Category Patriarchy

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Debunking Rape Myths.

Researchers have found that debunking rape myths through social norms can reduce men’s rape proclivity. Research shows that a low rape myth acceptance (perceived or actual) by a community strongly reduces men’s tendencies of sexual assault. The research is telling us that cultural opposition to rape myths makes men less likely to commit rape. The […]