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…)
“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…)
Filed under: Gender Issues Tagged: Gender, PSA, Toys for Girls and Boys
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…)
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
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
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Powerful Women Shouldn’t Be News
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
Designing a toy catalog — or most any mass-market consumer catalog for that matter — is usually an exercise deeply rooted in the status quo. Top-Toy, the largest toy retailer in Northern European and licensee of the Toys “R” US chain in that region, is gently disrupting some of society’s norms with their new gender-neutral toy catalog for the Swedish market.
Featuring girls aiming their toys guns and boys walking tiny, synthetic dogs past a picket fence, some of the catalog imagery is certainly unlike what one is used to seeing from major toy retailers.
. . . → Read More: Art Threat: Girls with guns, boys with blow dryers – Is this gender-neutral toy catalog just a holiday publicity stunt?
The thing is, I like these films — for the gorgeous cityscapes of great metropolises (London, Beijing and Macau), for the eerie and yet fascinatingly glimpses into the slick and opulent interiors where the ultra-rich live and play, for the beautiful cars (the 1965 Aston Martin DB5), even for the craggy medieval landscape of Scotland where Bond finally retreats for his emphatically low-tech final showdown with Javier Bardem. I am a sucker for Bond’s supernatural fighting and survival skills. It all works for me. But that’s why the obvious gender stupidity and not so obvious homophobic taint are so irksome. There is intelligence at work in this script, and talent in the filmmaking, so why the vacuum of intelligence on this score? Why, like Bond’s suits and cars, do the gender and sexual politics have to be so thoroughly rooted in the 1960s? . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Skyfall a great romp but a gender bust … not to mention the faint aroma of homophobia
The recent release of Cloud Atlas, piqued my interest in writing some thoughts about sexual identity. As has been fairly well publicized leading to the movie’s opening, Lana Wachowski (born Larry) underwent a gender transition (“sex change”) a few years ago; and from all accounts, seems the happier for it.
The even-more-recent allegations that Joe Simpson (Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s father) came out to his family as gay, mean I’m going to scratch that itch, even if it might mean this blog gets permanently filtered for “sexual content”.
So, first off, congratulations to these two for being able to
. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Lana Wachowski, Joe Simpson and our evolving social mores
Earlier this fall, the Harper regime appointed a new Supreme Court judge, Richard Wagner, who sits on the Quebec bench and is the son of a former Progressive-Conservative leadership contestant. At the time, the Globe & Mail defended the appointment on the grounds that the Supreme Court had suddenly developed a “pressing need” for judges with specialized knowledge of commercial law, but urged Harper to “try” to find a “qualified woman” to fill the next appointment in order to keep the gender balance on the Court intact.
This was a fairly silly position, and I immediately wrote a post pointing
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: In 2012, Only 27% of New Federal Judges are Women
So declared a pompous civil servant on a famous British 80s sitcom, Yes Minister, and so, apparently, the Harper regime declares today. Yesterday’s news that the son of a former Progressive Conservative leadership contestant from Quebec was being named to the Supreme Court was generally interpreted as “a step away from gender balance,” because the man in question, Richard Wagner (not the composer), is replacing a woman, Marie Deschamps. Deschamps gave an interview after her retirement in which she hoped her replacement would be a woman. Take that, Marie!
The same tired old party lines will be
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: We Must Appoint the Best Man for the Job, Regardless of Gender!
Over the past year or two I’ve been to a couple of unconferences sessions about how people are increasingly measuring different parts of their lives: how far they run, how they sleep, what they eat, etc… As some readers may be aware, these efforts are often referred to as part of the “Quantified Self Movement.” For those readers less aware (and curious), you can watch Wired Magazine editor and quantified movement originator Gary Wolf give a brief overview in this 6 minute TED talk.
All of this sounds very geeky I’m sure. And as a general data geek
. . . → Read More: eaves.ca: What the Quantified Self Movement Says and Tech and Gender
Last week I had the pleasure and the privilege of speaking with a group of caregiver activists in a conference call hosted by WEGO Health, a terrific online information tool open to anyone wishing to advocate for health related causes.
On our call was Wendy Kruse, founder of the Military Special Needs Network (USA), Laurie Wallin, a parenting life coach with a specialization in the resilience of special needs families and Adrienne Gruberg, founder of the Caregiver’s Survival Network.
As caregivers, mothers, wives and daughters, we compared experiences and reflections on advocating online as well as giving . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Is Caregiving Women’s Work?
Stop the Bullying of Canada’s Most Vulnerable – The Baby on in the Womb
In light of this new awareness of bullying, consistency and credibility demands that we tackle the most cruel and most common bullying of all — the bullying, and ultimately killing, of babies in the womb.
Maurice Vellacott, fresh on the heels of the smackdown of his pro-life colleague Stephen Woodworth by the increasingy dictatorial Harper regime, has brought attention to a new way in which we who belong to the pro-life community can draw attention to the ongoing holocaust of the unborn child. And this one,
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Maurice Vellacott’s Proposal Deserves Serious Thought
Via Ryan Grim (ICYMI):
Apparently Ann Romney forgot to mention to Willard that moms who don’t work outside the home do THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD!!!1 and already have ample dignity, thankyouverymuchyousupersexistsoand…
oh, wait — Mittens meant those moms — y’know, the ones who can’t afford dignity.
Sorry. They gotsta earn their Caddies (if not teh car elevators).
Related: Pay no attention to the ongoing war on women voting.
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Etch-A-Mitt Shakes Things Up Again: Welfare Moms Better Off With “The Dignity of Work”
Gee, I can’t imagine why the gender gap between the Democratic Party and the GOP has widened into a yawning chasm:
HUNT: Let me ask you this. The Democrats of course say you are waging, the GOP is waging a war on women. I know you don’t agree with that, but looking at the polls, you have a gender gap problem. Recent polls show a huge, huge margin for Democrats among women voters. How big a problem is it? How do you close it? PRIEBUS: Well, for one thing, if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars,
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Pre-Butterfly Effect
[Forward: When I saw that Arsenal Pulp Press had these two books on hand I immediately thought of Tyler. A thoughtful writer, Tyler had the pleasure of meeting Thomas Waugh last summer, and I knew he'd have an interesting perspective on both Out/Lines and Lust Unearthed. He certainly delivered. The following article is definitely worth a read to the end. - Amanda McCuaig, Art Threat Contributing Editor.]
In the summer of 2011, I had the good fortune of working with the organizing team behind We Demand: History/Sex/Activism, a three-day conference exploring the history of gender and sex activism in
. . . → Read More: Art Threat: Thomas Waugh flirts with fantasy while fucking reality – An analysis of Out/Lines and Lust Unearthed
When Barack Obama became President, there was an enormous outpouring of emotion at the historic fact of electing the first black President. Had Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary instead, America would most likely have had its first female President which would have been similarly venerated. Regardless of who the nominee was, the Democrats were well positioned to win and certainly Obama had many factors contributing to his enormous popularity (at the time). However, one factor that contributed to his popularity (both for and against) was the fact that he was black which undoubtably changed the way some subset of the
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Would a female NDP leader be an advantage?
The binary view of gender is a regressive patriarchal notion that needs to be abolished and the sooner the better. The gender binary hurts women and men as people are shoehorned into roles that they are not suited for and then judged as being deficient by society according to these normative values. Gender, in fact, lies along a continuum rather than any artificial divide.
So, what explains actions like this?
“Today’s award for bigotry and intolerance goes to one Richard Floyd, a GOP State Rep. from Tennessee who has introduced legislation that would ban transgender individuals
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Stompn’ Mudholes – Or how to beat transgendered people