Herizons

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, Spring

5 TRAPS TO AVOID When You Volunteer OVERSEAS
A few years ago, I travelled to Southeast Asia to volunteer at a rehabilitation center for survivors of child-sex tourism. I was an inexperienced and idealistic 22-year-old convinced that I could change the world - in just three weeks! I was confident...
Ape House
APE HOUSESARAGRUENSpiegel & GrauREVIEWBYKERRYRYANIt's impossible not to compare Sara Gruen's most recent novel. Ape House, with her spectacular Water for Elephants, released in 2006. Both books focus on communication with animals, weave in a tangential...
A ROOF over Their HEADS
CONFERENCE ON HOMELESSNESS WOMEN A FIRSTBeth was homeless as a child, as a young woman, and now as a mother. She knows homeless women often feel they are alone and don't have a voice. But she also believes it's important that homeless women do have a...
Branding the Pope
Dear Ben XVI,Right up front I'll tell you I'm a Protestant (lapsed - although I'm not sure us Prods lapse so much as we loll about on Sundays scarfing down croissants and brie, unwilling to get preached at once again) and a woman. So I understand that...
Child-Sex Campaign Targets Abusers
Last year, Cheryl Perera travelled throughout Southeast Asia to further her understanding of the child sex tourism industry. Posing as a tourist, she befriended sex tourists in redlight districts in Thailand and Cambodia. It was after talking at a bar...
Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat
FARMER JANE: WOMEN CHANGING THE WAY WE EATTEMRA COSTAGibbs SmithREVIEW BY BRIHANY SHOOTMale food studies writers like Michael Rollan and Raj Patel have garnered notable press in recent years, while their female contemporaries - slow food pioneer Alice...
Fauna
FAUNAALYSSAYORKRandom HouseREVIEW BY NIRANJANA IYERAll cities were wilderness once, and Toronto, younger than many, is still claimed by its past. The Don Valley ravine in the heart of the city is home to coyotes, foxes and other creatures, while mighty...
FIELD of DREAMS
NETTIE WIEBE ON SLOW FOOD AND FAST CHANGEFor nearly 30 years on the Wiebe-Robbins farm in Laura, Saskatchewan, an agricultural community near Saskatoon, Nettie Weibe, her husband Jim and their four children have grown organic crops including grains,...
Firebrand ARTIST Daphne Odjig
INFLUENCED BY PABLO PICASSO, DAPHNE ODJIG HAS INSPIRED GENERATIONS OF ARTISTS IN CANADA.Daphne Odjig's career as an artist and her ongoing work as an advocate for Aboriginal artists, women and children has been a lifelong story of inspiration.Self-taught,...
Gold Medal Diary
author profileHAYLEY WICKENHEISERDouglas & McIntyreGold. It's beautiful, it's rare, it's valuable and everybody wants it. But it is something that only the few get to touch, and fewer yet get to keep. Hayley Wickenheiser is one of the few who has...
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I Feel Great about My Hands
I FEEL GREAT ABOUT MY HANDSEDITED BYSHARIGRAYDONDouglas & McintyreREVIEWBYPENNIMITCHELLConfession: I didn't want to read Shari Graydon's book. I'm 51 and, well, I'm not totally okay with the getting olderthing. I'm not alone, it tu rns out. It also...
I Still Don't Even Know You
I STILL DON'T EVEN KNOW YOUMICHELLEBERRYTurnstone PressREVIEW BY PATRICIA DAWN ROBERTSONMi c hell e Berry's previous short fiction collections. How to Get There From Here and Margaret Lives in the Basement, refle et a dirty realist aesthetic. Her stories...
Let Them Eat Rice
I liked the photo of Bev Oda in the newspaper when I first saw it, the one of her smoking outside on the Hill, wearing those dark sunglasses. I know she'd just had eye surgery, but she looked tough - which is what you have to be as a woman in politics...
Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices against Oppression
MUSLIM WOMEN REFORMERS: INSPIRING VOICES AGAINST OPPRESSIONIDA LICHTERPrometheus BooksREVIEW BY MAYA KHANKHOJEThis compendium of struggles, testimonials and biographies put together by Sydneybased psychiatrist Ida Lichter is essential reading for anyone...
My Other Women
MY OTHER WOMENPAULINE CAREYThe Porcupine's QuillREVIEW BY KRISROTHSTEINAndrea moves to Toronto in the 1960s to become an actress. She isa product of the sexual revolution and likes men and sex, but she falls in love only with married men - three, to...
Nellie Grams
EGYPTIAN WOMEN RISE UPThey may not have been front and centre on the news footage on TV, but women were an instrumental part of the recent Egyptian uprising that forced former president Hosni Mubarekfrom power. Asmaa Mahfouz, 26, participated in a video...
One Women's DIFFERENCE
Bertha Wilson had a life of many firsts. She was the first female partner to be hired by a major Canadian law firm. She was the first woman to serve on the Ontario Court of Appeal. And in 1982 she became the first female judge on the Supreme Court of...
Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
PINK NOISES: WOMEN ON ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND SOUNDTARA RODGERSDuke University PressREVIEW BY DEANNA RADFORDPink Noises began in 2000 as an online resource to mark the contributions of women in electronic music. It was founded by U.S. musician, composer...
Queer Wrestling Pins Hope on Acceptance
(VANCOUVER) The wrestlers in the amateur tournament at Vancouver's Strathcona Park focus as ferociously as Olympians. They are vocal in their efforts, sometimes awkward, as they heave and twist and work toward pinning their opponents.Unlike Olympians,...
Rebelles with a Cause
(WINNIPEG) From May 20 to 23, young feminists will meet in Winnipeg for the second pan-Canadian Rebelles Young Feminists Gathering. The event is intended to build on the organization's first gathering in Montreal in 2008 that drew 500 participants."We...
Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Plan to Profit from Female Sexual Dysfunction
SEX, LIES AND PHARMACEUTICALS: HOW DRUG COMPANIES PLAN TO PROFIT FROM FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONRAY MOYNIHAN AND BARBARA MINTZESDouglas & MclntyreREVIEWBYABBYLIPPMANThis book is a case study in how women's sexual dissatisfaction was developed into...
The Jagged Years of Ruthie J
THE JAGGED YEARS OF RUTHIE J.BYRUTHSIMKINEkstasis EditionsREVIEW BY HILARY BARLOWIn the 1960s, epilepsy was not considered a physiological condition. It was a heavily stigmatized psychological disorder. So when straight-? Winnipeg undergrad Ruth Simkin...
The Maid
THE MAIDDirected by Sebastian SilvaREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDWith a face as blunt and hard and unreadable as a hatchet, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) has worked as the Valdes family's maid for two decades. At 41, she is almost pathologically uncommunicative,...
The Second Trial
THE SECOND TRIALROSEMARIE BOLLSecond Story PressREVIEW BY HILARY BARLOWDanny Mc M ilia n doesn't know who to trust. His father has been convicted of assaulting his mother and sister, but he's not ready to move away and never see him again. Fearing violent...
Thinandbeautiful.com
THINANDBEAUTIFUL.COMLIANESHAWSecond Story PressREVIEW BY KRISTA SCOTT-DIXONWhile approximately one percent of Canadian women have clinically recognized eating disorders, research suggests the majority of women and girls struggle with social ideals of...
What Do Women in Afghanistan Want?
On a frigid January day, I sat in the lobby of Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, once the city's lap of luxury. Today, its 1960s decor seems frozen in time, cigarette smoke and all.The lobby is abuzz with activity. Most of Afghanistan's Members of Parliament...
Women's Spirituality: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Goddess Worship
WOMEN'S SPIRITUALITY: CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST APPROACHES TO JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM AND GODDESS WORSHIPJOHANNAH. STUCKEYInanna PressREVIEW BY MEAGAN BUTCHERWhe n Women's Spirituality: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Judaism, Christianity, Islam...