There were hundreds of people gathered to hear more than a dozen speakers. People brought flags and banners and signs with all kinds of messages on them, mostly demand for fair treatment, recognition of indigenous rights and solidarity.
There is an idea that the internet is equally accessible to everyone, that it is a medium where one can largely be anonymous, where barriers and prejudices associated with one’s appearance no longer exist.
Social media has an equally destructive and uplifting influence on our sense of self. What will the long term effects be of the overwhelming need to deconstruct our compelling, 3-Dimensional journeys into a bite sized status update that will garner the most “likes?”
Today’s feminism is about the multiplicity of political outlets and voices; it’s about the reclaiming of emotions; it’s about the so-to-speak “messiness” of everyday life. And YES, it’s about the internet.
Les faits ne mentent pas. Les secteurs des télécommunications, des médias et de l’Internet, quant à leurs postes de hautes directions, sont manifestement beaucoup moins accessibles aux femmes qu’aux hommes.
Another young Canadian woman is dead as a result of sexual abuse, exploitation, and subsequent victim-blaming, and, yet again, public discussion and media coverage is reducing this story from one of gender-based violence and oppression to one of bullying.
Maman! C’est spontané. Viscéral. Animal même. Quand tu as faim. Mal. Peur. Quand tu te retrouves au bout du monde, perdue. Quand la toilette du voisin du haut te coule sur la tête. Ou simplement quand tu tentes de cuire ton premier poulet. Même à 28 ans, il n’y a rien qui remplace une mère.
During my third year of university at Concordia I took a philosophy of feminism course. My professor was brilliant, approachable and had the refreshing ability to bring academic texts down to earth by connecting them to real-life experiences.
During my 3rd year at Concordia University I took a course in feature writing. By the end of term each student was expected to hand in a full-length feature on a subject of their choice. I still don’t know what possessed me at the time, but I didn’t end up writing a feature. Instead, I produced a 2000 word rant detailing my frustration with misunderstandings and false stereotypes surrounding the word “feminism”.
In the fight against street harassment, there are a few tools basic to being a street harassment hero. We find that people often wonder what they can do to protect themselves and ways that they can holla back at their harassers.