Feminism 3.1

Our gender identities, in all their complicated incarnations, continue to limit the choices and opportunities of many of us. In the face of an ongoing ideological onslaught against equality for women and sexual minorities, Briarpatch throws gender in the blender—and whips up a challenging and thought-provoking blend of ideas and arguments for bending gender hierarchy till it breaks!

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    Making Space for Aboriginal Feminism

    Book review of Making Space for Aboriginal Feminism

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    10 straight questions

    Let’s face it: there are lots of heterosexuals out there! Why not take a few moments to learn a little more about them?

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    Bitchfest: Ten years of cultural criticism from the pages of Bitch Magazine

    Book review of Bitchfest

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    Antonia

    Film review of Antonia

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    Body work

    These underground, illegal operations seek to reconfigure female and male bodies in ways that make society squirm, challenging our most deeply held traditional notions of beauty and gender.

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    Status of Women vs. the status quo

    While particular communities will be injured by the Harper government’s actions, it is ultimately democracy itself that is hurt.

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    Queer internationalism

    The current state of international LGBTQ activism does not speak to the needs and demands of the majority of LGBTQs, especially in the Global South. Instead, the agenda of such a movement can be seen as the projection of the demands of mainstream Northern LGBTQ social movements as “universal.”

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    Feminism 3.0

    Third-wave feminism has overlapped so much with “girl culture,” Do It Yourself aesthetics, indie-rock and burlesque that it’s hard to see where the actual movement is.

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    Test your F.Q.

    Hey you with the Y chromosome: Do you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities? If so, then you may have what it takes to become a pro-feminist man.

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    Why feminism isn’t for everybody

    Feminism is for everybody, the mantra goes. This slogan, inspired by bell hooks’ book of the same name, is widely used to envision a feminist movement that is open to all people and that, in theory, recognizes the real diversity among feminists and among women more generally. What could be wrong with that?

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    Yesterday’s men

    In spite of more than 30 years of intervention and education strategies designed to end violence against women by their male partners, such violence remains as prevalent as ever. It is high time we took stock of our strategies and our assumptions to determine what is and is not working—and what more can be done.

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    From Ciudad Juárez to Fort Qu’Appelle

    Clutching a mug of coffee, Gwenda Yuzicappi retreats from the cold outside. There’s a spark in her eyes. Her long brown hair is pulled back, and the pink sweater she wears complements the flush in her cheeks from the biting winter wind. Her younger sister sits beside her in the coffee shop and they speak animatedly. If you watched long enough you could find the grief that Yuzicappi carries, but in this moment she looks hopeful.