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‘Audrie & Daisy’ Last Year’s Documentary is Still Very Relevant One Year Later

Have you seen or heard about the riveting and gut-wrenching stories of Audrie Pott & Daisy Coleman? Last year a documentary on the girls assaults and the aftermath was distributed by Netflix. Audrie & Daisy | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix Audrie & Daisy | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix Two different girls sexually assaulted on two different nights, in two different towns. Audrie & Daisy takes a hard look… Read More »

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Defining the problem of Sexism & Harassment

Nothing cute or witty to say here, just the facts Jack. The media has been focused on sexual harassment in Hollywood and the United States but it is a worldwide phenomenon that has been measured in various studies. One of the problems that have been identified around the issue of sexual harassment is that no universal definition exists and every incident must be put in context based on relationships, circumstances… Read More »

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Amidst the furore and the frenzy: Sexism & Harassment

Amidst the furore and the frenzy. Somewhere amidst the furore and the frenzy, It seems as if people are losing sight of a few things along the way as the revelations of sexual misconduct, sexual abuse and sexual harassment continues to make headlines. I’ve spent the last week and a half ripping apart my thoughts, ideas and responses and reactions to the barrage of stories detailing accounts of sexual harassment,… Read More »

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“On Gram”

A poem for Florence

Florence Fowler (b.1907-d.1988) In her last years, she had arthritis and spent every day shuffling around the kitchen, taking breaks as she was determined to make a delicious meal for her grandsons who lived on the floors above her. She didn’t complain about her arthritis and found enjoyment in nourishing her grandsons. Florence was a pathmaker and leader as the first woman manager in the offices of the A&P grocery… Read More »

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Men Speak Up

What's really being said...about women.

Editor’s Note: There were a few instances of negative experiences and attitudes or abuses from men with regards to women, including ageist and sexist attitudes, that were illustrated in a recent article that I wrote on the becoming of a crone. Even though the examples or research show that what is in the article to be true, not all men behave badly. In fact, a lot of it is rooted… Read More »

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The C Word, It’s not what you think: Language, the crone & the cougar

The wild and the wise woman - No big cats and ugly hags here!

From the first time I heard the word crone in reference to contemporary women I cringed. My reaction isn’t unexpected because the sound of the word and its meaning was never pleasant. And I can still remember hearing the word cougar in relation to women in the first years of the 21st century. At the time, I was separated from my husband, a relationship that lasted 20 years, and did… Read More »

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WTF? is up with Upskirting

Women aren't your objects to festishise!

Upskirting a violation that isn’t illegal, YET. It’s a practice that has been going on for quite awhile and the problem has been increasing through the years. People placing their mobile phones in places that violate private space and people’s right to their own bodies is not illegal. Gina Martin wants to change that. I was targeted by a creep, who put his hand between my legs and took pictures… Read More »

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Not Your Everyday Doll

Marina Bychkova creates dolls that ask questions.

Marina Bychkova made her first doll as a child. As an adult she has created a large body of work. Her designs involve a myriad of techniques ranging from sculpture to painting. Anatomically correct her dolls to some are controversial. Her intricate dolls ask us questions and can push some out of their comfort zones. “Who has more legal rights in the eyes of the state, an adult woman or… Read More »

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Why women are dressing up as Margaret Atwood’s Handmaids?

A Handmaid's Protest

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale has remained popular since its publication in 1985. It has been translated into dozens of languages, made into a film in 1990, and even became a ballet and an opera. It is read in schools the world over. Most recently, there has been a new wave of interest in the dystopian story thanks to the TV adaptation by MGM and Hulu. However, it isn’t… Read More »

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Lori Malépart-Traversy’s Herstory Animation Le Clitoris

Le Clitoris, an animation Did you learn about your body? Recently I listened to an interview with the creator of the animation, Lori Malépart. When asked how she chose the subject, she expressed the desire to tell the story because she believes that many men and women do not really know about the clitoris. Personally, I can’t imagine a female person not knowing about her own body. But at the… Read More »