What the Hashtag: Efforts to #DenyRooshV & Build #ConsentCulture in Canada

2017-12-19T17:37:39+00:00August 31, 2015|Gender-based violence, Sexual abuse, What the Hashtag, Women in media|

Woman with thought bubbleAugust’s online activism was all about #consent.

The month started with the unfortunate emergence of pickup artist, Roosh V, and a widely shared petition to ban him from visiting Canada. The petition didn’t keep him out but it did get people talking, and #DenyRooshV became a rallying cry for those opposed to his pro-rape message.

What the Hashtag: #WhatHappenedToSandraBland & #TheEmptyChair

2017-12-19T17:39:38+00:00August 4, 2015|What the Hashtag|

Woman with thought bubbleWhile in May feminists delighted in the schadenfreude of #HowToSpotAFeminist and in June many celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in the US with #LoveWins, July’s online activism took a somber turn.

Last month, #WhatHappenedToSandraBland brought attention to the disturbing death of #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland.

Stopped for a minor traffic violation in Texas and found dead in police custody days later, Bland’s death has raised awareness and questions about state violence, institutionalized racism, the vulnerable bodies of black women, and the dangers of “driving while black”.

I throw like a girl, I run like a girl, I speak up like a girl – and I’m proud!

2022-01-04T20:17:57+00:00June 30, 2014|Empowering girls, What the Hashtag|

Girl playing in school yardIt’s not every day that you watch an online corporate campaign and think to yourself: “They’ve nailed it!” This is what I said after seeing the new Always campaign, ‘Like A Girl’.  It powerfully captures everyday sexism that plagues our cultural perceptions of gender and disempowers girls at a young age to believe they are weaker than boys.

Before I delve deeper into this topic, watch the campaign video for yourself here.