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“The departure of Alberta’s first female premier this week, in the face of mounting public and party pressure, has reignited a familiar question: Did sexism play a role in her demise?”

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Politicians+weigh+whether+sexism+part+Premier+Redford+downfall/9651434/story.html

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REMINDER: Next Friday (ie March 28th) is the deadline to apply for next year’s FLF Executive Positions!!! See below for the email message we sent out earlier this week with details:

Hello Robson Hall Community,

The FLF would like to make an open call out for members of the executive committee for the upcoming year.

The FLF is the law school’s feminist organization and typically holds 5-6 events per year. These include roundtables and presentations by faculty and members of the Winnipeg community, as well as fundraising events that benefit local organizations. The FLF also serves as the liaison between organizations like LEAF MB and Robson Hall.

There are a number of positions that need to be filled, including chair (or co-chairs), vice-chair, communications director, and outreach coordinator. The time commitment is generally minimal and often at your discretion.

If this interests you, please submit a brief application to rhea.majewski@gmail.com or carla.risley@gmail.com that outlines your interest in equality, feminism, and being a part of the FLF.

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 28th, 2014.

Please note: This is open to any students at Robson Hall and we encourage you to apply!

Happy studying,

FLF

Any thoughts FLFers?

Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. http://cbc.sh/Ie70SOR

Do you think undercover officers should be allowed to have sex with prostitutes?

(The above blurb is courtesy of the CBC News Facebook Page)

A short article that explains rape culture and provides examples:

http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2014-03-25-everyday-examples-rape-culture/#.Uyr4ksoO3L0.facebook

Faces of Feminism

Thanks to Katie Haig-Anderson for sharing this with us:

http://mcgillfeminists.tumblr.com/

Flip the Facts

I found this blog post on the CBA website. It flips the facts of the R v Hutchinson case we posted a few days ago (see here) and asks: “Could a women who, unbeknownst to her partner, did not take birth control pills (or punctured condoms) and who, as a result – without the consent of her partner – became pregnant, be accused of sexual assault?”

What are your thoughts FLFers?

http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/March-2014/Tampering-with-birth-control.aspx?feed=blogs

One of the FLF Co-Vice Chairs, Nicole Beasse, will be giving a talk on Wednesday, March 19th, in room 207 as a part of the Philosophy Club’s discussion series. The talk will be a feminist critique of ‘the reasonable person test’, specifically in the context of tort law.