Herizons

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 4, Spring

Adaptation
HOW ANGER TURNS GIRLS NTO CHAMELEONSDuring my 12 years as a school nurse, I became increasingly aware of the practice of medicating young women's anger, sadness and anxiety. At one point, I realized that the majority of young women I worked with were...
African Women Demand Greater Voice
(NEW YORK) A delegation of high-ranking African women officials is demanding that African countries take women's perspectives into account as countries face the global economic meltdown.Isatou Njie Saidy, vice-president of the Gambia, and 15 African...
First Trans Politician Retires
(NEW ZEALAND) Georgma Beyer is notyour average politician. After all, her past involved working as a stripper and a prostitute. She is also the first transgendered politician to be elected anywhere in the world.Born George Bertrand, Beyer became the...
God Probably Not a Slob on the Bus
Get on the bus. But before you do, check out the advertising on the outside. What you see may surprise you. No, it's not an ad for one of TV's all-male crime shows. No, it's not a promo for yet another weight-loss program directed solely at women.It's...
JUST SAY Yes
WILL A PRO-SEX PHILOSOPHY BE THE NEXT TOOL IN THE ANTI-RAPEARSENAL?The brand of feminism that is generally referred to as the third wave popularized the use of two terms: intersectionality and individualism. The first term emerged largely from the writings...
MAD MEN, Mad Women
Sexism in advertising has long been blamed on men in the ad business. But there have been plenty of women in the ad biz, too, including feminist pioneers.Discussions about women and advertising have been reignited thanks to the level of unapologetic...
Mind the Gap
You might think that a prime minister who slid into power with fewer votes than last time would have figured out that anti -woman policies don't hold much currency in Canada. You might think that one of his hacks would tell him that sexism is one of...
Politicians Fight Roadblocks
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)(GHANA) When Beatrice Bernice Boateng first won her seat in Ghana's parliament, she decided to make a symbolic show of women's need to tackle work in maledominated fields. So she hired a woman as her...
Porn Scorn
I was dreading my public encounter with ex-porn star, now sex educator Nona Hartley, but it turned out to be inspiring in more ways than one.We were debating pornography at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The debate was a spin- off from the...
Scholarship to Honour Slain Aid Workers, Driver
Last August, three female aid workers and their driver were killed in Afghanistan's province. They were victims of an ambush coordinated by the Taliban, on a stretch of highway between the capital, Kabul, and Gardez province.Two of those killed were...
Time to Boycott Israel
It's time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.In July 2005, a huge coalition of Palestinian groups...
Uzbekistan's Forgotten Dissidents
(UZBEKISTAN) Uzbekistan is a country that remains invisible in the Western media. One of the modern world's diehard holdouts of tyranny and oppression, Uzbekistan merits an occasional mention by human rights organizations which condemn its heavyhanded...
Water Lilies
WATER LILIESDIRECTED BY CELINE SCIAMMAREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDWater Lilies is in the tradition of great French films that explore female sexuality in extreme (read: honest) ways - a tradition that includes films such as Fat Girl by Catherine Breillat...
We Need Justice
People think I am crazy because I am always crying. I am always angry and I do not sleep at night. I hoped secretly that I would die during the genocide, but being among other survivors within a survivors' organization has brought me comfort and hope.Before...
When Women Rule
(TORONTO) At a time when "Sisterhood is Powerful" was being served up as a new political slogan, Judy Chicago was setting her table to honour women of the past.With over a million viewers in six countries. The Dinner Party, Chicago's iconic feminist...
Women Dig Land Mine Removal
(UGANDA) Last summer, Senya Jane and several other local women completed a training program in Africa sponsored by Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) and then went to work clearing land mines.The de-mining team now works a few miles north of the Uganda border...