Herizons

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, Summer

Between Friends: A Year in Letters
BETWEEN FRIENDS: A YEAR IN LETTERS Oonagh Berry and Helen Levine SECOND STORY PRESS, 2005"I am grateful to have found a friend who needs to share, write, explode, weep and struggle," writes 78-year-old Helen Levine in her letter to 63-year-old Oonagh...
Blogging Busts out for Women
Though technology and computers are often seen as a men's realm, blogs are fast becoming a powerful organizing tool for women.Fifty-five percent of bloggers are women, according to blogher.com, a blog that encourages women bloggers through conferences...
Consuming Sustainability: Critical Social Analyses of Ecological Change
CONSUMING SUSTAINABILITY: CRITICAL SOCIAL ANALYSES OF ECOLOGICAL CHANGE Editors Debra Davidson and Kierstin Hatt FERNWOOD PUBLISHING, 2005People are starting to wonder if we're going to be around for much longer, and, if so, what our future might look...
Contrary Mary: QUEEN OF COMEDY STANDS UP FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED
HERIZONS: When you got your honorary doctorate at Memorial University back in 2000, St. John's historian Shane O'Dea said: "Ms. Walsh has an agenda of speaking for the marginalia, those people consigned by power elites to burial in the footnotes of history....
Feminist Refusenik Wins Victory in Israel
(JERUSALEM) A young woman who refused to enlist in the Israeli army because it went against her feminist beliefs won an exemption from duty and stirred a nationwide debate on mandatory military service.Idan Chalili was the first woman to refuse to enlist...
Girls Got Game
Just when you thought board games were packed with too much information on male historical figures and sports trivia about men, along comes Eve's Quest, a fabulous trivia game by and about women!Joanna Broadhurst and Odette McCarthy decided to create...
Hooked on Art: NANCY EDELL PULLS THE RUG OUT FROM TRADITIONAL FORMS
In 1998 and 1994, the work of artist Nancy Edell was featured in 11 exhibitions at 16 venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Imagine! Alberta, Ontario, Colorado, Massachusetts, Japan, Scotland and beyond. The exhibition titles-Subversive Crafts,...
In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You
IN YOUR FACE: THE CULTURE OF BEAUTY AND YOU Shari Graydon ANNICK PRESS, 2005The new book from Shari Graydon, media literacy activist and former president of Media Watch, has rightly been called The Beauty Myth for kids. Written for both guys and girls,...
Ladykiller
LADYKILLER Charlotte Gill THOMAS ALLEN, 2005Reading Charlotte Gill's delicious collection of stories, Ladykiller, offers the same voyeuristic rush as watching bungee jumping. Even if you'd never actually jump, it's thrilling to witness even this measured...
Lesbian Liability
It's 2006. Rosie's cruises are going gangbusters and The L Word is raking in television viewers. So you'd think that lesbians would feel a little easier about coming out these days.Not so. At the launch of an excellent new anthology of Canadian lesbian...
Loose End
LOOSE END Ivan E. Coyote ARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2005I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of my time in this world feeling at odds with most everyone and everything. For example, I don't understand why my video store has started to replace its racks...
Madeleine Parent: Activist
MADELEINE PARENT: ACTIVIST Translated and edited by Andrée Lévesque SUMACH PRESS, 2005Madeleine Parent is an iconic figure in the history of the labour and women's movements in Canada. As a student activist at McGill University in the 1930s, Parent played...
Michele Landsberg: WHERE THE WOMEN ARE
Hearts sank in 2008 when Michele Landsberg retired from her post as columnist for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper. A fearless advocate for women's rights, Landsberg wrote for 25 years on issues ranging from sexual harassment, to sharia...
Moolaade
MOOLAADE Directed by Ousane Sembene NEW YORKER FILMS, 2005Moolaade means sanctuary. It's also the title of a film by renowned African director Ousane Sembene. Moolaade is about female circumcision and it is a great film, exploding with humour and compassion....
Mothers Launch Book on Disappeared
(BUENOS AIRES) Thirty years ago, a military junta led by army commanders Jorge Rafael Videla, Orlando Ramon Agosti and Emilio E. Massera seized power in Argentina and plunged the country into a regime of terror.A group of women whose children were 'disappeared'...
Real on Steroids
There are homosexuals dominating entire departments in the federal civil service who see their role as promoting the agenda of the left. As if that weren't bad enough, the Court Challenges Program, established to usher Charter cases through the courts,...
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming
RECOVERING THE SACRED: THE POWER OF NAMING AND CLAIMING Winona LaDuke BETWEEN THE LINES PRESS, 2005Two-time U.S. Green Party vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke has produced a solid new collection of essays in Recovering the Sacred. Like LaDuke's...
Saving Rome
SAVING ROME MEGAN K. WILLIAMS SECOND STORY PRESS, 2006In one word, Saving Rome is wonderful. From the brilliant mind of Megan K. Williams comes a first short story collection created with the perfect balance of interesting characters, punchy dialogue,...
The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire
THE CURIOUS FEMINIST: SEARCHING FOR WOMEN IN A NEW AGE OF EMPIRE Cynthia Enloe UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, 2004The Curious, Feminist is a compelling work by feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe. In this energetic collection, spanning nine years of political...
The Feminine Mystique
THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE Betty Friedan PUBLISHER, 1963Writer, feminist and social psychologist Betty Friedan was one of the mothers of modern feminism. She helped establish the National Organization for Women in 1966 and was its first president. She led...
The Nettle Spinner
THE NETTLE SPINNER Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer GOOSE LANE EDITIONS, 2005The Nettle Spinner starts with Alma returning to the woods of Northern Ontario, alone and pregnant. Her intentions are twofold: to await the arrival of her baby and to complete a "story...
The Plight of Afghan Women for Security and Democracy
The southern province of Kandahar in Afghanistan has a reputation of mystery and legend. The small, dusty and dry city of the same name is often portrayed through images of stern-looking bearded men donning the traditional Kandahari turban, or tightly...
The Politics of Hope
The world can be a very bad place. Or, to attribute culpability where culpability is due, the people in the world can be. From scales too large to comprehend, to those so tiny they're able to pierce the most vulnerable reaches of the heart, there is...
The Terror of Democracy
When Manuel Rozental got home one night, friends told him two strange men had been asking questions about him. In a close-knit indigenous community in southwestern Colombia, ringed by soldiers, right-wing paramilitaries and left-wing guerrillas, strangers...
Ticknor
TICKNOR Sheila Heti HOUSE OF ANANSI, 2005As an avid fan of Sheila Heti's highly acclaimed 2001 collection of sparkling Middle Stories, I expected to be wowed by Ticknor, a novel at just a breath over 100 pages.Heti re-imagines a rivalry between reallife...
Too Weird for Ziggy
TOO WEIRD FOR ZIGGY Sylvie Simmons GROVE/ATLANTIC 2004Too Weird for Ziggy is not your usual collection of rock 'n' roll tales. Many of the stories have a fantastical edge to them-cautionary tales disguised as titillating, gossipy memoirs. Sylvie Simmons...
Turn Up the Heat
First question: What do you do with male firefighters who sneak underage girls into the fire hall to engage in group sex?Answer: You promote them, of course. After, of course, engaging in a massive cover-up.Second question: What do you do with male firefighters...
What to Do at a Lesbian Potluck
A couple of nights ago at a party that was dying a predictable and yet horrible death, the evening was saved when the hostess's best friend piped in with a suggestion worthy of a second beer and another pizza. "Let's tell blow job stories," she said....
When I Was Young & in My Prime
WHEN I WAS YOUNG & IN MY PRIME Alayna Munce NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS, 2005Alayna Munce's debut novel, When I Was Young & In My Prime, is a powerful, poignant and elegiac book, a last defiant stand against the insidious pull of erasure. It tells the...