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Montreal Simon: The Incredible Sexist Idiocy of General Tom Lawson

I've never had much time for Gen. Tom Lawson, our country's top soldier.I believe he has helped turn our military into Harper's Army. And has not done enough to fight this hideous problem.The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, and harassment and assault are often tolerated by senior officers, according to a report released Thursday.But this is the absolute limit. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Jason Kenney Should Resign Immediately

It's now been two full days since this shocking report on sexual harassment and violence in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, and harassment and assault are often tolerated by senior officers, according to a report released Thursday. But still Jason Kenney, the Defence Minister, has yet to issue a single solitary statement, about the problem and what he expects the military to do about it.So now I'd like to ask that grotesque chicken hawk which of these details does he NOT find offensive?Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Canadian Forces and the Shame of Harper’s Army

Ever since he came to power Stephen Harper has been trying to militarize this country.

Trying to destroy our noble peacekeeping traditions, and turn our military into Harper's Army, with his hollow slogan:


But as a new report makes clear the truth couldn't be more UGLY.Read more »

cmkl: Bushtukah changes gendered promo copy after complaint from awesome blogger

Okay, I admit it. Irene Jansen is my partner. But I still think it’s pretty cool that she got the normally excellent outdoor gear retailer Bushtukah to change some of the promo copy for its kids bikes so that it’s not so Ken and Barbie.

Montreal Simon: Another Good Reason Why Rex Murphy Should be Fired

You might think that after all that happened at the CBC this year, Rex Murphy might know when to press the mute button.You might think that with all those horrible stories about violence against women, that nasty Con dwarf might exhibit a smidgen of human decency.But no, he'd rather use his last National Post column of the year to dump all over the feminist movement.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: 25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming White Male

Oh, let the floodgates go – the bitter tears of white dudes will flow to the sweet background cacophony of #Notallmen…

Filed under: Education Tagged: Feminism, Gamer Gate, Sexism, Social Justice Warriors Unite!, Video Games, White Dudes

Dead Wild Roses: Sexism Hurts Men Too – Laci Green

Signal boosting as even this basic message seems beyond so many people.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Dude Education 101, Feminism, Sexism

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian-American feminist cancels talk after “Montreal Massacre style” threat

Anita Sarkeesian, a prominent Canadian-American feminist cultural critic, was forced to cancel an appearance at Utah State University after receiving threats of a Montreal Massacre-style attack.

The post Canadian-American feminist cancels talk after “Montreal Massacre style” threat appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Manning – Coleman Correlation #nlpoli

Some people who read The Independent last week thought that there was a debate going on between Hans Rollmann and Drew Brown over Judy Manning’s appointment as attorney general and minister of justice, public safety, and whatever-the-department-name-will-be-tomorrow.

There wasn’t.

The pair agreed on everything, except one minor issue.

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Dead Wild Roses: Today in Our Culture of Misogyny – Sam “Social Experiment” Pepper

Fearless amateur sociologist Sam Pepper conducts ground breaking social experiments such as this one.

Yah… he really did that and continues to do creepy things to women objectifying and violating their personal boundaries because in our society in 2014 – the boundaries of women don’t matter. This individual is showing us exactly what women have to put up with on a daily basis (and yes of course not exactly this, everything comes in degrees).

Look at the number of hits on this video, look at the number of “thumbs up”. If anything the greater idea being sent is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Are Video Games Sexist?

Why yes, yes they are. Next question. But hey, here’s a video with a catchy tune replying to the anti-feminist Christina Hoff Sommers.

Filed under: Gaming Tagged: Gaming, Sexism

Montreal Simon: The Scottish Referendum and the Patronizing NO Lady

With just three weeks to go before the independence referendum things are definitely heating up in Scotland.Especially since the leader of the YES side was declared the winner of last Monday's TV debate.And polls suggest the gap between the two sides is narrowing as the momentous decision approaches. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

- Joseph Stiglitz wraps up the New York Times’ series on inequality by summarizing how the gap between the rich and the rest of us developed, as well as how it can be reduced: The American political system is overrun by money. Economic inequality translates into political inequality, and political inequality yields increasing economic inequality. In fact, as he recognizes, Mr. Piketty’s argument rests on the ability of wealth-holders to keep their after-tax rate of return high relative to economic growth. How do they do this? By designing the rules of the game (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Peter MacKay’s wife doesn’t help his – or our – cause

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…)

Montreal Simon: The Further Sexist Adventures of Peter Dumbo MacKay

Oh no. Call the Old Boys Club. Peter MacKay has made a complete fool out of himself. Again.He just can't get sexism out of his system. Justice Minister Peter MacKay has raised eyebrows once again over what some consider old-fashioned and patronizing attitudes toward women.And still has one message for men and one message for women:"By the time many of you have arrived at the office in the morning, you’ve already changed diapers, packed lunches, run after school buses, dropped kids off at daycare, taken care of an aging loved one and maybe even thought about (Read more…)

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Peter MacKay Said Moms Change Diapers, Dads Form Leaders

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.”

The post Peter MacKay Said Moms Change Diapers, Dads Form Leaders appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Ginger Slurs & Slut Shaming

Project Gingervitis

Project Gingervitis is a smart, funny take on discrimination, eugenics, geopolitics, and media manipulation. A one-man show written and brilliantly performed by Jordan Lloyd Watkins and set in a dystopian future, the show tells the story of a lone redhead born years after redheads were thought to have been eradicated.

A mix of live performance and meticulously crafted video, Project Gingervitis operates on several levels at once, calling out real-life discrimination against redheads while also using it to point out the absurdity of Western domestic and foreign policy as well as hyperbolic 24-hour news channels.

The videos themselves (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Lindsey Stocker: “Teach boys that girls are not sexual objects”

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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cmkl: Tallie Doyle takes on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s dress code

My daughter has the same dress code at her school. It’s galling. Supposedly done to keep ‘the boys’ from getting distracted and to help them improve their marks. And for girls to avoid unwanted attention. Tallie’s sin was to wear a tank top with visible bra straps. She got a reprimand. And now she’s hopping mad.

Melissa Fong: Are these shorts appropriate for school? Or is that just a sexist question?

Are these shorts appropriate for school? Or is that just a sexist question? I’m so tired of the “boys will be boys” argument, as if it is a plausible argument. […]

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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Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

…she seemed to discount Zepp as a “White Male” and told him that she, “won’t enact that labour” of explaining to him why a White male probably couldn’t understand why a Woman of Colour’s point of view. I am here today to enact that labour. We are born into this history of racism and sexism. White men have the privilege of never second-guessing their rights or citizenship. Women of colour, everyday, are learning to work in a White patriarchal world. While White men can take this existence for granted, Women of colour struggle, everyday, to figure out the rules;…

Melissa Fong: Proving male privilege: @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid @cheuya striking back #CancelColbert Part 3

Some of the most prominent women of colour, anti-racist, feminists are coming together to talk about male privilege. Except they aren’t talking about it. They are proving it.   @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid and @cheuya […]

The Canadian Progressive: International Women’s Day 2014: College and university women express solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy

by: Obert Madondo


March 8, 2014

International Women’s Day

We stand with Anne-Marie Roy. We’ve been there too.

As women who have held elected positions at our college or university students’ union, we write in solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy, the President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Anne-Marie was recently the target of sexually violent comments made by several men who held elected positions at the University of Ottawa. Several of these men initially threatened to sue Anne-Marie if she was not quiet about the disgusting comments.

Anne-Marie has bravely chosen to not (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Getting drunk will get you raped = How you should NOT interpret this data

… Now, I know a lot of people are going to interpret this data wrongly. You are going to be tempted to think, “Well, more reason to act like a proper lady and not get drunk at bars. If you don’t get drunk, you won’t be taken advantage of.” This would be the wrong conclusion. This would be considered “blaming the victim” and I would likely call you a “rape culture- apologist”….