Herizons

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall

ADAPTATION [Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development]
When the automobile first hit the market, it was marketed as a symbol of human progress. Women's fashions adapted as shorter attire made it easier to climb in and out of automobiles. In fact, advertising at the turn of the century equated the purchase...
AIRING LAUNDRY [Lesbian Lingerie Parties]
Recently, I was asked to supply photographs as part of a birthday gift album for a friend I've known all my life. The caveat, from said friend's wife, his third: Excise all the exes.At first I hoped she wasn't serious. For one thing, some of the best...
A Woman's Path: Best Spiritual Writing
A WOMAN'S PATH: BEST SPIRITUAL WRITINGEdited by Lucy McCauley, Amy G. Carlson and Jennifer LeoTravelers' Tales, 2004, (Publishers Group West)We travel to connect to something greater than ourselves, to escape routine, awaken the senses and shake the...
Casting Call: Art Transforms Body and Soul [Beautiful Women Project]
(KINGSTON) When Cheryl-Ann Webster's 13-year-old daughter told her that a friend was saving her allowance for breast implants, she knew she had to do something."I wanted to show young girls that we come in all shapes and sizes, and we have tummies, too,"...
CHOKING FOR CHANGE [Left Politics in Canada]
Given that this is a political column, I should be writing about the coming fall session of Parliament. So how come I don't want to?True, I was proud of Jack Layton and Libby Davies in the spring for planting a few flowers in the muck of the testosterone-drenched...
Cradling Humanity, Saving Lives
(TAMIL NADU) Jayalalithaa Jayaram is well-known to the girls and women of Tamil Nadu.After receiving a Golden Star of Dignity Award from the International Human Rights Defense Committee (IHRDC), a consultant body to the UN, the first elected female chief...
Dark Threats and White Knights
In March, 1993, two Somalis were shot in the back by Canadian peacekeepers-one fatally. Just over two weeks later, a 16-year-old Somali youth held in custody, Shidane Abukar Arone, was beaten to death by members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.The...
Dysfunction Conference Stimulates Debate
(MONTREAL) It's been five years since the pharmaceutical industry began the race to develop a new drug for women's sexual problems that could penetrate a billion-dollar market fuelled by insecurity, anxiety and misconceptions about sex. And it's been...
Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women's Studies Reader
FEMINISMS AND WOMANISMS: A WOMEN'S STUDIES READEREdited by Althea Prince and Susan Silva-WayneWomen's Press, 2004At over 500 pages, this book is a hefty feast for readers craving knowledge about second and third wave feminist thought. The text is divided...
Finding My Talk: How 14 Canadian Native Women Reclaimed Their Lives after Residential School
FINDING MY TALK: HOW 14 CANADIAN NATIVE WOMEN RECLAIMED THEIR LIVES AFTER RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLAgnes GrantFifth House Publishers, 2004Canadas assimilation policy of forcibly removing Indian children and placing them in church-run schools bears scars on...
HELP FOR THE HELPLESS [Retail Workers]
I guess this is what I get for reading a Style section. And when I say "reading," unfortunately I mean reading, not just glancing, as I often do to ease myself into the actual news. Actual news, after all, requires deciphering and other forms of mental...
Incorrigible
INCORRIGIBLEVelma DemersonWilfrid Laurier University Press, 2004Sixty-five years ago, nasty, officious racial prejudice led to the incarceration and medical torture of Velma Demerson, a white, working-class woman who fell in love with a Chinese national,...
INDIGO GIRLS [Rarities]
INDIGO GIRLSRaritiesEpic Records, 2005Rarities ends the Epic journey of the Indigo Girls, allowing the modern folk duo to part ways with Sony. This is not your typical swan song collection that's brimming with filler to meet contractual obligations....
LE TIGRE [This Island]
LE TIGREThis IslandUniversal, 2005Fans of feminist rock will already know the name Kathleen Hanna. As a member of Olympia, Washington's Bikini Kill, Hanna is frequently credited with getting the riot grrrl movement going. Bikini Kill disbanded in the...
Letters
UNLOADING ON MOTHERSPerhaps Leigh Felesky and Mira Kirshner should have titled their article (Summer 2005 Herizons) "The Mother UNLOAD" because it appears to me that they were interested in trying to assuage their own parenting guilt by blaming the "breast-feeding...
Mackerel Sky
MACKEREL SKYNatalee CapleThomas Alien Publishers, 2004Immersing yourself in Mackerel Sky, the second novel by Natalee Caple, you feel the way Guyone of the main characters-must when he steps (or re-steps, in his case) into the scene: that you have come...
Marian Engel: Life in Letters
MARIAN ENGEL: LIFE IN LETTERSEdited by Christi Verduyn and Kathleen GarayUniversity of Toronto Press, 2004Marian Engel was as important as many of her better-known contemporaries when she died at 53. She was one of a small group who wrote about women's...
MARYEM TOLLAR [Book of Life]
MARYEM TOLLARBook of LifeIndependent, 2004Distributed by Festival RecordsAlthough she has played in numerous world music groups, contributed to movie soundtracks and founded two Arabic music ensembles, including Juno-nominated Maza Meze, Maryem Tollar...
My Husband
MY HUSBANDDacia MarainiTranslated by Vera R GoliniWilfrid Laurier University Press, 2004Mio Marito, the Italian version of this collection of short stories by Dacia Maraini, was published in 1968 and translated into English last year. It is fitting that...
Reality Check
Computer not working. No Internet. Unhappy.Phone for help.Nice techie suggests this and that. Follow directions. Still no Internet.Still on phone. Techie still being patient. And nice.Watch idly as remote slips off couch into wastebasket.Techie hits...
REGINA SPEKTOR [Soviet Kitsch]
REGINA SPEKTORSoviet KitschSire/Warner, 2005If you like your music to have elements of performance art, Regina Spektor might be the next must-have for your record collection. And that's what makes her an unusual choice for a major label. The songs on...
Remembering the Butterflies [Murder of Mirabal Sisters] [International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women]
(DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) On November 25, women all over the world will mark a 16-day campaign against gender violence. However, many participants may be unaware of the significance of the day chosen to mark the campaign.The International Day to Eliminate...
SHELL GAMES [Nationalization of Energy Industries]
Gordon Brown had an idea about how to "make poverty history." The British Chancellor appealed to the richer oil-producing states of the Middle East to fill the funding gap. "oil wealth urged to save Africa," read a headline in London's Observer.Here...
Should Parents Be Licensed?
SHOULD PARENTS BE LICENSED?Edited by Peg TittlePrometheus Books, 2004Isn't it bizarre that we can put children into this rather difficult world without being licensed to do so, that we can raise them without being given any guidelines, but that those...
Skin Deep [Tattoos on Women]
TATTOOS MARK THE BODY'S SURFACE. BUT THEIR INSPIRATION DRAWS FROM A DEEPER SOURCE.Until recently, tattoos on men of European ancestry were associated with rebellious characters like bikers and gang members. However, for women, choosing a tattoo represents...
The Seahorse Year
THE SEAHORSE YEARStacey D'ErasmoHoughton Mifflin, 2004In The Seahorse Year, Stacey D'Erasmo probes deeply into the ideas of family, of unconditional love, and of how one goes on caring even when all is lost. It's a beautiful book, deep and descriptive,...
The White Man's Burden
Take up the White Man's burden-Send forth the best ye breed-Go bind your sons to exileTo serve your captives' need;To wait in heavy harness,On fluttered folk and wild-Your new-caught, sullen peoples,Half-devil and half-child.Take up the White Man's burden-In...
Treasured Chest [My Breast, My Choice: Journey through Surgery]
In his transition from female to male, Kyle Scanlon initially had a breast reduction. A second surgery, gynaecomastia reduction, was performed five years later to completely remove the breasts and sculpt his chest. For Scanlon, this procedure was a medical...
Venous Hum
VENOUS HUMSuzette MayrArsenal Pulp Press, 2004In her inimitable style, Calgary-based writer Suzette Mayr has followed up the success of her 1995 novel, Moon Honey, with another apiarian-inspired title: Venous Hum. Moon Honey ranks among the sharpest...
What We All Long For
WHAT WE ALL LONG FORDionne BrandKnopf, 2005There is something I like very much about Dionne Brand's novel: It is that Toronto is a primary character in its own right. What We All Long For examines the dominant underbelly of violence, the brute reality...
Where Are Canada's Disappeared Women?
OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN SLOW TO INVESTIGATE. OR HAVE IGNORED THAT 500 WOMEN HAVE GONE MISSING IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.In December 1991, a few days before Christmas, Shirley Lonethunder vanished. The 35 -year- old mother of two was in the process of moving back...
Women in a World at War: Seven Dispatches from the Front
WOMEN IN A WORLD AT WAR: SEVEN DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONTMadeleine GagnonTalonbooks, 2003What would take a poet on a year-long journey to a series of war-torn regions like Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Pakistan and Sri Lanka?...