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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Letter: The woman to be put on the bill must represent all women

When the news was released that a Canadian woman was finally going to grace the polymer bill, those lobbying for equal rights were thrilled. As names of potential nominees start to be tossed around, it became clear there is still a long way to go until we reach gender equality. The names proposed included the “Famous Five” Alberta women who championed for political equality. It was part of a nationwide suffragette movement to raise the status of women in Canada. What is often forgotten regarding this—and many other suffragette movements—is the fight for equality is primarily equality for white women. Not only that, first-wave feminist movements were often blatantly racist, excluding people of colour, Indigenous people, and immigrants. Emily Murphy, […]

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Editorial: We didn’t lose Capital Hoops

More than 10,000 tickets were sold for the MNBA Capital Hoops Classic, but turnout for the women’s game didn’t reach close to that number. This reflects an unfortunate, backwards mentality in how little we value women’s sports. To add insult to injury, many arrived towards the end of the women’s game to get a good seat to watch the men. Ironically, the fans who arrived earlier to get good seat for the men’s game were more likely to catch Carleton’s only win of the night—from our women’s team. A common excuse is that the men’s team dominates its league, but the women’s team also has a strong history of success over the past five to 10 years. This year’s Capital […]

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Editorial: Sock ‘n’ Buskin should strive for more diversity

Carleton University’s student-run theatre company, Sock ‘n’ Buskin, has a lineup of five shows this year. All of these five shows were written by white males. Four of them feature male leads in the original play, though several leads are played by female performers in Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s performances. The selected shows are all celebrated works which are worth performing, but the lack of diversity in the lineup as a whole means that fewer cultures are represented. If the only shows that were submitted to Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s call for submissions were male-centred or lacked diversity, the company should look into revising the submission process to encourage more diverse submissions. Sock ‘n’ Buskin has authority to select their own shows […]

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Opinion: Men’s centres promote gender equality

Let me start off by saying that I’m a woman. I don’t bow down to others, and I know and assert my rights as a human being. I think that it is only fair that I never be judged by my gender, because I am more than that. Simon Fraser University’s student society recently approved the budget for the opening of a new Men’s Centre in an effort to address issues specific to men and to create equality for their students (who do already have a Women’s Centre). The news made me proud of Canada’s superb showing of gender equity. The backlash that followed, however, made me think again. Allowing students to access resources specific to their gender or gender […]

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