Archive for October, 2012

The following are links to some charming feminist buttons of the past and some pictures people have posted saying why they need feminism.





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The above article is courtesy of a FLF follower, Mary-Ellen Wayne. She found the article while on the Winnipeg Free Press website. The article does a good job of highlighting how many in society think it is okay to publicly shame women, and the author of the article is calling for this unhealthy trend to be stopped! The author uses many modern examples from the media to prove this point, from Rihanna to Jennifer Livingston (whose video we posted on the FLF blog a little while ago — well we posted a link to the video).

Comments FLF readers? And thanks again Mary-Ellen!

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Hello FLF readers! I have been very busy these last few weeks and haven’t had time to update the blog as quickly as I would like. However, the other FLF executives have done a good job of filling my absence by posting very interesting and relevant feminist topics on our Facebook Page!

Two days that I wanted to draw your attention to this month (which are already past) are:

October 11th: which is International Day of the Girl.

Winnipeg’s 103.1 Virgin Radio posted some links about this day on their website. The links on the Virgin Radio website lead to websites that can provide you with the origins of this day, its goals etc.


And secondly, October 17th which is the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Inaugural-Day-of-Action-for-missing-murdered-aboriginal-women-Thursday-174631151.html

Raelynn Madu (FLF Communications Director)

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The above article talks about a woman who was raped and a judge’s decision to ask her to hand over her google searches from the days before and after her rape. The following portion of the above article I found quite interesting:

“Defense attorney Stephen Houze requested Bennett’s Google search records because she had looked up the definition of rape in Oregon.

“At a minimum, it would have established that the accuser her self had grave doubt in her mind as to whether her encounter with my client constituted criminal behavior at all,” said Houze.

I think that Houze and I might quibble over what is meant by “at a minimum.” Why did Bennett look up the definition of “rape” in Oregon? I imagine that she was trying to determine the exact type or degree of rape that Bray committed and how long he could be put behind bars. I have little doubt that Bennett believed that the choking, beating, and coerced sex she endured was “rape.” Imagine instead that Bray broke into Bennett’s house and stole her television. If Bray then looked up the definition of “burglary” in Oregon, would we think that Bennett doubted that she was burglarized?”

This seems like another wrong-turn when it comes to dealing with cases about rape. Any comments FLF readers?

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This looks like a great event, for anyone who has Fridays off.  We could all carpool from the U of M.  If there is interest send us an email (flf.robsonhall@gmail.com), comment on this post below, or let us know through facebook!

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Hot off the presses:

Eli’s letter to the editor of the Manitoban about Motion 312 and the re-criminalization of late term abortion.


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This was posted on the FLF Facebook page earlier this week:
Let’s forget about binders for a second. Here’s where Mitt’s answer (supposedly about pay equity) really went wrong last night: “Romney’s suggestion is that a woman– at least a woman with a family– is basically like a high school dropout with a felony conviction in his background. A marginally employable worker who’ll get a job if and only if the labor market is super-tight. After all, everyone knows mom needs to be home at 5:00 to start cooking dinner”
“[Romney] offered a vision in which women may be able to get jobs, but will always be playing catch-up in the labor market since they’ll always be engaged in a disproportionate share of domestic work.”

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Some excellent articles were published this weekend, dealing with the death of Amanda Todd, the ways sexism and misogyny tragically affected her, and how the media coverage of her suicide and school bullying campaigns are doing nothing to ameliorate the situation for other youth.
“Why isn’t anyone talking about the sexism and misogyny involved in Amanda Todd’s life and death? ‘Bullying’ is important, yes, but it is a vague term that glosses over the structural reasons for why it happens, like race/gender/class/ability. If we don’t start talking about the specifics of power structures in high schools, every ‘bullying’ campaign will be a waste of time.”
Check out the following articles for more on this topic:

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According to the above article, self-harm of aboriginal women prisoners is on the rise in federal prisons on Canada’s prairies. I won’t get into numbers here, you can read those in the article, but the numbers are alarming.  One woman, an ex-inmate, who was interviewed for the above article had this to say:  “I believe that I never wanted to die, but I just wanted somebody to hear me and listen to me.”

Kim Pate, national director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, “said the biggest problem is a lack of in-prison programs aimed at addressing the issues that result in women getting behind bars in the first place.”

Any thoughts FLF readers? Would this be a topic you’d be interested in having a roundtable discussion on?

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This Video was posted on the FLF Facebook page a few days ago. The video is about 15 minutes long, but it is worth the watch as Australia’s female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, addresses some of the misogynistic comments and views of the opposition leader, Tony Abbott. A few days after this was posted on our Facebook page I found a follow-up article: http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/17/australian-pms-rant-changes-dictionary-definition-of-misogyny/

This article says that due in part to the exchange between Gillard and Abbott, Australia’s national online dictionary intends to change the definition of misogyny from: “a pathological hatred of women” to “entrenched prejudice against women.”

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