By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada, we’ve a big problem! “Friends, family and supporters of the four boys allegedly involved in the Rehtaeh Parsons case have taken their voice to the streets of Halifax,” the CBC reports. They’re distributing bright, multi-coloured posters urging the community to “speak the truth” and “stay [...]
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What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent, and have healthy sexual relationships? Teach them kindness to others—and the courage to go against the crowd. By: Kim Simon | Mama By the Bay When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him [...]
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Men, especially white men, sleep too easily at night while women earn 70 per cent of what we do. Secretly, I think we’d prefer to not have to talk about this much. Sure, March 8 and December 6 are days we set aside for reflecting on this, but, most likely, we don’t want to be bothered with it every other day of the year. Plus, the NHL is back.
One conversation I have never had, goes like this. I’m in the lunchroom at work with a group of men discussing workplace realities. The topics drifts around to how women in (Read more…)
To this day the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do in my career was stand in front of a group of 300 university students in my role as president of an student newspaper organization – my peers at the time – and explain to them that they needed to rise above sexist (or racist, or homophobic) jokes. My hands have never been so damp and my heart beat so fast I thought I might faint. The incident had been triggered by a joke newspaper distributed at a student journalism conference – innocent enough. Except that throughout the day (Read more…)
By Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres | Feb. 18, 2013: “This (Human Rights Watch) report confirms frontline evidence of sexist and racist violence endured by Aboriginal women. Frontline centers have recorded and protested this violence over many years,” says Lee Lakeman for CASAC. Since 2001 CASAC has been focusing particular attention on these issues as a crisis READ MORE
Ensure Accountability for Police Misconduct, Indigenous Women’s Safety By Human Rights Watch (Press Release)| Feb. 13, 2013: VANCOUVER – Comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) on February 14, 2013, fail to address the core issue of a lack of security that prevents indigenous women and girls from filing complaints of police abuse, READ MORE
I just added my signature to Adam Lee’s petition to “The Leaders of Atheist, Skeptical and Secular Groups: Support Feminism and diversity in the secular community.” Here’s the note I left with it:
In my view, it is important that Secular Humanist groups in Canada maintain their historic commitment to feminist values and human rights that were championed by Dr. Henry Morgantaler and the founders of our movement decades ago. Today, this means we have less fights to do at the policy level but more effort needs to be turned inward to ensure that equality exists within our (Read more…)
It’s 2012 and close to four years after the Lilly ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law in the United States. Surely, the gender wage gap has been closed, right? Wrong.
Even with moves toward equalizing pay between men and women, men still make almost 20% more than women in nearly all industries. This is despite the fact that women receive the same education, with the same tuition price tags and levels of debt upon graduation. The only major differences are that there are more ladies in college and they have better average GPAs to boot. The benefits of (Read more…)
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
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I love a rainy morning and it has been a long time as we face down the drought on what is often referred to as the ‘Wet Coast.’
Surfing about I came across this exchange in the Austrailian Parliament. Pour a cup of coffee, sit back and watch the PM Julian Gillard stand up and deliver a long overdue reminder to sexists everywhere that condescending and inappropriate behaviour she will not tolerate. This is a keeper.
The Guardian filed this report of the events, by Alison Rourke
A political master-stroke of epic proportions. That’s my take on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s take-down of opposition leader Tony Abbott in this 15-minute speech on sexism in Parliament. OK, let’s put aside the fact that Gillard’s passionate and personal take-down followed Abbott’s attack on the embattled Speaker of the house, Peter Slipper, who resigned following [...]
This later movement is, in my opinion, going to be on the path of extinction though and not even because of the feminists at all. No, what will lead this retro trend to die out is our economy. Today’s economy and what it looks to be in the future does not allow for one partner[continue reading...]
I am continually amazed by people and their ability to be rational in one aspect of their life and the ability to completely ignore rationality in other aspects of their life. The example that I often see is people who are in evidence based professions, especially the ones that require the application of scientific rigor, that ignore the same critical thinking skills when it comes to their theism. However I now have a new shining example of this and it saddens me because he used to be a person I had a lot of respect for.
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: What Happened To Thunderfoot?
As any student of Canadian politics knows, Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first female cabinet minister, appointed by Diefenbaker in 1957 and serving until her defeat as MP for Hamilton West in 1963. I have mixed feelings about Fairclough’s politics: she did good work on the immigration file, but she was a Tory, of course, and reportedly had a thing against gays, if you buy the fictionalization from Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone. But I digress.
Although far from being, say, a Judy LaMarsh, Fairclough did mention after her stint in government that the male ministers treated her, well,
. . . → Read More: Beyond the 140: Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor
The No True Scotsman fallacy often appears in arguments about philosophy or religion. It has some bearing on the change that is about to engulf Alberta. The fallacy would sound something like this in a conversation about Alberta politics:
You: No conservative would vote for the Progressive Conservative Party Me: Well…last election 58% of Albertans voted PC, and I think they would
First of all, if you’re a 40+ year old virgin and you believe in God, well then you need to shut the fuck up. Your opinions don’t matter when it comes to what women can and cannot do. I don’t care what your cowardly God says, but you stay away from meddling with women’s reproductive rights legislation and[continue reading...]
Older Afghan schoolgirl poisoning video from 2009. OK, so I’ve seen the beheading videos, the videos where these Taliban extremists fuck donkeys, the one’s where they prepare a statement of suicide, the one’s where you know, they blow shit up etc. but I never thought I was going to hear that some misogynist ultra-conservative scumbags in Afghanistan[continue reading...]
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
The closer it gets to November, the more emboldened they come. But this poster from far-right blog Protein Wisdom is OK because a woman drew it and it’s satire. Yeah right.
Remember when the right was so upset over Playboy’s admittedly sexist accounting of the top conservative women? Not so much when . . . → Read More: Right’s war on women, er girls, reaches new lows with this lovely cartoon