Dead Wild Roses: Extinguishing Women’s Rights – One State at a Time.

    Liberty in the land of the brave, and the home of the free seems to be missing a clause somewhere because liberty is not really working well for women, especially if looking for access to reproductive health services such as abortion.  The Alternet article lists the top 10 states where Abortion is virtually illegal.  ...

wmtc: "abortion saved my life" and other tales of human rights

What does abortion access look like to women who don’t have any? What does it mean to be unable to obtain an abortion when you need one? The anti-choice movement in the US has succeeded beyond most of our worst nightmares. Although early abortion is still technically legal, many necessary later procedures are not. And ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Social Determinants of Health

(Note: This post contains a portion of the talk that I gave last month at the 16th International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children in Athens). Research has now clearly established that economic, and social variables – more than individual or family behavior – are the most salient factors ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Pro-Life Position you Don’t Hear.

Snipped from a Pharyngula Thread –cowalker says: “It has long been one of my patented rants that all the poor menz who are out there weeping over aborted embryos and picketing women’s clinics should instead be policing their brother’s dicks. All this time they’ve been whining about the perfidy of women, the solution has been ...

Politics, Re-Spun: A Snapshot of the Vulnerable Underclass of Foreign Workers in Canada

There are lots of ways to look at Canada’s checkered history with immigration. Europeans welcome, French to a lesser degree after they lost a war or something, Chinese railroad workers, the Komagata Maru, internment of Japanese-Canadians, residential schools and a variety of abuses of the First Nations who “we” tend to treat as lesser people, ...

One Woman. One Blog.: Giving Birth to Your Activist Self: Finding Your Voice as a Mother Activist

Workshop Handout for   Giving Birth to Your Activist Self: Finding Your Voice as a Mother Activist International Conference on Motherhood Activism, Advocacy, Agency May 13-15, 2011 – Toronto, Ontario   Presented by Sharon Aschaiek and Ann Douglas   Awaken. Hear your activist voice. Respond. Know what to do with that call to action. Collaborate. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Masturgate: The Little Scandal That Couldn’t

It’s election time and everyone is abuzz with the ostensibly shocking allegation that Jack Layton might have, possibly, received a happy ending at a rub-and-tug 15 years ago. Let’s let that sink in for a moment: The man might have, possibly, received a handy J from someone other than his wife a decade and a ...

April Reign: Harper Knows Best

April Reign Ever wondered if the whole Father Knows Best sweater vest persona Harper puts on is just a show to appeal to his social conservative base? Well wonder no more! Ladies it turns out he really isn’t that into you. The government of Prime Minister David Cameron believes the succession laws are antiquated and ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: A disconnect between "mother" and "feminist"

“What does a feminist mother look like?” This is a question that I’m sure many feminist mothers have asked themselves and it is a question that has been asked over at blue milk along with the following ten questions. I feel like maybe I’ve answered them before, but I can’t find this anywhere in my ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: A disconnect between "mother" and "feminist"

“What does a feminist mother look like?” This is a question that I’m sure many feminist mothers have asked themselves and it is a question that has been asked over at blue milk along with the following ten questions. I feel like maybe I’ve answered them before, but I can’t find this anywhere in my ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: A disconnect between "mother" and "feminist"

“What does a feminist mother look like?” This is a question that I’m sure many feminist mothers have asked themselves and it is a question that has been asked over at blue milk along with the following ten questions. I feel like maybe I’ve answered them before, but I can’t find this anywhere in my ...

April Reign: International Women’s Day – The Canadian Numbers

April Reign Some people of privilege believe that feminism has done it`s job, the battle is won, nothing to see here folks! here is the reality by the numbers Homicides 198 – the number of female victims of homicide in Canada in 2004. On average, 182 females were killed every year in Canada between 1994 ...

Happy International Women’s Day!

Oh, the regina mom‘s been a busy woman this past year! Marketing a book takes time and energy in the planning and carrying out. Needless to say, this blog has fallen by the wayside. However, I could not miss the opportunity to wish my readers a happy International Women’s Day and to share a piece ...

Are We Equals?

In celebration of International Women’s Day: A bit cheesy with the 007 theme, but I really appreciated the statistics on women performing 2/3 of the world’s work but receive only 10% of pay and own only 1% of land. Bookmark It

Dear Assange: please shut the fuck up!

Is there an award for being the most insensitive, arrogant, misogynist asshole in the world? Because if there is, I have a candidate. And if there isn’t, I’m about to start up this award and mail a larger-than-life sized trophy in the shape of a cunt to Julian Assange. I think I may even declare ...

The Progressive Right: Women’s Centres Rally Today Against Thompson Rape Case Judge’s Suggestion of "Implied Consent"

Via the Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Thursday, February 24, 2011 WOMEN’S CENTRES RALLY AGAINST THOMPSON RAPE CASE JUDGE’S SUGGESTION OF “IMPLIED CONSENT” MANITOBA—Women’s Centres are appalled that a Manitoba Judge seems to be holding a Thompson rape survivor responsible for her rapist’s actions, on the basis of her ...

Making Sense of that St Kilda / 17 Year Old Girl Debaucle

I’ve avoided reading many news pieces about that whole 17 year old girl and nude photos of St Kilda Saints footy players affair as I felt like too few were questioning the manner in which it was reported that she obtained the photos. Of course, after the initial reports were published, the players implicated denied ...

The Progressive Right: Judge Rules Rape Did Not Occur Because of "Misunderstanding"

According to Winnipeg judge Robert Dewar (appointed September 2009 by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson), women should not talk to men because it could be unintentionally conveyed that there is “sex in the air” and the laws regarding rape are thrown out the window. No means no, only if you say no first. “They made their ...

bastard.logic: Of Patriarchy and Paradox.

So, um, Happy New Year, kids. We at bastard.logic are proud to kick off 2011 with the debut of our newest co-blogger, Amy Lauren, whom you’ll no doubt be seeing quite a bit of as the year progresses. – mb Being a girl has become undesirable somehow, something to mock.  Women are expected to behave ...

75 per cent of women think their vaginas are ugly

New research in Australia has emerged that has found that the vast majority of women in Australia think of their vaginas as unattractive. And that’s putting it lightly. In a survey of nearly 800 Australian women (read: large, credible sample size), nearly half of all respondents said they had considered or would consider cosmetic genital ...

National Gender Inequality Rankings – We Should Be Doing Better

The World Economic Forum has released its Global Gender Gap Report, in which it ranks countries according to gender equality measures. Canada came in 20th. 20th. This is even behind a country in which 40% of men admit to having raped a woman (South Africa). According to the WEF: [The] Global Gender Gap Report assesses ...

The Progressive Right: Did PBS censor Tina Fey?

Tina Fey, winner of the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, had her speech edited during the PBS broadcast of the show. Critics claim it’s due to the controversial nature of the speech where she addresses the rise of Sarah Palin to prominence; PBS says it was due to time constraints. It’s funny, relevant, ...

DTK: Erin Larson: Apologies in Advance

I wanted to make this apology in advance, on behalf of the biggest jackasses on my side of the gender divide. But I’m just a tad late. I wanted to apologize for the sexual slurs that are about to come your way. I used to think feminism had gone overboard, that some women had taken ...

DTK: Erin Larson: Apologies in Advance

I wanted to make this apology in advance, on behalf of the biggest jackasses on my side of the gender divide. But I’m just a tad late. I wanted to apologize for the sexual slurs that are about to come your way. I used to think feminism had gone overboard, that some women had taken ...

DTK: Erin Larson: Apologies in Advance

I wanted to make this apology in advance, on behalf of the biggest jackasses on my side of the gender divide. But I’m just a tad late. I wanted to apologize for the sexual slurs that are about to come your way. I used to think feminism had gone overboard, that some women had taken ...