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Category: Feminism

Female Characters’ Changing Role

I appreciated this article from The New Yorker regarding the new television sitcom “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. It’s a show that I’ve been enjoying for its quirky humour, unshakeable upbeat message, and for its more sinister undertones around sexual assault, which Emily Nussbaum discusses in the article below. Ms. […]

Rape Tips for Men

Perhaps you remember the article we republished in 2014 about the Montreal Police’s press release to women suggesting they avoid taking a taxi ride alone for fear of what may happen. If not, click here. There are a number of these cautionary lists, either published by police or by media outlets – there’s a lovely and concise […]

“Stay the hell where they came from”

This past Wednesday we posted about Zunera Ishaq’s travails in taking the oath to become a full-fledged Canadian citizen in light of Harper’s government challenging her desire to wear a niqab. In light of recent events one can’t help but wonder whether the Conservative government is fighting her for purely racist reasons. MP Larry Miller, […]

Men’s Rights Groups – Skewing the Debate?

We’ve published about Men’s Rights Activists before, but the article on which we were commenting was about MRAs in the States. Leah McLaren, in a special article to the Globe and Mail, wrote a response to the Canadian Association for Equality. CAFE recently purchased a billboard ad at Avenue and Davenport in Toronto that proclaims: Half […]

Harassment in Theatre

By now I’m sure you’ve read The New York Times article that’s been making the rounds in the theatre community, detailing the experience of Marin Ireland when she was working with her then-boyfriend Scott Shepherd on a 2012 production of Troilus and Cressida, which was co-produced internationally by the The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ms. […]

Lebanese TV Host Cuts Short Interview

I’m just gonna leave this right here… But if you wanna get to the good part, just skip ahead to 1:43… /EMH Originally viewed on Al-Jaheed TV. The TV host is Rima Karaki, she is interviewing Hani Al-Seba’i.    

International Women’s Day at the U.N.

International Women’s Day was held on Sunday, March 8th causing a deluge of articles, social media updates, and thoughts about the women who have made impacts in our lives, those who have made impacts on the world, and awareness to the global issue of violence against women. First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama announced a […]

India’s People Respond to Rape

It would appear that while the Indian government is uncomfortable with a documentary about the brutal gang rape in which a young women’s entrails were literally pulled out of her body (sorry for the disturbing image), India’s people are not so squeamish. Yesterday was International Women’s Day and there were marches all over the world (report coming tomorrow), […]

Consent is Like a Cup of Tea

To end the week on a lighter note, here is a charming blog post from Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess. As some of you know, the some of the States in the USA have been passing consent laws, which has caused some furor among men’s rights activists. I’m sure you can guess my stance on this […]

India’s Daughter Banned in India

For those of you who remember the brutal gang rape in India on a bus that caused the death of the victim, Jyoti singh pandey, in 2012 there has been a development in its ongoing legacy. As you may know, the six men who were guilty of the rape were convicted – one died while in […]

Female Honour, Tradition and the Right to Live

The last week or so our posts have focused on the glitz and glamour of the Oscars. This morning when I woke up to find this fantastic article in my inbox from The New York Times I was reminded that the in-fighting of the North American feminist community is the tip of the iceberg of […]

Female Online Harrassment – What is it Really?

This intelligent article, written by Anne Thériault for vice.com is a call to action around harassment of women in the online world. Some of you may remember the reporting and following of the #GamerGate fiasco – the death threats, the rape threats, the massacre shooting threats that forced an event at which Anita Sarkeesian was going […]

Feminism’s Many Battles

We’ve posted about the many different aspects to feminism and its responsibilities in the past, but this article is a nice refresher. Written by Carmen Rios and posted by Everyday Feminism, the article below reminds the reader that feminism is based on fundamental rights being afford to everyone. Not just to women. /EMH Originally published by […]

#LikeAGirl

This article from The Huffington Post explores the very strong public reaction on Twitter to Always’ #LikeAGirl commercial that was aired during the Superbowl. I’d actually already seen the commercial, in its full length, online several weeks prior to the Superbowl. After watching it I was, at first moved, and then couldn’t help but wonder somewhat about […]

Addressing Campus Violence for What It Is

This article, written by Alexandra Brodsky is an excellent criticism of the position taken by Hoff Summers. It would appear Hoff suggests that reports of campus violence against women has been hugely overrated, moreso that the victims’ handling of that violence is a solid rationale for her position. Does it smack just a little of victim blaming? We […]

Louis (C.K.) and Diverse Casting

This article delves into the world of Louis, the FX television created by comedian Louis CK. Having watched Louis I can speak to my own surprise when I first met Janet, Louis’ ex-wife, on the program and discovered she was black. And I loved it. I thought it was ground breaking, exciting, and stretching all the […]

Skank Lists appear at Schools

This article, written in 2012, documents bullying at several high schools in the United States. It appears that students at each school distributed lists of “skanks”, or sexually active teens, to their parents’ mailboxes. Troubling and unfortunate. This is pertinent to Anita’s Fish Eyes Trilogy because of the bullying present in the life of Naz, the […]

Bjork on Sexism in the Music Industry

This brief but fantastic article by Bitch Magazine writer Sarah Mirk examines an interview of musician and producer Bjork about her newest album Vulnicura. The interview, conducted by Jessica Hopper and published by Pitchfork, broaches the topic of sexism in the music industry and Bjork doesn’t hesitate to jump in. Apparently the assumptions about women producers […]

Manning Up for Feminism

This is a two-part series, the first article focusing on Margaret Wente’s piece published in The Globe and Mail on Jan 10, 2015. The second article featured is a response to Margaret’s article published by Maclean’s Magazine on January 14, 2015, written by Anne Kingston. Our thoughts on it can be found here. Margaret’s article […]

THANK YOU, MARGARET WENTE, FOR EXPOSING RAPE CULTURE

This is the second in a two-part series, the first being an article that Margaret Wente wrote for The Globe and Mail. The second is Anne Kingston’s response to Ms. Wente’s commentary on manspreading and the “Class of DDS 2015 Gentleman” Facebook page and its fallout. Our response to Margaret Wente’s article can be found here. […]

Cliff Huxtable is the Fantasy. Bill Cosby is the Reality.

This fantastic article from Bitch Media and writer Aya de Leon examining Phylicia Rashad’s recent comments about the rape accusations against Bill Cosby. After Phylicia’s comments blew up on social media and in the news she clarified that she misquoted, or that the comments weren’t taken in the spirit they were intended. As she puts it: “What […]

Graffiti Photo Album

Graffiti plays a role in the second play of Anita Majumdar’s Fish Eyes Trilogy, Boys With Cars, and so we decided to find some misogynistic graffiti and some feminist graffiti in response and place them side by side. Many bathroom stalls read “Since it’s done neither for money or critical acclaim, bathroom graffiti is the truest […]

*Light Girls* – I used to tan 3-4 times a week

Not entirely inside the world of the Fish Eyes Trilogy, but a topic near and dear to Anita and the Nightswimming team is colourism (also known as shadeism). We have many articles about this on our sister site, s2bd.ca, which is a dramaturgical exploration of Anita Majumdar’s Same Same But Different – a play that delves deep […]

Maclean’s Magazine has published a fantastic article by journalist Emma Teitel about Dalhousie University’s handling of the Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen’s Facebook group. For those not in the know this facebook group, comprised of 13 students, was a place for 13 of the graduating students to blow off some steam, share rape jokes, comment […]

Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment

This is a situation that becomes more and more discomforting as it unfolds, as many suggested it would. The latest developments include one of the attacked women, actor Lucy Decoutere coming forward with her story and giving a name to the faceless women, and more intimate details of the encounters Jian Ghomeshi had with all of the women who have […]

What Kind of Woman Won’t Report Sexual Assault

An astute review of why these women are afraid to come forward, written by Sandy Garossino and published by The Huffington Post, it’s an examination of what women who go to trial over sexual assaults face. In short: – Questions that defame their character – Questions that suggest they had actually instigated the assault – Questions about […]

Jian Versus the CBC | The Cunting Linguist

And because we can’t help ourselves… here’s one more. BQ shared this article with the rest of the Nightswimming team earlier this week and it puts a nice cap on today’s posts. The Cunting Linguist has written a very succinct and encompassing response to the situation and to those who are “waiting for all the facts”. […]

Why I Can’t Remain Silent About What Jian Did To Me

As some predicted this past weekend, whatever information was going to be unearthed about Jian Ghomeshi was going to be shattering, either for him or for the women he accused in his facebook post. The Ninth woman to come forward, and the second to identify herself, with allegations that Jian was sexually violent towards her. Reva Seth, a […]

Women shouldn’t have to wait years for sexual offenders to apologize

The Globe and Mail writer Leah McLaren has written a great piece about her own experience with sexual harassment in the work place. Pushed to take steps towards resolving an unwanted grope from her boss fifteen years ago, Leah writes about the actions she took and the healthy outcome that has resulted. The unwanted attention that Leah received […]

If Dudes Catcalled Dudes

For a smile and a fun turn of the tables on catcalling, enjoy buzzfeed’s If Dudes Catcalled Dudes. /EMH Originally published by Buzzfeed on November 7, 2014. Video produced by Keith Habersberger. ———-

Toula Drimonis: Speech should be free — even for this creep

Many of you have probably heard about Julien Blanc, or perhaps #chokinggirlsaroundtheworld. You’ve likely also heard that there’s been a movement within several countries to have him banned: Take Down Julien Blanc. Australians were successful in their efforts and Mr. Blanc has been banned from the country, Japan and Canada currently have petitions circulating which […]

Fighting Female Genital Mutilation

A fantastic article from The New York Times by Mona Eltahawy on the practise Female Genital Mutilation that is still widely practised around the world. The practise has been banned in some countries only to have the ban lifted later, or has been moved to medical clinics for the safety of the young women, or is still practised in […]

Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women

So what was all the fuss with Anita Sarkeesian about anyway? Well… it turns out when you create a video like this, pointing out some of the story flaws in our best loved (or oldest) games, you set yourself as an object to be sent death and rape threats. This is Part 1 in the series, there […]

Can We Talk About Those Rape Scenes in “Outlander”?

A very interesting response from Bitch magazine, specifically about how rape is handled in the television series Outlander. But in a larger sense this article addresses how rape is often handled in story (literature, television, video game, theatre, film etc) – as a plot device to further another character’s arc while at the same time furthering the damsel […]

Reyhaneh Jabbari’s emotional message to her mother before she was hanged for killing a man she accused of raping her

You have to read her words. Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death in Iran after she was found guilty of murdering an Iranian official. That’s the court story. Her story is that her attacker was attempting to rape her and her attempts at self-defence cost him his life. Her words in her final letter to her […]

‘Massacre’ threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk

This article is terrifying and requires almost no explanation.   /EMH Originally published by The Verge on October 14, 2014. ———- ‘Massacre’ threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk By Adi Robertson on October 14, 2014 07:09 pm Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular Tropes vs. Women video series, is at the center of yet another […]

Video Gamers Are Having A Bizarre Debate Over Whether Sending Death Threats To Women Is A Serious Issue Or Not

If you’ve been hearing words like “GamerGate”, “PuaHate”, “Gamasutra” popping up all over the place and have no idea what’s going on, this article sums up the recent controversy, death threats, and terrifying anti-woman/anti-feminist movement within the video game community. It’s a long and somewhat confusing story, that has its roots in anonymous posts on […]

A Guide to the Ideas and Words of GamerGate

globeandmail writer Tabitha Southey has written a brief lexicon for those curious about the GamerGate community and what they really mean when they tell women that they need to lighten up. /EMH Originally published by The Globe and Mail on October 17, 2014. Written by Tabitha Southey. ———- A guide to the ideas and words […]

Why We Should Stop Saying Street Harassment is a Compliment

This fantastic illustration about stress harassment came to our attention this weekend. After some of my experiences in Ottawa while we were opening#FishEyes at the Great Canadian Theatre Company last week (catcalled twice on the street and stared at in a coffee shop) it felt like this was too pertinent not to share. I wound […]

Growing Some Balls

This article, written by Comedian Christina Walkinshaw, focuses on  sexual harassment she was put through while on stage and its lasting effects, especially when its upheld by big business. /EMH Originally published on resistingmarriage.tumblr on October 21, 2014. Written by Christina Walkinshow. ———- Growing Some Balls I recently discovered my “other” message box on Facebook. […]

Feminism Is Not Whatever You Want It To Be

Macleans Magazine has been publishing a trove of articles exploring the many difference facets of the current  feminist movement that are worth exploring. This article explores the recent #womenagainstfeminism movement that has been sweeping social media sites.  For those not “in the know”, #womenagainstfeminism is an anti-feminist movement that involves individuals holding up signs that explain why they don’t […]

I Show My School Spirit by Working to End Sexual Assault

Another great article about sexual assaults on student campuses, but this one is a good news story. Thanks to Bitch magazine and writer Hannah Steinkopf-Frank for her perspective on the rape of a student by three basketball players and the steps that the University of Oregon took to handle the situation. A well written article by a young writer about […]

12-Year-Old Girl Takes Dick’s Sporting Goods to Equality School

Talking about the new wave of feminism and representation in media (including advertising), 12-year old McKenna Peterson takes Dick’s Sporting Goods to task over their recent catalogue lacking, almost, any photos of young women. McKenna writes them a letter outlining her response in a pithy, smart, and fantastic way. /EMH Originally published by Jezebel on October 9, […]

Maroon 5’s NSFW Music Video For ‘Animals’ Is Seriously Disturbing

Maroon 5 is back with their latest single, Maroon 5 – Animals, and it is pretty disturbing both in lyrics and in video content. The article from HitFix Entertainment News begins to lay out what is so upsetting about the video but doesn’t go so far as to really lay out an opinion of action, other than to suggest it’s […]

bell hooks was Bored by Anaconda

An interesting article from New York Magazine about feminism at the pop star level, criticism of it, whether it is actually liberating or in fact marketing what is known to sell. As bell hooks puts it: “I mean, try to imagine Beyoncé with some nappy dreads. Would she have the money that she has? Is there a […]

Montreal Police Tell Women To Not Take Taxis In The City Alone Anymore

The Montréal Police Service has instructed women not to take taxis home late at night and to drink responsibly, after a series of women were sexual harassed by their cab drivers. A somewhat embarrassing notice to issue if not prefaced by “this is a short-term solution”. This kind of recommendation is a bandaid and in no way […]

Your Princess is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

As I delve further and further into a discussion around feminism, female representation, and pop culture, I keep reading more and more articles about women in video games. As Anita Sarkeesian and many female video game developers, writers and players, are very aware it’s not atypical for a certain part of the video gaming community to turn […]

The daily battles of feminism don’t come with backup dancers

The Globe and Mail writer Elizabeth Renzetti writes a great piece about the daily battles of being a feminist. Does it mean placard-holding and symbolism, or is it the quieter efforts (for example, working to develop better abortion services in provinces that are woefully lacking) that really make the difference? /EMH Originally published by The Globe […]

First Russian woman in International Space Station mission

Imagine training seven years exclusively to go to space, to the International Space Station no less, to be the first woman of your country in 17 years to do so, and to be asked at the press conference before your launch about how you plan to do your hair. That is exactly what happened to Yelena Serova, more […]

Stories Like Passwords, written by author Emma Healey, is recounting of a personal story that many young women encounter, in the arts and in every field. Emma couldn’t be more on the nose when she writes: “It is exhilarating and terrifying and heartrending to watch people tell their stories, to see the changes that can come […]

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘You Should Cower With Shame’ For Viewing My Nudes

We were delighted to read this article and think that it speaks for itself. /EMH Originally published by Jezebel on October 7, 2014. Written by Kate Dries. ———- Jennifer Lawrence: ‘You Should Cower with Shame’ for Viewing My Nudes Kate Dries Well Vanity Fair has scored a big coup: they’ve got Jennifer Lawrence on the […]

Why I Will No Longer Speak on All Male Panels

A somewhat controversial article that Macleans Magazine writer Scott Gilmore has penned an article about a recent experience of his. While on a panel, all men, the second question asked from the audience was: “Why are there no women on stage?” None of the panelists had an answer. But Scott did: he will no longer sit on panels […]

FLOWCHART: SHOULD YOU CATCALL HER?

Playboy published this fantastic flowchart suggesting that there are only two situations in which it is appropriate to catcall: either you’re shouting at an actual cat; or both parties have “consensually agreed to shout sexually suggestive comments to each other in public.” /EMH Originally published by Playboy on August 24, 2014. By Shea Strauss. ———- […]

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

For those interested in the Rehtaeh Parsons case, it continues and those responsible for her attack are currently on trial. But it will be difficult to find the case in the papers if you aren’t looking, because a judge has imposed a media ban (as is quite normal with child pornography cases). However, Rehtaeh’s name […]

Spain Abandons Plan to Ban Abortion

Spain has abandoned its planned abortion bill. The proposed legislation would have restricted the reproductive choice for women to two scenarios: rape or a risk to the mother’s health. Oh, and you’d need two doctors to substantiate the need, as well as a mandatory week between the country granting a request to reflect on whether […]

Target Canada Selling Sexist Superman PJ’s For Girls

Professor Christine Logel, PhD., encountered two cute little PJ onesies on sale in a Waterloo Target. The blue jumper features the words “Future Man of Steel”, while the little pink jumper reads “I Only Date Heroes.” Hmm. Interesting. What’s worse? The assistant store manager said that they’re “cute” and couldn’t understand the issue. What’s even […]

California adopts historic ‘yes means yes’ rule on sexual consent

40 years ago, anti-rape campaigns and legislation were changed forever with the “No Means No” campaign. Now, california’s Governor, Jerry Brown, has signed into existence “Yes Means yes”, landmark legislation that requires colleges and universities to investigate what constitutes consent (verbal or non-verbal) from both parties engaging in sexual relations. There are critics of the […]

20 Facts Everyone Should Know About Gender Bias in Movies

The Huffington Post recently published a great article about a recent study, released by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, of women in the film industry. The numbers are low, achingly so, but they are certainly higher than recent years. It’s worth a read and a think about representation, both of gender and diversity, […]

Wonder Woman’s Secret Past

The New Yorker has published a fantastic article about the history of Wonder Woman, her roots in the suffragette and feminist movement (which are quite different movements), and how her history parallels those movements changes throughout the 20th century. It also raises some amazing questions about Wonder Woman’s role today and why we have yet to see […]

Miley Cyrus Has Been Banned in the Dominican Republic

An oldie but a goodie… Miley Cyrus was banned from performing in the Dominican Republic by government officials who deemed that Miley “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are publishable by Dominican Law.” Apparently a woman grabbing her crotch and behaving in a lewd manner on stage is so offensive that it […]

The sexual threats against Emma Watson are an attack on every woman

Amanda Taub, writing for Vox, has written a perfect explanation about just why the sexual threats against Emma Watson are so problematic, besides the obvious illegal invasion of privacy and sex crime. If 4chan is “trolling” – the act of putting out inflammatory information to simply see the response – then congratulations 4chan, you have […]

How The F**k Is This Still Happening?!?

John Oliver on this past Sunday’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver beautifully lampoons the Miss America contest (which awards 5 points for the beauty contest and only 5 points for the question portion). He also investigates the just what the Miss America Organization means by calling itself “the largest provider of scholarships for women” when really it’s the largest potential […]

Shafia trial: Six perspectives on ‘honour’ killings in Canada

A National Post article, originally published in January 2012, in response to the end of the Shafia trial asked six members of the South Asian community for their reactions and thoughts on honour killings. Their responses vary, but the one that stands out most clearly as a reflection on Canada’s failure of the women is Raheel Raza‘s paraphrased […]

Hatred of women, not Islam, fuels Pakistan’s honour killings

Looking a little more specifically into female honour, this article popped up quite quickly. An almost vitriolic call to action, globeandmail contributor Omer Aziz defends Islam and points to a heavily ingrained cultural patriarchy as the cause for the root of “honour killings”, focusing instead on a violent hatred of female sexuality as the root cause. […]

It’s On Us To Stop Sexual Assault

Another article to start your day right, the Barack Obama‘s administration has released the It’s On US campaign. The campaign features a host of tools, over 40 partners which are championing the initiative, and some snazzy videos about ending sexual assault for both men and women. The pledge itself is short, sweet, and to the point: “To […]

Badass Emma Watson Launches UN HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign

It’s nice to have a good news day! Actress and UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivers a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York. Emma spoke about the gender disparity, the confusion around the term “feminism”, and that the role of men in the advancement of women’s causes is crucial; all of which is the crux […]

A Glimpse Into the Life of a Radical, Brown, Queer Family

Our friends over at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre asked amazing performer, mother, entrepreneur, and all around super-star Catherine Hernandez to write a blog post about what it’s like to be a radical, brown, queer momma. Here’s what she had to say… /EMH Originally posted on Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Blog, written by Catherine […]

Rihanna Just Took on CBS and Won

Visible Minority Report, a great group over on Facebook posted a link to an excellent, though a little profane, article about CBS and NFL pulling Rihanna’s song from the opening show for their football game last week. The NFL pulled the song with little explanation and had rescheduled the song for this week. It seems rather […]

Ray Rice Inspired Makeup Tutorial

We just love what Megan McKay has to say: We Can Do Better. Props for the NFL Foundation to boot. /EMH  

CoverGirl issues statement after protesters alter NFL ‘Game Face’ ads

Continuing to follow the fallout from Ray Rice’s expulsion from the NFL, which occurred only after outraged online protest, COVERGIRL launched their NFL advertising campaign (major sponsors of the NFL). Unfortunately titled “Get your Game Face On”, with images of their “Girls” dolled up in make-up to match the many NFL team colours. A viral campaign has been […]

Anheuser-Busch Sternly Urges NFL to Stop Acting Like Stupid Meatheads

A great little article from Jezebel‘s writer Erin Gloria Ryan about Anheuser-Busch significantly more responsible reaction to the Ray Rice “scandal” than other NFL sponsor Cover Girl. The short of it: Anheuser-Busch issues a sternly worded response to the NFL’s handling of Ray Rice’s beating of his fiancee; Cover Girl issued a short ineffectual statement […]

Ray Rice Inspired Make-Up Tutorial

Toronto-based comedian and writer Megan MacKay has created a fantastic Ray Rice Make-up Tutorial and we love the ending: We Can Do Better. We wholeheartedly agree. /EMH  

NFL Should Ditch the Pink Crap and Recognize Domestic Violence Instead

Some thoughts on how the NFL is handling the domestic violence issue stirred up by Ray Rice’s treatment of his fiancee and whether or not it is responsible to focus on breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer research is certainly a worthy cause but widely publicized, and there are questions about how much of the money that […]

CBS Sports’ James Brown Speaks Out on Domestic Violence

Ray Rice has been released from his contract with the Ravens due to his recent violence against then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Rice (nee Palmer). At last night’s Raven’s game, CBS pulled a video of domestic violence victim and R&B singer Rihanna performing in favour of airing a sombre CBS interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell […]

“Honk” if You Want to End Rape Culture at Brock University (and the Rest of the World While We’re at it)

Originally posted on A Feminist Critique on September 6, 2014. A fantastic article that provides oversight into the world of rape culture in universities, which is particularly rampant during frosh week. A Feminist Critique has offered some context and history about the subtle and overt actions that make up a university rape culture.   “Honk” if You Want to […]

Here’s What Happens When an NFL Player Beats His Fiancée Unconscious

Ray Rice is caught on camera hitting his fiancee in an elevator. He is suspended for two games, which is two games less than had he been caught smoking marijuana. Ray will be back just in time to don a pink jersey for the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The word ironic springs to mind. […]

Female Honour and The Fish Eyes Trilogy

One could argue that the term simply refers to both men and women. And that would fly, until you just barely scratch the surface of that thought.