Herizons

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, Winter

Are Co-Op Brothels the Answer?
Susan Davis, leader of the West Coast Co-operative of Sex Industry Professionals (WCCSIP), smiles wistfully when asked what will happen if her dream of a co-operative brothel materializes."It will be so good for morale for everybody - oh man, for the...
Bending GENDER BREAKING BINARIES
In the 15 years since Kate Bornstein's groundbreaking Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us exposed the cracks in the construction of gender, the world has seen some significant changes. Not only has it begun to see the inclusion of trans and...
Campaign Updates
BUBBLE ZONE PROTECTIONAccording to the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), "bubble zone" protection may be the answer to unwanted harassment of clients and staff at Canada's abortion clinics. An ARCC-backed study found that 64 percent of abortion...
Cover Up: Why Banning the Niqab Is Not the Answer
France recently enacted a bill banning veils which cover the face. Similar moves in Quebec, Belgium, Holland and some Spanish municipalities to penalize Muslim women who wear full body coverings such as the niqab or burqa are based on inconsistent and...
Documenting Feminist History
Margaret Thatcher once said she owed nothing to feminism, which always made me wonder how she figured she came by the right to vote, let alone run for office and serve as prime minister.And yet Thatcher's apparent ignorance of the decades of activism...
Fish Tank
FISH TANKDirected by Andrea ArnoldREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDFish Tank, the second feature film by U.K. writer/director Andrea Arnold, is a close study of rage and its workings within female adolescence.Mia, played by Katie Jarvis, is a young teen living...
Imaginings
HILARY GRISTIMAGININGSIndependentREVIEW BY CINDY FIUPENKOCabaret cool meets ethereal pop, then gets completely subjugated by the wittiest lyrics to recent memory - welcome to Hilary Grist and her new CD, Imaginings. Grist is best known as a CBC artist,...
Magazine Rallies Afghan Women
(KABUL) Transformative change has taken hold of Afghanistan since the ousting of the Taliban in 2001, and, thanks to a new magazine focussed on women's empowerment, women are documenting more of those changes.Legal reform in the country, which has been...
Nellie Grams
LEADER FREEDThe November release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader of Burma - also known as Myanmar - spurred qualified commendation from women's groups in the country. The Women's League of Burma said it hopes that Suu Kyi's freedom...
Pick Your Poison
What do the pornography and polygamy debates have in mon? Both make me feel like women don't have much choice.I've been fascinated by the current B.C. trial attempting to determine whether the boys over there in the community of Bountiful ought to be...
Politics on Thin Ice
Bristol Palin says it was prayer that got her through Dancing with the Stars. "It is faith that got me through this and just praying all the time and just relying on God and knowing that He is on our side and we'll get through this," said Sarahs daughter...
Porn Again: Why It's Time to Take Another Look at a Divisive Issue
In light of a new documentary celebrating Hugh Hefner as the grandfather of the sexual revolution, feminists might be wondering how mainstream heterosexual pornography has evolved since Playboy was launched in 1953.In the definitive new book Pornland:...
Portrait of the ARTIST as a MOTHER
ARE ARTIST MOTHERS STILL MARGINALIZED AND EXPECTED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CREATIVE SELF-EXPRESSION AND THEIR CHILDREN? THE REACTION FROM THESE ARTISTS MAY SURPRISE YOU.It's not the reaction I expected. I'm in my Toronto living room screening the 2008 documentary...
Progress on Equality Stalled
When Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force 25 years ago, no one imagined that governments would become major obstructers to the promise of equality enshrined in the Constitution. Yet that is what has happened.Women...
Sisters in Spirit
It turns out that you can decimate entire nations by decimating the power of their women. It helps if you've got superior firepower, too, but as far as the colonizing of the upper half of Turtle Island is concerned the decimation of Aboriginal societies...
Tiger Suit
KT TUNSTALLTIGER SUITVirginREVIEW BY CINDY FILIPENKOWith her debut single "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree," KT Tunstall set herself miles apart from her Top 40 contemporaries. The follow-up, "Suddenly I See," proved the "Black Horse" writer was no one...