Herizons

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 3, Winter

Angry Naked Woman
[Graph Not Transcribed]Did you ever have one of those days when you look like shit and you feel like shit and then someone gives you like a minute dosage of attitude and you think, "Well, it should just be legal to kill this person?"Okay, well that's...
A Song Flung Up to Heaven
RANDOM HOUSE, 2002At the age of 74, Maya Angelou has finally come to terms with her 40(th) birthday by writing, A Song Flung Up to Heaven, the sixth installment of the story of her life. Thirty years ago the words "What you looking at me for? I didn't...
Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity
Edited by Chloë Brushwood Rose and Anna CamilleriARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2002Lesbians like me who find themselves on the lipstick and lace side of the queer fence will appreciate the enormous challenge faced by Chloë Brushwood Rose and...
Chasing Dollars Instead of Change
Reading an old copy of Kinesis newspaper's 25th Anniversary Edition recently, I was struck by the number of articles from the 1970s that outlined ultra-radical, grassroots actions and demonstrations of diverse women's groups across the country. By contrast,...
Closer Apart
STODDART, 2002The brevity of Gayla Reid's second novel belies the breadth of its scope, for, in a mere 249 pages, she manages to portray the lives of four generations of women. She does so, moreover, against a richly textured social background that extends...
Come Away with Me
BLUE NOTE, 2002Norah Jones' Come Away With Me is simply the best debut recording by a jazz vocalist since Ricki Lee Jones' self-titled 1979 album. Making matters sweeter is the fact that Norah Jones is a fairly awesome piano player to boot.The title...
Cover Me
McGILLIGAN BOOKS, 2000Traci Yamoto (actually it's five m's but four of them are silent) is a young Japanese Canadian grrrl, surviving private school hell (barely) and her dysfunctional family (is there any other kind?). Smart, sarcastic and oh so alienated,...
Donovan's Station
KILLICK PRESS 2002As soon as I heard the title, I was sure I'd be hooked on Donovan's Station. I enjoyed several other works by the author, including Trouble and Desire (short stories), Escaped Domestics (poetry), and Hoist Your Sails and Run (young...
Eco Feminist Principles Firmly Planted in Landless Movement
The Lagoa do Junco settlement in Brazil is a modern-day example of grassroots mobilizing that has led to the creation of successful communities, despite world pressure to embrace the principles of globalization.(Tapes, Brazil) A year ago, over 60,000...
Funny Girl Elvira Kurt
We'd barely sat down, Elvira Kurt and I, for double moch-a-cinno lattes (don't laugh -- this is Vancouver, after all, and there's an espresso bar on every corner) at a funky Yaletown cafe, when we were hounded (or rather, she was) by a small group of...
Gasoline
Directed by Monica StambriniIt is said that books beget books and movies beget movies. (O.k., some books beget movies too, but not in the same way.) The truth of this can be seen in Benzina (Italian for gasoline), one of 250 films screened at the recent...
"Honey, We Lost the Kids": Re-Thinking Childhood in the Multi-Media Age
SECOND STORY PRESS, 2001In 1984, Kathleen McDonnell shook the feminist movement with her provocative book, Not an Easy Choice: A Feminist Reexamines Abortion. She took the sacred cow of a woman's right to choose, arguing -- without calling into question...
Hormone Therapy: A Prescription for Replacement
In 1966, an American doctor named Robert Wilson wrote Feminine Forever, a book that promoted estrogen replacement as a miracle cure for women's aging woes. "Breasts and genital organs will not shrivel," the good doctor promised. "Such women will be much...
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
DOUBLEDAY CANADA, 2001Marie Antoinette is popularly known for her cruel response to the starving French populace, embodied in the quip, "Let them eat cake!" But according to her biographer, Antonia Fraser, she never said those words. Fraser argues, on...
Mile End
Translated by Gail ScottTALONBOOKS, 2002Lise Tremblay won the Governor General's Award in 1999 for La danse juive which has now been translated by Montréal writer Gail Scott. That translation, Mile End, is a sad trajectory of one woman's attempt...
Muslim Words: A Conversation with Taslima Nasrin
Taslima Nasrin is an internationally-known feminist writer from Bangladesh. Living in exile since 1994, she has become one of the Muslim world's most vociferous dissidents. Her ammunition is language, so much so that Nasrin invented the word "meyebela"...
Nice Girl, Grisly Topics: An Interview with Camilla Gibb
Mid-way through Camilla Gibb's latest novel, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life (Doubleday Canada 2002), the protagonist Emma is warned, "You're not going to find happiness or meaning. It's in the details. The petty details of...life, and how you...
Pink Think and the Creation of Feminine Culture
Why, oh why, is Hubby so upset? He looks like a pleasant enough fella -- all starched shirts and Brylcreem. Wifey must have done something very bad indeed. Why else would his overcoat be thrown over his right arm, his left hand on the doorknob? He pauses...
Red Blues
T&M, 2002The tenth album from prolific Irish blues icon Mary Coughlan, Red Blues is primarily comprised of American blues and pop standards. Happily, predictable selections like "One For My Baby", "Black Coffee" and "At Last" take on a new charm...
Saints of Big Harbour
DOUBLEDAY CANADA, 2002At first, Saints of Big Harbour, the third and most recent novel by accomplished Vancouver author Lynn Coady, seems to be about a teenaged boy's troubled relationship with his domineering, alcoholic uncle. But, like the town the...
So Much Shouting So Much Laughter
RIGHTEOUS BABE RECORDS, 2002A great way to hold the attention of your audience between discs is to release a live album, or in this case, a double live album. With DiFranco's relentless release schedule -- she often releases a new studio album every...
Spelling Mississippi
KNOPF CANADA, 2002With the mighty Mississippi River providing a majestic back-drop of intrigue, and the city of New Orleans the setting for romance and charm, short story writer Marnie Woodrow makes an impressive debut with her novel, Spelling Mississippi.The...
Teed off with 'Em All
I've had it with wussy religious leaders. Take, for example, the Pope, who recently tried to convince the European Union that its proposed constitution should make specific reference to Christianity, upon which, said Jean Paul, Europe was founded.That's...
The Girl without Anyone
HARPER PERENNIAL CANADA, 2001Named one of the top 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, The Girl Without Anyone is both eloquent and unsparingly truthful to the voice of a young girl hesitantly entering womanhood. Each of the 11 short stories...
Tiger Law Devours Children's Rights
(Colombo) Sri Lanka's cease-fire monitors had nothing to celebrate in Batticaloa on Children's Day. At its October meeting, the local monitoring team had before it several cases of child conscription by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). These...
Trauma Knows No Borders
(Regina) Imagine that you hove come to Canada to escape war or another disaster. you may hove left behind your country of origin, but there is a good chance that your memories of traumatic life events -- including rope or other forms of violence, the...
Understanding Women's Depression: An Interview with Janet Stoppard
Janet Stoppard, a professor of psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, is a researcher on women's mental health with a particular emphasis on depression. Her latest book is Understanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist...
Veiled Threat
PENGUIN BOOKS, 2002Sally Armstrong was one of the first international journalists to bring the plight of Afghan women to the world's attention. As editor of Homemakers' magazine, she traveled to Afghanistan and later wrote an article that resulted in...
West Wing Writers Take a Note
When somebody like Francoise Ducros goes down so completely and with so many of her so-called colleagues cheering, you have to wonder whether being a woman had anything to do with her demise.I didn't want to be knee-jerk about this, so I tried to weigh...
Women's Deaths Linked to Cutbacks
(Montreal) Spousal murders of women registered as a major social phenomenon in September when Statistics Canada reported that the number of Canadian men accused of killing a current or ex-partner rose from 52 in 2000 to 69 in 2001, a 32 percent increase.Virtually...