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Category: Sexism

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), […]

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 […]