Herizons

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Fall

Campaign Updates
WOMEN MISSING FROM MISSING WOMEN INQUIRYTwo groups representing B.C. women will not participate in the upcoming inquiry examining actions of the crown, RCMP and Vancouver Police during the time Robert Pickton abducted and killed women from Vancouver's...
Diallo Deserves Respect
Looking for a lesson in male power and class privilege? Just consider what happened when New York hotel worker Nafissatou Diallo had Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then director of the International Monetary Fund, charged with sexual assault.Let's start with...
Feminist Journeys, Voies Féministes
FEMINIST JOURNEYS, VOIES FÉMINISTESEDITED BY MARGUERITE ANDERSENFeminist History SocietyREVIEW BYWENDY ROBBINSThe purpose of this book is to "describe, document, preserve and celebrate the work and character of our times, of the women's movement in Canada...
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: At First Hand
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: At First Hand LYNN MCDONALD Wilfrid Laurier University PressREVIEW BY MICHELE LANDSBERGThe image of Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp, fades into a fuzzy stereotype, brightens, then fades again with the passing decades...
FOXY: My Life in Three Acts
FOXY: My Life in Three Acts PAM GRIER Springboard PressREVIEW BY EVELYN C. WHITEA memoir easily read in one sitting. Foxy resonates with the humble authenticity that typifies the life of iconic African-American actress Pam Grier. Born in the segregated...
Indian Woman Receives Gallantry Award
Major Madhumita Mitali has become the first woman in the Indian armed forces to receive a military gallantry award for her efforts during a Taliban suicide bomb attack on medical personnel training in Kabul, Afghanistan.Mitali, 34, received the Sena...
Is Your Boss a Bully?
It's been little more than a blink of an eye since the public's radar was drawn to the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. In 1989, the Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision in Janzen v. Platy Enterprises Ltd. Applying Section 15 of...
Julie Holland + the Grand Chandeliers
JULIE HOLLAND + THE GRAND CHANDELIERSPINT OF BLOODAntiREVIEW BY ANNA LAZOWSKIJolie Holland is a Texas-born, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter who is well known in Canada as a co-founder of the Be Good Tanyas. Her latest solo effort, Pint of Blood,...
Longing for Belonging
THE ARTISTRY OF B.H. YAELIn her 1996 documentary Fresh Blood: A Consideration of Belonging, Toronto filmmaker and video and installation artist b.h. Yael travels back to Israel, the land of her birth, seeking to answer a question that's haunted her since...
MOTHERING CANADA Interdisciplinary Voices/LA MATERNITE AU CANADA: Voix Interdisciplinaires
MOTHERING CANADA Interdisciplinary Voices/LA MATERNITE AU CANADA: Voix Interdisciplinaires EDITED BY SHAWNA GEISSLER, LYNN LOUTZENHISER, JOCELYN PRAUD AND LEESA STREIFLER Demeter PressREVIEW BY LORNA TURNBULLThis volume is an exciting and diverse collection...
Nellie Grams
DOMESTIC RIGHTS RECOGNIZEDDomestic workers are celebrating the adoption of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The convention is designed to ensure that domestic workers throughout the world are...
No Loo, No 'I Do'
While I was in transit in the marble-encased lobby at the Mumbai airport, jet-lagged after a marathon 24-hour journey, I was first intrigued by signs posted on all of the bathroom doors that read: "passengers only."In Canada, there are no such signs...
Ossuaries
OSSUARIESDIONNE BRANDMcLelland & Stewart Ltd.REVIEW BY KERRY RYANAs you'd expect, the 1 5 ossuaries that make up Dionne Brand's book-length long poem, and provide its title, house skeletons and relics of the past. They're not, however, quiet, fixed...
Out of the Transylvania Night
OUT OF THE TRANSYLVANIA NIGHT AURA IMBARUS Bettie Youngs Books Publishing Co.REVIEW BY IRENE D'SOUZAOut of the Transylvania Nightìs a rather extraordinary fictionalized memoir steeped in the historical land of Dracula and Vlad the lmpaler. It is also...
Psyched Out
WHAT WILL THE NEW DSM SAY ABOUT YOU?As the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is being prepared by the American Psychiatric Association for its release in 2013, warning bells are being sounded from feminist psychiatric...
Rabbit Hole
RABBIT HOLEDirected by John Cameron MitchellREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDRabbit Hole, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, deals with a couple grieving the death of their four-year-old son who was killed in a car accident six months before the film's opening...
RAISING ELIJAH: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
RAISING ELIJAH: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis BY SANDRA STEINGRABER Da Capo PressREVIEW BY AMANDA LEROUGETELIn Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Sandra Steingraber combines compelling...
Rape Exposed in Iran's Prisons
Rape has become an increasingly prevalent tool used to punish and debilitate political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran, according to international human rights organizations.The deaths of two physicians who witnessed the effects of rape...
Remembering Amy Winehouse
Wearing open-toed pumps and a belted, form-fitting dress, the brown-skinned woman stares directly into the camera. One hand on her hip, the other angles jauntily across the mantle of the fireplace upon which she leans. In the aftermath of the tragic...
Selina Martin
SELINA MARTINDISASTER FANTASIESIndependentREVIEW BY ANNA LAZOWSKIFrom the first notes that burst out of the stereo when "Public Safety Management" kicked off Selina Martin's latest, I was kind of taken aback by an overwhelming rush of sonic similarities....
Standing Still for as Long as Possible
STANDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE ZOE WHITTALLHouse of AnansiREVIEW BY KAREN DARRICADES"Angst, often confused with anxiety, is a transcendent emotion in that it combines the unbearable anguish of life with the hopes of overcoming this seemingly...
SUN RAY the Death and Life of Captain Nichola Goddard
SUN RAY The Death and Life of Captain Nichola Goddard VALERIE FORTNEY Key Porter BooksREVIEW BY LISA SHAWThe sixteenth casket to arrive home to Canada from Afghanistan was that of 26-year-old Captain Nichola Goddard, the first Canadian woman to be killed...
Take a Deep Breath
Asbestos. It's about as sexy as elephant poop. Isn't it kind of dangerous? Doesn't it cause some sort of lung disease? Didn't we stop using it as insulation? Didn't we spend a ton of money a bunch of years ago, tearing buildings apart to get rid of the...
TAKING THE LEAD: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches
TAKING THE LEAD: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches EDITED BY SHEILA ROBERTSON University of Alberta PressREVIEW BY KRISTA SCOTT-DIXONLook through the literature on coaching and you'll find references to great male coaches: John Wooden, Vince...
THE BIRTH CONSPIRACY How a Doula Can Help You Have a Natural Birth in a Hospital
THE BIRTH CONSPIRACY How a Doula Can Help You Have a Natural Birth in a Hospital RIVKA CYMBALIST, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY SARA HARTLAND-ROWE Curioso BooksREVIEW BY ABBY LIPPMANThis book is a helpful resource for women who have or plan to have children...
The Matricide Myth
DOES EACH NEW GENERATION OF FENINISTS REJECT ITS FOREMOTHERS?Three years ago, when I was an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, I cut classes for a week to attend a feminist retreat in Quebec. I looked forward to a relaxing and...
Women Drive Change in Saudi Arabia
Manal Al-Sherif made headlines around the world when she posted a video online of herself driving a car in May. In most countries, this would not be newsworthy. But in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to obtain a driving license.Al-Sherif encouraged...
Women's Art Agencies to the Rescue!
WOMEN'S ART AGENCIES DO MORE THAN SHOW WOMEN'S ART. THEY MUST ALSO DEFEND IT.When Kelly Thornton became the artistic director of Toronto's Nightwood Theatre in 2002, she was often asked why there was a need for a women's theatre company.In order to explore...
Women's Worlds Collide
Nearly 2,000 delegates from 92 countries convened in Ottawa from July 3 to 7 for Women's Worlds 2011 - reportedly the largest gathering of feminists in Canada. But what could have been a landmark event has since been overshadowed by a problem that is...
Women's Worlds Puts Disability at Forefront
Canadian women with disabilities were at the organizing forefront of Women's Worlds 2011, a five-day feminist gathering of nearly 2,000 women from 92 countries held in Ottawa in July.As Bonnie Brayton, national executive director of DisAbled Women's...