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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: “If you Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie” by Art for a Democractic Society

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…)

Melissa Fong: Things I realize after getting many hater-comments & trolls: On #Intersectionality, #oppression & other stuff

Things I realize after getting many hater-comments and trolls: 1) The world is not ready for Critical Race Theory or talking about the process of “Whiteness” and “racialization”. I thought […]

The Scott Ross: From Five Female Premiers To Just Two

The Parti Quebecois loss tonight shows just how hard it is for women politicians to actually have a chance in government. Pauline Marois will be the 3rd female Premier gone this year, leaving only two; Christy Clark in BC and Kathleen Wynn in Ontario.Why Marois’s loss tonight is bad for women is not because of her exit but because of her entrance. And that is she was doomed from the start.Successful political parties have a habit in Canada of not selecting women leaders, in fact it’s only when those parties are in desperation do they resort (Read more…)

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knitnut.net: Gender Failure: Highly readable, highly recommended

I got an advance copy of Gender Failure, by Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon. It’s not quite available in the stores yet, but it’s coming soon and I urge you to get yourself a copy. It’s an extraordinary book.

I loved the show Gender Failure so I knew before reading it that I’d love the book. The book is just like the show except it’s got a bunch of extra goodies.

Ivan and Rae take turns telling stories about their experiences of being trans throughout their lives. Some of the stories were illuminating, like “How to Be Gay When (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: From Canada’s Five Female Premiers To Three

At the start of this year Canada had five female Premiers, but now because of a few old white men the country only has three.

Alberta’s Alison Redford joins Newfoundland’s Kathy Dunderdale on the list of female Premiers forced out not because voters rejected them, but because their respective caucuses did. Caucuses who coincidentally happen to be mostly made up of old white men.

Last year when Ontario’s Kathleen Wynn became Canada’s fifth sitting female first minister, many observers marveled at the gender equality among our province’s top offices. With Dunderdale, Redford and BC’s Christy Clark winning strong popular mandates (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Women hit by Redford Government’s pension cuts entitled to ask: ‘What are we? Chopped liver?’

Finance Minister Doug Horner and Alberta Premier Alison Redford attempt to skate around opposition to their planned cuts to public service pensions. Points have not yet been awarded for the maneuver. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Horner as he slipped past media and uninvited union leaders at Government House in Edmonton yesterday.

Finance Minister Doug Horner attempted to skate gracefully around Alberta’s furious public employees with some clever PR tactics yesterday when he publicly dictated the pension cuts he says they’re going to have to take, like ’em or not.

The results (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: ‘Women Get Paid Exactly What They’re Worth’: Fox New wants women to accept pickle juice

Equal pay is not special treatment, it is correcting for the inequalities born out of patriarchy.

Christy's Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy's Houseful of Chaos: reminders why feminism is still relevant

It has been one of those weeks where I think about feminism lots. And basically as a married, white woman living a rather isolated life as a homeschool mother and social activist, I’m pretty protected from a lot of the problems women face in the world. So I can forget about feminism for lengths of time, while I homeschool my children and go about daily life. But then little things remind me more, why I need to make reading and improving my feminist analysis a bigger part of my life.

I think about how we women are supposed to feel (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Should women run the world?

Scientists at at the University of Pennsylvania have once again confirmed what we have always known intuitively. Men’s and women’s brains are wired differently.

Maps of neural circuitry from one of the largest studies of brain wiring showed that connections in women’s brains tended to be stronger across the left and right hemispheres, whereas in men’s brains they were stronger across the front

A Puff of Absurdity: On Designer Vaginas and Media Influence

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…)

A Puff of Absurdity: Munk Debates: Are Men Obsolete?

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…)

Melissa Fong: I have a confession: I am a Feminist

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 …

Melissa Fong: Let me hate my body if I want to

“Or maybe me loving my body is about you. And how you feel about how I feel about my body. If I tell you that “I love my body. I love my freckles. I even love my sagging ass because it’s on my body.” You’ll pat me on the back and tell me that I’m getting it. And I’m not making anyone uncomfortable by complaining about how much I dislike being held up to fucked up beauty standards and how it fucks with my head.” -Elyse from Skepchick

A Puff of Absurdity: On Strength and Contempt: Skyler and Sinead

the infamous album

I want to start with the admission that the first DVD I ever got was Sinead O’Connor’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.  It’s attached to some fond personal memories.  I was wakened in bed by my partner with the DVD in hand as an “anytime present,” then went downstairs to find an actual DVD player all set up!  We modified the words of her hit single to, “Nothing compares to bears” – our pet name for one another.  Such was the syrupy nature of our young love.  But it was nice.  And I’m (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

Christy Clark had as much chance of winning BC’s election today as Canadian politics has gender equality, and that’s close to zero.

With six female premiers, soon to be five, Canada looks like a pretty equitable place, but just as with Christy Clark’s chances on election day, looks can be deceiving.

For instance, on the face of it, British Columbia looks like a province of better gender representation, Christy Clark wasn’t its first female premier after all, Rita Johnston received that honour back in 1991. But considering the similarities between Johnston and Clark, what is clear is not gender equality, (Read more…)

Art Threat: Little girls are better at designing superheroes than you are

“Little girls are better at designing superhoroes than you are” is a part-time project of California based artist Alexandria Law.

Of the project she says: “Kids are more impressionable than you, but kids can also be less restricted by cultural gender norms than you. Kids are more creative than you, and they’re better at making superheroes than you. This is a mini art project where I draw superheroes based on the costumes worn by little girls.”

It’s practically tragic that there are so few opportunities to play with gender norms the way we did as kids, when we didn’t (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: DWR PSA – Helpful Gender Toy Chart

Filed under: Gender Issues Tagged: Gender, PSA, Toys for Girls and Boys

Melissa Fong: Nina Kraviz: Why did Feminism go down the drain of a Bubble Bath?

This is one of those rare moments where my off-time interests mix with my academic work. I have seen some good commentary on the Nina: Bubble-gate but nothing from a point of view that considers systemic sexism, Feminism and male domination. Last month Resident Advisor (RA) released a feature on Nina Kraviz- a minimal techno, …

A Puff of Absurdity: When Men are Raped

A man was sexually assaulted by four women in Toronto, and the story is make the facebook rounds.  I hate to say “of course,” but of course people think it’s hilarious.  Here are some choice comments directly copied and pasted without names – but these were all written by men (or, I suppose, people posing as men):

“Lucky basturd!” “Get any phone numbers?” “Dayum…And I try to look suspicious to female security at an Airport just so I can get frisked.” “where is this club ? whats the cover charge ? will the women hurt you if you (Read more…)

Politics and Entertainment: Change will not come from government and this policy or that – only from extra-congressional, extra-parliamentary strategies.

Here is a two-part interview with Stephanie Seguino, who, though focusing squarely on income inequality and its racial and gender implications, is not a revolutionary transformer of capitalism but a technical reformer in the Krugman Keynesian tradition. Like  Krugman, she advocates closely monitored public spending as a way to stimulate the economy. An interesting argument – especially on how profoundly youth, blacks, Hispanics and single mothers are disparagingly affected by income inequality resulting from the 2008 crisis - but one, alas, that simply asks for better management, not change to the very system itself. It remains clear that change will not come from government and this policy or that (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Deafness, speech and the Performance of Gender

Deafness, speech and the Performance of Gender This weekend I had the privilege of participating in a conference on Disability and Ableism at Ryerson University. Let me just say first that it is an incredible feeling to be among people fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). To see them speak with gesture in silence can …

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, Indigenous youth fight for rights of women (VIDEO)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: Andrea Landry, a member of the Anishinaable people and Youth Executive of the National Association of Friendship Centre in Canada, recently attended a meeting for Indigenous youth at the UN Headquarters in New York. In this interview with UNTV Multimedia Producer, Mary Ferreira, Andrea explains how indigenous youth READ MORE

The Scott Ross: Powerful Women Shouldn’t Be News

Kathleen Wynne becoming our sixth female premier isn’t newsworthy, what will be, is when a premier’s gender doesn’t make headlines.

It’s of course understandable why newspapers should report on Ontario’s first female premier, it is historic, but ultimately what will determine progress on gender equality is whether the media and Canadians in general eventually stop making it an issue.

Currently in Canada women lead five provinces and one territory, approximately 87% of the population now have a woman premier. Though it is important to recognize the advancement of females in politics and the necessity for that to continue, the persistence

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Dead Wild Roses: The Media Gender Gap

The red pen of justice is wiggling, but I’ve run out of time. We’ll make do with this rage building infographic while I see if I can scrape some time together during the week to compose the piece that is swirling in my brain.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Gender, Media

Canadian Progressive: The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

By South End Press Publisher: South End Press Pages: 368 ISBN: 978-0-89608-794-1 Format: Paperback original Release Date: 2011-05-01 Synopsis: The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood [...]