Herizons

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, Summer

ABC Theory Gets Failing Grade: Booby-Trap Backfires
Pro-choice activists won a victory recently when charges of 'false advertising' against a North Dakota abortion clinic and Planned Parenthood Federation of Americas were recently dismissed.Anti-abortionists failed in their bid to stop the two organizations...
ABC Theory Gets Failing Grade: Booby-Trap Backfires
Pro-choice activists won a victory recently when charges of `false advertising' against a North Dakota abortion clinic and Planned Parenthood Federation of Americas were recently dismissed.Anti-abortionists failed in their bid to stop the two organizations...
A Cute Website of One's Own
I hate people who sport their own cutesy websites. You know the ones I'm talking about: I'm Mike and Here's My Dull as Doornails Life. Or how about Betsy's Granny Squares in Colour Designed by Betsy.On that last one, don't get me wrong, I love crochet....
All the Seas of the World
BY GAYLA REIDSTODDARD, 2001REVIEW BY JILLIAN RIDINGTONAustralians habitually call each other "mate," but in the case of Deirdre and Bernadette (Bernie), the women who are at centre of All the Seas of the World, the term is appropriate.[Graph Not Transcribed]They...
All the Seas of the World by Gayla Reid
STODDARD, 2001Australians habitually call each other "mate," but in the case of Deirdre and Bernadette (Bernie), the women who are at centre of All the Seas of the World, the term is appropriate.They are mated almost from birth; Bernie cannot remember...
Behind the Scenes at Lilith on Top
[Graph Not Transcribed]In June 1999, Lynne Stopkewich was preparing to shoot her second feature film, Suspicious River, when she got a call from her partners, Dean English and Jessica Fraser. Boneyard Film Productions had just negotiated with Sarah McLachlan...
Behind the Scenes at Lilith on Top
In June 1999, Lynne Stopkewich was preparing to shoot her second feature film, Suspicious River, when she got a call from her partners, Dean English and Jessica Fraser. Boneyard Film Productions had just negotiated with Sarah McLachlan and Nettwerk Productions...
Body Politic: How to Stop Militarized Capitalism
The rise of far right parties in Europe is an ominous warning at progressive forces had better heed. A closer look at Jean Marie Le Pens victory in the first round of the French presidential elections was an ominous indicator of the strategic problems...
Burning Ground
BY PEARL LUKEHARPERCOLLINS 2000REVIEW BY NOZOMI GOTOPercy Turner, turning 30, is spending yet another five months alone, perched at her fire tower in the vast thickets of the northern Alberta forest. It is her seventh season, and as Percy knows only...
Burning Ground by Pearl Luke
HARPERCOLLINS 2000Percy Turner, turning 30, is spending yet another five months alone, perched at her fire tower in the vast thickets of the northern Alberta forest. It is her seventh season, and as Percy knows only too well how the isolation will affect...
Civil and Disobedient No Clear Cut Justice [Excerpt from Lock Me Up or Let Me Go: The Protests, Arrest and Trial of an Environmental Activist]
May 19, 2000. Suzanne has just been escorted out of the courtroom by three sheriff's deputies-to thunderous applause from our supporters. She told the judge she didn't want to be tried by him, she wanted to be tried by the Squamish people. The Elaho...
Cole's Notes: Hall, a Passageway to Bigger Things
I used to hate high school proms and everything about them. As a high school student in the 60s, I found them regressive exercises in heterosexual coupledom, though, okay, I wouldn't have said it that way -- I didn't even know I was a lesbian.At my high...
Confessions of a Shopaholic
BY SOPHIE KINSELLADELL PUBLISHING 2001REVIEW BY MELANIE CUMMINGSRebecca is a conspicuous consumer, as well as a freeloader living in the trendy part of London, England with her independently wealthy roommate, Suze.Working as a finance writer for Successful...
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
DELL PUBLISHING 2001Rebecca is a conspicuous consumer, as well as a freeloader living in the trendy part of London, England with her independently wealthy roommate, Suze.Working as a finance writer for Successful Savings you'd think Rebecca had a handle...
Did Bridget Jones Really Liberate Us?
British writer Imelda Whelehan writes in her book Overloaded: Pop Culture and the Future of Feminism, that contemporary men's movements are taking part in a process of reassessment, reflecting upon what 'being a man' means. Unfortunately, many of these...
Did Bridget Jones Really Liberate Us?
British writer Imelda Whelehan writes in her book Overloaded: Pop Culture and the Future of Feminism, that contemporary men's movements are taking part in a process of reassessment, reflecting upon what `being a man' means. Unfortunately, many of these...
Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla
BY ANN HANSENBETWEEN THE LINES/AK PRESS, 2001-2002REVIEW BY CHRIS LOWTHERIn the early 80s, members of Direct Action (a.k.a. the Squamish Five) blew up BC Hydro's Cheekeye-Dunsmuir substation which was being built to supply a planned wave of industrial...
Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla by Ann Hansen
BETWEEN THE LINES/AK PRESS, 2001-2002In the early 80s, members of Direct Action (a.k.a. the Squamish Five) blew up BC Hydro's Cheekeye-Dunsmuir substation which was being built to supply a planned wave of industrial development. They also bombed the...
Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
BY BELL HOOKSSOUTH END PRESS 2000REVIEW BY UMA PARAMESWARANbell hooks, African-American cultural critic and feminist, says that she wrote this book because she had always wanted "a straightforward, clear book, easy to read without being simplistic" that...
Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by Bell Hooks
SOUTH END PRESS 2000bell hooks, African-American cultural critic and feminist, says that she wrote this book because she had always wanted "a straightforward, clear book, easy to read without being simplistic" that would tell everyone what feminism is...
Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions, Third Edition
BY JOSEPHINE DONOVANNEW YORK: CONTINUUM, 2000REVIEW BY PEG TITTLEI was looking forward to this book, hoping it would provide a coherent framework (of 'isms') in which to place Stanton, Greer, Millett, Firestone, et al. I was not disappointed.[Graph Not...
Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions; Third Edition by Josephine Donovan
NEW YORK: CONTINUUM, 2000I was looking forward to this book, hoping it would provide a coherent framework (of `isms') in which to place Stanton, Greer, Millett, Firestone, et al. I was not disappointed.Donovan's book is divided into the following chapters:...
Global Campaign Seeks to End Bishops' Ban on Condoms
(NEW YORK) A global campaign to end Catholic bishops' ban on condoms has been launched by Catholics for a Free Choice and international health agencies.Billboards and ads in subways and newspapers carrying the message "Banning Condoms Kills" is a worldwide...
Grey
BY JUDY MACDONALDARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2001REVIEW BY KERRY RYANGrey is a shopping list. It is riding the bus and missing your stop. It is a relationship starting to grow or slowly going sour.[Graph Not Transcribed]Grey is for those of us who delight in...
Grey by Judy Macdonald
ARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2001Grey is a shopping list. It is riding the bus and missing your stop. It is a relationship starting to grow or slowly going sour.Grey is for those of us who delight in sifting through a jar of mismatched buttons, exploring a box...
Half Known Lives
BY JOAN GIVNERNEW STAR BOOKSREVIEW BY CYNTHIA CALLAHANLucy spins a stream-of-consciousness story of a group of friends who gather like acolytes before her garrulous wisdom as professor of English Literature and Women's Studies in the heady days of 1970's...
Half Known Lives by Joan Givner
NEW STAR BOOKSLucy spins a stream-of-consciousness story of a group of friends who gather like acolytes before her garrulous wisdom as professor of English Literature and Women's Studies in the heady days of 1970's North American feminism.After a student...
Hall, a Passageway to Bigger Things
I used to hate high school proms and everything about them. As a high school student in the 60s, I found them regressive exercises in heterosexual coupledom, though, okay, I wouldn't have said it that way - I didn't even know I was a lesbian.[Graph Not...
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
ALICE MUNROMCCLELLAND & STEWART, 2001REVIEW BY IRENE D'SOUZAReading Alice Munro is like getting a box of truffles. You know you are in for a delicious treat: no matter the filling, the end effect is always the same - total indulgence with a superb...
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
MCCLELLAND & STEWART, 2001Reading Alice Munro is like getting a box of truffles. You know you are in for a delicious treat: no matter the filling, the end effect is always the same -- total indulgence with a superb after-taste.The nine stories in...
Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood
BY SANDRA STEINGRABER, PHDPERSEUS PUBLISHING,REVIEW BY LIZ ARMSTRONGThis is the story of a 38-year-old biologist, cancer survivor and poet who chronicles the succession of miracles (as well as the rather-less-than-miraculous condition called morning...
Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood by Sandra Steingraber
PHDPERSEUS PUBLISHING,This is the story of a 38-year-old biologist, cancer survivor and poet who chronicles the succession of miracles (as well as the rather-less-than-miraculous condition called morning sickness) that unfold during the quite common...
How to Stop Militarized Capitalism
The rise of far right parties in Europe is an ominous warning that progressive forces had better heed. A closer look at Jean Marie Le Pen's victory in the first round of the French presidential elections was an ominous indicator of the strategic problems...
Imprints and Casualties: Poets on Women and Language, Reinventing Memory
BROKEN JAW PRESS 2000REVIEW BY RITA WONGImprints and Casualties documents some of the debates, obsessions, and urgent questions of feminist poets between 1985 and 1993. As such, these selections from the Living Archives of the League of Canadian Poets'...
Imprints and Casualties: Poets on Women and Language, Reinventing Memory
BROKEN JAW PRESS 2000Imprints and Casualties documents some of the debates, obsessions, and urgent questions of feminist poets between 1985 and 1993. As such, these selections from the Living Archives of the League of Canadian Poets' Feminist Caucus...
In a Panic over Homosexual Panic
Can we talk here?Because I'd like to talk about homosexual panic(1). I mean, what exactly is homosexual panic?Is homosexual panic like when you're walking down the street and you realize you're going to be late for work and you just missed the Number...
International Campaigns
Here's to You, Mary Robinson(GENEVA) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has overseen her last session of the Commission.According to human rights groups, officials in Washington pressed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan not...
Just Tell Them I Survived! Women in Antarctica
BY ROBIN BURNS, ALLEN & UNWIN PUBLISHERS, 2001REVIEW BY BEV GREENBERGAntarctica is somewhat of an enigma. Its worst season is winter due to the raging blizzards, frigid temperatures and a six-week period of perpetual darkness. Even in summer, the...
Just Tell Them I Survived! Women in Antarctica by Robin Burns
ALLEN & UNWIN PUBLISHERS, 2001Antarctica is somewhat of an enigma. Its worst season is winter due to the raging blizzards, frigid temperatures and a six-week period of perpetual darkness. Even in summer, the isolation and the monotony of the landscape...
Last Word: Privatized Justice No Justice for Women
The case of the more than 50 women missing from Vancouver's downtown Eastside has garnered international attention and embarrassment for the city. Three mayors and the Vancouver Police Department stand accused of ignoring the disappearances as they began...
Midnight Robber
BY NALO HOPKINSONWARNER ASPECTREVIEW BY HIROMI GOTONalo Hopkinson has made a big splash in the science fiction scene. Since 1998 she has published two novels, a collection of short stories and edited an anthology of Caribbean fabulist fiction. For readers...
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
WARNER ASPECTNalo Hopkinson has made a big splash in the science fiction scene. Since 1998 she has published two novels, a collection of short stories and edited an anthology of Caribbean fabulist fiction. For readers who've shied away from science fiction,...
Mothers through the Eyes of Women Writers
ED.JUDITH SHAPIROCONARI PRESSREVIEW BY MARGUERITE ANDERSENDo you like stories depicting mothers as predators from whom daughters must escape - mothers who appear as evil sources of resentment and fear? You will find none in Judith Shapiro's book, Mothers...
Mothers through the Eyes of Women Writers
ED.JUDITH SHAPIROCONARI PRESSDo you like stories depicting mothers as predators from whom daughters must escape -- mothers who appear as evil sources of resentment and fear? You will find none in Judith Shapiro's book, Mothers Through the Eyes of Women...
Nerves out Loud: Critical Moments in the Lives of Seven Teen Girls
EDITED BY SUSAN MUSGRAVEANNICK PRESS, 2001.REVIEW BY T.L. COWAN[Graph Not Transcribed]After finishing Nerves Out Loud, I can't decide whether I should be depressed or emboldened; mournful or ecstatic. Each story in Nerves Out Loud focuses on a critical...
Nerves out Loud: Critical Moments in the Lives of Seven Teen Girls Edited by Susan Musgrave
ANNICK PRESS, 2001.After finishing Nerves Out Loud, I can't decide whether I should be depressed or emboldened; mournful or ecstatic. Each story in Nerves Out Loud focuses on a critical (and often devastating) moment or experience in the lives of teen...
On the Edge: A Cute Website of One's Own
I hate people who sport their own cutesy websites. You know the ones I'm talking about: I'm Mike and Here's My Dull as Doornails Life. Or how about Betsy's Granny Squares in Colour Designed by Betsy.On that last one, don't get me wrong, I love crochet....
Privatized Justice No Justice for Women
The case of the more than 50 women missing from Vancouver's downtown Eastside has garnered international attention and embarrassment for the city. Three mayors and the Vancouver Police Department stand accused of ignoring the disappearances as they began...
Sri Lanka War Widows Cultivate Land Rights
(COLOMBO) Nearly two decades of conflict have left women in rural Sri Lanka impoverished by a deepening crisis in agriculture.Many women widowed in their youth suddenly have sole responsibility for the survival of families as a result of the deaths and...
Sri Lanka War Widows Cultivate Land Rights
(COLOMBO) Nearly two decades of conflict have left women in rural Sri Lanka impoverished by a deepening crisis in agriculture.Many women widowed in their youth suddenly have sole responsibility for the survival of families as a result of the deaths and...
Staking It to the Man
Into each generation a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world, a Chosen One. One born with the strength and skill to fight the vampires, to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. The short of it? The Slayer kicks ass. But is...
Staking It to the Man
The scene is super-maxi familiar. A woman -- blonde, naturally -- walks timidly into the dark shadows of an alley. In that dark space her swelling chest rises and falls in a rapid crescendo that inevitably ends with her brutal dispatch at the hands of...
Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics and Culture
BY KATHA POLLITTRANDOM HOUSE, 2001REVIEW BY WENDY ROBBINS[Graph Not Transcribed]If you became a fan of feminist essayist Katha Pollitt with Reasonable Creatures, Essays on Women and Feminism(1995), then you may be somewhat disappointed with its sequel,...
Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics and Culture by Katha Pollitt
RANDOM HOUSE, 2001If you became a fan of feminist essayist Katha Pollitt with Reasonable Creatures, Essays on Women and Feminism(1995), then you may be somewhat disappointed with its sequel, Subject to Debate. Written for Pollitt's regular column in...
Swift as Desire
BY LAURA ESQUIVELCROWN PUBLISHERS, 2001REVIEW BY SYLVIA SANTIAGOLaura Esquivel's debut novel, Like Water for Chocolate, established her signature blend of culture, history, romance and magic realism. Her latest novel, Swift as Desire, contains the same...
Swift as Desire by Laura Esquivel
CROWN PUBLISHERS, 2001Laura Esquivel's debut novel, Like Water for Chocolate, established her signature blend of culture, history, romance and magic realism. Her latest novel, Swift as Desire, contains the same elements, but the results are not as satisfying....
Taking a Bite out of Global Capitalism: Who Let the Dogs Out?
(CALGARY) Here to kick off an intensive weekend in preparation for protests at the June G8 Summit in Kananaskis, ecofeminist Starhawk told an audience of 400 that there is widespread support for the values at the heart of the global justice movement....
Taking a Bite out of Global Capitalism: Who Let the Dogs Out?
(CALGARY) Here to kick off an intensive weekend in preparation for protests at the June G8 Summit in Kananaskis, ecofeminist Starhawk told an audience of 400 that there is widespread support for the values at the heart of the global justice movement....
Telling Tales: Essays in Western Women's History
EDITED BY CATHERINE CAVANAUGH AND RANDI WARNEUBC PRESS, 2000REVIEW BY JOCELYN SMITHTo write history is to write stories. The 11 essays in this collection tell the stories of women in western Canada from the 1880s to the 1950s. The editors have chosen...
Telling Tales: Essays in Western Women's History
EDITED BY CATHERINE CAVANAUGH AND RANDI WARNEUBC PRESS, 2000To write history is to write stories. The 11 essays in this collection tell the stories of women in western Canada from the 1880s to the 1950s. The editors have chosen a multicultural approach...
Ten Good Seconds of Silence
BY ELIZABETH RUTHDUNDURN PRESS 2001REVIEW BY KERRY RYANIn the beginning, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, the first novel by Elizabeth Ruth, seems a little bit like one of those optical illusion illustrations - is it an old woman or a young woman, a pair...
Ten Good Seconds of Silence by Elizabeth Ruth
DUNDURN PRESS 2001In the beginning, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, the first novel by Elizabeth Ruth, seems a little bit like one of those optical illusion illustrations -- is it an old woman or a young woman, a pair of faces or a goblet? The way you define...
The Game
BY TERESA TOTENRED DEER PRESS, 2001REVIEW BY BEV GREENBERGIn her second young adult novel, Teresa Toten portrays a teenage girl in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Danielle Webster has been committed to Riverwood Youth Center by her mother. As the...
The Game by Teresa Toten
RED DEER PRESS, 2001In her second young adult novel, Teresa Toten portrays a teenage girl in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Danielle Webster has been committed to Riverwood Youth Center by her mother. As the plot unfolds, Danielle embarks on an...
The Guest Room: In a Panic over Homosexual Panic
Can we talk here?Because I'd like to talk about homosexual panic(*). I mean, what exactly is homosexual panic?Is homosexual panic like when you're walking down the street and you realize you're going to be late for work and you just missed the Number...
The Kappa Child
BY HIROMI GOTORED DEER PRESS 2001REVIEW BY SOOK C. KONGWith The Kappa Child, Hiromi Goto brings her readers a magnetic tale of love, romance and dream amidst the unholy tides of violence that oppressed peoples all too often face.[Graph Not Transcribed]Structurally,...
The Kappa Child by Hiromi Goto
RED DEER PRESS 2001With The Kappa Child, Hiromi Goto brings her readers a magnetic tale of love, romance and dream amidst the unholy tides of violence that oppressed peoples all too often face.Structurally, several narrative levels converge resoundingly...
The Sweet Smell of Mother's Milk-Wet Bodice
BY UMA PARAMESWARANBROKEN JAW PRESS 2001REVIEW BY WENDY ROBBINSThis new novella by award-winning Uma Parameswaran belongs to the genres of engage literature, roman a these and feminist fiction. It is activist literature, woman-empowering fiction and...
The Sweet Smell of Mother's Milk-Wet Bodice by Uma Parameswaran
BROKEN JAW PRESS 2001This new novella by award-winning Uma Parameswaran belongs to the genres of engagé literature, roman à thèse and feminist fiction. It is activist literature, woman-empowering fiction and it has a political edge. It aims to create...
When Alice Lay Down with Peter
BY MARGARET SWEATMANALFRED A. KNOPF, 2001REVIEW BY DANETTE DOOLEYSpanning four generations during the mid-1800s to the 1970s, When Alice Lay Down With Peter captures the Canadian prairie landscape as beautifully as it does the novel's real-to-life characters.[Graph...
When Alice Lay Down with Peter by Margaret Sweatman
ALFRED A. KNOPF, 2001Spanning four generations during the mid-1800s to the 1970s, When Alice Lay Down With Peter captures the Canadian prairie landscape as beautifully as it does the novel's real-to-life characters.The book opens in 1860 when Alice falls...
Women's Policy Units Wiped Out: Minister Responsible Refers to Feminists as 'Feminazis'
Saskatchewan and the Yukon are the latest governments to sack their provincial women's policy units in a trend that is slowly sweeping the country.On April Fool's Day, the Yukon dismantled its directorate as part of a "government renewal" campaign. The...
Women's Policy Units Wiped Out: Minister Responsible Refers to Feminists as 'Feminazis'
Saskatchewan and the Yukon are the latest governments to sack their provincial women's policy units in a trend that is slowly sweeping the country.On April Fool's Day, the Yukon dismantled its directorate as part of a "government renewal" campaign. The...