Herizons

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, Summer

A Complicated Kind of Author
HEBIZONS: I'm so delighted to be able to chat with you about A Complicated Kindness, !imagine this book took a lot of courage to write. Can you talk about that a bit?MIRIAM TOEWS: I was kind of nervous when it came out. I knew that some Mennonites would...
Amnesty Vows to Dishonour 'Honour' Killings
(PAKISTAN) In a peaceful village, adobe walls surround spacious compounds filled with the sounds of children at play and the bleating of goats. The village sits on the fer tile Punjab plain, where green fields of grain and grass stretch out to meet the...
Andrea Dworkin: 1946-2005
Andrea Dworkin said some very hard things and she paid a price for it. Just google her name and you'll see what I mean. Her death in April triggered a flurry of commentary, including the fear, loathing and contempt that dripped from words of her detractors....
Beyond Slash, Burn, and Poison: Transforming Breast Cancer Stories into Action
BEYOND SLASH, BURN. AND POISON: TRANSFORMING BREAST CANCER STORIES INTO ACTIONMarcy Jane Knopf-NewmanRUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004Most of us who've been given-or have a mother, sister or friend who's been given-a diagnosis of breast cancer, will recognize...
Charting a Map for Humanity
On May Day, the day workers traditionally celebrate their struggle for justice, the Women's Global Charter for Humanity arrived in Vancouver on its way around the globe. The charter is the work of thousands of women's groups from hundreds of countries,...
Children of a Lesser God [Children with AIDS]
(TAMIL NADU) Nearly 20 years after the first case of HIV infection was discovered in Tamil Nadu, India has the second-largest AIDS population in the world. Children who are HIV-positive or have AIDS, and children or whose parents died of AIDS, are victimized...
Dancing Backwards: A Social History of Canadian Women in Politics
DANCING BACKWARDS: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADIAN WOMEN IN POLITICSSharon Carstairs and Tim HigginsHEARTLAND BOOKS, 2004Perhaps there are other books that chart Albert Einstein's theory of relatively on a continuum of human progress that includes the founding...
Disaster Capitalism
Last summer, the Bush administration's doctrine of preventive war took a major leap forward. The White House created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual. Its mandate...
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
What would the world look like if it were run by women?" This age-old question can be applied to First Nations governance: "What would First Nations look like if women had more political authority?Since the introduction of the Indian Act in 1876, First...
Fur Fight
When Peter McKay promised Don Orchard's supporters he wouldn't make a deal with the devils trying to take over his political party, and then turned around and did, no one called him a slut.No one said, despite the fact that McKay is thin and his head...
GRRRLS, GRRRLS, GRRRLS [Riot Grrrl Movement]
Often, I am asked to pinpoint the beginning of third-wave feminism. When I'm not feeling ornery, I respond that it started with the Riot Grrrl movement in the early gos. The punk-rockin', hardtalkin' ladies claimed the stage, screamed about the realities...
Harassment Complaints Ignored
(JERUSALEM) Women in the Israeli Defence Force report hundreds of incidents of sexual harassment and rape, yet harassers usually go unpunished.The Assistance Centre for Sexually Abused Women reports that there were 500 complaints filed by female soldiers...
I Am a Red Dress: Incantations on a Grandmother, a Mother and a Daughter
I AM A RED DRESS: INCANTATIONS ON A GRANDMOTHER. A MOTHER AND A DAUGHTERAnna CamilleriARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2004"This story is the pink of recent incision. A scar that stretches across abdomen, ocean, time," writes Torontobased queer femme writer and performer...
Letters
FRONTAL ASSAULT ON SIDEWAYSI've just put down the Spring 2005 issue of Herizons and had to write regarding Susan Cole's piece, "Up Front on Sideways" What a relief, when I was starting to think that I was losing my mind, my sense of humour or both! Sideways...
Lighthousekeeping
LIGHTHOUSKEEPINGJeanette WintersonKNOPF, 2004"A beginning, a middle and an end is the proper way to tell a story," says Silver, the woman who narrates Jeanette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping. "But I have difficulty with that method." Like Silver, Winterson...
Maria Full of Grace
MARIA FULL OF GRACEDirected by Joshua MarstenFINE LINE PICTURES, 2004Maria Full of Grace is not the easy and simplistic morality tale we have come to expect from Hollywood drug movies. Rather, it is a story about a strong young woman who attempts to...
Martha's Put Women on Alberta Political Landscape
(LETHBRIDGE) Did you know Marthas in Alberta get their monthlies on the same day? They do thanks to the Womanspace Resource Centre in Lethbridge.Martha's Monthly, a rural Alberta newsletter, is full of folksy feminist analysis. The organization takes...
No Time: Stress and the Crisis of Modern Life
NO TIME: STRESS AND THE CRISIS OF MODERN LIFEHeather MenziesDOUGLAS & MCINTYRE, 2005What ever happened to the leisure society? How did the new communications technologies turn from time-savers into time sinks? Such questions motivated communications...
Riot Prrrls [Women's Crafts and Feminism]
CAST OFF YOUR STEREOTYPESI was trying to make Lemon Fluff, a delightful dessert from my grandmother's recipe box. Comprised of evaporated milk, lemon Jell-0 and a graham cracker crust, it would be easy-or so I thought. As I beat the evaporated milk,...
Rosa's District 6
ROSA'S DISTRICT 6Rozena MaartCOACH HOUSE PRINTING, 2004The common image of the non-white South African is hard to erase: mired in poverty and strife, shoulders overloaded with the burdens and brutality of apartheid. To ensure that the world would no...
Sexual Spectrum: Exploring Human Diversity
SEXUAL SPECTRUM: EXPLORING HUMAN DIVERSITYOlive Skene JohnsonRAINCOAST BOOKS, 2004.The notion of a spectrum that contains many colours is an apt metaphor for the rich array of human identities and experiences. Olive Skene Johnson's Sexual Spectrum covers...
Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution
TEN THOUSAND ROSES: THE MAKING OF A FEMINIST REVOLUTIONJudy RebickPENGUIN BOOKS, 2005The thing I like best about Ten Thousand Roses is that there is not an academic word in sight. It's a reminder that the history of the women's movement is best observed...
The Mother Load
1941. The war is raging in Europe, Duke Ellington is playing on the radio, women are venturing into the workforce in pants, and Baton's in downtown Winnipeg is as busy as ever. My grandmother is one of the company's newest elevator operators. Her time...
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
THE NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTHSojourner TruthPENGUIN CLASSICS (ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 1884)Before Rosa Parks, before abolition and before universal suffrage, there was Sojourner Truth. Unashamed, fearless and wise, she shaped American history and...
Transforming Feminist Practice: Non-Violence, Social Justice and the Possibilites of a Spiritualized Feminism
TRANSFORMING FEMINIST PRACTICE: NON-VIOLENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF A SPIRITUALIZED FEMINISMLeela FernandasAUNT LUTE BOOKS, 2003Writing about nonviolence, social justice and the possibilities of a spiritualized feminism as a cohesive...
Zing, Zing, Cut Papal Strings
Yes, yes, so it's too late to influence the election of the 205th pope. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is now Benedict XVl, or Pope Benny, as he's known in my inner circle.But unlike the church, which moves at the speed of a tortoise bent on losing...