Herizons

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Summer

A Hunger for Justice
At midnight on February 23, three Aboriginal female prisoners being held at the Springhill men's penitentiary in Nova Scotia began a hunger strike.Although it ended after just three days, the hunger strike pushed the conditions in the four women's units...
Anorexia's Fallen Angel
by Barbara McLintockHARPER COLLINS 2002Reviewed by Danette Dooley[Graph Not Transcribed]When award-winning investigative journalist Barbara McLintock set out to write a book about the controversial Montreaux Clinic in British Columbia, she did so with...
A Peri Important Debate: Women's Health Advocates Anne Rochon Ford and Barbara Mains Debate the Pros and Cons of the Term 'Perimenopause.' What Are the Implications for Women's Health?
ANNE ROCHON FORD: It's everywhere! You'd think that perimenopause--the time around or near the time of menopause--was some kind of pandemic!BARBARA MAINS: Do you think it's a ploy that's been developed to help expand the market of the pharmaceutical...
Daughters Are Forever
by Lee MaraclePOLESTAR BOOKS, 2002Review by Maya Khankhoje[Graph Not Transcribed]Lee Maracle is a social activist, the current holder of the Canadian Culture Chair at Western Washington University, and an internationally acclaimed author. She has deftly...
Gender, Race, & Nation: A Global Perspective
by Vanaja Dhruvarajan & Jill VickersUNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS, 2002Review by Sook C. Kong[Graph Not Transcribed]This is an academic book and so will not be every reader's cup of tea. For an academic tome, however, it is accessibly written and knowledgeable...
Hockey Night in Canada, Klezmer Music, Shopping Is Good and All That Jazz
[Graph Not Transcribed]She bops! She grooves! She swings! She also does a dozen other things to ensure that the bills get paid on time. She's the Canadian female jazz singer, and while her survival may seem precarious at times, she's a tenacious creature....
Labyrinth of Desire: Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession
by Rosemary SullivanHARPER COLLINS, 2001Review by Bev Greenberg[Graph Not Transcribed]In her latest work, literary biographer Rosemary Sullivan addresses the notion of romantic obsession, a subject that has captured the imaginations of women throughout...
Manly Yes, but I like Her Too
[Graph Not Transcribed]I was pissed in my last column--at almost everything.Well, I'm still pissed. When do I get to be ecstatic about the progress of women?Well okay, enthusiastic would do. Hell, pushed, desperate and painted into a corner, I'll accept...
My Romp with a Porn Star
[Graph Not Transcribed]At first it looked like a lose-lose situation. Me and America's favourite male porn star, Ron Jeremy, on a stage together, in something loosely called 'a debate.' In its favour, the event was to take place at a university, but...
Open
by Lisa MooreHOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS, 2002Review by Sara Cassidy[Graph Not Transcribed]No wonder this book was nominated for a Giller Prize, even if it was the dark horse. These ten short stories are deliriously rich, visceral and sexy.Tenuously balanced...
Planning for Peace in Iraq: Women Wanted
[Graph Not Transcribed]An internatinoal lobby effort is underway to make sure that the needs of Iraqi women and girls are not forgotten in the rebuilding of their country.The time to act is now. According to the Netherlands-based Women Peacemakers Program...
Pom-Poms, Not Bombs
[Graph Not Transcribed](VANCOUVER) They're angry, they're tough and they have had enough. They engage (and enrage!) passersby as they shake garbagebag pom-poms and their rear ends. They're the Radical Cheerleaders, and they're making a racket on streets...
Profits to Flow for Period-Stopping Drug
[Graph Not Transcribed]The first continuous-use oral contraceptive to be marketed specifically as a method to drastically reduce women's menstrual cycles is expected to be on the North American market as early as this Summer.Currently under review by...
Promised the Moon
by Stephanie NolenPENGUIN CANADA, 2002Review by Sara Cassidy[Graph Not Transcribed]This book, about 13 sublimely capable pilots who in the early 1960s believed they'd be NASA's first female astronauts, should be exhilarating. It is interesting.I've admired...
Quote Unquote: Confessions, Obsessions & Answers to Questions
"Potential het allies can start by recognizing their sexuality as a construct, meaning that it is invented and maintained by them, their friends, their families, the media, religion and the state. They can go on from there to recognize that there are...
River Child
by Eleanor MillardCAITLIN PRESS, 2002Review by Helen Fallding[Graph Not Transcribed]The Yukon River takes Eliza south by paddle-wheeler to Indian residential school and the highway returns her to Dawson City years later, confused and afraid in ways from...
Staying True to Resistance
"What good did all those protests do?" one of my relatives wants to know, referring to the millions of people around the world who demonstrated against the recent US-led invasion of Iraq. "The US did exactly what they set out to do anyway."These words...
Straying from the Gender Pack
[Graph Not Transcribed]Ivan E. Coyote is doing what she does best. She's telling a story and this one is about her experiences in public washrooms, the place where her gender is most often questioned."I've frightened women, I've been screamed at, I've...
Summer in the City
[Graph Not Transcribed]Ah summer. We've waited so long for the wee buds to burst open and announce full-blown summer, to peel off the layers of wool and flannel and slip into something a little more comfortable.If only it were that simple. In my experience,...
The Dearth of a Nation: Afua Cooper Blows the Whistle on Canada's History of Slavery and Gives a Voice to Unsung Heroes of the Past, from the Underground to the Ivory Tower
[Graph Not Transcribed]Afua Cooper is a poet and writer whose work includes Memories Have Tongue, Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub, and (with co-editors Peggy Bristow and Dionne Brand) We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays...
The Falling Woman
by Shaena LambertVintage Tales, 2002Review by Stacey Kauder[Graph Not Transcribed]The Falling Woman is Vancouver writer Shaena Lambert's first collection of short stories. Lambert's narratives are windows into her characters' lives in the middle of a...
The Good Women of China
by XinranRANDOM HOUSE, 2002Review by Sook C. Kong[Graph Not Transcribed]Xinran has crafted a range of stories based on her work and travel experiences within China. That Xinran was the popular host of a radio program for women gave her access to women...
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club
by Laurie NotaroRANDOM HOUSE, 2002Review by Kerry Ryan[Graph Not Transcribed]We all have a friend like Laurie Notaro. She is the friend who, even if a situation involves dentist drills or rabid dogs, can always find humour--and turn a potentially disastrous...
The Unpossessed
by Tess SlesingerNEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS, 2002Review by Doris Anderson[Graph Not Transcribed]Reading this book not only takes you back to New York in the Dirty Thirties, but you are struck by how timely it is, with its cast of characters and their deeply...
This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation
Gloria Anzaldua, Analouise Keating, eds.ROUTLEDGE, 2002[Graph Not Transcribed]Review by Mridula Nath Chakraborty"Twenty years ago we struggled with the recognition of difference within the context of commonality. Today we grapple with the recognition...
Tiger Dreams
by Almeda Glenn MillerRAINCOAST BOOKS, 2002Review by Uma Parameswaran[Graph Not Transcribed]One of the recurring themes in Canadian literature is the search for roots. When Claire Spencer's father dies, she realizes she knows nothing about her forebears....
Weighting for Equality: Former Professional Bodybuilder Lisa Bavington Says the Time to Let Go of Sexism in Her Sport Is Long Overdue
"REASONS AGAINST FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN SPORT HAVE ALWAYS BOILED DOWN TO APPARENT BIOLOGICAL LIMITATIONS THAT ARE SAID TO AFFECT PERFORMANCE. AS WAS THE CASE IN PREVENTING WOMEN FROM RUNNING LONG DISTANCES AND PLAYING CONTACT SPORTS FOR...
Well-Versed [the Weather]
"Give me hackneyed words because they are good," says Lisa Robertson in her recent book, The Weather. Good to screw around with--and to challenge our complacency as readers. Both Robertson and Margaret Christakos, whose newest book is Excessive Love...
Widening Circles
by Joanna MacyRAINCOAST BOOKS, 2002Review by Liz Armstrong[Graph Not Transcribed]When I was asked to review Joanna Macy's 2000 memoir, Widening Circles, I feigned delight--and accepted immediately. I love free books (the best perequisite of a reviewer),...