Bill Cosby’s pound cake, Ferguson and the dubious politics of personal responsibility
The cases are unrelated, but there are parallels. The power of the accused is set against the credibility of the victim
Gary Younge The Guardian, Monday 1 December 201
Still another comparison is the penalty for the powerful committing violence against women and the penalty for damaging or stealing property… When the rights of one group are used and abused by the powerful elites in control, there is a backlash..it isn’t about looting and fighting as a purposeful act, it is a kind of last (Read more…)
Brutality against women can come from those whose duty it is to protect and serve: A Winnipeg woman said this week that she had filed a complaint after an officer beat her in her own home as her 8-year-old son watched.
Lana Sinclair told CBC that Winnipeg police officers showed up on Halloween night to investigate reports of “yelling.” One officer spoke to her son, while another officer talked to her.
“He came up to me and poked me,” Sinclair recalled. “I was sitting on a chair in the kitchen and I jumped up and said you don’t need (Read more…)
A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.
The post In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
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.
[Police fear rise in domestic violence during World Cup]
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: DWR PSA, England, Violence against Women, World Cup
At the last May Day protest, police repression was brutal and a lot of protesters were hurt. Bobette was specifically targeted by the SPVM because of her political activities; they physically attacked her and psychologically harassed her. You can read a summary of what happened to Bobette on May Day afterward. Due to her injuries, Bobette has since then been force to cancel her contracts as a circus artist, which deprives her of income.
Police Impunity Must Stop!
In order, for Bobette, to sue the SPVM for bodily harm as well as moral and material damages, she must raise 4000$ (Read more…)
… Let me be clear: Aboriginal women are TARGETS of violence because they are treated as disposable objects. How many ignored Pickton concerns were there before someone decided to take 49 missing women seriously? Advocates of missing women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were IGNORED by police while FOURTY-NINE WOMEN WERE MURDERED.
This is not just a case of random homicidal maniacs. It’s also a story about how Aboriginal women can easily be stolen; law enforcement IGNORE the issue; and, all the while, government remains silent….
“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo
The post Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Manitoba deputy premier sorry for ‘white people’ remark Premier used phrase ‘do-good white people’ to describe women’s shelter in Winnipeg CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:21 PM CT Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013 5:23 PM CT
Well it does suck that a scantily-clothed group/person would be raising money for a women’s shelter..oh, wait… This harkens back to the bad old days where it was thought, even believed, that rape and violence against women was motivated by sex, you know, the short skirt syndrome? Violence is violence, and who better to raise funds for the shelter tan (Read more…)
An interesting talk about changing the cultural values that are toxic in nature. He didn’t mention patriarchy, but was alluding to the concept throughout his entire talk. I’m not sure if this was a conscious choice or not, but it is interesting that a speaker who is talking explicitly about patriarchy and its effects doesn’t use the term once.
Patriarchy needs to be discussed, debated and dismantled. There is no way around this if we want a to live in recognizable, hopefully advanced, society.
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Gender Issues, Patriarchy, Violence against Women
Democracy promotion abroad. Funny how it seem to only happen in locals of geopolitical importance. I’m sure we’ll get around to distributing freedom for everyone eventually. Afghanistan, on the other hand, is geopolitically important to the West for possible energy reserves and pipe lines that could be a significant boon to our adversaries thus in Afghanistan we remain, murdering people merrily with our drones and wondering why…oh why… do they hate us so.
Of course, hating the West is nothing new in Afghanistan (or even here in North America as those without sufficient enthusiasm (Read more…)
Human Rights Watch has accused Canada’s federal police of intimidating and even sexually assaulting aboriginal women and girls in the province of British Columbia.
In a scathing report, which was released on Wednesday, the rights organization documented numerous accounts of women and girls in the province’s indigenous communities finding themselves in a constant state of fear.
“The threat of domestic and random violence on one side, and mistreatment by RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers on the other, leaves indigenous women in a constant state of insecurity,” AFP quoted Meghan Rhoad, co-author of the 89-page report on the issue, as
. . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Rape and canadian colonialism
Politically, sexual violence constitutes both a form of terrorism against its target, and an act of affirmation for the rapists and those who identify with them. It is not normally a form of “horizontal violence” – that would imply that other than this unfortunate slip-up, perpetrator and target would both share the same class position and interests. The prevalence of sexual violence, and its intractability, speaks against this naive theory.Rather than depoliticizing this question, sexual violence should be understood as a form of oppressive violence meant to either establish or defend hierarchies between people. Keeping some people – overwhelmingly
. . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: The Gendered Body Public: Egypt, Sexual Violence and Revolution
i am reposting this horrific news, without commentary except to say that obviously i do not share the authors’ insistence on nonviolence, but equally obviously that is not the most important thing here in this post. Sexual violence, from India to Turtle Island, has always been used by the powerful to terrorize subject peoples, just as it has been tolerated and encouraged amongst oppressed peoples as a safety valve for male distress and (more importantly) as a direct attack on women, who have regularly formed the backbone of resistance movements here as elsewhere.
The following press release details the a
. . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women
I’ve read Pornland by Gail Dines but was unaware of her online presence. Porn is not an easy topic for TV producers and it appears Ms.Dines had been down this road before as she relates her experience of almost getting on the Melissa Harris Perry Show to talk about the effects of pornography on women. The first 3 paragraphs are here, I suggest you follow the link back read the rest of this fantastic article.
When a Feminist Gets Bumped for a Pornographer by GAIL DINES Last week, midway through a leisurely Saturday afternoon, I got
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: When a Feminist Gets bumped for a Pornographer – Gail Dines
Hundreds of Ottawans are expected on Parliament Hill tomorrow to demand justice for 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The event is part of the nationwide February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March, which …Read More
Breaking news on the misogyny front…
“An Egyptian court has ordered a halt to forced virginity tests on female detainees in military prisons.
The case, which was decided on Tuesday, was filed by Samira Ibrahim, a woman who said the army forced her to undergo a virginity test in March after she was arrested during a protest in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Human rights organisations say that there have been many other such tests by the military.
“The court orders that the execution of the procedure of virginity tests on girls inside military prisons be stopped,” Judge Aly Fekry, head of the
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Virginity Tests – WTH Egypt?
Here we are again, boys ‘n’ girls, another somber December 6; another year has come and gone and it is time again to commemorate the Polytechnique Massacre when fourteen young women’s lives were lost at the hands of a deranged misogynist. For the two plus years since I’ve started Sister Sage’s Musings, I’ve . . . → Read More: December 6, 22nd Anniversary of the Polytechnique Massacre–With Every Passing Year, We Seem To Keep Going Backward
On this day in 1989, a terrible act of violence was perpetrated in our country against a group of young women. So we use this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to reflect on that tragedy and what we can do to prevent similar things from happening in the future.
I suppose because I am a father of daughters I feel a particular urgency about the need for Canadian men to participate in the effort to end violence against women and girls, and – to be blunt about this – feel particular contempt for Canadians who
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Dec 6: Time for men to start speaking up about violence against women
Man, what a bitter woman she is!! Is there no nasty she’ll stop at to suck up to a man in uniform? This time, she’s after Lori Massicotte. You remember Ms Masicotte, that poor surviving victim of ex-Col. Russell Williams who was left bound and naked for five hours by police? Yep, ol’ . . . → Read More: Chrissie Bitchford is At it Again! . . . → Read More: Chrissie Bitchford is At it Again!
I understand the the importance of preserving forensic evidence but this borders on torture – and worse. Or, is this another example of guilty until proven innocent (emphasis mine)?
A woman who was bound and sexually assaulted by her then-neighbour, Col. Russell Williams, says the police left her tied up for five hours after responding . . . → Read More: To protect and serve: Police left Russell Williams victim bound and naked for five hours . . . → Read More: To protect and serve: Police left Russell Williams victim bound and naked for five hours
While some heralded SlutWalk as the future of feminism, the lack of hype around Calgary’s second attempt at SlutWalk reveals that it was little more than a trend that has already begun to fizzle out. So, I’ll keep my remarks brief and leave you with a radio interview that I did in June around the time of the demise of SlutWalk Calgary 1.0. I can say that I understand victim-blaming. I’ve been there. We’re silenced by the implication that we were somehow complicit in the violence. And, we’re pressured to not talk about the violence and move on with (Read more…)
…this one showing the results. And while Canada is way down on the list, it’s still sad to see that 6% of men think that it’s A-OK to beat his wife… Sad. And tragic. Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Another graphic – wife beating OK for some…