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Breastfeeding in Kitchener and Waterloo

A piece I did last year about public breastfeeding and why there’s controversy surrounding it.

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What Most People Perceive Feminism To Be

This always makes me laugh.

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The Drunken Sailor Kiss

I came across an interesting article regarding the famous photo that was taken at the end of WWII. Many of us have seen this picture before; My roommate even has a poster of it in her room.

The kissing sailor, Greta Zimmer Friedman, George Mendonsa

The woman in the photo, named Greta, has been interviewed recently and has been quoted saying: “It wasn’t my choice to be kissed. The guy just came over and grabbed!”

It’s kind of scary to see that iconic pictures like this have a much deeper meaning than we may perceive at first – when you get down to it, the sailor is pretty much sexually assaulting her. Sexual assault is much more than just rape. Greta had no choice in whether or not to be kissed.

How the Republican Party Defines Rape

How the Republican Party Defines Rape

This makes me so sick. I can’t believe these people are helping to run a country.

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The Tragic Death of Savita Halappanavar

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Savita Halappanavar was a 31-year old woman who passed away from blood poisoning because Irish doctors refused to give her an abortion. Halappanavar was miscarrying but the hospital she was being treated at required her to extend her miscarriage until they could no longer hear the heartbeat of her fetus.

Protestors took to the streets to express their anger at Ireland’s strict abortion laws, waving signs saying “Never Again”.

Men’s Rights

In my opinion, the main opponents of feminism are those that believe that all feminists are man-hating “dykes” that want women to have all the power in the world and enslave men. This is just silly of course – feminism is about equality.

Equality? I hear some people ask — But Bridget, feminism is about fighting for women’s rights, not men’s right! We need to have men’s rights activism as well!

To that I say: Equality is what we’re aiming for, but we can’t do it through men’s right activism.

On November 16th, a demonstration took place at the University of Toronto protesting a talk hosted by Warren Farrell about men’s rights. Farrell has said nauseating things such as date rape is exciting and that women make less money overall because they don’t choose good jobs (which is untrue — there is a clear gendered wage gap that exists).

I had a friend of mine on Facebook complain that if we have rallies for women’s rights, then why not men’s rights? To that I answer that we don’t NEED to fight for men’s rights, especially when the demonstrations are peppered with such frightening accusations that women  don’t make the same amount of money as men because they’re lazy and not because of systemic sexism. I think it’s important to still reflect on how the media represents men and the pressures that men feel just like we critically analyze for women, but people need to understand that giving rights to a marginalized group DOES NOT mean that we’re taking rights from groups that have always had them.

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