November 28, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

Must Reads

This week we enter the 16 days of action to end violence against women after celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Monday, Nov. 25th.

Feminism is once again becoming a hot topic as a TedTalk about Feminism goes viral, a Huff Post explains there’s no typical feminist while Michelle Obama is labelled as a “bad feminist”. 

Sexism in professional sports is alive and an infographics shows us the absurd inequality in the film industry.

November 27, 2013 - by Diane Hill - 2 Comments

As you may have heard on the news this morning, Simon Gittany was convicted today of throwing his girlfriend Lisa Harnum, a Canadian, off the 15th floor balcony of their apartment in Sydney Australia.

After the verdict was read, Lisa’s mother told reporters her daughter’s death was a “powerful wakeup call to young women and to parents, siblings and friends of these young women, to be aware of the warning signs of a controlling relationship and to take a pro-active approach to assisting them.”

November 26, 2013 - by Sandra Hawken - 3 Comments

We've all seen the recent headlines with high profile allegations of domestic abuse. I can't count the number of times I've heard friends and family ask the same question of those stories: "why doesn't she just leave?"

Too many people assume that if a woman is in an abusive relationship that she is making a choice to stay and that she has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves.

November 21, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

Weekly ReadsThis week, the internet exploded with stories, videos and graphics all about empowering and inspiring women and girls to reach for thier dreams.

From toys designed to encourage girls to consider STEM careers to incredible stories of young girls who are currently pursuing STEM careers, you can't help but be inspired.

Feministing took an interesting spin on a recent UN Women ad campaign; an unusual take on speaking out against sexual violence and the launch of a magazine that is highlighting real, un-retouched women!

November 19, 2013 - by Diane Hill - 3 Comments

Iggy PopLast week, I stuck a highly subversive poster on the bulletin board over my desk.

At first glance, you might think the poster is a joke. It includes three photos of a man wearing a lovely blue dress and carrying a handbag (Lady Dior, as it turns out). In the centre photo, he stands tall and deadpan, facing the camera head-on as though daring us to laugh. In the others, his stringy blond hair swings as he skips and leaps with abandon.

The man is Iggy Pop, former front-man for a band called the Stooges. At 66, Iggy is considered the grandfather of punk. He still performs—in fact, I saw him a while ago on the Colbert Report. He burst onto the stage wearing jeans and a fluorescent yellow construction vest, which he tore off halfway through the first verse. The audience went crazy for his lean naked torso, the way he twisted and jerked, his raspy voice, his I’ve-done-way-too-much-partying face, and his characteristically rude lyrics. The chorus got stuck in my head for hours afterwards: “I got a job and it don't pay shit/ I got a job and I'm sick of it.”

November 14, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

Weekly ReadsIn yet more examples of victim blaming, a company makes Anti-Rape Underwear and India’s head of intelligence makes the comment that “If You Can’t Prevent Rape, You Enjoy It”.

See for yourself how google searches can be sexist and youth use new words like THOT (can you guess what it means?) to describe women.

A catholic academy tells young women “don’t wait for a prince” while DC and Marvel Comics announce two new women superheroes.

We remember 11 brave women who fought for peace in WWII and are awestruck by 18 survivors of sexual assault who fearlessly share their stories.

November 13, 2013 - by Sandra Hawken - 2 Comments

Girls Quilt

Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies.

They see these lies everywhere; they are never free of them. They see them on billboards, in TV ads, in movies, in magazines, in video games, and online. Especially online.

Every day, our daughters are presented with one acceptable definition of female beauty: white, tall, thin, large breasts.