Herizons

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 4, March

A Prescription for Female Complaints
Women's list of grievances with medical research is a long one. Here, in no particular order, are some of the top female complaints. A. We are invisible. A popular example was the all-male study which found that Aspirin prevents heart attacks. The results,...
[A Very Large Soul: Selected Letters from Margaret Laurence to Canadian Writers]
They could be the two high priestesses of the CanLit tribe.Contemporaries, colleagues, and most of all friends, Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman were two of the original members of what they called "the tribe" -- Canadian writers who shared the twin...
A Very Large Soul: Selected Letters from Margaret Laurence to Canadian Writers; We Who Can Fly; Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman
A VERY LARGE SOUL: SELECTED LETTERS FROM MARGARET LAURENCE TO CANADIAN WRITERS; WE WHO CAN FLY; POEMS, ESSAYS AND MEMORIES IN HONOUR OF ADELE WISEMANEDITED BY J.A. WAINWRIGHTCORMORANT BOOKSEDITED BY ELIZABETH GREENECORMORANT BOOKS 1997They could be the...
Campaigns
campaignsFRANKENFOODLast fall, WTO talks broke down over agricultural issues like genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but three months later, the same issue was the centre of the Montreal Biodiversity conference.In the end, restrictions were placed...
Canada Sinks Hopes for Fujianese Refugees
Canada Sinks Hopes for Fujianese Refugees(VANCOUVER) On International Human Rights Day in December, Fujianese women, children and men sat in detention in Canada. Direct Action Against Refugee Exploitation (DARE) and dozens of women's refugee and legal...
Canada Sinks Hopes for Fujianese Refugees
(VANCOUVER) On International Human Rights Day in December, Fujianese women, children and men sat in detention in Canada. Direct Action Against Refugee Exploitation (DARE) and dozens of women's refugee and legal organizations condemned Canada as racist."With...
Chick Lit
chick LitAlice Munro, Carol Shields and Margaret Atwood are named among the world's writing elite. In fact, the success of Canadian women has even prompted the question, "Why are Canada's best writers women?" to be raised at book launches and authors'...
Chick Lit
Canadian women's writing exploded through the 1990s, enjoying unparalleled international success. Established elite writers like Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields were followed by award-winning poet Anne Michaels, whose 1996 novel Fugitive...
Choosing Feminism's Future
I'm often called upon to speak about the future of feminism. Her name is Joanna Kerr.A Toronto-based, globe-galloping specialist in women and development (she's in Ghana as I write), Joanna is also an entrepreneur. She harnessed that skill to set up...
Cole's Notes: Transfixed by Transgender
Cole's NOTES: Transfixed by transgenderRecently, a colleague of mine slipped by my desk to talk. She was distressed about the fact that two of our co-workers-two lesbians -had recently committed to undertaking female-to-male sex changes."I don't know...
[Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex]
Jane Ussher's Fantasies of Femininity opens a landscape for our self-definition as sexual women and feminists. Exposing the arbitrariness of heterosexist, phallocentric beliefs maintained through law, sexual science and media such as film and painting,...
Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex; Jane M. Ussher
FANTASIES OF FEMININITY: REFRAMING THE BOUNDARIES OF SEX; JANE M. USSHERPENGUIN BOOKS 1997Jane Ussher's Fantasies of Femininity opens a landscape for our self-definition as sexual women and feminists. Exposing the arbitrariness of heterosexist, phallocentric...
[Feminism & Families: Critical Policies & Changing Practices]
The grand-dame of short stories continues to reign supreme. At the height of her art form, Alice Munro delicately weaves intricate, deeply moving stories that read more like novellas. Her latest collection, The Love of a Good Woman, won her the coveted...
Girl Power for the Next Millennium
Girl Power for the next Millennium(TORONTO) It came as little surprise that most of the 200 people attending the November event, "Excavating the Feminine Past- Do Women Make a Better World?" were women.As part of York University's Millennial Wisdom Symposium,...
Girl Power for the Next Millennium [York University's Millenial Wisdom Symposium]
(TORONTO) It came as little surprise that most of the 200 people attending the November event, "Excavating the Feminine Past -- Do Women Make a Better World?" were women.As part of York University's Millennial Wisdom Symposium, organized by novelist...
[Handsome Heroines: Women as Men in Folklore]
In Handsome Heroines, Shahrukh Husain, a folklorist and a children's author, has collected tales from around the world and retold them, keeping the essence of the original storytellers, while fleshing out the heroic personalities of the female protagonists....
Handsome Heroines: Women as Men in Folklore; by Shahrukh Husain
HANDSOME HEROINES: WOMEN AS MEN IN FOLKLORE; BY SHAHRUKH HUSAINANCHOR BOOKS, 1996In Handsome Heroines, Shahrukh Husain, a folklorist and a children's author, has collected tales from around the world and retold them, keeping the essence of the original...
In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States
IN HER OWN WORDS: WOMEN'S MEMOIRS FROM AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, CANADA AND THE UNITED STATESJILL KER CONWAY, ED.VINTAGE BOOKS, 1999What experiences do women share? What divides them? Historian Jill Ker Conway asks these questions in her collection of...
[In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada & the United States]
What experiences do women share? What divides them?Historian Jill Ker Conway asks these questions in her collection of excerpts from women's memoirs. Conway believes that memoirs are "invaluable documents ... for the patterns of culture they delineate,...
It's 9 Am. Do You Know Where Your Investments Are?
'Socially responsible investments', or SRIs, make up about two percent of the $300 billion Canadians invest every year and their popularity is growing, especially among women. As Christine Hooper discovered, deciding to invest ethically is easy. But...
It's 9 A.M. Do You Know Where Your Investments Are?
It's 9 a.m. Do you know where your investments are?"We live in a dichotomized society. Either because of idealism or ignorance, people tend to want to view investments as black or white, to give them the thumbs up or thumbs down. Life just isn't that...
It Takes a Community to Change the World
It Takes a Community to Change the World(INUVIK) When Bertha Allen heard she won the Persons' Award, along with four other Canadian women, she was ecstatic."You never do things alone," Allen says. "There has always been a group of Northern women that...
It Takes a Community to Change the World [Persons' Award]
(INUVIK) When Bertha Allen heard she won the Persons' Award, along with four other Canadian women, she was ecstatic."You never do things alone," Allen says. "There has always been a group of Northern women that had a vision and we've always supported...
Just Show Us the (Medical Research) Money
Just Show Us the (Medical Research) Money(WINNIPEG) Women are not just the sums of our parts. Studying only disease and parts of our bodies cannot give a full picture of the state of our health. That is the message a national working group has put forward...
Just Show Us the (Medical Research) Money
(WINNIPEG) Women are not just the sums of our parts. Studying only disease and parts of our bodies cannot give a full picture of the state of our health. That is the message a national working group has put forward in response to a new federal government...
Lesbian Lifestyles: Women's Work and the Politics of Sexuality; the New Lesbian Studies; into the 21st Century
LESBIAN LIFESTYLES: WOMEN'S WORK AND THE POLITICS OF SEXUALITY; THE NEW LESBIAN STUDIES; INTO THE 21ST CENTURYUNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESSEDS. BONNIE ZIMMERMAN & TONI A. H. MCNARONTHE FEMINIST PRESSWhile there is a small but growing body of North...
[Lesbian Lifestyles: Women's Work & the Politics of Sexuality]
While there is a small but growing body of North American research into lesbian relationships, Gillian Dunne's ground-breaking study of the home lives and work experiences of 60 non-heterosexual British women attempts to provide a detailed analysis of...
Making Chocolate
Making ChocolateProducer Sharon McGowan and screenwriter Peggy Thompson suspected they had a hit on their hands when the standing ovation at the premiere screening of their film, Better Than Chocolate, continued for more than 20 minutes at the Berlin...
Making Chocolate [Better Than Chocolate]
Producer Sharon McGowan and screenwriter Peggy Thompson suspected they had a hit on their hands when the standing ovation at the premiere screening of their film, Better Than Chocolate, continued for more than 20 minutes at the Berlin Film Festival....
Nawal El Saadawi Inspires Ottawa Audience
Nawal El Saadawi Inspires Ottawa AudienceArare visit to Ottawa by Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist, activist, writer and physician, drew more than 400 people to Carleton University in October.I arrived early for her presentation and within 15 minutes...
Nawal El Saadawi Inspires Ottawa Audience
A rare visit to Ottawa by Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist, activist, writer and physician, drew more than 400 people to Carleton University in October.I arrived early for her presentation and within 15 minutes a vibrant woman with striking white...
New Aditude
New AditudeNike headquarters isn't exactly a place you'd expect to tear up. But here I am in Beaverton, Oregon, sitting on a hard, wooden pizzeria booth-type bench with Scott Reames, a Nike communications manager, and surprisingly, my eyes are getting...
New Aditude
Nike headquarters isn't exactly a place you'd expect to tear up. But here I am in Beaverton, Oregon, sitting on a hard, wooden pizzeria booth-type bench with Scott Reames, a Nike communications manager, and surprisingly, my eyes are getting misty as...
On the Edge: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Penis
on the EDGE: The pen is mightier than the penisSomebody's got to stick up for men. Might as well be me.Why, you might well ask, can't they stick up for themselves? Seems to me you might say, given all those war things, they've had a lot of practice in...
[Peel My Love like an Onion]
Carmen Santos, the heroine of Peel My Love Like an Onion, does the impossible. Unlike the mythic Carmen of Bizet opera fame, Castillo's Carmen does not have to die to pay the price for defying convention. Instead she becomes a famous singer, buys a condo...
Peel My Love like an Onion: Ana Castillo
PEEL MY LOVE LIKE AN ONION: ANA CASTILLODOUBLEDAY, 1999Carmen Santos, the heroine of Peel My Love Like an Onion, does the impossible. Unlike the mythic Carmen of Bizet opera fame, Castillo's Carmen does not have to die to pay the price for defying convention....
Saving the World from Global Colonization No Small Feat, but We Can Do It, Says Vandana Shiva
Saving the World from Global Colonization no Small Feat, but we can do it, says Vandana ShivaGlobalization has progressed so far that at some point citizens will have to rescue and redefine their governments, according to biophysicist Vandana Shiva.In...
Saving the World from Global Colonization No Small Feat, but We Can Do It, Says Vandana Shiva
Globalization has progressed so far that at some point citizens will have to rescue and redefine their governments, according to biophysicist Vandana Shiva.In the meantime, civic mobilization is the only barrier to corporate attempts to grab ownership...
The Buzz: Choosing Feminism's Future
the BUZZ: Choosing feminism's futureI'm often called upon to speak about the future of feminism. Her name is Joanna Kerr.A Toronto-based, globe-galloping specialist in women and development (she's in Ghana as I write), Joanna is also an entrepreneur....
The Guest Room: The Radical Roots of Feminism
the guest ROOM: The radical roots of feminismWith memories of the Battle of Seattle still dancing in our heads, and thoughts of the World March of Women later this year beginning to take shape, it is a good time to think about how social movements actually...
The Last Word
the last WORD: A Prescription for Female ComplaintsWomen's list of grievances with medical research is a long one. Here, in no particular order, are some of the top female complaints. A. We are invisible. A popular example was the all-male study which...
[The Love of a Good Woman]
The grand-dame of short stories continues to reign supreme. At the height of her art form, Alice Munro delicately weaves intricate, deeply moving stories that read more like novellas. Her latest collection, The Love of a Good Woman, won her the coveted...
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN BY ALICE MUNROMCCLELLAND & STEWART, 1998The grand-dame of short stories continues to reign supreme. At the height of her art form, Alice Munro delicately weaves intricate, deeply moving stories that read more like novellas....
The Mother Dance: Harriet Lerner; Feminism and Families
THE MOTHER DANCE: HARRIET LERNER; FEMINISM AND FAMILIESHARPERCOLLINS 1999ED. MEG LUXTON FERNWOOD BOOKSLike many women, I felt unprepared for the contradictory expectations I experienced as a new mother. I had no apprenticeship papers to prove I was worthy...
[The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life]
Like many women, I felt unprepared for the contradictory expectations I experienced as a new mother. I had no apprenticeship papers to prove I was worthy of the job. And neither of my wonderful babies arrived with a user manual attached.But hardly was...
[The New Lesbian Studies: Into the 21st Century]
While there is a small but growing body of North American research into lesbian relationships, Gillian Dunne's ground-breaking study of the home lives and work experiences of 60 non-heterosexual British women attempts to provide a detailed analysis of...
The Radical Roots of Feminism [in Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution]
With memories of the Battle of Seattle still dancing in our heads, and thoughts of the World March of Women later this year beginning to take shape, it is a good time to think about how social movements actually develop. In this age of celebrity worship,...
Tranfixed by Transgender
Recently, a colleague of mine slipped by my desk to talk. She was distressed about the fact that two of our co-workers -- two lesbians -- had recently committed to undertaking female-to-male sex changes."I don't know what to think," she admitted. "How...
[We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays & Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman]
Jane Ussher's Fantasies of Femininity opens a landscape for our self-definition as sexual women and feminists. Exposing the arbitrariness of heterosexist, phallocentric beliefs maintained through law, sexual science and media such as film and painting,...
[When Memory Speaks: Exploring the Art of Autobiography]
Jill Ker Conway's exploration of the art of autobiography, When Memory Speaks, looks at the cultural assumptions underlying self-narratives in "modern and postmodern times."Ker Conway is a leading academic and the best-selling author of her autobiography,...
When Memory Speaks: Exploring the Art of Autobiography; Jill Ker Conway
WHEN MEMORY SPEAKS: EXPLORING THE ART OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY; JILL KER CONWAYVINTAGE BOOKS, 1999Jill Ker Conway's exploration of the art of autobiography, When Memory Speaks, looks at the cultural assumptions underlying self-narratives in "modern and postmodern...
You Mean Hormone Replacement Doesn't Prevent Heart Disease?
You mean hormone replacement doesn't prevent heart disease?Many family physicians suggest that women approaching menopause take estrogen replacement therapy to prevent heart disease. The preventive theory is based on the observation that estrogen levels...
You Mean Hormone Replacement Doesn't Prevent Heart Disease?
Many family physicians suggest that women approaching menopause take estrogen replacement therapy to prevent heart disease. The preventive theory is based on the observation that estrogen levels are lower in post-menopausal women, and that heart disease...