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Category: Male Privilege

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]