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Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Verdict and the Road Ahead

The trial is over, Jian Ghomeshi has been acquitted of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking.And for those of us who support women's rights, the end couldn't have been more depressing.With the once swaggering bully going free,… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Verdict and the Road Ahead

Cowichan Conversations: Dear Daddy-Video

1 in 3 women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, usually from a male partner (WHO). Show that you never tolerate violence against women. Share the movie and start your involvement Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Dear Daddy-Video

Alberta Politics: End of exile seems likely for Calgary MLA Deborah Drever, expelled from NDP caucus for tasteless social media posts

PHOTOS: Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever around the time of her banishment from the NDP caucus for tasteless social media posts she had published before her political career (CBC Photo). Below: Lethbridge-East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. A welcome effort to rehabilitate Independent Calgary MLA Deborah Drever, pilloried soon after the victory of […]

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Left Over: Fear is Just a Four Letter Word….

Which film or TV show scared you most as a child? Jekyll and Hyde’s writer Charlie Higson said ‘I’ve always maintained it is good to scare children.’ Photograph: ITV plc

 

The funny thing is, I loved what were considered ‘scary’ pictures when I was a kid..not until the movie “The Exorcist” was I freaked out by a movie..well, that and “Night of the Living Dead” I guess..but I was an adult for both of those.. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, the Blob..etc..those were my childhood (Read more…)

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Police Wife: A Review by André Moncourt

The wave of police killings of young blacks in the U.S. over the past several years and the recent resistance in Ferguson and Baltimore have made police violence a front-page issue. A broad debate about police violence is crucial, and one recently published book adds a dimension to that debate that, while essential, might easily go unremarked.

In Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence, Susanna Hope and Alex Roslin tell us the story of domestic violence in police families, and to do so they weave together a very human story of suffering and survival (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Playing Football With Domestic Violence Gives No One a Victory Dance

Yesterday we heard that the NDP were accusing the Liberals of opposing their plan to end violence against women.  I have to admit that I was shocked.  This is so reminiscent of Conservative attacks over the years, that paint opponents as being soft on terror, soft on child pornography and not Pro-Israel enough.

They were always vile and disgusting.  But did we ever really think that the NDP would stoop to this level?

I admit that the Liberals should never have made this about money, but to suggest that this means that they oppose ending the violence against women, is (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: Teaching women self-defence still the best way to reduce sexual assaults: study

The four-year study tracked nearly 900 women at three Canadian universities, randomly selecting half to take the 12-hour “resistance” program, and compared them to a second group who received only brochures, similar to those available at a health clinic. One year later, the incidence of reported rape among women who took the program was 5.2 per cent, compared to 9.8 per cent in the control group; the gap in incidents of attempted rape was even wider.

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Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Teaching women self-defence still the best way to reduce sexual assaults: study

The four-year study tracked nearly 900 women at three Canadian universities, randomly selecting half to take the 12-hour “resistance” program, and compared them to a second group who received only brochures, similar to those available at a health clinic. One year later, the incidence of reported rape among women who took the program was 5.2 per cent, compared to 9.8 per cent in the control group; the gap in incidents of attempted rape was even wider.

source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/study-shows-resistance-tactics-work-to-prevent-campus-sexual-assault/article24905250/

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: What I Do Know: The Colonial Evisceration of Cindy Gladue

What I do know is that Cindy Gladue was not killed by an Indian man. Bradley Barton is a white man. I suppose, however, that Cindy Gladue’s case wouldn’t even be factored into this type of statistical analysis since, according to the courts, she wasn’t murdered at all.

source: http://titsandsass.com/what-i-do-know-the-colonial-evisceration-of-cindy-gladue/

Left Over: Penalty and Entitlement….

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…)

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study

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.

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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.

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Dead Wild Roses: England Loses in World Cup – So Do English Women

 

[Police fear rise in domestic violence during World Cup]

Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: DWR PSA, England, Violence against Women, World Cup

Sketchy Thoughts: Solidarity with Bobette!

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…)

Melissa Fong: Loretta Saunders is not a singular case: Inappropriate and inadequate responses from Harper Government

… 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….

PostArctica: December 6, 1989

The Canadian Progressive: Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie

“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo

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Left Over: Molehill Revisited….

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…)

Dead Wild Roses: Violence Against Women – A Men’s Issue.

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

Dead Wild Roses: Removing any doubt from the Western Failure in Afghanistan – Women still not people.

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…)

Sketchy Thoughts: Rape and canadian colonialism

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

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Sketchy Thoughts: The Gendered Body Public: Egypt, Sexual Violence and Revolution

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

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Sketchy Thoughts: Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women

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

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350 or bust: National Day of Remembrance & Action On Violence Against Women

Sometime after 4 p.m. on December 6, 1989, an enraged gunman roamed the corridors of Montreal’s École Polytechnique and killed 14 women. He separated the men from the women and before opening fire on the classroom of female engineering students he screamed, “I hate feminists.” Almost immediately, the Montreal Massacre became a galvanizing moment in which [...]