Herizons

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Summer

Afghan Women Left in the Dust
IN 2005 Afghanistan's new parliament was formed with a 25 percent quota for women MPs exceeded. It would appear that progress has steadily been made, and that women occupy central roles in the country's political life.However, a report by the London-based...
All the Rage
IS IT TIME TO CLOSE THE BOOK ON CHICK LIT?Think chick lit and images of bubblegum pink and Reese Witherspoon immediately come to mind.Dismissed by some as light, fun fiction characterized by cute, girly covers, it's hard to believe the Library Journal...
Bar None
JULIA SUDBURY ON WHY PRISONS DO NOT CUT CRIMEThere has been a worldwide explosion in prison construction. Steven Harper's Conservative government wants to build more of them, as part of a law-and-order agenda that includes a crackdown on youth offenders...
Blast off, Feminots!
A few weeks ago I was in the middle of a number of unfortunate situations with women, in these cases women older than I am, who identify as feminists but seemed to blithely treat other women like poop. I thought to myself: ageism! I thought: sexism!...
Booby Traps Back on Market
DESPITE SERIOUS health concerns about their safety, Health Canada granted licences to two manufacturers late last fall to put silicone breast implants back on the market. Silicone implants were withdrawn from sale in North America in 1992 when implant...
Bubble
BUBBLEDIRECTED BY STEVEN SODERBERGHDistributed by Magnolia PicturesREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDKyle and Martha work at a doll factory in small-town Ohio. Martha is in her forties. Lives with her father. Works on dolls for extra money at night. She calls...
College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Co-Eds, Then and Now
COLLEGE GIRLS: BLUESTOCKINGS, SEX KITTENS AND CO-EDS, THEN AND NOWLYNN PERILW.W. Norton & Co.REVIEW BY JENNIFER O'CONNORWelcome, everyone, to the history of women in higher education: an introduction.Our textbook for this course will be Lynn Peril's...
Dirt and the Body Politic
The first thing I thought when I heard about toxic chemicals in personal care products was, "Well, I'm probably okay, I use a lot of Body Shop products."But there they were, on the label of The Body Shop peppermint foot cream I rub into my feet at night:...
Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence
DISCOURSES OF DENIAL: MEDIATIONS OF RACE, GENDER AND VIOLENCEYASMIN JIWANIUBC PressREVIEW BY ROZENA MAARTYasmin Jiwani's Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence is a thorough, comprehensive and excellent study of race, racism and...
Letters
CHOICE SLOGAN DEFENDEDWhile I would rather have Elizabeth May defending my right to choose than any other political party leader, I have a problem that May has a problem with "choice" as a slogan ("Choosing our Words," Spring 2007). Take away the word...
Moral Disorder
MORAL DISORDERMARGARET ATWOODMcClelland & StewartREVIEW BY KERRY RYANThe cover of Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood's newest collection of gorgeously interwoven stories, holds a double image of one woman shown twice. The photos are nearly identical-her...
No Margins: Writing Canadian Fiction in Lesbian
NO MARGINS: WRITING CANADIAN FICTION IN LESBIANCATHERINE LAKE AND NAIRNE HOLTZ, EDITORSInsomniac PressREVIEW BY MEGAN BUTCHERWith writers like Dionne Brand, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Nicole Brassard and Shani Mootoo between the covers, you know that No Margins...
Passings
DORIS ANDERSONNOVEMBER 10, 1921-MARCH 2, 2007Doris Anclerson had a profound impact on Canadian feminism. As Chatelaine editor from 1957 to 1977, she published thorough, pro-choice articles on abortion, birth control, discriminatory divorce laws and the...
Pregnant Women Are Stupid
Something happens to our brains the very moment the egg and the sperm shake hands. We (no, I am not pregnant, but I have been, so I have to include myself in this circle of intellectual deficiency-although because I am not now, I am smart again) who...
Supreme Court Nixes Nixon Appeal
(VANCOUVER) After almost 12 years of legal battles, Kimberly Nixon's case against Vancouver Rape Relief ground to a halt February 1 when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear Nixon's appeal.A post-operative male-to-female transsexual, Nixon filed...
Tajikistan: A FUNDAMENTAL CONCERN
Most Canadians would be hard-pressed to find Tajikistan on a map. One of the most mountainous countries in the world, Tajikistan can be found in Central Asia, northeast of Afghanistan and beside the western tip of China.In the northern city of Khojand...
Tattycoram
TATTYCORAMAUDREY THOMASGoose Lane EditionsREVIEW BY SYLVIA SANTIAGOSince immigrating to Canada in 1959, Audrey Thomas has carved out a generous niche in Canadian literature. The author of award-winning novels Intertidal Life and Coming Down From Wa,...
The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy: Women, Politics, and the Future
THE F-WORD: FEMINISM IN JEOPARDY: WOMEN, POLITICS, AND THE FUTUREBY KRISTEN ROWE-FINKBEINERSeal PressREVIEW BY T.L. COWANKristen Rowe-Finkbeiner accumulates a lot of statistics here in order to prove her main thesis, which is that young women need to...
The House on Lippincott
THE HOUSE ON LIPPINCOTTBONNIE BURSTOWInanna Publications and EducationREVIEW BY IRENE D'SOUZAIn The House on Lippincott, Bonnie Burstow reveals the far-reaching consequences of a legacy that dominates the lives of those "whose hearts and minds were shaped...
The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival & Hope
THE OTHER SIDE OF WAR: WOMEN'S STORIES OF SURVIVAL & HOPEZAINAB SALBINational GeographicREVIEW BY PENNI MITCHELLMeet the newface of feminism. The movement that has spawned a global effort to secure basic human rights for women-the right to work and...
The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories
THE PALM LEAF FAN AND OTHER STORIESKWAI-YUN LITSAR PublicationsREVIEW BY MRIDULA NATH CHAKRABORTYIn an age when the clamour of minority voices has reached a veritable crescendo, this collection of short stories by Kwai-Yun Li strikes a clean, clear,...
The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Take a look around your bathroom. The average North American woman uses 10 or more personal-care products every day. From toothpaste and soap to antiperspirant and moisturizer, personal care products are made from 10,500 chemical ingredients that are...
To Bend but Not to Bow
Shani Mootoo's first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night (1996), was a finalist for the Giller Prize. The Predicament of Or (2001) was a lyrical reliving of past eroticism, and her latest novel, He Drown She in the Sea (2005)) was reviewed in Herizons' Fall...
Trans/forming Feminisms: Trans-Feminist Voices Speak Out
TRANS/FORMING FEMINISMS: TRANS-FEMINIST VOICES SPEAK OUTKRISTA SCOTT-DIXON, EDITORSumach PressREVIEW BY TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUKTrans/forming Feminisms is a compilation written by transgendered people and their allies and it speaks from learned and lived...
Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers
TRANSPARENT: LOVE, FAMILY AND LIVING THE T WITH TRANSGENDER TEENAGERSCHRIS BEAMHarcourtREVIEW BY CLAIRE ROBSONIf I ruled the world, I'd make Chris Beam's book compulsory reading for teachers, social workers, police, doctors and anyone else who works...
U.S. Invasion Blamed for Vaw
The U.S. Bush administration bears some responsibility for the erosion of women's rights in Iraq because of its support of Islamist fundamentalists, charges MADRE, a human rights group. Sexual assault and otherforms of violence against women are on the...
Welcome to Libbyland
(ProQuest-CSA LLC: ... denotes text stops here in original.)Libby Davies was peeved. For four years, then-finance minister Paul Martin had been cutting spending on social housing. In East Vancouver, where she lives, Davies had seen how improved housing...
We're in the Army Now
Generally speaking, I don't love a woman in uniform. The essential military values go against all my feminist inclinations: the authoritarianism, the hierarchy, the pursuit of war. And try as the ideologues might to get me all misty-eyed over the anniversary...
Woman-Led Prayer Honours Iwd
(TORONTO) Asserting that men and women have equal status under Islam, the first womanled mixed prayer in honour of International Women's Day was held recently in Toronto. Pamela Taylor, a convert to Islam and the cofounder of Muslims for Progressive...