Herizons

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 4, Spring

20-Year Protest
Women in Black marked the 20th anniversary of its public mourning of Israel's military occupation of the West Bank. Amidst the latest peace talks, their message is timely, even if their numbers have dwindled.Woman in Black GiIa Svirsky has been pushed...
Afghanistan War Zone
(AFGHANISTAN) Case binders lining the shelves of women's shelters and incident reports at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission have documented it for years. But a historic study on domestic assault in Afghanistan has made it official: The country...
A Great Restlessness: The Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen
A GREAT RESTLESSNESS: THE LIFE AND POLITICS OF DORISE NIELSENFAITH JOHNSONUniversity of Manitoba PressREVIEW BY RUTH LATTADorise Nielsen, member of parliament from 1940 to 1944, underwent several sea changes during the course of her life. These transformations...
An Uphill Battle
She has all of the qualifications - experience in the U.S. Senate, a great impact one-on-one, a refurbished centrist image-but Hillary Clinton, despite her winning the New Hampshire and just, at this writing, having seized the New York and California...
Arguing with the Storm Stories by Yiddish Women Writers
ARGUING WITH THE STORM STORIES BY YIDDISH WOMEN WRITERSEDITED BY RHEA TREGEBOVSumach PressREVIEW BY KAREN X. TULCHINSKYYiddish is a dying language. But it wasn't always so. In the early part of the 20th century, during its heyday, Yiddish theatre and...
A Year without Made in China
A YEAR WITHOUT MADE IN CHINASARA BONGIORNI WILEYJohn Wiley & SonsREVIEW BY SUSANA MOLINOLOPoor China. Lucky Sara Bongiorni. Her book, A Year Without Made in China, chronicles her family's attempt to forgo Chinese goods for a year. This highly entertaining,...
Beyond Mothering Earth Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care
BEYOND MOTHERING EARTH ECOLOGICAL CITIZENSHIP AND THE POLITICS OF CARESHERILYN MACGREGORUBC PressREVIEW BY REGGIE MODLICHThe North, we are told, has a greater responsibility for causing and, therefore, for potentially mitigating looming climate changes....
Brazil Bishop Booed
Defying an anti-choice trend in Latin America's leftist countries, Brazil's health minister has proposed a national vote on abortion, and one city even handed out emergency contraception during carnival.A government effort to dispense emergency contraception...
Circle of Violence: VIOLENT LEGACY LEAVES WOMEN IN ITS WAKE
Rozena Maarty author of The Writing Circle, offers a compelling new novel that explores the spiritual and cultural ramifications of violence against women in South Africa. Here, she goes into further depth about the issue.Herizons: When did banal violence...
Climb to Equality
Female trekkers are gaining ground in the mountains of Nepal, where the legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to summit Mount Everest in 1953, looms large.Female trekking guides have been gaining ground among the more moderate tourist treks,...
Crossing Communities
UNIQUE ART PROGRAM BRIDGES COMMUNITY DIVIDEIn 1974, Marina Abramovic created one of the most intense performance pieces in contemporary art history. The Yugoslavian artist laid out 72 items-including knives, razor blades, scissors and a loaded gun-in...
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMICBY ALlSON BECHDELHoughton Mifflin CompanyREVIEW BY KAREN X. TULCHINSKYAlison Bechdel is known for her popular comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For," which is syndicated in numerous newspapers-mostly within the queer press-since...
Ge Rice Not Nice
According to a Greenpeace report, genetically modified rice has contaminated supplies of the food staple in the United States.Risky Business, a 32-page report written by Dr. E. Neal Blue, examines a variety of experimental GE rice, LL601, whose modified...
Gulp Fiction
Young Adult fiction for girls has come a long way since the days when its authors were wise adults who hoped that their earnest messages would be gobbled up, sponge-like, by impressionable teens. Or has it?Things "were different when I became a teenager...
Herstreet Paves Way
(MONTREAL) Léonie Couture has worked with women in distress for more than 25 years. In fact, most of the women she caters to are, in her words, considered by other agencies to be "too hurt to be helped."In 1994, Couture founded Herstreet, an organization...
Homeland. Security
Virginia Woolf said: "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the world. "As Maya Khankhoje explains in her essay, homeland is not simply a geographic or an ethnic construct, but a place where communion and community are celebrated.PART...
I Swear, It's True
The other day, I did a mini social experiment, marking down on a piece of paper every time I used some form of bad language-that is, every time I used the Lord's name in vain, used a sexually derived word (to describe something not sexually derived)...
I Was a Teenage Feminist
I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINISTDIRECTED BY THERESE SHECHTERREVIEW BY JENNIFER O'CONNOR"I am woman," sang Helen Reddy in her 1972 anthem. I am strong, I am invincible, and all of that.It's the song that filmmaker and graphic designerTherese Shechter uses to...
Leader of the Pack
(MONTREAL) Roller derby is in the throes of a renaissance and women are leading the pack. Where roller derby of the 1960s and 70s was a money-making endeavour in the business of entertaining audiences, the modern incarnation teems with a fervent DIY...
Letters
'LOSS' LOST ON READER"The Colour of Loss" is a beautifully written piece (Herizons, Winter 2008) about a would-be lesbian mother's inability to conceive and a medical system that preys on infertile women by over-prescribing drugs and offering inadequate...
Luna Babies Land at Work
(VANCOUVER) So, what's a new mother to do when she owns her own business and doesn't qualify for paid maternity leave?If the mothers are Suzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw, they do what comes naturally-they bring their kids along to work.in 1993, Shaw...
Monumental Women
A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF OUR FOREMOTHERSI am an obituary writer for The Globe and Mail and I love this work. I believe it is an important form of storytelling, as obituaries are often the first recorded notes of a person's history. One of my not-so-hidden...
Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: The Hidden Heart of Domestic Service
MRS. WOOLF AND THE SERVANTS: THE HIDDEN HEART OF DOMESTIC SERVICEALLISON LIGHTPenguin/Fig TreeREVIEW BY NOREEN SHANAHANIt's confirmed: Virginia Woolf was a bitch of a boss. Her letters and diaries were peppered with anti-servant comments. She was particularly...
No More Silent Spring
Last May, 1,500 scientists issued a plea to Canada: Protect the boreal forest, the vast swath that covers nearly half the country's land mass. Unless we do, they said, the "world could lose one of the most powerful ecological protectors on Earth.For...
Party On
The first all-women's political party in India formed in December with a view to boosting female representation in parliament from eight to 50 percent.Suman Krishan Kant, the widow of former Indian Vice-President Krishan Kumar Kant, joined with other...
Radical Roots
THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE BOREAL FORESTAwareness of global warming appears to have reached a tipping point. While most of us have figured out where to put the composter as we search for more ways to incorporate pre-cycling into our lives, a number of Canadian...
Reconcilable Differences: Marriage End. Families Don't
RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES: MARRIAGE END. FAMILIES DON'TCATE COCHRANSecond Story PressREVIEW BY KRIS ROTHSTEINWhen Cate Cochran's marriage ended, she and her husband knew they wanted what was best both for them and for their kids. They were good co-parents...
Sales Record
VANCOUVER SINGER-SONGWRITER VOCAL ON WORLD CHANGEHayley Sales has been sharing her passion since she was a kid. At the age of eight, she interviewed the Dalai Lama for her school paper. Five years later, she "was one of 40,000 protestors in Seattle in...
Save the Mothers
(OTTAWA) In Canada, 10 women died from pregnancy-related complications in 2006. In Uganda, 6,000 expectant mothers died from problems that occurred during delivery.These statistics reflect the stark disparity that exists between developed and developing...
Spp Is Not for Me
According to the Council of Canadians, a littleknown pact called The security and Prosperity Partnership of North America threatens to have a grave impact on the food we eat, the air we breathe and the civil liberties and human rights we enjoy.The SPP...
Tanglewreck
TANGLEWRECKJEANETTE WINTERSONBloomsburyREVIEW BY SYLVIA SANTIAGOWell-known British author Jeanette Winterson ( Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Sexing the Cherry, and Written on the Body) has written her first novel for children. And it's about time....
The Secret History of the War on Cancer
Book of the MonthTHE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WAR ON CANCERDEVRA DAVISBasic BooksREVIEW BY CAROLVAN STRUMSome books make you proud to be human. This is not one of them. Nor is it a book to read all at once, especially not at bedtime, lest suicide begin...
The Writing Circle
THE WRITING CIRCLEROZENA MAARTTSAR PublicationsREVIEW BY IRENE D'SOUZARozena Maart's newest novel opens with a rape that occurs in front of a home in Cape Town, one where five women gather every Friday night in the safety of a gated neighbourhood to...
Veiled Threats
Last spring, in Laval, Quebec, Asmahan (Azzy) Mansour, 11, was thrown out of a soccer tournament for "wearing one. In November, Safaa Menhem, 14, "was ejected from a soccer game in Calgary for "wearing one. Also in November, Hagar Outbih, 11, "was chucked...
War Brides
WAR BRIDESMELYNDA JARRATTTempus PublishingREVIEW BY ALLISON BREWERDuring the second World War, half a million Canadian soldiers were stationed throughout England and Europe. While it's unknown how many went to war with marriage in mind, over a period...