Archive for September, 2011

Our discussion on “Feminism and Law in Today’s World” with Dean Turnbull has been re-scheduled for Monday October 3rd from 12 – 1 in Room 308.

Please see https://feministlegalforum.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/feminism-and-law-in-todays-world-a-roundtable-discussion-with-dean-dr-lorna-turnbull/ for more information on this fantastic roundtable discussion!

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We’ve just received notice of a planning meeting for this year’s Take Back the Night march. The meeting (not the march) will be this Monday, September 26th at the Magnus Eliason Rec Centre (“the Merc”), 430 Langside at 7pm. The FemRev Collective is looking for community members to get involved in the planning, so check it out!

When we hear the date of the march itself, we’ll be sure to keep you all posted!

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A story from today’s Globe and Mail reports on a disconcerting finding that many young Canadians still hold antiquated views on gender roles. The new study surveyed 5, 000 teenagers from around the world, including 1,000 Canadians, and found that Canadian youth were far more likely to support statements such as “to be a man, you  need to be tough” than their British and Rwandan counterparts.

Have a look at the Globe article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-teens-ambivalent-about-gender-equality/article2177091/.

The study, “Because I am a Girl: So, What About Boys?”, can be found here in its entirety: http://becauseiamagirl.ca/Page.aspx?pid=4274.

Let us know what you think. Can programs like No Means No and events like SlutWalk make a difference in changing these views?

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The FLF is thrilled to announce our first roundtable of the 2011/2012 academic year. Join us on Monday, October 3 from 12 – 1 in room 308 for a discussion of Feminism and Law in Today’s World, facilitated by Dean of Law, Dr. Lorna Turnbull.

This discussion is an opportunity to come and consider the question of how feminism and law intersect today. What can feminism offer? How might it apply? What areas of law are lacking in feminist approach? If you are new or old to the idea of feminism and law, this is a great discussion to attend to learn more and share your thoughts.

If you would like to do some thinking about this topic in advance of the roundtable, Dean Turnbull has suggested a short reading. Find it here! 

Dr. Lorna Turnbull has been a Faculty member at Robson Hall since 2001. Between 2005 and 2010, Dean Turnbull was the Associate Dean of Students. After filling the role of Acting Dean for the 2010/2011 year, Dr. Turnbull was named Dean of the Faculty. Dean Turnbull completed her Master of Laws at Columbia University with an LL.M thesis of “A Feminist Theory of Law and Social Change? A Beginning”. Dean Turnbull’s J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law), also from Columbia, was written on “Bearing Children, Bearing Burdens.” Dr. Turnbull researches women’s equality as shaped by laws related to economic rights and obligations, workplace regulation and social inclusion as these impact upon care for dependents. Her primary teaching interests include international and domestic human-rights law, taxation law and policy, gender and equality and women’s rights in a global context. Her 2001 book, Double Jeopardy: Motherwork and the Law, is considered “essential reading” on the topic and has been widely credited for being accessible to lay audiences in addition to academics.

We hope you will join us for this exciting discussion!

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In anticipation of Winnipeg’s very first slut walk as well as the
upcoming Rhodes Appeal, the following is a very interesting analogy of
what a typical rape reporting may sound like in a different scenario.
The read is short and I highly suggest that you all take a moment to
go through it and think about what we, as individuals, a forum and
society can do to work against victim blaming and alter the
perceptions and stigma that are so heavily attached to sexual assault


Have a look, and tell us what you think!

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Hi again, FLFers!

This is a very exciting opportunity, and FLF members get the first crack!

The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue Femmes et Droit is an internationally renowned peer-reviewed scholarly publication, currently based here at Robson Hall. The CJWL publishes academic papers from a variety of disciplines, but maintains a focus on feminist legal analysis in the Canadian context. The journal is currently seeking student volunteers to assist in an editorial capacity (primarily cite checking). This will be a great way to brush up on academic writing skills, get better acquainted with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (known oh-so-affectionately as ‘the McGill Guide’) and will undoubtedly look great on your C.V.

The work load won’t be huge (no more than one article per term), and the topics tend to be really interesting! Orientation/training will likely be taking place in the next week or two.

If you are interested (even if it’s just for more info), please contact student editor Eli Mitchell at cjwl@cc.umanitoba.ca


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Those who attended the first meeting of the FLF this past Monday will recall that the topic of SlutWalk came up, and it seemed there was no conclusive plans to hold one in Winnipeg. While that was only yesterday, news has since emerged that Winnipeg will indeed host a SlutWalk. You can see the Winnipeg Free Press story at the link below. The walk be on October 15th, beginning at the Burton Cummings Theatre.
The FLF is pretty much dying to hear your thoughts on SlutWalk– have you attended one? would you? do you support the anti victim-blaming message while having mixed feeling about use of the word ‘slut’? or do you think that this is an important re-claiming of a formerly derogatory word? Is it fun? Is it effective? Let us know!
The FLF will very likely be attending, and also holding a pre-or-post coffee/food/drinks meeting in order to provide an opportunity to express views and share experiences. Details to come!

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Is a slutwalk feminist? What does it mean to reclaim the word “slut”?

The University of Manitoba Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics is hosting a discussion on Feminism and Slutwalks. Participants include Brenda Austin-Smith (UM Department of English & Film Studies), Jila Ghomeshi (UM Department of Linguistics), Meena Krishnamurthy (UM Department of Philosophy), and
Karen Busby (UM Faculty of Law).

Catch this timely discussion on Friday, September 30th from 12:30 – 1:30 in the Concourse Lounge in University College.

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Welcome back everyone! The FLF has a great year planned. Here’s a preview!

First Meeting and Button Making Party!

Monday, September 12th at 12 in Room 207. Join us to learn more about the FLF, our plans for the year and how to get involved, then stay for a super fantastic button making party!

Take Back the Night

Thursday, October 20th at 6 pm. March with the FLF!

Feminism and Law in Today’s World: A Roundtable Discussion with Dean Lorna Turnbull

Monday, October 3rd at 12 in Room 309. Bring your lunch and come learn about and discuss the role of feminism and law today.

20th Annual Person’s Day Breakfast

Friday, October 21st at 7am at the Convention Centre. LEAF Manitoba puts on this fantastic event every year. Stay tuned to find out how you can attend.

A Feminist Approach to Torts: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Jennifer Schulz

Wednesday, November 2 at 12 in Room 309. Who is the reasonable person? Join Prof. Schulz for a discussion on feminism and torts law

A Briefing of Rhodes: A Roundtable Discussion with Prof. Karen Busby

Thursday, December 1st from 12 – 2 in Room 309. Join Prof. Karen Busby to learn more about the Rhodes case, more infamously known as the “Justice Dewar case”. This timely discussion will follow an FLF field trip to watch the Rhodes appeal on Wednesday November 30 at 9 am at the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

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