Art Threat: And the Oscar goes to…another white guy – Academy Awards #84 give middle finger to women, again

The above video demonstrates how, waaaaaay back in 2009, most movies didn’t pass the Bechdel Test for women in movies, a simple three-part process to determine whether women are afforded positive representation in any given film or not. Not only does the latest batch of Oscar nominations miserably fail the Bechdel Test en masse, they ...

A right-wing blogger’s take on feminism

Slithering through the right-wing blogosphere – from Vox Populi via Instapundit to Canada’s proud wingnut Canadian Cincinnatus – is this revealing but puzzling comment about feminism, using the tragedy of the Costa Concordia as an excuse for a lame joke: Those big, burly crewmen shoving aside women as they prioritized their own . . . ...

A right-wing blogger’s take on feminism revealed

Slithering through the right-wing blogosphere – from Vox Populi via Instapundit to Canada’s proud wingnut Canadian Cincinnatus – is this revealing but puzzling comment about feminism, using the tragedy of the Costa Concordia as an excuse for a lame joke: Those big, burly crewmen shoving aside women as they prioritized their own escape should have ...

Dead Wild Roses: Keeping the Sex Class on its Beauty Toes – with Fotoshop by Adobé

That whole thing where we make women try to meet impossible standards of beauty is totally just feminist jaw-waggling.  Oh wait a second… Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Fotoshop by Adobé, Sex Class follies

Dead Wild Roses: The worst thing you’ll read all day…

[TW FOR RAPE CULTURE AND GENERAL DOUCHEBAGGERY] Once again an idiotic college student has brought shame on his fraternity, his school, and possibly the entire Greek system by doing something that confirms every misogynistic frat guy stereotype. Today we received a copy of a an email purportedly written by a member of USC’s Kappa Sigma ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Update: Legal Services Society of BC and the Definition(s?) of Sexual Abuse

A while ago I wrote about the puzzling decision on the part of the Legal Services Society of BC to publish a handbook on sexual abuse against men that defined such things as being made to  ”feel embarassed” by a woman, being “criticized on performance” by a woman, or the withholding of sex as sexual ...

Dead Wild Roses: Access to Abortion under Siege in the US – The Guttmacher Institute’s Depressing Overview

The pace is accelerating at which a woman’s right to choose is being taken away from her.  The US is going crazy, one state at a time, the Guttmacher Institute documents the slide into insanity. “January 5, 2012 By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented ...

wmtc: the iron lady was an enemy of the people and should not be celebrated as a hero

This week, the movie “The Iron Lady” opens, a big-budget biopic starring Meryl Streep as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. No technical or directorial skills, nor the inevitable genius of Streep’s performance, could justify my seeing this movie. Its very existence as a myth-making celebration of a dangerous, war-mongering, ideologue is anathema to me. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Day Three of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons

Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons January 6-8, 2012 Vancouver/Burnaby All panelist biographies are here. Below are some lessons learned and observations from the sessions. Friday: The opening panel is recorded in the Twitter storify here. Saturday: My notes are here. Sunday: Opening Panel Radical Squares: Reflections on the Global Indignant Moment Nefertiti ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Day Two of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons

Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons January 6-8, 2012 Vancouver/Burnaby All panelist biographies are here: Below are some lessons learned and observations from the sessions. Friday: The opening panel is recorded in the Twitter storify here. Saturday: Opening Panel A Global Tradition: History of the Commons Silvia Federici Rebuilding our Commons will allow ...

Dead Wild Roses: Hey Brazil, Women are not Incubators.

Behold, the fetus fetish. Unfortunately, the torrent of burning stupid never stops (the republican primary debates are ample evidence), not even for the new year.  Brazil has just passed a piece of legislation making compulsory to register if you happen to be pregnant.   How nice.  Winnowing away of the rights of women has not gone ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Opening Panel from the Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons

This weekend I attended Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons community gathering in Vancouver and Burnaby, sponsored by these groups and people. The basic premise is not so much that capitalism is broken, and we just need to fix it, but that neoliberal market fundamentalism is inherently broken when we’re thinking about sustainability, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Heteronormativity – Yet another unseen standard in society.

This clip is about the acceptance of same sex couples making out in public spaces.  Why is it okay for hetero couples to mash face, but not when of the same sex. Gauge your reactions and how you feel about the situations presented.  Examine your feelings and ask where do they come from, and are ...

Dead Wild Roses: A New Year of Patriarchal Oppresson – Woohaa!

Just in case you forgot what you were living in and tacitly supporting… from I Blame the Patriarchy. “It’s like when I happen to run into the occasional woman who thinks Bust is a feminist magazine. Or maybe she believes that femininity is “natural,” or that “radiant skin” is desirable. Look at her sails! Her ...

Dead Wild Roses: Virginity Tests – WTH Egypt?

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 ...

wmtc: malalai joya, noam chomsky, afghanistan, and peace

This video of Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky speaking in Boston is from March of this year, but sadly, is every bit as relevant today. Chomsky’s analysis of the situation in south and central Asia is especially enlightening. It’s a long video, but maybe some evening you’ll want to watch it instead of a movie, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Is Withholding Sex Now Sex Abuse?

Or, Is Lysistrata A Sex Offender? I attended today, along with Alex, a discussion panel to remember the Montreal Massacre where Marc Lepine murdered fourteen women at the École Polytechnique simply because they were women and he thought that they had prevented him from attending the school. A lot of people – including many Conservatives ...

RedBedHead: Is Siri Anti-Choice?

My wife, who is a pro-choice photographer and activist, sent me a tumblr post the other day about the inability of people using the Siri, personal assistant on the iPhone 4S, to get it to access abortion or birth control services. As the screen grab above demonstrates, while you can’t get Siri to look up ...

Dead Wild Roses: What the Crap P.E.I? – No Access to Abortion/Reproductive Services?

     Our friends who live on the East coast seem to be clinging to a few anachronistic views about the autonomy of  women and the spectrum of choice that should be available to them when it comes to reproductive services. “Even though it’s a legal medical procedure, P.E.I. remains the only province where abortion services ...

wmtc: who would name a baseball team after a serial killer?

London, Ontario, that’s who! Team president and general manager David Martin says the name “The London Rippers”, this logo, and cute marketing phrases like “Lurking in Labatt Park…” have nothing to do with Jack the Ripper. “Everybody has to be a little less sensitive,” says Martin. Yes, everyone has to be less sensitive. How about ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Battle for Womens’ Health & Modernity – In the US?

    You would think that contraception would be a fairly straightforward issue.  Women need reproductive autonomy and choice when planning their family.  Of course, once the religious get involved things rapidly go down hill.  Articles like the following should not have to be written… “PRCH (Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health) supports the recent recommendation ...

thereginamom dot com

the regina mom feels wealthy these days. She was fortunate enough to be a recipient of an Emerging Artists Award from the Canada Council for the Arts last spring.  There’s no scramble for contract work and there’s a bit of extra money around her house.  So she got her hubby to blow twenty bucks on ...

Dead Wild Roses: Patriarchy – Killing Women Near You

Patriarchy offers so many yummy selections of shit sandwich for women.  Rape culture, sexism, inequality are hallmarks of the patriarchal construction of our society.  The implicit nature of Western patriarchal norms have nothing on what is going on in cultures where said norms are  firmly entrenched in the bedrock of society.  Modern medical technology coupled ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Why I Am Going to Attend Occupy Vancouver

I am white, middle class, educated and, by all accounts, an extremely fortunate woman. I live in Canada where my parents’ (sometimes life-threatening) health issues are covered by a provincial medical plan. My water and air are clean, and food is plentiful. My husband and I are employed. I am not desperate, but I am ...

Dead Wild Roses: Another Gender Wage Comparison – Because People Don’t Like Facts.

More than anything, this is just a post as to have another handy reference when it comes to arguing with MRA’s and other assorted people about ‘equality’ and ‘parity’ in the work environment.  A big thanks to Sociological Images for compiling the information in the post titled “Explaining Gender Inequalities in Salary Expectations”. The following ...