Herizons

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, Fall

Battle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs
BATTLE CRIES: JUSTICE FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDSMiriam EdelsonSUMACH PRESS, 2005Review by Emma KivisildBattle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs is an ambitious project that combines detailed portraits of eight families, a summary of relevant...
Berth
BERTHCarol BruneauCORMORANT BOOKS, 2005Review by Lori LavaleeA military wife as protagonist is a rare occurrence in Canadian fiction. For this reason, and because I am a military spouse myself, I was immediately interested in this novel.Acutely aware...
Beyond Recall
issues & ideasBEYOND RECALLby Mary Meigs(edited by Lise Weil)TALONBOOKS, 2005Review by Jillian Ridington"What sticks in the mind and why?" asks Mary MeigsMeigs wrote her last entry in the journal that became Beyond Recall on November 13, 2002. On...
Board with Sexism
Not long after The Da Vinci Code opened in theatres, Monsignor Frederick Dolan, the vicar of Opus Dei (means Work of God) in Canada, was interviewed on national TV. I was fascinated-nay, enraptured.The headquarters is in Montreal, and there are evidently...
Brahma's Dream
BRAHMA'S DREAMShree GhatageANCHOR CANADA, 2005Review by Helen Fogwill Porter"On a clear ochre morning, standing in the front verandah of Koleshwar Nivas and watching a rain tree release into the sky a flurry of parrots, Mohani noticed that the outer...
Coming of Age
A small miracle occurred pre-Pride this year when a collection of Canadian lesbian plays was launched. Lesbian Plays: Coming Of Age In Canada (Playwrights Canada) includes my own play A Fertile Imagination, a comedy about two lesbians trying to have...
Cross Purposes
A SHORT HISTORY OF CROSS-DRESSING WOMENDr. James Barry was a notable medical reformer of the 19th century with an international medical career that included a Canadian practice. Biographer Merna Forster wrote, in too Canadian Heroines, that he championed...
Dancing through Depression
From the age of 17, Linda knew that she was particularly susceptible to the emotional ups and downs of life. Five years ago, her depression became a permanent stay in the house of blues.A combination of stress at work, the onset of menopause and life...
Doing It: Women Working in Information Technology
DOING IT: WOMEN WORKING IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYKrista Scott-DixonSUMACH PRESS, 2004Review by Rachel ThompsonBeing the sole computer geek in my crowd, you can imagine how fun parties are for me. Eyes glaze over at the slightest acronym (even HTML seems...
Feminist Politics, Activism and Vision
FEMINIST POLITICS, ACTIVISM AND VISION Edited by: L. Ricciutelli, A. Miles and M. H. McFadden INANNA PUBLICATIONS AND EDUCATION, 2004Review by Wendy RobbinsClaims of feminism's demise have been greatly exaggerated, as readers of Herizons know. Just how...
Gotta Find Me an Angel
GOTTA FIND ME AN ANGELBrenda BrooksRAINCOAST BOOKS, 2005Review by Claire RobsonThis first novel by B.C. author Brenda Brooks is so palatable that a couple of things I found hard to swallow just slipped down easy in the end.The tale is narrated by a 30-something...
Growing Up Degrassi: Television, Identity and Youth Cultures
GROWING UP DEGRASSI: TELEVISION, IDENTITY AND YOUTH CULTURES Edited by Michele Byers SUMACH PRESS, 2005Review by Megan ButcherLike many of the authors in Growing Up Degrassi, there's a tender spot in my heart for the Degrassi dassic series (Degrassi...
He Drown She in the Sea
HE DROWN SHE IN THE SEAShani MootooMCCLELLAND AND STEWART, 2005Review by Maya KhankhojeGuanagaspar is the imaginary Caribbean homeland of Harry St. George and Rose Sangha, a man and a woman who were meant to be together, but whose insecurities conspire...
Innocence
INNOCENCE Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic MARS DISTRIBUTION, 2005Review by Maureen MedvedSome experiences in life aren't best explained through linear storytelling, such as the experience of finding one's way through the wild thicket of childhood.Innocence,...
In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver
IN PLAIN SIGHT: REFLECTIONS ON LIFE IN DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE VANCOUVER Edited by Leslie Robertson and Dara Culhane TALONBOOKS, 2005Review by Maria StanboroughThe Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is one of the roughest places in Canada to call home. These are...
Keep Your Hands off Our Ovaries!
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has approved the first stem cell research project in Canada to use fresh human embryos, a move not envisioned when Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act was passed in 2004, according to one of the country's...
Leaders Skirt HIV at G-8 Summit
(ST. PETERSBURG) With her arrival at the St. Petersburg Summit in July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel became the second female chief of a G8 nation to attend the G-8 Summit. Not since Margaret Thatcher's presence at the G7 has a leader in a skirt been...
Letters
LANDSBERG LAUDEDFinally, a great article about Michele Landsberg, whose worth in this world is immeasurable.Without Landsberg's voice, we all lose. And "with no consistently feminist voice ... [and] the decline of whip-smart, unapologetic feminist opinions,"...
Pink to Green
They're everywhere-on bread wrappers, cosmetics, golf balls, cereal packages, bank ads and even a $60 silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. Increasingly, I get the feeling that, as a woman, I should buy in to the idea that a cure for breast...
Que(e)rying Evangelism: Growing a Community from the outside In
QUE(E)RYING EVANGELISM: GROWING A COMMUNITY FROM THE OUTSIDE IN Cheri DiNovo PILGRIM PRESS, 2005Review by Lydia PerovicFortunately, there's no trace of New Age in DiNovo's book, no can-we-all-get-along Christianity of the amorphous blobGod-the inoffensive,...
Reach for the Stars
"I like writing rhymes but I'm not supposed to / writing rhymes is not what fair-skinned girls do"-Kinnie Starr, AnythingFair-skinned girls who want mainstream acceptance aren't singing about gender politics or First Nations' issues, either, but that's...
Reading, Writing and Revolution on Miss G Lesson Plan
(LONDON, ONT.) Like many university students, Sarah Ghabrial and her friends were amazed when they took their first women's studies courses.They asked one another: "Why didn't we learn about this stuff earlier?"The answer became the Miss G Project, an...
Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts
RED LIGHT: SUPERHEROES, SAINTS AND SLUTS Edited by Anna Camilleri ARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2005Review by Joy ParksFemale icons abound in mainstream culture: the goddess/ saint, the mother (preferably virginal), and the bad girl/slut (most congenial, and safest,...
Sarah Waters
SARAH WATERSSarah Waters is much smaller and more composed than I'd imagined-from her epic novels I expected her to be wild-eyed, full of non sequitors and dramatic hair tosses. But, alas, Waters is sweetly poised and welcoming as I greet her in the...
Sekhar Charts Path to Renewal
(EDMONTON) Upon learning that his obituary had been published, Mark Twain sent the news service a cable which read: "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."A feminist version of the same message was delivered by Kripa Sekhar at Feminism in the...
Shower Me (Sorry, Us)
If you had told me 10 years ago I would be standing in a room full of my mother's friends, drinking tea and eating scones with clotted cream, I probably would have laughed in your face. At 20, the very thought that I would be doing this, playing the...
Storm of Discontent
As I write, there's a whomping, scary, glorious summer-afternoon thunderstorm going on around me. The light seeping into the house is dim and eerie, the neighbourhood cats are hiding wherever there's shelter, plant life is being pummelled with water,...
The Courage of Conviction
(TORONTO) A Pakistani-Canadian Muslim who broke with tradition and led a congregation of 40 Muslim men and women in prayer has a simple goal."My intention was to achieve spiritual equality between men and women and a direct connection with God," says...
The Hanging of Angelique
THE HANGING OF ANGELIQUE Afua Cooper HARPER COLLINS, 2006Review by Sheila NopperIn 1734, Marie-Joseph Angelique, a rebellious slave of prominent merchants in the French colony of Montreal, was hanged for allegedly burning down a substantial portion of...
Their Eyes Were Watching God
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD Zora Neale Hurston FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1937Review by Stacey KauderIn a period when black authors wrote about political issues and slavery, Zora Neale Hurston gave voice to the experiences of African Americans using folklore,...
Too Close for Comfort
MAUDE BARLOW DOCUMENTS HOW CANADA IS LOSING CONTROL OVER THE PROTECTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND LOCAL INDUSTRIESSince September 11, 2001, the U.S. administration under George Bush has defined security in the narrowest of possible terms. In her provocative...