Archive for April, 2013


Wise words from a rad high school student: “West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S. I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it… [I]nformation about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”- Katelyn Campbell, a West Virginia high school student involved in a law suit against her school following an aggressively pro-abstinence assembly

Thanks Mike Cashion (a second year law student at Robson Hall) for sharing this! It’s great!

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For everyone who volunteers for LEAF, why the work is important and how to teach YES means YES.


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Excellent critique of the trending Dove ad…

“And my primary problem with this Dove ad is that it’s not really challenging the message like it makes us feel like it is. It doesn’t really tell us that the definition of beauty is broader than we have been trained to think it is, and it doesn’t really tell us that fitting inside that definition isn’t the most important thing. It doesn’t really push back against the constant objectification of women. All it’s really saying is that you’re actually not quite as far off from the narrow definition as you might think that you are (if you look like the featured women, I guess).”

Our Vice-Chair Rhea had this comment to add on Facebook: “That’s right on. It basically says you’re not as ugly as you think you are. If you looked like the woman you described that’d be terrible, but don’t worry you don’t.”

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A Manitoba Judge is considering not imposing a mandatory minimum sentence on a young man (who should be facing jail time) for shooting 6 rounds into the home of someone who bullied him. Judge Menzies said “”We’re going to victimize this victim yet again and do it in the name of justice?…But for the minimum sentence we wouldn’t even be talking about pen time.”

According to the article, Judge Menzies, put defence and Crown lawyers “on notice [that] he may take the rare step of issuing a “constitutional exemption” and go under the required minimum penalty first enacted in 2008. He gave lawyers until next month to come up with legal arguments on the issue.”

I highly encourage everyone to read the comments people have made on the article because they are very divided, some love what the Judge is considering and others think he is being ridiculous.

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“India is home to a booming, multi-million dollar, unregulated surrogacy industry, in which couples can hire an Indian woman to carry their child via in vitro fertilization—using the either the couple’s own sperm and egg or donor sperm and egg—for less than a quarter of what it costs to for the same services in the U.S.”

“Of the $25,000 price tag that Americans pay for a pregnancy, only $8000 goes to the surrogate for her 40 weeks on the job. But it beats the $30 a month that one woman at the clinic was making as a housekeeper.”

According to the article these surrogates live in a hostel, in cramped, crowded conditions, and are isolated from their families during the duration of the pregnancy so that they can be monitored.

Sad situation! Surely there must be a better way we can improve these women’s lives without resorting them to these conditions (and they don’t even take home a significant chunk of the money the American families pay — not that that would really improve the matter). Also, sad for the American families who want a child, but have to resort to this too.

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One week from today! Always a classy, feminist good time!


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“Three teenaged girls from Ottawa accused of running a prostitution ring have just begun to stand trial; they’ve all pleaded not guilty to all charges.”

“The accused allegedly used social media to lure their victims to an apartment in a social housing complex… Once the victims arrived, they would strip them, steal their belongings, and then photograph them, beating them if they didn’t comply. The accused would then force them, through threats or physical coercion, to meet with johns. At least two of the victims were raped by johns (some men apparently sent the victims home after realizing they were being prostituted against their will).”

The above article continues by saying “This entire cause is truly horrifying, but perhaps the most unnerving aspect of it is the way in which it defies our expectations of how sex trafficking works. The pimps in question are not violent, depraved thugs who pose some sort of external threat to city’s peaceful community — in fact, one of the accused is described as having been an integral and wholesome part of her neighborhood, “a class valedictorian and the go-to babysitter on her street,” until recently.” And I have to agree, when I first read this story I was shocked. When I hear someone is accused of human trafficking I don’t picture the master-minds behind such an operation being a bunch of teenage girls.

I encourage you to go read the whole article above. It makes some good comments on this case.

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