Archive for November, 2013

Feminist Legal Forum & Community Outreach Present a Holiday Hamper and Shoe-Box Drive

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

The Feminist Legal Forum and Community Outreach are collecting items for a holiday hamper food and a shoe-box drive. Donations will be taken on Wednesday at lunch in the main hall.

Items to donate:
•non-perishable food items for the hamper

Shoe-Box Ideas:
•Body or hand lotion, Mascara, lipstick and nail polish. (Please NO concealers or foundations),
•Nut-free chocolates
•Bus tickets
•Notebook and pens
•Phone card
•Gift certificates to stores such as McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart. (Please include the receipt or indicate the value of the card.)
•Inspirational card or quote

For more info on the Shoe-Box initiative see the link below:


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Thank you to Elizabeth Mitchell for bringing another one of Haley Hrymak’s articles to our attention! As many of you will recall Haley facilitated a roundtable for us a few weeks ago on the 160 Girls case.


Here is Haley’s other article we posted earlier in the summer in case anyone needs a refresher!


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Unhappy Endings

An intriguing concept:
“Fairy tales would have you believe that every princess has a happy ending, but one photographer’s striking series challenges that notion. Fallen Princesses, a project by Vancouver, Canada-based photographer Dina Goldstein, shows Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas and other iconic characters succumbing to tragic fates including cancer, alcoholism and unhappy marriages.”

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Hey FLFers,

If you are looking for a study break tomorrow evening the Fifth Estate is going to have an episode on Amanda Todd. If you don’t have time to catch the episode tomorrow night, the Fifth Estate also has full episodes available online on CBC.ca, so you can catch the episode at a later date too.

Here is a trailer for upcoming the episode: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/the%2Bfifth%2Bestate/ID/2417434378/

And if you need a refresher on the Amanda Todd story here are some articles the FLF posted last year on the incident:



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Thanks to Hilary Taylor (one of the FLF Co-Vice-Chairs) for finding this article!

Don’t Be That Guy – a behavioural marketing campaign sends the message that sex without consent is sexual assault. We are sending a visual message to men between the ages of 18 and 25, graphically demonstrating their role in ending alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. Don’t Be That Guy shifts the emphasis to men to take responsibility for their behaviour. Studies involving 18-25 year old men revealed that 48 per cent of the men did not consider it rape if a woman is too drunk to know what is going on.”

This article is a great kickoff prior to December 6th, which is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Remembrance_and_Action_on_Violence_Against_Women

The FLF intends to hold a fundraiser to commemorate December 6th at the end of November, so keep your eyes open for that FLFers!

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This article is interesting. It sheds light on some cultural perceptions of beauty and size and how unattainable and ridiculous western standards are for the average woman to attain.

“Unlike the Muslim man, who uses space to establish male domination by excluding women from the public arena, the Western man manipulates time and light. He declares that in order to be beautiful, a woman must look 14 years old. If she dares to look 50 or, worse, 60, she is beyond the pale. By putting the spotlight on the female child and framing her as the ideal of beauty, he condemns the mature woman to invisibility. In fact, the modern Western man enforces one of Immanuel Kant’s 19th-century theories: To be beautiful, women have to appear childish and brainless. When a women looks mature and self-assertive, or allows her hips to expand, she is condemned as ugly. Thus, the walls of the European harem separate youthful beauty from ugly maturity.”


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“Seeing a pregnant wom[a]n smoking a cigarette, imbibing a glass of wine or using drugs is sure to raise a societal eyebrow.

But a new report says women with substance abuse problems should be treated with compassion by health providers and society at large, especially during pregnancy, because addiction is a brain disorder and not a personal failing.”

I thought this study was interesting, because I think we often talk about the ridiculousness of victim blaming in sexual assault cases, (and by “we” I mean the FLF. We do have a lot of articles on victim blaming and sexual assaults) but I don’t think we have ever really had an article that looks at not blaming women who are addicted to drugs etc while pregnant, because they are victims of their addictions too. Anyway some food for thought, let us know your thoughts.


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