Herizons

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Summer

Activists Call on Canada
(OTTAWA) In April, three human rights defenders who were recently imprisoned in the Philippines testified before the Commons subcommittee on international human rights in an effort to urge Canada to stem the human rights violations against activists...
A Disobedient Girl
A DISOBEDIENT GIRLRU FREEMANPenguinREVIEW BY ANJANA BALAKRISHNANThe characters Latha and Biso weave their stories into alternate chapters in Sri Lankan author Ru Freeman's debut novel, A Disobethent Girl. Freeman, an activist and journalist, has written...
An Affair to Remember
"'Women of Color' have rarely had the opportunity to write about their love affairs."The line is from an Alice Walker poem of the same title, found in her poetry collection Her Blue Body Everything We Know, and has reverberated with me in the aftermath...
A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth/pigeon
A PAGE FROM THE WONDERS OF LIFE ON EARTHSTEPHANIE BOLSTERBrick BooksPIGEONKAREN SOLIEAnansiREVIEW BY MARIIANNE MAYSStephanie Bolster's poetry is always a sort of wonder. Her fourth book is titled after The Wonders of Life on Earth, from 1960, a semianthropological,...
A STATEMENT about MEN
When feminist electroclash trailblazers Le Tigre disbanded in 2006, fans wondered what might rise from their synthpunk ashes. For the better part of the aughts, the band's founding members, Kathleen Hanna (formerly of Bikini Kill) and Johanna Fateman,...
Birth Control and Abortion under Attack
As a Canadian following the health coverage debate on birth control in the U.S., I was astounded at the theatrics. Replete with crusading priests and radio host Rush Limbaugh calling Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke a "slut" for testifying...
Broadly Speaking
Every once in a while, a reader tells me that she got to know me through the pages of Broadside, the monthly feminist magazine published in Toronto between 1978 and 1988. Those were the days, she invariably says.Well, we're bringing those days back....
Choice Feminism: How Our Rallying Cry Got Co-Opted and Why We Need to Take It Back
Have you noticed that a lot of conversations about female empowerment today seem to be stuck in a discourse of choice that makes it difficult to challenge - well, anything at all?Falling somewhere between victim feminism and the American dream, choice...
Citizens Say, No Fracking Way
(FRANCE) At a town hall meeting in SaintMarcel-lès-Sauzet, France, a sixtyish woman asks, "What size knife should I bring?"The knife she's inquiring aboutis intended forthe tires of an expected gas company truck. Should one of the trucks arrive on her...
Debate Aborted
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Despite the many opinions on this matter, the right answer is: the same number of fetuses that the pro-lifers insist are persons from the moment a woman says, honey, you want to fuck right now, right here...
Drawing Inspiration
COMIC ARTIST WILLOW DAWSONHistorical heroines pepper the work of Willow Dawson, a Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator who studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design. The protagonists in her books are often women and girls taking...
GRIDLOCK: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai
GRIDLOCKLabor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in DubaiPARDIS MAHDAVIStanford University PressREVIEW BY KATIE PALMERPublic interest in human trafficking is at an all-time high. Books, movies, magazines and documentaries on the topic abound. As someone...
HOME FREE: The Myth of the Empty Nest
HOME FREEThe Myth of the Empty NestMARNI JACKSONThomas Allen PublishersREVIEW BY CONNIE JESKE CRANE"I went to my doctor the other day and ran into a friend who was in the waiting room with her 28-year-old daughter, keeping her company. That made me feel...
"I" Is for Infidel
Kathy Gannon's website is illuminating. On it is a photograph in which an oil lamp illuminates the Canadian journalist's laptop computer. The image signifies the incongruity of the reality that is Afghanistan and alludes to the challenges faced by Gannon,...
Letters
THE CASE FOR FORGIVENESSAs an academic who has been studying the topic of interpersonal forgiveness for almost 25 years, I would like to respond to Janice Arenofsky's article, "Swept Up in Forgiveness" [Herizons, Summer 2011).Arenofsky's article includes...
Madeleine Parent Passes
During her seven decades of activism, Madeleine Parent was called a communist, a witch, a traitor, a feminist pioneer, a charismatic labour leader and a mother of Quebec's Quiet Revolution. Some of her detractors even said she was a Russian spy, smuggled...
Mounting Pressure Sexual Harassment within the Rcmp
Before hitting the beat, Phil Esterhaus, the fictional staff sergeant on the '80s television series Hill Street Blues, was in the habit of reminding his staff to "Be careful out there." Today, if Esterhaus was scripted to oversee female Mounties, he'd...
Nellie Grams
GIRLS GET BOOSTThe Canadian Women's Foundation received a legacy gift of $14 million from the celebrated music composer and Order of Canada member Ann Southam, who passed away a year ago at age 73. It's the largest single donation a Canadian women's...
OUTSIDE THE BOX: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew
OUTSIDE THE BOXThe Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew MARIA MEINDL McGill-Queen's University PressREVIEW BY NOREEN SHANAHANMona Gould was a prolific poet, broadcaster and journalist who profoundly touched the lives...
Sleeping Beauty
SLEEPING BEAUTYDirected by Julia LeighREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDAs with the Sleeping Beauty of mythic lore, the next best thing to killing someone as a testament to their beauty is to put them to sleep."You are very beautiful, very talented. We are going...
The Dirt Chronicles
THE DIRT CHRONICLESKRISTYN DUNNIONArsenal Pulp PressREVIEW BY SYLVIA SANTIAGOKristyn Dunnion's Dirt Chronicles begins with the entertaining story "Migrant." The story features Larry, a reluctant adult who is disenchanted with his job at a mini-golf course...
The Pleasure Principle
HOW SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT CAN DISRUPT A RAPE CULTURERemember that old Herbal Essence shampoo commercial, the one with the woman in the shower? Maybe, like me, you were unconvinced that lathering your hair with aromatic shampoo could bring you to a moaning,...
The Red Road
THE RED ROADTINA BISWASZuuban BooksREVIEW BY NIRAN JANA IYERAmolik Dey is committed to social justice, and 1960s India offers him a hyper-abundance of causes, for caste and class oppression exacerbate the failure of the state to provide for its neediest....
The Waterman's Daughter
WATERMAN'S DAUGHTEREMMA-RUBY SACHSMcClelland and StewartREVIEW BY IRENE D'SOUZAThe Waterman's Daughters set against the beautiful and brutal backdrop of contemporary Johannesburg, South Africa. The story opens with the nonchalant shooting of a dog, while...
They Shoot Doctors, Don't They?
THEY SHOOT DOCTORS, DONT THEY? JACK FAINMAN AND ROLAND PENNER Great Plains PublishingREVIEW BY LISA SHAWIn 1997, 1 was mortified to hear on CBC that a Winnipeg doctor had been shot by a sniper in his home as he watched TV. The shooting of Jack Fainman...
Voices of the Women's Health Movement
VOICES OF THE WOMEN'S HEALTH MOVEMENTEDITED BY BARBARA SEAMAN AND LAURAELDRIDGESeven Stories PressREVIEW BY ABBY LIPPMANThe two-volume set Voices of the Women's Health Movementis cause for celebration and reflection. Edited by science journalist and...
We Need to Talk about Kevin
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVINDirected by Lynne RamsayREVIEW BY MAUREEN MEDVEDWe Need to Talk About Kevin deals with a woman's ambivalence about motherhood and raises the question, does that ambivalence impact the child?As so often happens with adaptation...
WOMEN IN ISRAEL: Race, Gender and Citizenship
WOMEN IN ISRAELRace, Gender and CitizenshipNAHLAABDOZed BooksREVIEW BY B.H. YAELNahla Abdo launched her recent book, Women in Israel: Race, Gender and Citizenship, at Beit Zaytoun in Toronto. As she said at the launch, "The juice of the book is in the...
Writing the Revolution
WRITING THE REVOLUTION MICHELLE LANDSBERG Second Story PressREVIEW BY KATIE PALMERMichele Landsberg, the award-winning pioneer in feminist reporting, has put together a collection of carefully selected articles she wrote for the Toronto Star between...