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Category: HeForShe

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”. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. ———- […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.