Politics blog: Playing victim isn’t feminist

In light of International Women’s Day last week, I have a few thoughts: I think too often I’m afraid to call myself a feminist, not because I’m fearful of the reputation I might get when I defend the rights of women and encourage feminine liberation, but because the word is now being associated with something that I do not consider feminism. Think of Lena Dunham, and her show Girls: four white women living in New York City off of the privilege and wealth their parents earned, and walking through life with the word “victim” written on their foreheads. Think of Taylor Swift, who’s built her career off of being “America’s Sweetheart,” a victim of bullying by an “angry black man,” […]

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Opinion: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau misunderstood allyship

It was barely 11 a.m. on March 7, and my Facebook feed was inundated with responses to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s post for International Women’s Day. A photo of her and her “dreamy” husband holding hands and staring sweetly into each other’s eyes was posted on her Facebook page, above a caption encouraging women to “celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are.” Grégoire Trudeau asked women to take pictures holding hands with their male allies, and share them on social media. She defended the post by saying that if boys and men are not “part of the equation” of equality, peace and prosperity cannot be achieved. She didn’t mention the word […]

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Student groups celebrate International Womyn’s week

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre, along with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) are hosting events on campus to celebrate International Womyn’s Week on March 6-10.  According to the event’s Facebook page, the events will focus on demonstrating the experiences and resistance of women from all over the world. International Womyn’s Week has been happening at Carleton for over four years, said Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator at CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre. “This week encompasses a lot of voices,” Schneider said, “It’s really important that we look at the issues we’re facing here in Canada, but what we’ve tried to do at the Womyn’s Centre this year is broaden that—really focus on the international piece.” Schneider said […]

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Opinion: International Women’s Day is a chance for reflection

Something I hear a lot is that the women’s struggle is over—or at least I did until Donald Trump was elected. Clearly, the feminist struggle is not over. Today we are fighting for many of the same things our mothers and grandmothers fought for—and we fight for more. We still fight for access to abortions, access to birth control, and for pay equity, but the feminist struggle has expanded. Women of colour, queer folks, and women with disabilities have always been present in feminist spaces, and have always been active in resisting. Today there is more recognition of the importance of giving them more visibility and platforms. This is not happening in all spaces—“white feminism” is still all too prevalent—but […]

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Letter: Mainstream feminism should better amplify marginalized women

Harriet Tubman once said, “In my mind I see a line, and over that line I see lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their hands stretched out to me.” I envision a table with a single empty seat: “Come,” they say, “let us build—smash the patriarchy.” I smile as I run with my all my might towards them. I am dreaming again. As I am pouring milk in my eye—recovering from another sting, I look and I do not see the mass shades of lily and alabaster that captivated me. In the last vision I see myself awaking from a deep slumber; I take out my red book, and write: black woman, mule of the world. Is it not […]

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