Author Archives: paulaethans

Bill C-377: Judges Must Understand Rape.

“We live in a rape culture where we’re taught that sexual violence is accepted and expected. Our culture is one where survivors of sexual violence are blamed or ignored for coming forward with their stories.” – ‘Laura,’ complainant in Jian Ghomeshi case In Alberta, Justice Robin Camp asked a sexual assault complainant why she “couldn’t […]

You Don’t Know Jack (About Gender).

If my blog was a university (which would be called Sassy State U), this post would be equivalent to a “Introduction to French” or “Economics 101.” If you are at least somewhat up to date on your gender identifiers/terms, then this should be an easy class for you. But, if like most North Americans, your […]

International Women’s Day: What This Day Should Be About.

Yesterday, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau shared on Facebook her visions for what International Women’s Day in Canada should look like. It read:  “Are you ready to ignite change? This week, as we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat […]

Celebrities Assault Women, and we Still Reward Them.

Donald Trump, Chris Brown, Woody Allen. What do they all have in common? They are all men who sexually assaulted women and lost their careers. Oh wait, no. Never mind. I was just dreaming of an alternate universe where men are held accountable for their actions. Where criminals lose their jobs. Where rapists go to […]

Being an Ally for Black History Month.

Black History Month, originally known as “Negro History Week,” was created by the historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. One of the first African Americans to receive a degree from Harvard University, Dr. Woodson noted that most history books largely failed to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans to society. Woodson dedicated much of his […]

Canada’s Response to Trump’s Muslim Ban: Step Up.

On January 25th, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq) from entering the US for the next 90 days, as well as suspending the US refugee system for the next 120 days. With its initiation, the ban immediately held up countless travelers […]

Is There Longevity To The Women’s March on Washington?

The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. The Women’s March on Washington (WMW) will take place this upcoming […]