Herizons

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter

Allah, Lesbos & Me
Allah, Lesbos & Me.My mother doesn't understand it and she's liberal Muslim. A lot of my friends don't understand it and they're progressive lesbians. But I understand it and, dammit, I'm gonna explain it to the world.Being a Muslim lesbian, that...
An Obscene Lack of Accountability
An Obscene Lack of Accountability.The troubling legal wrangle over representation, child pornography and Eli-Langer's art has turned into such a snarl that my stomach has gone into empathetic knots over the situation. Here's how I see it as a longtime...
Arctic Rose
ARCTIC ROSE BY SUSAN AGLUKARK EMIMUSIC CANADA.Susan Aglukark has been getting a lot of press recently, mostly for her unique status as an Inuit musician who's breaking into the Canadian pop scene. But Aglukark is more than an anomale, she is a fine musician...
Balancing Act: A Canadian Woman's Financial Survival Guide
BALANCING ACT: A CANADIAN WOMAN'S FINANCIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE BY JOANNE. THOMAS YACCATO PRENTICE-HALL 1994For me, Balancing Act was a very depressing read. A strong message in this book is that financial security and comfort in later years requires at...
Beijing Platform Doesn't Do Right by Women
Beijing Platform Doesn't Do Right By Women.The current phase of globalization is creating rapid change. Every country is undergoing major upheavals as governments scramble to transform their economic to keep pace. Everywhere, women's lives are being...
Breast Screening for Women over 50 Takes to the Road
BREAST SCREENING FOR WOMEN OVER 50 TAKES TO THE ROAD.(THUNDER BAY) - Inconspicuous, it definitely isn't. A 40-foot pink van with a large iris painted on the side contrasts greatly with the transport trucks and the rugged terrain of the portion of the...
Canadian Government Sort of Comes out in Support of Lesbians
FREDERICTON) If you read the news reports, it seemed as if the largest gathering of women in the history of the planet didn't get off to a very good start.The media had managed to turn coverage of the non-governmental organizations (NGO) Forum of the...
Canadian Government Sort of Comes out in Support of Lesbians
Canadian Government Sort of Comes Out in Support of Lesbians.If you read the news reports, it seemed as if the largest gathering of women in the history of the planet didn't get off to a very good start.The media had managed to turn coverage of the non-governmental...
Canadian Women's Issues Volume I: Strong Voices
CANADIAN WOMEN'S ISSUES VOLUME I: STRONG VOICES.I'm glad-and greateful-for having cracked the cover of this book. Put together by four academics who actually give activists the time of day, this book is a gem to anybody interested in what Canadian feminists...
Changing Our Minds: Lesbian Feminism and Psychology
CHANGING OUR MINDS: LESBIAN FEMINISM AND PSYCHOLOGY.Is therapy feminist? The short answer, according to British psychologist Celia Kitzinger and Rachel Perkins, is "no". A longer answer is provided in their challenging book Changing Our Minds.As lesbians,...
Changing Our Minds: Lesbian Feminism & Psychology // Review
Is therapy feminist? The short answer, according to British psychologist Celia Kitzinger and Rachel Perkins, is "no". A longer answer is provided in their challenging book Changing Our Minds.As lesbians, Kitzinger and Perkins aim much of their criticism...
(Dancer, Joys. Shadow & Light)
Joys Dancer is a fearless, fretless banjo playing environmentalist from Saskatchewan who combines her passion for the Earth with captivating music. Her songs are Earth/woman healing chants to a bluegrass beat. They range from slow, haunting tunes like...
Dicking around with the Menu
Dicking Around With the Menu.Don't bother faxing me about how pleased you are that Canada's very first Hooters restaurant will open shortly in Edmonton. Never mind phoning me all breathless with delight that the second will burst upon the noshery scene...
Ensemble! Pan-Canadian Women's Centers Conference: From Isolation to Solidarity
ENSEMBLE! PAN-CANADIAN WOMEN'S CENTERS CONFERENCE: FROM ISOLATION TO. SOLIDARITYThere was something different about the first national conference of women's centres right from the beginning. First of all, the organizers seemed to understand and respect...
Experts Support Burning Bras
Experts Support Burning Bras.Is burning your bra good for your health?Yes, according to a new book that makes a link between wearing bras and increased risk of breast cancer. Soma Grismaijer and Sydney Ross, authors of Dressed to Kill: the Link Between...
Experts Support Burning Bras (Link between Wearing Bras and Risk of Breast Cancer)
Is burning your bra good for your health?Yes, according to a new book that makes a link between wearing bras and increased risk of breast cancer. Soma Grismaijer and Sydney Ross, authors of Dressed to Kill: the Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, found...
Fighting for the Love of Sport: It's a Bout Time
FIGHTING FOR THE LOVE OF SPORT: IT'S A BOUT TIME.Once you get a couple punches in the face it wakes you up."So says Carol Silverstone. And when those punches are from one woman's first to another woman's nose, it's likely to wake up the spectators as...
Founding Mothers and Future Horizons
Founding mothers and future horizons.Pat Rawson got involved with Herizons when it was still a tiny, newspaper organized around kitchen tables, published when the money could be raised, through garage sales, or other such means. One of a dozen or so...
Home for the Holidays
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.Home for the Holidays, Jodie Foster's latest, was sure to be a gem. With Foster's reputation as a thoughtful filmmaker, feminists were anticipating a break in the line of macho action-thrillers that populate the cineplexes. This...
Hot Flashes and the Hormone Hoax
HOT FLASHES AND THE HORMONE HOAX.In May 1994, the Menopause Consensus Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), recommended that all menopausal women should go on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for at least 10 years.The...
How Do You Spell Backlash? False Memory Syndrome
It subsides, but it never goes away. Just when you think the sometimes outlandish controversy over repressed memory has reached retirement age, it reinvents itself in the form of a new book by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus or in yet another article on the editorial...
How Do You Spell Backlash? F-a-L-S-E M-E-M-O-R-Y S-Y-N-D-R-O-M-E
How Do You Spell Backlash? f-a-l-s-e m-e-m-o-r-y s-y-n-d-r-o-m-e.It subsides, but it never goes away. Just when you think the sometimes outlandish controversy over repressed memory has reached retirement age, it reinvents itself in the form of a new...
Immigration Rules against Women
Immigration Rules Against Women.Imagine that a government official comes to your door and demands that you pay $1,000 for a test, that compares the DNA of the people you live with. If you aren't blood relatives, your family cannot live together. For...
Immigration Rules against Women: Head Tax Rescinded
WINNIPEG) Imagine that a government official comes to your door and demands that you pay $1,000 for a test, that compares the DNA of the people you live with. If you aren't blood relatives, your family cannot live together. For a large percentage of...
Indigenous Women Dump on Nuclear Waste Storage
The Indigenous Women's Network (IWN) in Saskatchewan is at odds with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) over the council's interest in building a nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land. A permanent, high level nuclear waste repository in northern...
Indigenous Women Dump on Nuclear Waste Storage
Indigenous Women Dump on Nuclear Waste Storage.The Indigenous Women's Network (IWN) in Saskatchewan is at odds with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) over the council's interest in building a nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land. A permanent, high...
In Profile: Ardyth Cooper
IN PROFILE: ARDYTH COOPER.Ardyth Cooper, the western Vice-President of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, admits to double-booking her time now and then. Hardly surprising, given that Cooper, who criss-crosses a territory covering...
Joys Dancer: Shadow and Light
JOYS DANCER: SHADOW AND LIGHT REVIEW BY FIONA MULDREW.Joys Dancer is a fearless, fretless banjo playing environmentalist from Saskatchewan who combines her passion for the Earth with captivating music. Her songs are Earth/woman healing chants to a bluegrass...
(Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak)
This is the story of one woman's journey by kayak through the Northwest Passage. Victoria Jason was 45 when she first took up kayaking. A year later, she was paddling north on Hudson Bay on the first leg of what would turn out to be a 7,500-kilometre...
Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak
KABLOONA IN THE YELLOW KAYAK BY VICTORIA JASON TURNSTONE PRESS, 1995.This is the story of one woman's journey by kayak through the Northwest Passage. Victoria Jason was 45 when she first took up kayaking. A year later, she was paddling north on Hudson...
Kitchen Trappings
Kitchen Trappings.I suffer from food obsession. Much of my life has been diminished by thinking, worrying and feeling guilty about food. Finally, with huge commitment and vigilance, I am gaining some power and choice, some perspective. But the work...
Kitchen Trappings (Food Obsession)
I suffer from food obsession. Much of my life has been diminished by thinking, worrying and feeling guilty about food. Finally, with huge commitment and vigilance, I am gaining some power and choice, some perspective. But the work is slow, and it's...
Ontario Slaps Abused Women and Children
TORONTO) The article in the National Action Committee on the Status of Women newsletter gets right to the point: "The Harris government seems not only morally and ethically bankrupt, but bereft of even the most basic of political and economic sense."Anger...
Ontario Slaps Abused Women and Children
Ontario Slaps Abused Women and Children.The article in the National Action Committee on the Status of Women newsletter gets right to the point: "The Harris government seems not only morally and ethically bankrupt, but bereft of even the most basic of...
Ontario Women Who Have Changed Our Lives
ONTARIO WOMEN WHO HAVE CHANGED OUR LIVES.It's purple (for power). It's bright (for effect). It's four feet long (because they needed the space). And its launch was deemed worthy of a celebration in late September at Ottawa's Bruyere Hospital, adorned...
Pharmaceutical Abortions Advance Choice: Using an Old Drug in a New Way to Increase Women's Access to Early Abortion
VANCOUVER) An old drug is being used in a new way to increase women's access to early abortion.Methotrexate, a drug used in chemotherapy and arthritis treatments is being tested by a number of physicians across Canada as an abortifacient. When used...
Pharmaceutical Abortions Advance Choice: Using an Old Drug in a New Way to Increase Women's Access to Early Abortion
Pharmaceutical Abortions Advance Choice: Using an old drug in a new way to increase women's access to early abortion.An old drug is being used in a new way to increase women's access to early abortion.Methotrexate, a drug used in chemotherapy and arthritis...
Protection against Alarming Rate of Assault
PROTECTION AGAINST ALARMING RATE OF ASSAULT.Women in 15 Canadian cities whose lives are in danger due to threats from abusive partners now have a lifeline inside their homes. The Domestic Violence Emergency Response System (DVERS) is quietly being set...
Questioning the Politics of Prozac
Questioning the Politics of Prozac.Everyone has heard of Prozac-the miracle anti-depressant that, in the words of peter Kramer, Prozac's guru, enables one to "feel better than well." It's an interesting concept, one designed to captivate us because we...
Raising Their Voices: Feminist Choirs Sing Out
LONDON) Within 10 minutes of the start of the gathering, women in London's fledgling women's chorus were beaming at each other in amazement. It was our first rehearsal, and Now We Sing Our Lives by Nan Thompson sounded wonderful.Women in London, and...
Raising Their Voices: Feminist Choirs Sing Out
Raising Their Voices: Feminist Choirs Sing Out.Within 10 minutes of the start of the gathering, women in London's fledgling women's chorus were beaming at each other in amazement. It was our first rehearsal, and Now We Sing Our Lives by Nan Thompson...
Read Me a Story.A Selection of Children's Books
READ ME A STORY...A SELECTION OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS.There is a wealth of storybooks available in Canada that are relevant to children's lives today-books that show young girls making choices in the way they will when they grow up to be women, books that...
Sober Judgment Lacking at Supreme Court
Sober Judgment Lacking at Supreme Court.Drunk is now a defence in sexual assault cases. Recently, after a 6-3 vote, the superior minds on the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a man accused of sexual assault is entitled to use the defence he was too...
The Extremist Within
The Extremist Within.A peacekeeper slain on his own turf.The emotions cascade one by one. First, anger at the stupidity of it, then fear of repugnant reprisals sure to come, then, speaking as a Jew, a palpable sense of relief at news that the violence...
The Male Mystique: Infertility and Identity
THE MALE MYSTIQUE: INFERTILITY AND IDENTITY.It runs through words like "seminal", "potent" and "balls;" punctuating phases like "take it like a man" -and "real men don't eat quiche."The masculine mystique lingers on, so strong that it silences any mention...
The Massacre of Medicare
The Massacre of Medicare.We heaved a sigh of relief when Alberta did not de-insure abortion. We saw through the rhetoric of the group spearheading the attempt. Their claim that their position was based on the need to save money was clearly bogus.In...
The Power of Writing: A Workshop with Deena Metzger
Before midnight, I crawl onto the sloped roof and sit in a lotus position. The evening stillness absorbs my breath. Tall silhouettes of forest, clear dapple of stars, and a wild garden reclaim my attention, expanding my sense of connection to the earth....
The Power of Writing: A Workshop with Deena Metzger
The Power of Writing: A Workshop with Deena Metzger.Before midnight, I crawl onto the sloped roof and sit in a lotus position. The evening stillness absorbs my breath. Tall silhouettes of forest, clear dapple of stars, and a wild garden reclaim my attention,...
To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism
TO BE REAL: TELLING THE TRUTH AND CHANGING THE FACE OF FEMINISM.For female Generation X'ers, rebelling against your mother is more likely to include wearing lipstick or staying at home with your baby than being sexually liberated or having a career....
To Be Real: Telling the Truth & Changing the Face of Feminism // Review
For female Generation X'ers, rebelling against your mother is more likely to include wearing lipstick or staying at home with your baby than being sexually liberated or having a career. The weight of the feminist ideal of our mothers' generation has...
Violence in the Workplace: It Doesn't Have to Go with the Job
VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO WITH THE JOB.Nursing aids, Social workers. Inside postal workers. Library staff. Retail workers. Bar staff. Building cleaners. Teachers.Women do a lot of these jobs. But another, hidden, factor links...
When Hate Meets State
When Hate Meets State.Canada's hate crimes bill, which stiffens penalties for those convicted of bias-based crimes, sounds like a step toward safety for all. But if Canada follows the US lead, the result of Bill C-41 could be more danger for the already...
When Parenting Is Political
When Parenting is Political.In late 1994, the attention of Canadians was riveted by two remarkable events concerning children with disabilities: the death of Tracy Latimer, a 12-year-old girls suffering from cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder;...
When Parenting Is Political (Parenting a Severely Disabled Child)
In late 1994, the attention of Canadians was riveted by two remarkable events concerning children with disabilities: the death of Tracy Latimer, a 12 year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder; and the combined mother-son...
Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women
WHO STOLE FEMINISM: HOW WOMEN HAVE BETRAYED WOMEN.Sommers' main claim is that "gender feminists" (those who "believe that all our institutions...perpetuate male dominance," such as Naomi Wolf, Susan Faludi, Catherine MacKinnon, Marilyn French and Gloria...
Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women // Review
Sommers' main claim is that "gender feminists" (those who "believe that all our institutions...perpetuate male dominance," such as Naomi Wolf, Susan Faludi, Catherine MacKinnon, Marilyn French and Gloria Steinem) have stolen feminism from "equity feminists"...