To me, being a feminist doesn’t feel like an option. It doesn’t feel like something I chose to ‘pick up’ in my youth. Feminism feels essential, a part of me. I struggle to comprehend how another woman can look at a movement that promotes her success and happiness and see that as an unattractive ideology. […]

Earlier this year, Charles Barrons was charged with assault, breaking and entering, uttering threats, and sexual assault. One night at a bar in Halifax, Barrons spotted an ex-girlfriend with a man. Shortly after the two left, Barrons followed them to the woman’s apartment, where he smashed in the door and forced his way into her bedroom. Barrons fought with the […]

Charlottesville: Race and Terror It doesn’t matter that this video is distressing, terrifying and disgusting. Watch it. All of it. You have a responsibility to know what is happening. You can’t claim ignorance when white supremacy sweeps America and when it creeps into Canada. Read this too. Read everything I’ve written. I don’t care that […]

The notion of a ‘post-feminist’ time began in the 70’s or 80’s. Around this time journalists and academics started to exclaim that feminism was dead: the movement had achieved its goals and it was time for feminism to stand down. As Hawkensworth wrote back then, the essence of the post-feminist era is a belief that […]

When Justin Trudeau came into power in 2015, many Canadians (myself included) were eager to see if he would deliver on his empathetic, progressive platform. One of the promises he made was a commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the commission of a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). In […]

When I raise my hand in class, some people roll their eyes before I have begun to speak, anticipating what I will say. There are those who, when I express a view, instantly dismiss it by saying they do not want a feminist rant. I have lost the respect of some of my peers for […]

Everyone loves Canada: I have been around the globe and without fail, when I tell someone I am from Canada they say, “Canada! I love Canada!” or “Canadians are the best!” or “Oh wow, you are so lucky to live in Canada!” I am a proud Canadian: I love my country. I love the big […]