Aurelia did reclaim her body, her voice…But why did she have to reclaim those in the first place? She wasn’t always that care-free and unapologetic about herself as a human being. Aurelia’s Haitian parents immigrated to Canada. In the hopes for a better life, it implied a lot for that little girl growing up as […]
As a young women, who enjoys watching TV shows, discovering the work of Joss Whedon was a true blessing. For those unfamiliar with his work, Joss Whedon is a writer, director, producer, composer and activist. I first discovered his work when I was young girl. I started watching a show he produced and wrote called […]
“The year 2014 was amazing in terms of a dialogue regarding women’s rights, feminism, and a growing awareness of the struggles that every self-identified woman faces on a daily basis. Popular culture has afforded different icons and voices for human rights, coming from different backgrounds and experiences. This week’s theme for kickaction.ca’s carnival is Role Models […]
Some days I wake up and I am inspired by Olivia Pope from the show Scandal. I remind myself that I will take-no-nonsense, and be a hard-working, confident, and focused individual. I remind myself that even though I may be a 5 foot 2 ½ tall gladiator, “I am good at what I do.” And […]
Brenda Longfellow is a feminist documentary filmmaker and professor of Film Studies and Production at York University. What inspired you to start working on an interactive web documentary based on the hashtag #Beenrapedneverreported? I was very inspired by the hashtag #beenrapedneverreported created after the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. I observed how this hashtag took off like lightning, […]
Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Though a massive part of our day-to-day lives, social media has taken on an entirely new meaning in regards to the way we communicate with each other. This year there have been numerous hashtags referring to feminist issues around the world. To name a few; #YesAllWomen, #BringBackOurGirls and #HeForShe. But are these […]
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.
The on-going conflict in Syria has become a black hole of violence. As the death toll reaches 40 000, it is increasingly clear that we do not have the full picture of the crimes occurring within Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Proclamée par le gouverneur général en 1996, la Journée nationale des Autochtones (21 juin) nous donne la chance de reconnaître les réalisations uniques des gens des Premières nations, des Inuit et des Métis dans une variété de domaines tels que l’agriculture, l’environnement, les affaires et les arts.
Proclaimed by the Governor General in 1996, National Aboriginal Day (June 21) provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.
Last week, my colleague Simone sent me a link to a news feature on a young roman running tech workshops for girls. Through her workshop series, Geneviève L’Espérance is teaching 10-12 year-old girls to program HTML websites, introducing them to science and technology in an all-girl space. As I looked into the story, I realized the media attention the issue of girls and technology has received.
A quick Google search revealed a whole bunch of groups that try to train girls in basic tech as well as support women in technology – flipping the script on gender stereotypes.
Why are we obsessed with bad girls? Britney, Paris and Lindsay could do no right at the height of their infamy. Now there are entire television series dedicated to destructive behaviours amplified by attention and monetary reward. Some see it as mindless entertainment, or real world comedy caught on camera, but what does it say about us that good girls come in last?