July 19th, 2015
- Who benefits from the Conservatives’ bump to the Universal Child Care benefit? And more importantly, who loses? “Cutting families a cheque will likely mean fewer married women in paid work, and fewer hours worked by married women.” What if instead of an extra 60$/month, we had a national childcare strategy that didn’t penalize families where both parents work?
- “I need you, if you are not angry, to understand why Anger AT the system is not the same as Anger FROM the system. I need you to stop telling people who are actively being hurt by racism, sexism, violence, oppression to stop being Angry. I need you to ask why you aren’t angry AT the system, too.” On her blog, Zoe Todd has a brilliant essay on accountable anger within broken systems.
- The Dictionary of Underrepresented Philosophers is a great resource for teachers and learners looking to expand their knowledge beyond what’s typically taught in philosophy departments.
- The CCPA came out with its annual report on the best and worst cities in Canada to be a woman. The best: Victoria. The worst: Kitchener-Waterloo. It’s an extensive, well-researched report, and there’s so much to be learned from it about what makes our cities and towns livable for women and trans people. For some qualitative detail on what it’s like to live in one of the worst cities in Canada for women, check out our graphic essay Walking Alone, on navigating the streets of Edmonton.
- “Would this be an appropriate time to say that I want to see more actors show their dicks? I don’t even mean metaphorically—I mean actual, fleshy and prostrating dicks. If we’re going to have a semblance of conceptualized equality of the sexes, there are surely some people out there who would love to see some dick on the big screen. (And I mean real dick, Mark Wahlberg, you insufferable human being.)” Fariha Roisin on the objectification of men in Magic Mike XXL
- Here’s a silly, sexy song to dance around in your kitchen to as you catch up on all your Sunday reading.
- Looking for something great to read? Here are 14 Aboriginal women writers to read this summer.
- “That’s why we say we want more women in politics, because no woman can or should represent all women.” On the women at the head of all three major parties’ election campaigns, and why women will be so important in this upcoming federal election.
- The struggle for access to abortion in Canada is ongoing and vital. This Briarpatch article sets up the stake, and shows why we need to keep fighting.
- 25 years after the Oka Crisis: “25 years later, we find ourselves living in an era defined not by the successful achievement of a new and just relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, nor by continuing struggle of indigenous people to defend their lands and their rights. It turns out that the “Oka Crisis” was not a watershed event that ushered in a new reality. Instead, in hindsight, it looks more and more like the last stand of indigenous nationhood in Canada.”
- A sad day for Halifax: El Jones, a poet, activist and crucial voice in the city, is leaving due to lack of work. This is an overly familiar story for those of us who have spent time there.
- Our Bodies Our Blood is collecting menstrual products for people who need them! If you’re in Halifax, you can drop off tampons and reusable menstrual cups, and if you want to help out from afar, donate!
- “What if we acknowledged that learning to love and be loved isn’t easy, but that it can be done?” Trauma, queer utopias, and love as a limited resource
- Do you need a Peggy Olson/Drake supercut in your day? Here’s one.
- Finally, we’re looking for submissions to our upcoming issue on Food/Land. We’re looking for writing, art, comics and other new media on the topic, and we want to hear from you! Check out the submission guidelines and then send us a pitch.
Image: Metis activists Jim Brady and Madeleine Goulet on a barge – North Sask. River 1950
Source: Brady Collection via Paul Seesequasis