Herizons

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, July 31

BC NDP Improves Abortion Access, Holds Back on Pay Equity
BC NDP IMPROVES ABORTION ACCESS, HOLDS BACK ON PAY EQUITY.B.C.'s NDP government, elected last October with a two-thirds majority, didn't waste any time delivering many of its election promises to women. But some of the pricey items like pay equity and...
Body Wise: Patriarchy, Power & Posture
BODY WISE: Patriarchy, Power & Posture.Feminism is not a dogma, a creed or a faith. It is, preeminently, a tool for investigation, grounded in the belief in women's right to full realization of our potential. Buddhism presumes that most of us are...
By Invitation: Backlash Signals Revolution
BY INVITATION: Backlash Signals Revolution.Sexism plays a very important part in our society. It has a function. It has a role. It is no different than racism, ageism, homophobia or discrimination against people who are disabled. There is a reason...
Editorial: Who Is the Voice of Herstory?
EDITORIAL: Who is the Voice of Herstory?.Margaret Laurence was not born a person. When Canadian women legally became persons in 1929, she was three. By the time of her death, Margaret Laurence had created a life's work of literature, friendship and...
Edmonton's Feminist History Closes Chapter on Bookstore
EDMONTON'S FEMINIST HISTORY CLOSES CHAPTER ON BOOKSTORE.After almost 14 years of operation, Common Woman Books, Edmonton's only feminist bookstore, closed in January.After selling off the stock and assets (mostly shelves and display units), the store...
Film: Leaving Normal Leaves Me Thirsty
Film: Leaving Normal leaves me thirsty.When my friend Faye and I were studying film 10 years ago, she used to joke about making a movie called My Dinner With Alison. We both thought our marathon conversations - about art, relationships, family, psychology,...
First Person Singular: A New Legacy of Caring
FIRST PERSON SINGULAR: A New Legacy of Caring.It was like living in a kind of suspension for two years. It seemed remarkably like real life but I know I was only pretending as I carried on my business, had lunch with friends, ran errands, walked the...
Gloria Steinem
GLORIA STEINEM.Gloria Steinem has just finished speaking to a packed auditorium at Toronto's Metro Convention Center. The applause from more than 700 people, members of the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario, fills the room. Steinem,...
Health Matters: Psychoneuroimmunology?
HEALTH MATTERS: Psychoneuroimmunology?.When women were our only healers, it was understood that mind cannot be separated from body, that how we feel tells us not only about our bodies, but our emotions and spirit as well. During the last century's dark...
Mothers against Du Pont Protest Policies
MOTHERS AGAINST DU PONT PROTEST POLICIES."I have to ask you to leave, or I'll call the police," an obviously embarrassed security guard announced to 30 women and children occupying a corporate office of Du Pont Canada in downtown Toronto."And I have...
Music: From Torch & Twang to Miss Chatelaine K.D. in the '90'S
Music: From Torch & Twang to Miss Chatelaine k.d. in the '90s.A new era has begun for k.d. lang with the release of her latest recording, Ingenue. Like lang herself, Ingenue is difficult to categorize. A definite departure from her country/western...
Native Women Challenged for Speaking Out
NATIVE WOMEN CHALLENGED FOR SPEAKING OUT.An active member of the Aboriginal Women's Unity Coalition in Winnipeg is being sued by a local chief because of comments she made in a press interview about violence against women on reserves.Kathy Mallet, who...
News: The Ten Million Dollar "Speak Out"
NEWS: THE TEN MILLION DOLLAR "SPEAK OUT".They came forward in the thousands.Wives of military personnel; women abused by clergy; Aboriginal women robbed of their self worth by colonialism and abuse; survivors of ritualized abuse in small rural communities;...
Peek-a-Boo, Princess Anne and Cross-Dressers
Peek-a-boo, Princess Anne and Cross-Dressers.I am a card carrying female. That is, I was subjected to a sex test at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and now I have a card which proves that I passed the "femininity" test. Female athletes at the Olympics...
Piece of My Heart: A Lesbian of Colour Anthology
PIECE OF MY HEART: A LESBIAN OF COLOUR ANTHOLOGY.Culturally diverse and broad-ranging, Piece Of My Heart contains something that will delight just about every reader. The contributing lesbians "of colour" - a term which Silvera describes as "politically...
Reclaiming the Crone
RECLAIMING THE CRONE.The word OLD is being used by many women who are actively engaged in fighting ageism. I am both old and fighting.At 49 I found my post-menopausal zest a stepping stone to a new life force that surged within me, nine years after...
Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem
REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: A BOOK OF SELF-ESTEEM.This is a great plum pudding of a book. It's meant for everybody, is made up of diverse and rich ingredients, has clearly been a lengthy labor of love, contains just enough questionable elements to worry...
Rowing Our Own Boat
Rowing our own Boat.Every morning at 5:30, I go down to the local rowing club, meet with my crews, carry the gas tank, life jackets and engine to the motorboat and spend two hours coaching rowing.I remember what it felt like when I was doing my own workouts....
Saskatchewan Families Desperate for Quality, Affordable Day Care
SASKATCHEWAN FAMILIES DESPERATE FOR QUALITY, AFFORDABLE DAY CARE.A cook at one of Saskatoon's child care centres is extremely upset. She sees first-hand every day what her children are missing. She sees irony in the fact that she cannot place her children...
Satirically Yours: Ironing John; A New Epistle
SATIRICALLY YOURS: Ironing John; A New Epistle.Move over, Robert Bly! Make room for E. Todd Williams! Bly is, of course, the award-winning Minnesota poet who has become the Moses of the men's movement.Here is a man who in tends to lead his fellows...
The Girls of Summer
The Girls of Summer.On God Friday afternoon in 1943 a taxi pulled up outside Dottie Hunter's place. Her friend Olive Little got out and insisted Hunter come with her to the Marlborough Hotel in town, some 150 km away. Little wouldn't take no for an...
The Price of Motherhood: Wendy's Story
THE PRICE OF MOTHERHOOD: WENDY'S STORY.Anashora was involved in the decision to adopt from the very beginning. She told me that when she found out she was pregnant, she and he husband both decided they couldn't afford to keep the baby and planned on...
Tories Nip LEAF Equity Program in the Bud
TORIES NIP LEAF EQUITY PROGRAM IN THE BUD.Women and other disadvantaged people will have greatly reduced ability to fight equality cases in court now that the federal government has cut the Court Challenges Program, say equality-seeking groups.The $2.5...