Herizons

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, Winter

Apps Bring on Periodic Discomfort
With the advent of the smartphone, apps to help women track their menstrual and fertility cycles have become widely available. They range from the simplest in function and design - widgets like Bunny's Period Tracker that count down the days to your...
Blow the Whistle
When a woman steps forward to publicly disclose that corporate interests are being placed before health and environmental protection, we call it whistle-blowing. When a woman steps forward to publicly disclose that male privilege is being placed before...
Boycott Church Housework
It is what some people in the Vatican are calling "Müller Time." That s because Pope Benedict recently appointed fellow German Gerhard Ludwig Müller, 64, head of the Roman Catholic Church's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
Can Feminism Thrive without Bookstores?
Many of us here in Toronto are in shock over the closing of the Toronto Women's Bookstore in November. After 39 years and many different operating paradigms - collectives, partnerships, single owners, non-profit and for-profit arrangements - the store,...
Domestics Asked for DNA Tests for Children
Filipino-Canadian activists are alarmed over recent reports that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officials have asked foreign domestic workers to provide DNA evidence to verify that the children they wish to sponsor once they get their permanent...
Eating Dirt
EATING DIRTDeep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting TribeCHARLOTTE GILLGreystone BooksREVIEW BY KERRY RYANFor many Canadians, tree planting is a rite of passage. For the rest, it's a romantic notion quickly dispelled by the harsh reality...
Empowering Girls in Haiti
In times of violence and tragedy, the most extraordinary gains can be achieved. In the three years since an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation of Haiti, a coalition of international and Haitian organizations has come together to ensure the needs...
Francine
FRANCINEDirected by Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie ShatzkyWhat can one say about this almost perfect little gem of a film by Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky? Melissa Leo does a great job conveying the agony of trying to function in society for those...
Gentrification of the Mind
GENTRIFICATION OF THE MINDSARAH SCHULMANUniversity of California PressREVIEW BY SARAH MANGLEThe hard-working and prolific Sarah Schulman begins The Gentrification of the Mind by naming the fundamental disconnect between two generations of activist and/or...
Japanese Internment Revisited
The scene will forever be etched in my memory. I'm standing in front of a chicken egg incubator at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver. The 2012 summer fair is in full swing and I'm surrounded by a gaggle of children."Ma'am, ma'am, it's...
Joni
JONIThe Creative Odyssey of Joni MitchellKATHERINE MONKGreystone BooksREVIEW BY EVELYN C.WHITEBorn Roberta Joan Anderson, the musician celebrated as Joni Mitchell didn't grant interviews to the author of her new biography. "She will not talk to you,"...
Letters
FRANKLY FRACKINGIn your Fall 2012 issue, Joanna Chiù shared her interview with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, one of three Blood women who were arrested in September 2011 for their blockade of fracking vehicles on the Kainai/Blood reserve.I was surprised that...
Life Stages and Native Women
LIFE STAGES AND NATIVE WOMENMemory, Teachings and Story MedicineKIM ANDERSONUniversity of Manitoba PressREVIEW BY DEANNA RADFORDFulfilling the desire to know one's family roots and the blood lines that connect them not only helps to explain our personal...
Mad Hope
MAD HOPEHEATHER BIRRELLCoach House BooksREVIEW BY SYLVIA SANTIAGOMad Hope, Heather Birrell's second collection of short fiction, is a lovely book. The thick, textured paper makes it a delight to page through, and the quirky frog graphics on the cover...
Monkey Ranch/between Dusk and Night
MONKEY RANCHJULIE BRÜCKBrick BooksBETWEEN DUSK AND NIGHTEMILY MCGIFFINBrick BooksREVIEWS BY MARIIANNE MAYSIt's not so much precision that makes Julie Bruck's poetry vital, wise and so damned good, as an almost-uncanny ability to illustrate the short...
Most of Me
MOST OF MESurviving My Medical BreakdownROBYN MICHELE LEVYGreystone BooksREVIEW BY KRIS ROTHSTEINThis memoir chronicles the year in which 43-year-old Robyn Michele Levy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and then breast cancer. As the book opens,...
Nelli Grams
PETITION ENCOURAGES PEACE PRIZE FOR MALALA YOUSAFZAIAn online petition in Canada calling for Maiala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girls' rights activist shot by members of the Taliban in October, to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize has drawn thousands...
Polar Wives
POLAR WIVESKARI HERBERTGreystone BooksREVIEW BY LISA SHAWThe recent discovery of artifacts from the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the ill-fated voyage to find the Northwest Passage, has sparked interest in the Victorian and Edwardian eras of Arctic explorers....
Practicing Feminist Mothering
PRACTICING FEMINIST MOTHERINGFIONA JOY GREENArbeiter Ring PublishingREVIEW BY CONNIE JESKE CRANEDoes motherhood matter? There's a lingering perception (and I've heard this several times recently while interviewing younger feminists) that mainstream feminism...
Resistance & Remembering
AN INTERVIEW WITH LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHALeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha identifies herself as a queer femme, a disabled woman of colour, a writer, a poet, a teacher, a cultural activist and a spoken-word artist. When these many strokes blend...
Sleeping Funny
SLEEPING FUNNYMIRANDA HILLDoubled ayREVIEW BY NIRAN JANA IYERThe nine stories in Miranda Hill's debut collection, Sleeping Funny, ask us to ponder how people react when confronted with the unexpected, but this précis does little justice to the wondrous...
Sterile Climate Faces French Lesbians
(FRANCE) When French couple Tatiana Marot and Claire Simon decided they wanted to have a child, they didn't go to the nearest fertility clinic, even though France has more such clinics than any other country. Instead, they packed up their car and headed...
Story Ends for Feminist Bookstores
After 39 years, the Toronto Women's Bookstore closed its doors in November, just a few short months after Ottawa's Mother Tongue shut down after 18 years in business.The stores could no longer make a living. Mother Tongue Books former co-owner Evelyn...
The CAREGIVING CRUNCH
In Canada, more than two million informal caregivers, the majority of whom are women, provide care to elders. Most of these caregivers are mid-life baby boomers who are still in the paid workforce and inching toward their pre-retirement years. Many of...
The Gendered Face of Hurricane Sandy
The mother in Staten Island, New York, whose sons were swept from her arms when a surge of floodwater hit. The elderly woman who died in her daughter's embrace while trapped in their flooding home. The wake of hurricane Sandy was filled with heartbreaking...
The Juliet Stories
THE JULIET STORIESCARRIE SNYDERHouse of Anansi PressREVIEW BY KERRY RYANI'd call Carrie Snyder's The Juliet Stories a firecracker of a novel because it's brilliant, risky and thrilling. But the comparison suggests it's also fleeting and frivolous, and...
True Confessions
TRUE CONFESSIONSFeminist Professors Tell Stories Out of SchoolEDITED BY SUSAN GUBARNortonREVIEW BY WENDY ROBBINSThese 27 personal essays by path-breaking second-wave feminist professors in the U.S., a cohort now nearing retirement, focus on the "private...
Western Taxidermy
WESTERN TAXIDERMYBARB HOWARDNeWest PressREVIEW BY MEGAN BUTCHERWalking down the street the other day, I saw a woman wearing big stompy boots. I'd just read "My Brother's Shit Kickers" again and couldn't help but remember the pale, defenceless feet that...
When Women Blow the Whistle
As the societal costs of corporate wrongdoing become known, employees are speaking out against employers with increasing frequency - even when doing so may jeopardize their careers. In many cases, these whistle-blowers are women who, some studies report,...
Why Cougars Deserve Respect
HOW OLDER WOMEN PAIRED WITH YOUNGER MEN ARE TRAPPED BY SEXIST BELIEFSEver since The Graduate (1963) and Harold and Maude (1971), the older woman-younger man paradigm has been a topic of cinematic curiosity. However, it wasn't until the term "cougar"...
(You) Set Me on Fire
(YOU) SET ME ON FIREMARIKO TAMAKIRazorBillREVIEW BY NIRAN JANA IYERMariko Tamaki established herself as an acute chronicler of the lives of teen girls with her 2008 novel Skim, and she surpasses herself with (you) set me on fire. There's an enviable...