Herizons

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer

[Allen, Lillian. Freedom & Dance]
The unaccompanied voice of Lillian Allen introduces her new CD, Freedom & Dance, by declaring: Dis word breathes my Rhythm/dis word carries my freedom/dis word is my hand/my weapon weapon weapon... It's been many years since her legendary Juno award...
[At Our Core: Women Writing about Power]
At Our Core tries to answer the questions how do we define power, how do we get it or use it? Differing definitions emerge through the women's writing, poetry and photography in this book. Editor Sandra Haldeman Martz has chosen works that encourage...
At Our Core: Women Writing about Power
AT OUR CORE: WOMEN WRITING ABOUT POWERSANDRA HALDEMAN MARTZPAPIER-MACHE PRESS 216PP 1998At Our Core tries to answer the questions how do we define power, how do we get it or use it? Differing definitions emerge through the women's writing, poetry and...
Beyond Bisexuality
Beyond BisexualityI have struggled with nearly every sexual identity recognized as possible for a woman in late 20th century Western society-straight, bisexual, lesbian, dyke and queernever attaining a final comforting conclusion. Through both the process...
Beyond Bisexuality
I have struggled with nearly every sexual identity recognized as possible for a woman in late 20th century Western society -- straight, bisexual, lesbian, dyke and queer -- never attaining a final comforting conclusion. Through both the process of realizing...
Caution: Swings Both Ways
Caution: Swings Both WaysI've never been one to do things right the first time. That's why I am drawn to writing--the chance to edit, to perfect; I love it. It has always irked me that life isn't the same way. It can be so messy and sometimes I have...
Caution: Swings Both Ways
I've never been one to do things right the first time. That's why I am drawn to writing -- the chance to edit, to perfect; I love it. It has always irked me that life isn't the same way. It can be so messy and sometimes I have trouble following the story....
Cole's Notes: If the Bra Fits
Cole's NOTES: If the bra fits...Personally I'm liking what I see in the mirror. I wink at my reflection and head toward the door."You're not going out like that, are you?"I freeze. The words are too familiar. They're my mother's-loud and pointed. Only...
[Confessions of Madame Psyche]
Confessions of Madame Psyche by Dorothy Bryant was first published in 1986, and has recently been reprinted to include an afterward by J.J. Wilson. The Afterward more clearly describes the connection to the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros which Bryant...
Confessions of Madame Psyche
CONFESSIONS OF MADAME PSYCHEBY DOROTHY BRYANTTHE FEMINIST PRESS, 1998Confessions of Madame Psyche by Dorothy Bryant was first published in 1986, and has recently been reprinted to include an afterward by J.J. Wilson. The Afterward more clearly describes...
Creating Our Own Ceremonies [Commitment Ceremonies]
It was a sunny afternoon with a warm breeze blowing when Sartai Kaur and David Barnard gathered their friends together on Toronto's Centre Island to witness their vows to each other. As the time for the ceremony approached, guests met outside at the...
Equality Still an Alien Concept [Encyclopedia Canadiana]
When I was in university, I wrote a paper about the state of the English speaking world's encyclopedias. I concluded, eruditely I might add, that there was a slight dearth of articles in general and pictures in particular about women. Even though the...
[Forms of Devotion: Stories & Pictures]
When Alice Munro accepted the prestigious Giller Prize last year she proclaimed, "I think it's a great moment for those of us who can't kick the habit of writing short stories." Since short fiction has, for the most part in Canada, been the realm of...
Forms of Devotion: Stories & Pictures
FORMS OF DEVOTION: STORIES & PICTURESDIANE SCHOEMPERLENHARPERCOLLINS 1998; 220 PP.When Alice Munro accepted the prestigious Giller Prize last year she proclaimed, "I think it's a great moment for those of us who can't kick the habit of writing short...
Freedom & Dance
FREEDOM & DANCELILLIAN ALLENVERSE TO VINYL RECORDS, 1999REVIEW BY SHEILA NOPPERThe unaccompanied voice of Lillian Allen introduces her new CD, Freedom & Dance, by declaring: Dis word breathes my Rhythm/dis word carries my freedom/dis word is...
[Friesen, Cate. Joy's Disorder]
Joy's Disorder, the latest release from singer/songwriter Cate Friesen, is an adventurous new work. Friesen's previous work is firmly rooted in the North American folk tradition. However, Joy's Disorder is a far stretch from this genre, incorporating...
Groundwire
GROUNDWIREBY RACHEL KANEADAM'S RIB PRODUCTION, 1998REVIEW BY NOREEN SHANAHAN"I even like your name," a woman tells Rachel Kane as she sets up in a small Toronto club. The singer-songwriter's voice has been described as a husky whisper of wood smoke;...
Guilty Pleasures
Their faces grin from Polaroids thumb-tacked to cork boards at lakeside stores and bait shops. Who are these sunburned guys squinting into the camera, posing with the fish they've hauled up on hooks? They wear baseball caps and plaid shirts. The sun...
If the Bra Fits
Personally I'm liking what I see in the mirror. I wink at my reflection and head toward the door."You're not going out like that, are you?"I freeze. The words are too familiar. They're my mother's -- loud and pointed. Only I'm a grownup now. I have a...
Irritability Studied by Hamilton Researcher
Irritability Studied by Hamilton Researcher(HAMILTON) It's not all in your head, after all. A common complaint of women--being irritable--is not just a mental health issue, but also a real physical condition, says a Hamilton therapist and researcher."We...
Irritability Studied by Hamilton Researcher
(Hamilton) It's not all in your head, after all. A common complaint of women -- being irritable -- is not just a mental health issue, but also a real physical condition, says a Hamilton therapist and researcher."We know both from our clinical experience...
Joy's Disorder
JOY'S DISORDERBY CATE FRIESEN, WIDE-EYED MUSIC 1999REVIEW BY GLORIA BLIZZARDJoy's Disorder, the latest release from singer/songwriter Cate Friesen, is an adventurous new work. Friesen's previous work is firmly rooted in the North American folk tradition....
[Kane, Rachel. Groundwire]
"I even like your name," a woman tells Rachel Kane as she sets up in a small Toronto club. The singer-songwriter's voice has been described as a husky whisper of wood smoke; a voice that lends a confessional air to her lyrics with more than a hint of...
Meet Me at the Magazine Counter
Where are all the single women? I mean the genuine, real-deal, never-been-married, never-had-children, approaching-middle-age, living-alone, single, independent women. It's not just that I barely know any. It's that our experience is either not represented...
New Feminist Alliance for Women's Human Rights
New Feminist Alliance for Women's Human Rights(Ottawa) Over 35 Canadian women's groups have formed a new organization to improve economic conditions for women. The Canadian Feminist Alliance For International Action (FAFIA), was launched in May.Increasingly,...
New Feminist Alliance for Women's Human Rights
(Ottawa) Over 35 Canadian women's groups have formed a new organization to improve economic conditions for women. The Canadian Feminist Alliance For International Action (FAFIA), was launched in May.Increasingly, said Shelagh Day, special advisor on...
On the Edge: Equality Still an Alien Concept
on the EDGE: Equality Still an Alien ConceptWhen I was in university, I wrote a paper about the state of the English speaking world's encyclopedias. I concluded, eruditely I might add, that there was a slight dearth of articles in general and pictures...
[Pauline Jewett: A Passion for Canada]
Pauline Jewett was a trail blazer and her early death from cancer at 69 was indeed a tragedy. As one of her close friends, I greatly admired her sharp mind, keen wit and unquenchable optimism, as well as her sincere, uncomplicated desire to work for...
Pauline Jewett: A Passion for Canada
PAULINE JEWETT: A PASSION FOR CANADABY JUDITH MCKENZIEMCGILL-QUEENS UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1999Pauline Jewett was a trail blazer and her early death from cancer at 69 was indeed a tragedy. As one of her close friends, I greatly admired her sharp mind, keen...
'Power Women' Charge Audience with Inspiration
`Power Women' Charge Audience with Inspiration(TORONTO) If there is anything to the notion of `the power of positive thinking,' it was evident in Toronto and Ottawa during the recent Power of Women lecture series. Many women came away convinced that...
Power Women Charge Audience with Inspiration [Power of Women Lecture Series]
(Toronto) If there is anything to the notion of 'the power of positive thinking,' it was evident in Toronto and Ottawa during the recent Power of Women lecture series. Many women came away convinced that they can do anything they put their mind to. Realistic?...
Race, Class, Women and the State: The Case of Domestic Labour
RACE, CLASS, WOMEN AND THE STATE: THE CASE OF DOMESTIC LABOURTANYA SCHETCHER 138 PPBLACK ROSE BOOKSAs an immigrant, a Caribbean by birth and a black woman, this book touches me in many places. Tanya Schetcher has carried out an in-depth analysis on the...
[Race, Class, Women & the State: The Case of Domestic Labour]
As an immigrant, a Caribbean by birth and a black woman, this book touches me in many places. Tanya Schetcher has carried out an in-depth analysis on the ways in which both the state and the women's movement in Canada have played a role in developing...
Rolling Petitions Gather No Clout
Rolling Petitions Gather No Clout(CALGARY) "Forward this immediately to everyone you know." Those words on an e-mail message just make me cringe, because I know that several identical messages are zinging their way to me through the Internet even as...
Rolling Petitions Gather No Clout [E-Mail as a Tool for Social Change]
(Calgary) "Forward this immediately to everyone you know." Those words on an e-mail message just make me cringe, because I know that several identical messages are zinging their way to me through the Internet even as I read. Is there anyone on e-mail...
Sexual Abuse by Health Professionals: A Personal Search for Meaning and Healing
SEXUAL ABUSE BY HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: A PERSONAL SEARCH FOR MEANING AND HEALINGBY P. SUSAN PENFOLDU OF TORONTO PRESS, 1988When crisis or illness besets an individual, they often seek answers from an outside professional. Sexual Abuse by Health Professionals...
[Sexual Abuse by Health Professionals: A Personal Search for Meaning & Healing]
When crisis or illness besets an individual, they often seek answers from an outside professional. Sexual Abuse by Health Professionals is not the first book to identify the problem of sexual abuse by therapists, but as the author herself is a member...
Short Cuts on Tall Subjects
SHORT CUTS ON TALL SUBJECTSREVIEWS FROM THE VICTORIA INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVALFilms and videos by women have always been an important part of the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival. To celebrate past accomplishments and encourage...
Short Cuts on Tall Subjects: Reviews from the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival]
Films and videos by women have always been an important part of the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival. To celebrate past accomplishments and encourage future ones, this February the festival highlighted entries by women filmmakers.The films...
[The God of Small Things]
The God of Small Things has achieved international fame as a sensitive delineation of forbidden loves, familial bonds, rivalries and guilt; it has also generated protest in the southern Indian state of Kerala where the story is set, for vilifying the...
The God of Small Things
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGSARUNDHATI ROYNEW YORK: VINTAGE BOOKS, 1997. 321 PPThe God of Small Things has achieved international fame as a sensitive delineation of forbidden loves, familial bonds, rivalries and guilt; it has also generated protest in the...
The Guest Room: Guilty Pleasures
the guest ROOM: Guilty PleasuresTheir faces grin from Polaroids thumb-tacked to cork boards at lakeside stores and bait shops. Who are these sunburned guys squinting into the camera, posing with the fish they've hauled up on hooks? They wear baseball...
The Last Word: Meet Me at the Magazine Counter
the last WORD: Meet Me at the Magazine CounterWhere are all the single women? I mean the genuine, real-deal, never-been-married, never-had-children, approaching-middle-age, living-alone, single, independent women. It's not just that I barely know any....
[The River Midnight]
In her debut novel The River Midnight, author Lilian Nattel can rest assured that her book will feel at home sitting next to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isaac Beshevis Singer.Nattel, the Canadian born daughter of Holocaust survivors, has created a haunting...
The River Midnight
THE RIVER MIDNIGHTLILIAN NATTELALFRED A. KNOPF 1998In her debut novel The River Midnight, author Lilian Nattel can rest assured that her book will feel at home sitting next to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isaac Beshevis Singer.Nattel, the Canadian born...
The Terrible Taliban
The Terrible Taliban(AFGHANISTAN)The worldwide campaign to reject the Taliban regime for immersing the country into a state of terror and gender apartheid is growing steadily in the face of increased attacks on women.Since the Taliban took power in 1996,...
The Terrible Taliban
(Afghanistan) The worldwide campaign to reject the Taliban regime for immersing the country into a state of terror and gender apartheid is growing steadily in the face of increased attacks on women.Since the Taliban took power in 1996, women have been...
Women's Dreams Catch on in Rural Ontario
Women's Dreams Catch On in Rural Ontario(SUNDERLAND) When you want something done, ask a busy woman. As cliche as that sounds, the saying still holds true. When community economic development became a hot topic five or six years ago, a few visionaries...
Women's Dreams Catch on in Rural Ontario
(Sunderland) When you want something done, ask a busy woman. As cliche as that sounds, the saying still holds true. When community economic development became a hot topic five or six years ago, a few visionaries blazed a vital trail by harnessing an...
Wrestling with a New Masculinity: How Feminist Mothers Are Making a Difference
Wrestling with a New Masculinity: How Feminist Mothers Are Making a DifferenceWhen I first conceived of this article, I thought I would be writing about non-sexist parenting. I've since found that the issues facing feminist mothers who are raising sons...
Wrestling with a New Masculinity: How Feminist Mothers Are Making a Difference
When I first conceived of this article, I thought I would be writing about non-sexist parenting. I've since found that the issues facing feminist mothers who are raising sons go further than I first imagined. Just as feminist scholars in the past were...
You'll Get Mail! A Woman's Guide to Cyberdating
You'll Get Mail! A woman's guide to cyberdatingIt's Saturday night and you're sitting at home. Maybe you should reread the latest issue of Herizons. Of course you have lots of friends. It's just that tonight they're all busy. While you have a full and...
You'll Get Mail! A Woman's Guide to Cyberdating
It's Saturday night and you're sitting at home. Maybe you should reread the latest issue of Herizons. Of course you have lots of friends. It's just that tonight they're all busy. While you have a full and rewarding life, right now it lacks that special...