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Dented Blue Mercedes: The Department of Justice Public Consultation on sex work ends Monday March 17th.

The Department of Justice Public Consultation on sex work closes March 17, 2014.

Although the questions appear to be stacked, it’s important that people who support decriminalization participate. There’s certainly no shortage of people filling out the forms and calling for new criminalization. The questionnaire is here, and Maggie’s Toronto provides some advice on answering positively, here.

If you’re still on the fence about whether you support decriminalization, then please consider answering questions 1-5 with the following:

“I decline to answer from my own experience, but instead call upon the Harper Government to make it a priority to (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: The Department of Justice Public Consultation on sex work ends Monday March 17th.

The Department of Justice Public Consultation on sex work closes March 17, 2014.

Although the questions appear to be stacked, it’s important that people who support decriminalization participate. There’s certainly no shortage of people filling out the forms and calling for new criminalization. The questionnaire is here, and Maggie’s Toronto provides some advice on answering positively, here.

If you’re still on the fence about whether you support decriminalization, then please consider answering questions 1-5 with the following:

“I decline to answer from my own experience, but instead call upon the Harper Government to make it a priority to (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: Across the left divide over sex work.

I’m putting on my op-ed hat for this. The following draws from my own history, but I think it helps provide some insight into the left-wing divide over sex work. I’m skipping over this very quickly, and I’m sure I’ll probably forget some important distinctions and nuances, so bear with me.

This is two parts in one: a personal experience for context, and then some important distinctions about the divisions among the left and among womens’ rights groups over sex work.

A Personal Experience: A Preface

It takes a certain kind of person to be able to do (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: Across the left divide over sex work.

I’m putting on my op-ed hat for this. The following draws from my own history, but I think it helps provide some insight into the left-wing divide over sex work. I’m skipping over this very quickly, and I’m sure I’ll probably forget some important distinctions and nuances, so bear with me.

This is two parts in one: a personal experience for context, and then some important distinctions about the divisions among the left and among womens’ rights groups over sex work.

A Personal Experience: A Preface

It takes a certain kind of person to be able to do (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Income Splitting, and the Theocon Agenda

Well there's one thing you can always count on when dealing with Stephen Harper's ghastly Cons. If you look behind the curtain, sooner or later you will come face to face with their sinister theocratic agenda.For only that can explain why their flawed income splitting plan is causing such an unholy ruckus. Read more »

350 or bust: Reimagining Crisis As Opportunity

When young anthropologist and social entrepreneur, Cynthia Koenig, reframed the world’s water crisis as an opportunity, she “reinvented the wheel”. Here’s her talk at TEDxGateway: * WelloWater.org

Montreal Simon: The Montreal Massacre and the Con War on Women

In my sadness over the death of Nelson Mandela, and because I'm so tired, I forgot that Friday was the anniversary of a monumental Canadian tragedy. That on a snowy day in Montreal twenty four years ago, an angry man with a gun stormed through an engineering school and killed fourteen young women. Fourteen young women who were killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting were remembered on Friday amid repeated calls for more to be done to eradicate violence against women.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel and the Con War on Women

As I've mentioned before, I may be naive but I can't help feeling that Michelle Rempel is a cut above most Cons. I don't blame her for causing a ruckus on Twitter the other day, by taking a shot at this fluffy event.

@MichelleRempel: What's the biggest issue facing women? This kind of crap. #allissuesarewomensissues #patronizing https://t.co/4u1Odg1JXU— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) November 7, 2013

And I don't approve of the way some on our side went after her.

— Jeromie Williams (@JeromieWilliams) November 7, 2013

Because she deserves better than that. But let's be clear, as her Great Leader likes (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Corruption of Stephen Harper

You might think that Kellie Leitch would be better than most Cons. Better than her ghastly leader. She's a pediatric surgeon who still works on a volunteer basis at an Ottawa hospital. She's smart, she has an impressive resume, and she's a woman in a government of good ol' boys.So I have to admit that even I dared hope she might be different eh?

But not any longer. Because this is outrageous. Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper Continues To Isolate Canada

With Harper and his band of geniuses running around the UN this, it’s actually been kind of interesting.  As I pointed out back in May, Harper’s foreign policy has served primarily to isolate Canada on the world stage, and continue the far-right narrative about the “irrelevance” of the United Nations. Today, in what must be a first in history, Canada refused to sign a UN treaty which the US agreed to sign.   Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said there is a potential link between signing on to the treaty and Canada’s now-abolished long gun registry. Baird’s (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: Reblog: A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism

This is how you decolonize activism.

A wide swath of people have demonstrated how to decolonize activism: not with negativity, but with constructivity. The following is being reblogged from Feminists Fighting Transphobia, and you will need to follow the link to see the ever-increasing number of signatories who have signed on. I did not take part in authoring this, but gladly lend whatever support I can — M.

A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism

We are proud to present a collective statement that is, to our knowledge (and we would love to be wrong about this) the (Read more…)

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

The post Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada: Violence Against Indigenous Women Demands Inquiry

The recent visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights shows that violence against indigenous women in Canada demands inquiry, says Human Rights Watch.

The post Canada: Violence Against Indigenous Women Demands Inquiry appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

I’m in Fort McMurray Alberta, the heart of tar sands country, to participate in the Healing Walk organized by the Keepers of the Athabasca. Keepers of the Athabasca is a collection of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land and air, and thus for all […]

Dented Blue Mercedes: Criminalization by any other name…

In Meghan Murphy’s Globe and Mail op-ed of June 3rd, A prostitution solution: Outlaw the customers, not the hookers, she presents what is often referred to as the Swedish or Nordic model of legislation — removing penalties for those who sell sex but prosecuting the buying of it — as a compromise between the arguments for criminalization and those for legalization of sex work. Ironically, she phrases this as decriminalization, when it’s actually more of a lateral or distal form of criminalization… but one which still retains the pressure on sex workers to avoid the law and live (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada blocking UN efforts to address sexual violence against women

By: Action Canada for Population and Development | Press Release

OTTAWA/GENEVA, June 7, 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution on violence against women, has played a leadership role in helping to create advances seeking to protect women from violence. Yet this year, a number of concerns have been raised regarding Canada’s approach to the new resolution (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was…

Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was held at Parliament Hill on May 9, 2013, drawing thousands of right-wing busybodies who can’t keep their authoritarianism in their pants.

The name of the yearly “March For Life” is misleading, because most of the religious fanatics who attend these events are very selective about their concern for life. They almost exclusively focus on unborn fetuses, and spare almost no thought for actual human beings who have left the womb. Causes of premature death such as war, capital punishment, poverty, pollution, depression and unsafe working conditions are barely on their radar, if at (Read more…)

Birth Pangs: God Doesn’t Kill Just Because He Didn’t Like How Things Turned Out…Oh wait a minute…

via Proud Atheist

The post God Doesn’t Kill Just Because He Didn’t Like How Things Turned Out…Oh wait a minute… appeared first on Birth Pangs.

drive-by planet: Video message for FEMEN: ‘saving Muslim women one bra strap at a time’

A Muslimah from Manchester, England, gets her message across in this funny yet pointed video in which she thanks FEMEN ‘from the bottom of her heart’ for showing her how to campaign for women’s rights:

My parents got it wrong, they seriously got it wrong…. they thought that by sending me to school… giving me an education…. they were giving me the skills I needed to make a difference in the world… really what they should have been teaching me is that the best way to campaign as a woman, the best way to be heard, is just to take

drive-by planet: Muslimahs say "no thanks" on being ‘liberated’ by FEMEN

The Ukrainian-based all-women protest group FEMEN draws attention to its actions with naked in-your-face campaigning. While the approach definitely grabs media attention, in the case of attempts to “liberate” Muslim women it could end up being badly counterproductive.

The targeting of Islam in FEMEN campaigns has led to accusations of Islamophobia and imperialism – some of it coming from Muslim feminists who have no wish to be “liberated” FEMEN-style in any way, shape or form. FEMEN’s mixed message also risks undermining its activism by inadvertently presenting protesters as sex objects. Males who are the indirect target of some of their

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drive-by planet: FEMEN wants to ‘liberate’ Muslimahs

Art Threat: Free Int’l Women’s Day Films at NFB.ca

The beaten (by the Canadian Conservative budget cuts) but not down National Film Board of Canada is offering a treasure trove of titles for free streaming today, in celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day. Included in the bunch is the 2012 experimental short by Jenn Strom, below (after the jump), called ASSEMBLY. We’re not talking about a couple of films here, we’re talking dozens of amazing documentaries. The section also features a forward by Ravida Din, Director General of English Program, who discusses the NFB’s herstory with the women’s movement (which as Yasmin Jiwani’s excellent oped in today’s (Read more…)

ezra winton: Free International Women’s Day Films at NFB.ca

The beaten (by the Canadian Conservative budget cuts) but not down National Film Board of Canada is offering a treasure trove of titles for free streaming today, in celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day. Included in the bunch is the 2012 experimental short by Jenn Strom, below (after the jump), called ASSEMBLY. We’re not talking about a couple of films here, we’re talking dozens of amazing documentaries. The section also features a forward by Ravida Din, Director General of English Program, who discusses the NFB’s herstory with the women’s movement (which as Yasmin Jiwani’s excellent oped in today’s Montreal Gazette reminds us, is nowhere near over).

The Canadian Progressive: Harper and RCMP comments ignore Aboriginal victims’ fear of reprisal: Human Rights Watch

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

Boreal Citizen: Women’s rights, religion and the population crisis

World population has increased from under 1-billion in 1800 to over 7-billion today–that’s just over 200 years. So that’s an extraordinary rate of population increase. If we saw that in any other species, we’d say, “Wow, that species is headed for a crash.” We don’t think that way when we see the human population numbers. We look at them and say, “Oh, wow–how successful we are.” –Richard Heinberg, in a speech at the 2012 Bioneers Conference

This week we decided to tackle the baby items: sorting them, cleaning them and selling them. During this process, I could not

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