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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Ottawa holds first “Walk In Her Shoes” event

Ottawa residents gathered on Parliament Hill for Ottawa’s first “Walk In Her Shoes” event to walk in solidarity for women and girls around the world. The event took place on March 7, a day before International Women’s Day, and prompted participants to walk from Parliament Hill to City Hall. “Walk In Her Shoes” was hosted by Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), a humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting global poverty. While the annual walk has taken place in several cities in Canada and globally, including Vancouver and Calgary, this was the first time the walk took place in Ottawa. Despite cold, rainy weather and a shortened route, participants came out to walk and were encouraged to contribute donations to […]

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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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Metal Ravens continue building community

When you walk through Carleton’s University Centre atrium you’ll often be greeted by the sound of idle chatter, and maybe a flyer or two—other days, by the roar of death metal. The Metal Ravens are easily one of the most recognized clubs on campus, and not just for their music taste. Last year, they won the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Clubs and Societies Award for being the most active campus club. This year, they are celebrating their fifth anniversary. Luv “Shakes” Tomar conceptualized the idea that became the Metal Ravens during Frosh Week in his first year, in 2011. “Frosh Week was the worst week of my  [university] life, mainly because I missed my parents,” Tomar said. “They were […]

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