Author Archives: paulaethans

Our ‘Post-Feminist’ World Makes Me Need Feminism.

What is Post-Feminist Era? 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 […]

Canada is Failing Indigenous Women.

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 […]

The Consequences of Being a #FeministKillJoy.

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 […]

Canada 150: An Erasure of History.

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 […]

Capitalism v Feminism: A Necessary Battle?

I’m no economist, so I am going a bit outside of my wheelhouse on this topic, but failing to be an expert on something has never stopped me before. So here we go! There has been a long fought battle between feminism and capitalism, in which capitalism just generally shits on women and feminized people, […]

Travel Tips for Women Who Want to See the World.

“My consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued […]

A Girl In A Boys Club.

Ah, the old boys club, also known as the old-white-cis-hetero-male club. A typical place of work for some, and hell in a cubicle for others. A place where 99% of all North Americans must endure the ever present effects of the patriarchy. For women, a place where they must be a girl in a boy’s club. […]