I am anti-war. I’m not a pacifist, exactly. I believe there is some power in nonviolent resistance, and I believe in both individual and group rights to self-defense against oppressive forces. I support the troops — I believe veterans deserve to be compensated and cared for. But I don’t believe that governments have the moral authority to decide — based on their own financial and political interests — whose death is justifiable.
For something to be ironic, it has to be obvious to the listener that you don’t mean what you’re saying — that, in fact, what you believe to be true is the exact opposite of the words coming out of your mouth. Try as you might to prove in every other way that you aren’t, you know, actually sexist, you have one major problem: telling a sexist joke, even ironically, hurts women.
And nothing says “I’m not sexist” quite like hurting a woman just for a laugh.
There is a long history of gender-nonconformity within the fashion industry, dating back to the roots of the runway and far beyond. How much attention models receive when they don’t fit neatly into that binary, however, has often changed with the trends. Read More
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the news recently have been some exceptional stories about people who are going out of their way to make a difference in the lives of abuse survivors. But the most powerful thing that anyone can do is offer victims hope to find their way out. Read More
It’s 100 degrees and the sweat is pouring. Outside the hall, the sun is beating down on the high, thatched-palm roof. Though we are perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the sea breeze doesn’t penetrate the screens keeping the mosquitoes at bay. Read More
It has been a tremendous month for transgender people across North America. On June 4th, just days after became the first transwoman to ever grace the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, here in Canada the revolutionary Bill 77 received unanimous support from every party in the legislative assembly.
If you were to visit the pharmacy and purchase what appeared to be two identical products of the same volume, for the same purpose and with the same active ingredients, would you expect the pink one to cost more? Read More
You can blame it on hook up culture. You can call out a sex-ed epidemic, or invoke the wild mystery that is the female body, but when the pants and the inhibitions drop, all that really matters is that women are not having the orgasms they deserve.
The stories we tell ourselves about our shared human condition shape society in weird, and often unglamorous ways. According to modern hook-up culture mythology, unhappy young women and all-too-eager young men are at odds with each other in nearly every way. Read More