Politics and its Discontents: Tiger Williams’ Disgrace

Let me be clear. I have not been a fan of hockey since I was a boy, when only six teams constituted the NHL. However, I am struck by the disparity in details between a newspaper and a television news report surrounding the conduct and arrest of former Leaf enforcer Tiger Williams for incidents that ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Some Implications of Boycotting Art

And another thing…  Here are two more issues I have with implication surrounding how we’re treating the sexual harassment and assault cases further to my concerns previously discussed and further provoked by an article “Now What Do We Do with Their Work?”. ART AS A VITAL COMMODITY If Alexander Fleming were found out to be horrific ...

A Puff of Absurdity: So NOW What? On Power and Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Celebrity

A little over year ago, when I first heard about Louis CK’s abuse of power, I was going to write a post suggesting he might actually be the guy able to fess up, apologize sincerely, and lead the way for other men to admit to their abusive behaviours. I’m a big fan, and he sometimes ...

centre of the universe: Danger Zone

Please go read this article (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-kelly/the-thing-all-women-do-you-dont-know-about_b_8630416.html). I’ll wait. If you’re already on Twitter, you’ve seen this already. I spent about a decade trying to look not-female (which was tough, given my body shape) and being very angry that I couldn’t go out to the club or the bar without having to be “on guard”. I was…

Montreal Simon: Why I Started Portraying Donald Trump As A Hog

I must admit I was intrigued, when Donald Trump told reporters that he was not surprised that the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been accused of being a sexual predator. And I wondered why he wasn't surprised.Until I remembered that it's almost a year to the day that I started portraying Trump as a hog.Read more »

wmtc: the strange case of the barney miller rape episode

Watching Barney Miller as my comedy-before-bed sleep aid, I was stunned and amazed by an episode called “Rape” — Season 4, Episode 15. A woman comes to the station house, agitated and distressed. Captain Miller, with his usual calm and professional demeanour, leads her to sit down. When he hears “rape,” Barney says, “Oh boy” ...

The Canadian Progressive: Rape at universities: One program is proven to reduce it

The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance program, developed by Charlene Senn, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor, empowers women students at universities to defender themselves against rape and other forms of sexual assault. The post Rape at universities: One program is proven to reduce it appeared first on The ...

Wise Law Blog: Damages Claims for Assault by Parents and Caregivers Upon Children

BY PAUL ADAM, ASSOCIATE LAWYER A recent parliamentary bill in Ontario, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act” brought changes to Ontario’s Limitations Act, and removed virtually all time limits on bringing court claims arising from sexual assault, or other related offences. But the law will also have a major impact on people who were ...

Wise Law Blog: Damages Claims for Assault by Parents and Caregivers Upon Children

BY PAUL ADAM, ASSOCIATE LAWYER A recent parliamentary bill in Ontario, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act” brought changes to Ontario’s Limitations Act, and removed virtually all time limits on bringing court claims arising from sexual assault, or other related offences. But the law will also have a major impact on people who were ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: four realistic youth novels

Young-adult publishers’ mania for series, with the emphasis on fantasy, has finally ebbed. There are still plenty of fantasy series to go around, but the new crop of youth novels is chock full of individual titles in the realistic mode. (In YA land, “realistic” means the opposite of fantasy: set in the existing world with real ...

The Canadian Progressive: Judge Robin Camp to rape complainant: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

The Canadian Judicial Council will soon determine the fate of a judge who admonished a sex assault complainant with “sexist and disrespectful” remarks such as: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” The post Judge Robin Camp to rape complainant: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Victoria is the best place to be a woman in Canada

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives confirms Victoria as the best city to be a woman in Canada in 2016. The capital of British Columbia also grabbed top spot in the CCPA’s 2015 study. The post Victoria is the best place to be a woman in Canada appeared first on The ...

Montreal Simon: The Final Meltdown of the Monster Donald Trump

As we all know Donald Trump is now unshackled, going after the Democrats and the Republicans.And of course trying to smear Bill Clinton, even though he's not running for anything.But Trump's desperate attempts to deflect attention off his reputation as a sexual predator seems seem to be backfiring spectacularly.Because now he's been hit by another sordid ...

The Canadian Progressive: #NotOkay: Canadian woman’s Twitter sexual assault story call fuels rebellion against Donald Trump

A Canadian woman’s #NotOkay call on women to share their sexual assault stories on Twitter has partly fueled U.S. Republican leaders’ unfolding rebellion against their party’s nominee for president. The post #NotOkay: Canadian woman’s Twitter sexual assault story call fuels rebellion against Donald Trump appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: An Open Letter To Donald Trump From Some Angry Women.

This was posted from Alice Machado’s blog ‘Drifting Through My Open Mind ~ Random thoughts and musings‘ Dear Mr. Trump… can I call you Mr. Trump? Is that ok? I want you to be Read more…

wmtc: what i’m reading: the evil hours, a biography of post-traumatic stress disorder

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an outstanding book — meticulously researched, but written in a compelling, accessible style, and with great humanity and compassion. Author David J. Morris unearths the social and cultural history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the fourth most common psychiatric disorder in the US. He surveys ...

The Canadian Progressive: Stanford University Sexual Assault Case: Victim’s Impact Statement

Here’s the full impact statement by the 23-year old victim in the Stanford University sexual assault case. She states that her attacker, Brock Turner, was “willing to go to any length, to discredit me, invalidate me, and explain why it was okay to hurt me”. The post Stanford University Sexual Assault Case: Victim’s Impact Statement ...

The Canadian Progressive: “Jian Ghomeshi is guilty”, Kathryn Borel says in post-sexual assault charges statement

Kathryn Borel: “Every day, over the course of a three year period, Mr. Ghomeshi made it clear to me that he could do what he wanted to me and my body.” The post “Jian Ghomeshi is guilty”, Kathryn Borel says in post-sexual assault charges statement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: when real life meets the onion: espn wants us to know that rape is traumatic… for the rapist

Ah, the things we miss when we don’t follow mainstream media. I didn’t even know the sports world was celebrating a rapist. This week, drinking wine in a hotel room in New Jersey, Allan and I were pleased to discover that the Red Sox were on the ESPN Wednesday night game. A nice treat, or ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Ghomeshi Verdict: We Deserve Better

“Violence against women is not about the behavior of the women.”–Gillian Hnatiw, lawyer for Lucy DeCoutere By his own admission Jian Ghomeshi likes rough sex. The legal question is whether the three women who met Ghomeshi in 2002 and 2003 like it too. Mr Ghomeshi   Jian Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual ...

A Puff of Absurdity: A Reasonable Doubt?

A post wherein I get a little grumpy and swear-y about it all. What does reasonable doubt look like? Is there really, REALLY, a reasonable doubt that Jian attacked the women who had their lives scrutinized on the stand? With sexual abuse cases, it all hinges on the credibility of the victims. But the problem with ...

A Puff of Absurdity: A Reasonable Doubt?

A post wherein I get a little grumpy and swear-y about it all. What does reasonable doubt look like? Is there really, REALLY, a reasonable doubt that Jian attacked the women who had their lives scrutinized on the stand? With sexual abuse cases, it all hinges on the credibility of the victims. But the problem with ...

wmtc: a brief thought on ghomeshi (yoko ono was right)

In a country of 35 million Jian Ghomeshi: was known to be a sexual harasser and a sexual assailant; was employed by the CBC; remained employed by the CBC until public allegations and public outcry forced them to fire him. Jian Ghomeshi: is good-looking; was a popular radio personality; was immediately framed as a victim ...

A Puff of Absurdity: The Terrifying Ramifications of the Verdict

I can just barely read about Jian’s acquittal on all charges. The Guardian has a telling interview with Lucy DeCoutere today. And of course some people, like Aaron Harnett, see it all as a “win” for Canadians because it safeguards us from accusations from anyone who has a remotely shaky memory of a traumatic event. ...

A Puff of Absurdity: The Terrifying Ramifications of the Verdict

I can just barely read about Jian’s acquittal on all charges. The Guardian has a telling interview with Lucy DeCoutere today. And of course some people, like Aaron Harnett, see it all as a “win” for Canadians because it safeguards us from accusations from anyone who has a remotely shaky memory of a traumatic event. ...