December 15, 2013
- The women who kick-started the Idle No More movement—Nina Wilson, Jessica Gordon, Sheela McLean, and Sylvia McAdam—were recently included in Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers list.
- While Warrior Publications explains that the exact date of the Idle No More anniversary is unclear, articles reflecting on the movement’s advances over the past year have been published in various media sources since mid November. December 11, however, importantly marked the one-year anniversary of Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike.
- O’Canada and Warrior Publications reflect on the limits of Idle No More and the challenges of organizing a leaderless movement.
How is it nearly 2014? Time has really flown by at GUTS! Suckers for “year in review” pieces will enjoy Huffington Post’s “25 Best Moments for Women in 2013” and Policy Mic’s “28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013.” Did you know that Beyonce graced the cover of Ms. this year?
- History Redux: Remembering Ten Women Who Led Rebellions
- Next Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada will make a decision on whether to amend the nation’s current prostitution laws. “It isn’t technically illegal to buy sex in Canada, but many of the laws surrounding prostitution criminalize it: communicating for the purposes of prostitution, operating a bawdy house (brothel), or living off the avails of prostitution (pimping).”
Lola Okalosie on intersectional feminism and the ban against Page 3. “White, middle-class and young women are often seen as the ones spearheading this new wave of activity. Their high-profile campaigns—to have women on banknotes, challenge online misogyny and banish Page 3, for example—though necessary and praiseworthy, do not reflect the most pressing needs of the majority of women, black and minority-ethnic women included. The problem is not that these campaigns exist, but that they are given a focus and attention that overshadows other work feminists are engaged with.”
- CBC presents the “bold music of twenty wild women pioneers” whose “contributions have been largely overlooked or obscured for too long.” Also, check out Bitch Magazine, which has released 200 free feminist mixtapes!
- The Guardian presents an overview of contemporary feminist activism. Are we entering the “fourth wave of feminism”? “What’s happening now feels like something new again. It’s defined by technology: tools that are allowing women to build a strong, popular, reactive movement online. Just how popular is sometimes slightly startling.”
- For those of you who may have missed it last week, Hook & Eye released a special issue on the topic of women and violence.
- Alice Munro responds to her Nobel Prize win in a video interview.