“I don’t want to see penis when I go to the washroom; he just stands there with the stall open and it makes me uncomfortable.“. That was the quotable bit from a conversation I had with a female student I happened to be teaching at an elementary school this week. We were walking in […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Bathroom Conundrum in Public School
Ms. Reilly-Cooper has done some fantastic foundational work describing what sex and gender is and, more importantly, how many radical feminists approach the topic. This will be a long post and a feature here at DWR as it is a resource too good not to replicate. “Sex 1. Humans, like the vast majority of species, reproduce sexually. […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part One).
There certainly seems to be a great deal of confusion about basic terminology. Let’s see if we can un-muddy the waters a bit. This is taken from Trouble and Strife. “Debbie Cameron: The purpose of today’s discussion is to try to cut through some of the theoretical and political confusion which now surrounds the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Talking About Gender – Debbie Cameron – Part 1
If your Feminism doesn’t center females at its core, you may have a problem… Stevi Jackson. Trouble & Strife Winter 1992/93.Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Essentialism, Feminsm, Gender . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Second Wave Saw it Coming – Post-Feminism
What is gender and how does if affect our society? Lierre Keith provides some insight and clarity regarding the topic while casting some shade on the po-mo obfuscation of said topic. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: DWR Feminist Quote of the Day, Femini… . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – The Gender Binary – Lierre Keith
The stuff you can find on tumblr these days. I applaud the trenchant analysis of gender and what being a woman (performing femininity) is like in much of western society.
“Why do you want to look like a man?”
I wear clothing from the men’s section of the clothing store. My leg hairs are longer than most of the hair in my head. I never wear any makeup, no matter if I’m going out to buy bread in the morning or if I’m going to a party. People often call me “sir”. Others hurl slurs at me, sometimes (Read more…)
Every once and awhile something good bubbles up from the seething mass known as tumblr. This is a good summary of what sex and gender are and how they interact in our society.
“It seems like on here at tumblr there’s a lot of misinformation going around. people are using sex and gender interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. There’s a lot of unclear information and everything seems rally vague and distorted so the goal of this post is to help clear some of this up.
What are the differences between sex and gender?
The (Read more…)
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…)
I just finished watching the final season of The Newsroom as it appears catching up on shows is becoming a personal tradition on the first day of any holiday. It was a cringe-worthy six hours with a few redeeming story-lines. Here be ton o’ SPOILERS including the fact that it ends with a wedding, a funeral, and a baby – the holy trinity of lazy plot lines.
The themes of the show were timely in that we’re discussing media integrity in my class. But we watched Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land instead. The Newsroom is a fantasy (Read more…)
We discussed Erin Anderson’s article from Friday’s Globe and Mail in my philosophy class on Friday, and it provoked a whole gamut of topics. I’ll try to encapsulate some of them here. The article starts with an important question:
“The question left is whether we’ll waste this moment, leaving the teenagers today to have the same conversation decades from now. It’s time to talk about solutions – in the courts, on the Internet and in our schools.”
The article calls for better sex ed in the high schools. I agree, but what it fails to realize is (Read more…)
I had the pleasure last week of attending a public talk called “Women’s Voices: What Difference Do They Make?” featuring Canada’s first and only female prime minister, Kim Campbell.
Appearing at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre campus of Simon Fraser University, the former PM sat down with Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions to discuss women’s participation in government, business, and the media. She spoke with ease and humour about her time in politics, relating such anecdotes as the aura of stunned silence which prevailed when, having recently been promoted to cabinet, she disrupted the old boys’ atmosphere by launching into a (Read more…)
Globe and Mail.
I was struck by the report of an intimate exchange between a man and woman in today’s Globe & Mail; the woman later questioned how consensual the act really was. She said, “Please stop,” and he responded, “It’ll be fast.” Later she says “yes,” then later again “no.”
But that “fast” line struck me because of when else it’s typically said. We don’t offer the cushion that an event will be over quickly unless we’re well aware that it’s not an event that’s desirable. I might say it when my child’s about to get a (Read more…)
Two very interesting articles about police conduct came out this week, particularly interesting if you juxtapose them.
Ferguson and the cult of compliance
In cases that seem very different, separated by factors such as age, race, gender, sexuality, geography, class and ability, police explain away their actions by citing noncompliance. They do it because it works. They do it because according to their beliefs, any sign of noncompliance is an invitation to strike.
First, we have to recognize the common denominators in many of these incidents: that people who die at the hands of the police don’t obey commands and (Read more…)
The latest flap over sexist comments from Justice Minister Peter Mackay came about when a Mother’s and Father’s Day emails from Peter Mackay to his staff were leaked to the media. The comparison isn’t pretty: put side to side it makes it seems like mothers should be applauded for doing housework like changing diapers and making dinners while fathers are praised for moulding, guiding and influencing their children. Sigh.
That the comparison is clearly sexist shouldn’t exactly be controversial to most readers of this blog, but the blame game is a little less straight forward. Let’s get a few things (Read more…)
In messages sent to employees of the Justice Department this spring, Peter MacKay associated women with household duties, men with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”
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An excerpt from The Feminist Battle After the Isla Vista Massacre by Rebecca Solnit:
“Six years ago, when I sat down and wrote the essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” here’s what surprised me: though I began with a ridiculous example of being patronized by a man, I ended with rapes and murders. We tend to treat violence and the abuse of power as though they fit into airtight categories: harassment, intimidation, threat, battery, rape, murder. But I realize now that what I was saying is: it’s a slippery slope. That’s why we need to address that slope, rather than (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Lindsey Stocker protest poster: “Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects” PHOTO: TWITTER
Canada has a serious women-hating problem. One that’s directly responsible for our perennial scourge of sexual violence against women. And to headlines like these:
One in five Canadians think women encourage sexual assault when drunk
Canada blocking UN efforts to address sexual violence against women
Last week , a 15-year-old girl from Quebec, was send away from her high school for refusing to ditch her jean shorts.
Lindsey Stocker, a grade 11 student at Beaconsfield High (Read more…)
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by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release | April 23, 2014
OTTAWA—A new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) reveals the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada. According to the study, Québec City is the best city to be a woman and Edmonton is the worst.
The study, by Kate McInturff, a Senior Researcher at the CCPA, ranks Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education.
“Canada has made great (Read more…)
I bought the book “If you Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie” by Art for a Democratic Society because a facebook friend recommended it, and I have to admit, I’m disappointed. I recognize the spirit of the book. I recognize that they are trying to rebut the crazy “gay marriage will lead to bestiality and people forcing you to marry them” nonsense by saying no, gay marriage will lead to good things, and as expected they followed the pattern established by Laura Numeroff where one (good) thing leads to another.
What I didn’t expect was that the book would erase (Read more…)