Herizons

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, Spring

American Woman
by Susan ChoiHARPER COLLINS, 2003Review by Ann HansenAmerican Woman is the thinly disguised story of the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by an American urban guerrilla group, the Symbionese Liberation Army, in 1974--the heyday of the Vietnam War protests....
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Are We Equal Yet?
Prime Minister Paul Martin's appointment of women to 11 out of the 39 cabinet posts in December had all the makings of a feminist chinook. In choosing women to fill 28 percent of the federal posts. Martin appointed a record number of women to his first...
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Back to the Drawing Board: African-Canadian Feminisms
Eds., Njoki Nathani Wane, Katerina Deliovsky and Erica LawsonSUMACH PRESS, 2002Review by Roxane TraceyBack to the Drawing Board: African-Canadian Feminisms succeeds in provoking dialogue by creating the kind of healthy tensions women need in order to...
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Belly Wisdom: A New Body Politic
Me--take a belly dancing class? It wasn't an easy decision. I struggled to reconcile my reluctance to participate in something I often dismissed because of its association with cultural appropriation, with my desire to learn more about belly dancing's...
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Bend It like a Lady
In my last column, I espoused the virtues of being a BITCH and that persona was most enjoyable for a while. But now that I'm living in my car, I'm not totally sure it's the way to go.It seems you can only give the finger (metaphorically speaking, of...
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Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle
by Manda ScottRANDOM HOUSE, 2003Review by Chris LowtherIt's about time someone wrote a novel about the legendary Celtic warrior queen, Bodiccea, or Boudica, the last tribal Brit to lead a rebellion against the Roman invasion. Manda Scott writes as if...
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Court Favours Rape Relief in Latest Legal Ruling
(VANCOUVER) The B.C. Supreme Court ruling in Vancouver Rape Relief vs Kimberly Nixon is not only "transphobic," according to Nixon's lawyer, barbara findlay, it's a set-back for everyone seeking protection from discrimination in B.C..In December 2003,...
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Desirable Daughters
by Bharati MukherjeeHARPER COLLINS CANADA, 2002Review by Irene D'Souza[Graph Not Transcribed]Bharati Mukherjee, a professor of English at the University of Berkeley, is the author of seven books of fiction, including the award-winning The Middleman and...
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Fear of Food: A Diary of Mothering
by Carole BacchiSPINIFEX (AUSTRALIA), 2003Review by Susan Prentice[Graph Not Transcribed]What would you do if your newborn refused to eat, was wracked with painful colic, and never slept more than two hours at a stretch? This was the reality Carol Bacchi...
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Feminist Ink: Politics and Publishing in a Big Box World
A decade ago, the publishing landscape included feminist and lesbian publishers such as Press Gang in Vancouver, Women's Press in Toronto and Gynergy Press in Prince Edward Island. These feminist enclaves and others--the women of colour press, Sister...
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Genetic Politics: From Eugenics to Genome
by Anne Kerr and Tom ShakespeareNEW CLARION PRESS, 2002Review by Abby Lippman[Graph Not Transcribed]Disclosure: The authors are both friends of mine, though we have not worked on a project together. As well, I am among those acknowledged at the start...
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Girl Culture
by Lauren GreenfieldCHRONICLE BOOKS, 2002Review by Jennifer O'Connor[Graph Not Transcribed]Lauren Greenfield's Girl Culture is a collection of photographs that show the lives of girls--their strengths, their aspirations and their sadness. Specifically,...
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Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists
Ed. Ian JackGRANTA, 2003Review by Sook C. KongThe British magazine Granta, which publishes contemporary realist fiction, publishes a short story collection called "Best of Young British Novelists" every 10 years. Several of the 20 stories in the newest...
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Hollywood Utopia
by Justine BrownNEW STAR BOOKS, 2003Review by Karen X. Tulchinsky[Graph Not Transcribed]During Hollywood's Golden Age of the silent movie, filmmakers such as D.W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation) believed that film, with its universal language of mime,...
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Keeping the Faith
My conversation with Rabbi Elyse Goldstein is off to a rough start. I ask her about the "seminal moment" when she decided to become a rabbi. Poor choice of words, I admit. "Seminal" is indeed a patriarchal word, as she points out. I quickly move along...
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Ladies in Wading
(OTTAWA) When Rachael Crowder took up fly fishing, she knew it was an unusual sport for a woman. What she didn't know is that breaking into fly fishing would change her life."It was very interesting going to a male-dominated sports show with my male...
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Lies, Damned Lies and George Bush
Don't think and drive. That was the message sent out by the FBI to roughly 18,000 law enforcement agencies a few months back. The alert urged police pulling over drivers for traffic violations and conducting other routine investigations to keep their...
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Margaret Atwood: Is This the Path We Want to Be Seen On?
Her oeuvre includes early Canadian feminist literature, poignant love stories, a gothic novel and science fiction. She is an alchemist whose novels help pinpoint where we are and where humanity is headed.Margaret Atwood has won every major writing award,...
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Must-Interene TV
Willow and Tara were taking a break after marathon getting-it-on. It was 2002, and the first time in their two-and-a-half year relationship that the women had been shown in bed together. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, especially those devoted to the...
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No Green Light for Red Light District
(VANCOUVER) Politicians and some feminist groups remain at odds over Vancouver city council's failed attempt to liberalize home-based escort services in the downtown core.[Graph Not Transcribed]Last September, the city repealed a bylaw that would have...
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Oh Susanna
OH SUSANNANETTWERK, 2003Review by Anna LazowskiOh Susanna, aka Suzie Ungerleider, became a darling of the folk circuit following the release of her 2001 full-length, Sleepy Little Sailor. The album's quiet melancholy made her a perfect fit for festivals...
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Power Games
It has been a dismal decade for women in politics. Locked at a pathetic 20 percent at the federal level, the proportion of women has declined in provincial legislatures where right-wing governments have been elected.[Graph Not Transcribed]Now, Belinda...
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Quixotic Erotic
by Tamai KobayashiARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2003Review by Joy ParksIn a recent interview, Leslea Newman, editor of several erotica collections, suggested that erotic short stories are popular because they are the ultimate fast form of safe sex in a busy, dangerous...
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Reform Rabbi Challenges Orthodoxy
(JERUSALEM) The ordainment of Maya Leibovich as rabbi of Mevasseret Zion, a town outside Jerusalem, created a stir in 1993.Leibovich, the first Israeli-born female rabbi, received threatening letters, and some Orthodox male rabbis organized a demonstration...
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Revving Up the Revolution
(TORONTO) As a 26-year-old woman standing five feet, three inches and weighing 115 pounds, there's something enticing about taking charge of a metal beast almost eight times my weight. There's also the appeal of a raw connection with Mother Nature that...
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Rush Home Road
by Lori LansensVINTAGE CANADA, 2003Review by Maria StanboroughIn her first novel, Rush Home Road, Lori Lansens manages to compress the magnitude of an epic into one woman's life. In doing so, she reveals the possibility for epic in all our lives.[Graph...
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Speaking Sex to Power: The Politics of Pleasure and Perversity
by Patrick CalifiaCLEIS PRESS, 2002Review by Meagan Butcher[Graph Not Transcribed]Those who have admired and been inspired by Patrick Califia's work during the past decade, but have found it difficult to keep up with his numerous publishing credits,...
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Spring Fever
My daughter has a boyfriend.I found out the hard way--by coming home with my partner early after work. We called out and heard nothing, and then came upon one pair of shoes that looked familiar and another honking big pair of running shoes that definitely...
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The Chelsea Whistle
by Michelle TeaSEAL PRESS, 2002Review by T.L. Cowan"A girl could go crazy just trying to stick to her own story when everything around her conspired to knock the past away."--Michelle Tea, The Chelsea WhistleI first encountered Michelle Tea when she...
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The Muslim Veil in North America
The resurgence of the mainstream obsession with the veil following the first Gulf War has marked both a diversion from more fundamental systems of oppression and a conservative retrenchment within Muslim communities. For some veiled women, it has meant...
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Tune in for Broader Democracy
(TORONTO) As she finished writing her book, The Unfinished Revolution, feminist activist Doris Anderson recalled, "The one thing that stood out clearly then was that with any form of proportional representation it was going to be much easier to increase...
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Vindication of the Rights of Woman
by Mary WollstonecraftPENGUIN BOOKSReview by Stacy KauderIf you want to catch up on your classic feminist literature, a good place to start is Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Mary Wollstonecraft penned the book in 1792 in response to the conventional...
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