I found words like ‘man-haters’, ‘feminazis’ (a hideous term which marries the word ‘feminine’ with Nazi-ism) and ‘radicals’ (which by definition means ‘favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions’, but which also has a distinctly negative connotation in the realm of feminism). One female blogger wrote, “feminists are trying to make us believe there is this ghastly patriarchy that is ruling the land and that women need special treatment.”
“Sagaligesw” means “family doctor” in the Mi’kmaq language. Well okay, it actually means “Plant Woman”. But the Plant Woman once filled very much this role in the life of members of the eastern Canadian communities of the Mi’kmaq. Although fewer have chosen this path in recent years, Jeorgina Larocque, a Mi’kmaq elder and medicine woman […]
Martha Farley has a kitchen-sink kind of dream and wonders what it might mean.
October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child.I started to ponder a few things. If I had been born a boy would I have achieved more or less? If Jesus had been a daughter what would the world be like today? What if Adam had said “No thanks, I don’t fancy any fruit”? […]
A film about a Bangladeshi Muslim woman who overcomes social and economic hardship and liberates herself and other women by creating beautiful, timeless works of art.
I’ve Run Out of Eggs I’ve run out of eggs what am I to do It’s not like I can buy them all shiny and new I thought about it once, putting them on ice I look back now and wish I’d thought twice My friends all say that I should be happy No more […]
It never ceases to amaze me that in the year 2012 women are still struggling to be recognised for their achievement and abilities as opposed to their bodies. Body image has been the focus of great media attention in Australia recently. Just prior to the Olympic Games, our four time Olympian, Leisel Jones was criticised […]
Todd Akin’s uneducated, sexist and untrue statement, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” may be a blessing in disguise. 1. Education Surely education in the USA needs a serious overhaul if men in authority have no understanding of basic biology. I’m sure every […]
How does being in the 99% in a 1% family divide us and change our family dynamics? In a time of crisis you should be able to rely on family but what if you can’t?
This is my third marriage, and I am no closer to understanding myself in relation to my husband than I was thirty-some years ago, when at barely-20, I first jumped the broom with husband #1. Well, perhaps a bit closer…