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The Canadian Progressive: Federal Court judge said sex assault complainant “allowed the sex to happen”

Four Canadian law professors have lodged a complaint against a Federal Court judge who asked a sex assault complainant why she couldn’t just keep her knees together to fend off her attacker. And “why she allowed the sex to happen.”

The post Federal Court judge said sex assault complainant “allowed the sex to happen” appeared . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Federal Court judge said sex assault complainant “allowed the sex to happen”

drive-by planet: Obama’s Estonia claim that ‘Russia trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century’ funny and wrong

Since the crisis in Ukraine made the headlines Russia has been cast as the villain with predictable stereotypes and misconceptions about things Russian showing up on MSM. From a Russian perspective a lot of it must seem clueless, tiresome or outright offensive but such “insights” add to a tabloid narrative that gets very little . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Obama’s Estonia claim that ‘Russia trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century’ funny and wrong

Melissa Fong: Asian eyes

So something entertaining happened yesterday. A friend of mine sent me a link to this Cabbage Patch Doll site. [3] Go ahead and click on the link and then look at the list of “eye colour” available. Yeah… How is “ASIAN” and eye colour? [Note, I’m not going to cover the problem with gender identification . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Asian eyes

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Racism Watch: Manitoba Newspaper’s Racist Editorial

The CBC News is reporting that Gavin van der Linde, the mayor of Morris, a southern Manitoba town, is “furious over what he calls racist comments about aboriginal people in the latest edition of the community newspaper”. The editorial of the Morris Mirror’s current edition (PDF), penned by editor-in-chief Reed Turcotte, also labels Aboriginals and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Racism Watch: Manitoba Newspaper’s Racist Editorial

gay persons of character: Video: [Stereotypical] Gay Men Will Marry Your [Stereotypical] Girlfriends

I find it sad that the above video relies on ridiculous stereotypes to promote gay rights and marriage equality in the United States (where same-sex nuptials are now a legal reality in nine states and the District of Columbia). Even sadder perhaps is that the video has gone viral thus perpetuating at an accelerated . . . → Read More: gay persons of character: Video: [Stereotypical] Gay Men Will Marry Your [Stereotypical] Girlfriends

gay persons of character: Video: [Stereotypical] Gay Men Will Marry Your [Stereotypical] Girlfriends

I find it sad that the above video relies on ridiculous stereotypes to promote gay rights and marriage equality in the United States (where same-sex nuptials are now a legal reality in nine states and the District of Columbia). Even sadder perhaps is that the video has gone viral thus perpetuating at an accelerated rate a monolithic image of gay men as effeminate, musical-loving, ultimatum-slinging, gym bunnies, among other cringe-worthy clichés. And all this in addition to the one-dimensional portrayal of girlfriends as actually wanting to be with the aforementioned type of man. Created by the folks at College Humor, this is activism at its very lowest form of expression. . . . → Read More: gay persons of character: Video: [Stereotypical] Gay Men Will Marry Your [Stereotypical] Girlfriends

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Beautiful Women More Likely To Conform: Study

A recent study by the Open University of Israel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, suggests that women who have been labeled “beautiful” by their peers are more likely to conform to social norms. They’re likely to put their own interests before the interests of others. And, apparently, “beauty and character are more mutually exclusive . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Beautiful Women More Likely To Conform: Study

Canadian Progressive World: WTF? Justin Bieber says Aboriginal peoples get free gas in Canada

That’s what the 18-year-old Canadian pop star has told Rolling Stone magazine. The trouble is: our over-produced, over-exposed, man-made spoiled brat claims to have Aboriginal roots.

But you know who’s to blame for Bieber’s ignorance? Girls. That’s right. Rolling Stone believes Bieber is “ready to be a grown-up superstar, if only those millions of screaming . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: WTF? Justin Bieber says Aboriginal peoples get free gas in Canada

Politics and its Discontents: What The Extreme Right Doesn’t Want Us To Think About

Although it hardly qualifies as a startling or original insight, something occurred to me this morning as I was reading my Sunday Star. Two front page items, one about the bullied bus monitor, Karen Klein, the other about five-year-old Lovely Avelus a Haitian girl rescued from the ruble of the earthquake two years . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What The Extreme Right Doesn’t Want Us To Think About

antigonemagazine.wordpress.com: Your Hockey is my Birthing Story

I happen to be one of 2 female trustees on a school board of 7. This translates into 28% female elected representation on our board which is significantly higher than the national rate of female representation in municipal, provincial, territorial and federally elected seats which sits at about 21%**… though maybe the participation rate will . . . → Read More: antigonemagazine.wordpress.com: Your Hockey is my Birthing Story