of an epidemic of young women and men rejecting the necessity of exploring or embracing feminism.
Maybe it’s like similarly misguided ideas like how we don’t need unions anymore.
But when you encounter young people who get it, really really get it, it gives you hope for the future.
Meet Jules Spector:
At the risk of pinning all the hopes of the world on one person’s shoulder, that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about one voice, and a platform to speak to the world. Or her community.
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Jim Stanford writes that union-bashing has proven to be political poison for many of the parties who have tried to distract from increasing inequality with attacks on workers: (T)he biggest problem for Mr. Hudak’s crusade was a deeper sentiment in Canadian public opinion regarding unions and the role they play in society. No matter their warts, unions ultimately reflect their members: typical Canadians just trying to earn a decent income, support their families, and (hopefully) retire with some security, in an economy which rewards the rich and powerful more than ever before. Unions (Read more…)
A sublime meditation on validation. Bravo!
…in which a young woman shares her adolescent anxieties and blossoms into a role model for us all.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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Pam Palmater, getting it done!
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
For three decades of activism I have been inspired by a great number of wise, engaged women.
Carleen Pickard, for instance. I first met Carleen when she was the B.C./Yukon organizer for the Council of Canadians. En route to becoming the executive director of San Francisco-based Global Exchange, she was part of their human rights campaign in Mexico, and she has testified before the House of Commons (Read more…)
I couldn’t really fault you if you felt that only about 22% of humanity were women.
If we based it all on how frequently they are represented in politics and the media, we wouldn’t know they made up a 51-ish% majority.
This is why Cate Blanchett and Geena Davis have some words for us all.
And god[dess] help us if we try to contradict them:
Blanchett won an Oscar the other night. In her remarks she mentioned a truth that many people still don’t understand, offering gratitude regarding her film
“to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps (Read more…)
Speaking out against rape culture can create some serious backlash, which reflects our culture of rape.
At UBC the dean of the business school muses about firing all the students who took part in the chant that celebrates rape, which was also sung at Saint Mary’s in Halifax. And the students voted to not contribute money towards a sexual assault counselling program.
At the University of Ottawa, student politticians had a Facebook chat about how they would sexually assault another student leader. Then they got a lawyer to try to stop her from distributing the transcript of their chat. Then (Read more…)
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It’s interesting to see how far we may have come with gender equity. And not. Men, formerly the head of the household, are now more likely to share authority with women at home.
But what about the most powerful organizations in society: corporations? What’s the role of women in leadership?
This great excerpt below is the tip of the iceberg. The free market will not naturally require corporations to have gender equity in leadership. Regulation can help. And sociologists can track the cultural shifts that occur when organizations “let” women take some leadership role.
And the companion links in the (Read more…)
Role reversal. It’s a fantastic way to check if a situation is horribly wrong. A brilliant example of this is found about 3 minutes in on this pretty great video. It follows the point I made in a previous post, but in a new, wonderfully hilarious way. Watch, laugh, be better equipped to deal with anti-choicers.
Filed under: Gender Issues, Humour, Religion Tagged: Jesus, Pro-Choice, role reversal, Sarah Silverman
Women-as-sex-meat, 2014 edition begins now. The #FacePalm is appropriate.
It’s nothing new, but when can media just stop. Maybe when it’s no longer profitable? We need a revolution in media by boycotting all venues that perpetuate the women-as-sex-meat theme. Here’s what’s new, this time with Eugenie Bouchard and Cate Blanchett.
“You’re getting a lot of fans here,” noted Smith, a former British tennis champ. “A lot of them are male, and they want to know: If you could date anyone in the world of sport, of movies – I’m sorry, they asked me to say this – who would you (Read more…)
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Movies that pass the Bechdel Test…make…more…money.
The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees.
Media corporations love their money.
And in a sexist society, common sense indicates that movies with lots of testosterone and no whiny women should make more money.
That may have been true at some point, but as of last year, not so much.
Here’s why we know this:
Click the image to see the grandeur of it all!
After analyzing the top 50 biggest box office movies of 2013, Versha Sharma and Hanna Sender have an innovative money-making tip for (Read more…)
Whenever I read stories about corporations wanting to do the right thing, I never hold my breath. Clothing corporations, the sector where “sweatshops” originates, want us to believe they care. They don’t.
Read what nonsense they are trying to peddle to get us off their back for exploiting people so we can have cheap t-shirts. Then, hold your breath for this, scroll all the way to the bottom to see how it comes all the way back to keeping Stephen Harper in power.
Shortly before Black Friday, H&M announced that it also plans to start paying 850,000 workers (Read more…)
It’s a crisp, foggy November Saturday morning in the south side of the city. Seventeen people sit in the large open area at the back end of an organic fair trade coffee shop run by a workers’ co-op inspired by the Mondragon movement in Spain. Meet-ups like this are quite common in this shop.
The male and female co-facilitators move briskly through the agenda with the help of the nodding volunteer maintaining the speakers list. There are sporadic jazz-hand gestures, common from the Occupy Movement, as well as a strict yet comfortable group norm of only one person speaking at (Read more…)
Have you contributed positively to a young girl’s self esteem yet today?
If not, here is some inspiration and a place to get better resourced!
“As a child, I never heard one woman say to me: ‘I love my body.’ Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. Not one woman has ever said: ‘I am so proud of my body.’ So, I make sure I say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start from a very early age.”
- Kate Winslet
In the first movie, when it was obviously (Read more…)
Worksafe BC at least isn’t keeping itself in the dark
Here is yet another stigma-laden, denial-inducing taboo topic in society and workplaces: domestic violence.
And when we connect violence at home to effects on people as workers in the workplace, we get lots of crickets.
So I’m happy to report that Western and the CLC are trying to turn on the flashlight to gather some data to see how big a problem this is, and how much we’ve been ignoring it as people, workers, co-workers, employers, unions and governments.
I’ll give you a hint: I expect we’re in pretty massive (Read more…)
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…)
British Columbia’s Child Support Clawback for Children of Parents on Government Assistance Hurts Kids
When I bring up the issue of the child support clawback in British Columbia affecting single parents on temporary or disability assistance through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, most people are completely unaware of this mean-spirited policy. It requires that all single parents receiving assistance report the child support they bring in on a monthly basis so the Ministry can then deduct it, 100%, dollar-for-dollar, off of their next monthly cheque.
This is problematic for so many reasons. The most obvious is (Read more…)
Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics.
Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia
I have no words, at least I thought I didn’t.
It’s bad enough that men rape women, then modern culture shames women for wearing anything but a burlap sack.
I do not condone rape or sexual assault, but I think the male teens often so accused are not wholly to blame.
via Exhibitionist modern culture breeds excess | The Chronicle Herald. by Mary Bowen [whose 15 minutes I hope are now up]
Bring back the burka, Mary Bowen? Turns out you’re uninformed about this too. If only no one wearing a burka ever got raped. What a simple little universe (Read more…)
Back with more insightful analysis is Anita Sarkeesian. The idea of but what about the male in distress plot point is dicusses as well as framing the issues within the bounds of our society.
I’m still waiting for Drakken to be redone and released, not only does it start a female protagonist, but it also has Dragons! And I lourve dragons to bits!
Filed under: Feminism, Gaming, Gender Issues Tagged: Damsel in Distress, dragons, Feminism, Tropes vs Women
Every attempt we made to start a serious debate was met with responses such as “feminism and rape are both ridiculously tiring”.
via What happened when I started a feminist society at school | Education | theguardian.com.
For all the sons and daughters that you know and love, read this story.
Not understanding what 21st century feminist backlash looks like is dangerous.
Can you handle the contradictions?
I’ve been seen things in twitter for the last few days that puts some grotesque perspective on the American culture.
I’m actually quite speechless:
Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense.
George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood-watch commander, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted by a jury that apparently concluded he was in fear for his life.
Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had (Read more…)
How many Canadian feminist blogs do you know about?
Politics, Re-Spun didn’t make it into the Spring 2012 landscape of Canadian feminist blogs. But that’s understandable, considering the scope of the research project: it was bound to miss a bunch. Granted we deal with lots of different topics that do and don’t intersect with feminist issues, as well as explicitly feminist issues.
Our writers also self-identify as feminist, which is great [and pretty much a requirement, I think]. But I think we’re easily a feminist blog. But are we feminist enough? I don’t think so.
I think there is (Read more…)
An interesting talk about changing the cultural values that are toxic in nature. He didn’t mention patriarchy, but was alluding to the concept throughout his entire talk. I’m not sure if this was a conscious choice or not, but it is interesting that a speaker who is talking explicitly about patriarchy and its effects doesn’t use the term once.
Patriarchy needs to be discussed, debated and dismantled. There is no way around this if we want a to live in recognizable, hopefully advanced, society.
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Gender Issues, Patriarchy, Violence against Women
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- George Monbiot discusses the fallout from decades of corporate-controlled governments abdicating their responsibility to consider the public interest: In other ages, states sought to seize as much power as they could. Today, the self-hating state renounces its powers. Governments anathematise governance. They declare their role redundant and illegitimate. They launch furious assaults on their own branches, seeking wherever possible to lop them off.
This self-mutilation is a response to the fact that power has shifted. States now operate at the behest of others. Deregulation, privatisation, the shrinking of the scope, scale and spending (Read more…) the state: these are now seen as the only legitimate policies. The corporations and billionaires to whom governments defer will have it no other way.
Just as taxation tends to redistribute wealth, regulation tends to redistribute power. A democratic state controls and contains powerful interests on behalf of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links