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Feminism

  • To eradicate misogyny, we must address online gender-based violence

    Online gender-based violence, from doxxing to deepfakes to real life massacres, are becoming increasingly common as technology embeds deeper into our lives, yet governments and tech companies seem to largely ignore this devastating, sometimes fatal, issue. If we are serious about eliminating misogyny, we need to include conversations about online gender-based violence and tech-facilitated violence.

  • Period equity now: Canadians need universal access to menstrual supplies at work

    Free period supplies at the workplace is “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of rectifying an outdated and harmful social ethic that compels individual women to “manage periods at work,” rather than pushing organizations, institutions, and companies to adapt to and support the natural functions of women’s bodies. No more hiding, no more whispering. The time for change is now.

  • A frustrated cry for justice: Québec’s MeToo movement

    MeToo is attempting to redress a miscarriage of justice that stems from systemic inequity and a lack of recognition. Like any social movement, this mobilization should be viewed critically. However, it must also be viewed in the context of a failed justice system that is currently unable to restore justice and dignity to survivors of sexual violence.

  • A union of women’s hockey players looking for a league of its own

    The Dream Gap Tour of elite hockey players put the women’s game back in the news this fall. Some of the world’s best players — including more than 35 Olympians — played in the four-team exhibition tournament that travelled to Toronto, Chicago and Hudson, N.H. A few months earlier, professional women’s hockey seemed to be in crisis.

  • #MeToo: Fighting sexism through labour activism

    Labour history shows us that working people can make great gains when they come together to challenge the power of capital. But it also reminds us that workers and the labour movement must be vigilant. They must continue to resist rollbacks of hard-won rights and protections, and they must continue to push for new victories. The history of labour struggles over issues related to gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace holds important lessons that we can incorporate into our discussions of how to tackle these issues today.

  • International Women’s Day 2018 (#IWD2018)

    In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. IWD has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration.

  • Militarism: Revolutionary mothering and Rosie the Riveter

    How does one cost the killing of a human being, as if military budgets can compare with the cost of providing food and water, homes and healthcare? This brief exploration suggests that among the salient regressive individual pulls are militarism and nationalism. Violence is preventable and is not hard-wired in human nature. At issue is survival, necessitating responsible human relationships as articulated by revolutionary mothers.

  • Women’s liberation, everyone’s liberation

    The slogan of freedom hit very hard at the attempts to control women in their private spaces. It was a slogan being raised in the context of freedom on the streets, but then it soon became about freedom from the father, from control inside the home, from being told who you can marry and who you can’t.

  • Socialist Feminism in the 21st Century

    Socialist-feminist politics offers a unique perspective for organizing in the 21st century. Socialist-feminists’ commitment to self-organization supports organizational structures that are non-hierarchical and democratic and therefore more inclusive.

  • Gaming for Equality: Komma Lika Finds a Friendly Way to Raise Awareness at Home

    Everybody wants the revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes… or the laundry… or the grocery shopping… or take out the trash. Specifically, women disproportionally perform the majority of domestic labour in contemporary households. That is why Swedish feminist Maria Loohufvud invented the new game Komma Lika: to find a fun yet concrete way to demonstrate the persistent unequal division of domestic labour with the aim of changing it.

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