Herizons

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Summer

20 Miles
20 MILESCARA HEDLEYCoach HouseREVIEW BY LISA SHAWAs a hockey player, I was excited to read a book on women's hockey by a bona fide puckhead. Iz, a talented player from Kenora, Ontario, is playing for the fictitious Winnipeg Scarlets while adjusting to...
A Change of Plans: Women's Stories of Hemorrhagic Stroke
A CHANGE OF PLANS: WOMEN'S STORIES OF HEMORRHAGIC STROKESHARON DALE STONESumach PressREVIEW BYANN ELIZABETH CARSONSometimes an event in our lives is so painful that we can't talk about it. If it's a prolonged or chronic illness, few people want to hear...
Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found
BEIJING CONFIDENTIAL: A TALE OF COMRADES LOST AND FOUNDJAN WONGDoubledayREVIEW BY JANET NICOLJan Wong is the perfect insider-outsider when it comes to explaining the homeland of her ancestors. Her journalism for the Globe and Mail, including coverage...
Clean Sweep
Here's the bad news: A recent U.S. report states that after marriage women's devotion to housework goes up by seven hours per "week, "while men's love of the act goes down by one hour.Even "worse is the fact that this statistic is evident worldwide....
Consensual Genocide
CONSENSUAL GENOCIDELEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHATSAR PublicationsREVIEW BY KERRY RYANThe book itself may be slim, but the title Consensual Genocide hints at the intensity of this first collection of poems by queer spokenword artist Lean Lakshmi PiepznaSamarasinha....
Dirtbags
DIRTBAGSTERESAMCWHlRTERAnvil PressREVIEW BY KERRY RYANChances are, you have one friend who is forever making the same bad decisions over and over again. Depending on the issues, it can make for a difficult and draining friendship.It's the kind of relationship...
D Is for Daring: The Women Behind the Films of Studio D
D IS FOR DARING: THE WOMEN BEHIND THE FILMS OF STUDIO DGAIL VANSTONESumach PressREVIEW BY SHAWNA DEMPSEYIf the ratio of tuxes to gowns on Oscar winners isn't evidence enough, a recent San Diego State University study reveals that a mere 15 percent of...
Domestic Problems
Pity those poor feminists fighting for the rights of "wifeassault survivors. They got creamed in April at the trial of Chris Harbin in Toronto after a series of bizarre events that saw his abused spouse get arrested for refusing to testify.Here's how...
Fashion STATEMENT
A FEMINIST EMBRACES HER OWN STYLEHi. I'm Joy and I'm a clothes horse. (Hello Joy.)Before you deem me insensitive for mocking the positive change brought about by 12-step programs, hear me out. Growing up and coming out in the middle of the second "wave...
Fight like a Girl: How to Be a Fearless Feminist
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL: HOW TO BE A FEARLESS FEMINISTMEGAN SEELYNew York University PressREVIEW BY JENNIFER O'CONNOR"What can I do?" It's a simple question, but not one that's necessarily easy to answer.It's also one that Megan seely is often asked, and it's...
Finding the Good
It has been 18 years since Toshi Reagon broke onto the New York music scene with her debut album and her new projects are proof that her star is still rising.Singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon has been compared to both R&B artist Stevie Wonder and old...
Force of Change
(KABUL) Deep in the heart of Kabul's shawre-naw("new city") is an unassuming red metal gate tucked in between two rundown shops. Behind that gate lives and works Tonita Murray, a Canadian who has lived in Afghanistan's capital for three years. Murray...
For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth about Their Bodies, Growing Older and Acceptance
FOR KEEPS: WOMEN TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR BODIES, GROWING OLDER AND ACCEPTANCEEDITED BY VICTORIA ZACKHEIMSeal PressREVIEW BY JILLIAN RIDINGTONIn her introduction to For Keeps, Victoria Zackheim points out a truth that all the relationship experts and...
Glass Voices
GLASS VOICESCAROL BRUNEAUCormorant BooksREVIEW BY DIANA GAULTLife has not been kind to Lucy Gaines. A survivor of the Halifax Explosion of 1917, in which her daughter Helena disappeared, Lucy has never entirely come to terms with that loss. Through unquestioning...
Go Home or Go Home
If you told me a few years ago that equality "would cease to be a Status of Women policy objective, I "would have said you were paranoid (or else paraphrasing Margaret Atwood). If you told me a few months ago that Ottawa "would try to control the kind...
Han Kut: Critical Art and Writing by Korean Canadian Women
HAN KUT: CRITICAL ART AND WRITING BY KOREAN CANADIAN WOMENEDITED BY THE KOREAN CANADIAN WOMEN'S ANTHOLOGY COLLECTIVEInnana PublicationsREVIEW BY SOOK C. KONGHan Kut is a text that gives the reader endless pleasure, the reader who wants to see a text...
How the Media Keeps Us HUNG UP on BODY IMAGE
The rap sheet gets longer every year-spend five minutes in the slow line at your local supermarket checkout and you can't avoid being reminded of the heinous nature of crimes against "women's body image."Janet Jackson's shocking "weight gain!" scream...
Italian Women Mobilize for Choice
(ROME) Strong opposition to abortion is nothing new in Italy, where the Vatican's influence in everything from politics to women's reproductive rights is powerfully felt. Buta new campaign launched by a right-wing journalist has many Italian women worried...
Jackfish, the Vanishing Village
JACKFISH, THE VANISHING VILLAGESARAH FELIX BURNSInanna Publications and EducationREVIEW BY CY-THEA SAND"Sacred, alluring, and lingering, your homeland is the entity that shapes you. You cannot deny it. Place is destiny." So says Sarah Felix Burns in...
Jane Rules
Jane Rule "was born in Plainfield, Ne-W Jersey, on March 28, 1931. After spending time in England, she moved to Canada in 1956 to teach at the University of British Columbia. Rule and her long-time partner, Helen Sonthoff, bought a house on Galiano Island...
Limbo
LIMBOJACQUELINE HONNETTurnstone PressREVIEW BY IRENE D'SOUZAThe dictionary definition of limbo suggests that it is a state of oblivion as well as of transition. Jacqueline Honnet makes use of both categories in her short story collection. The nine stories...
Loving the Difficult
LOVING THE DIFFICULTJANE RULEHedgerow PressREVIEW BY EVELYN C. WHITERevered for her 1964 novel Desert of the Heart, Jane Rule was also a skilled essayist who, in her 1985 non-fiction collection A hotEyed Moderate, explored topics ranging from drag, to...
My Grandmother's Hair
MY GRANDMOTHER'S HAIRANN ELIZABETH CARSON EDGAR KENTUniversity of Toronto PressREVIEW BY ERIN HARRISStorytelling is a powerful teacher. Through stories in narrative, poetry, myth and hard science, as well as her own artwork, Ann Elizabeth Carson affirms...
My Heart Belongs in the Cape
(JERUSALEM) While on vacation after finishing her service in the Israeli Army, lrit Rabinovich, 22, encountered a hungry child for the first time in her life.She was in Cape Maclear, Malawi, a small fishing village on Lake Malawi. A country in East Africa...
Obsession with Intent: Violence against Women
OBSESSION WITH INTENT: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMENLEE LAKEMANBlack Rose BooksREVIEW BY LISA TREMBLAYIn Obsession With Intent, Lee Lakeman describes a recent five-year project carried out by the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres. CASAC brought...
Reprieve for Tajikistan Women?
In Tajikistan, there are hopes that a bill on violence against women will ease the lives of the country's women.Women's groups, including the Association for Gender Development and Preventing Violence Towards Women, drafted a law 18 months ago that would...
Road Warriors
There "was no point in trying to salvage my "waxing pot-I pulled out the garbage bag that contained my "wax pot-honey "wax for the purpose of hair removal. No "woman should be "without her "waxing kit "while journeying to the Yukon Territory on her motorcycle....
So This Is the World and Here I Am in It
SO THIS IS THE WORLD AND HERE I AM IN ITDI BRANDTNeWest PressREVIEW BY MAYA KHANKHOJEAn essay collection is always a challenge to review, especially one written over a 10-year period covering subjects as dissimilar as the complexity of honeybee societies,...
The Fame Game
It is pretty much a given that if there is a radio, television or film personality "within a two-kilometre radius, my mother "will both run into that celebrity and have something of note to say to them. It's been happening my owhole life. One minute...
The Tracey Fragments
THE TRACEY FRAGMENTSWRITTEN BY MAUREEN MEDVEDDIRECTED BY BRUCE MCDONALDAlliance FilmsREVIEW BY KAREN X. TULCHINSKYThe Tracey Fragments is a gritty, emotional, unsentimental portrayal of teen angst. It opens as 15-year-old Tracey Berkowitz rides out a...
Veda Hille
VEDA HILLETHIS RIOT LIFEApe House RecordsREVIEW BY CINDY FILIPENKOOn first listening to This Riot Life, you might think Veda HiIIe has found God. But what she actually found was her grandmother's hymn book. Inspiration for this album came from a couple...
We Are Not in Pakistan
WE ARE NOT IN PAKISTANSHAUNASlNGH BALDWINGoose LaneREVIEW BY UMA PAREMASWARANShauna Singh Baldwin's new collection of 10 stories moves across geographical settings and cultures. "Only a Button" is set against the Chernobyl explosion of 1986; "Rendezvous"...
What If Equality Ruled?
Calling themselves the Women's Court of Canada, a group of feminist legal scholars and litigators have rewritten half a dozen Supreme Court decisions in an effort to demonstrate the capacity of the Canadian Charter of Rights to support substantive equality.The...
Women Face Torture, Extermination
In March, a report on rape as a weapon of war in the Congo recommended measures to protect women and girls in the country's wartorn regions.Getting Serious about Ending Conflict and Sexual Violence in Congo, produced for the organization, Enough, was...
Women Take on Domestic Assault
(KABUL) A few years ago, two police advisors from the U.S. turned Kabul's District 10 police station into a model for other stations. They established a records system for the first time, introduced communications protocols, created Kabul's first bicycle...
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution
WORD WARRIORS: 35 WOMEN LEADERS IN THE SPOKEN WORD REVOLUTIONEDITED BY ALIX OLSONSeal PressREVIEW BY TL. COWANThere are a couple of the things about feminist performance poetry that many folks like to criticize: a) it's too personal; and b) it's too...