Celebrate Young Feminists in Vancouver on April 13

Event photo for April 13 event with Niki Ashton

by Jarrah Hodge

It’s  not uncommon for me to hear older activists express a combination of relief and disbelief when I openly identify as feminist. There seems to be a feeling out there that my generation, the “millennials”, aren’t embracing feminism. While there are certainly women of all ages who don’t identify as feminists and there is work to be done to bring more people into the movement, I think there are a lot  more young feminists than you might think. Just check out the “Feminists of Generation Now” Pinterest board for a collection of examples.

Young women who embrace feminist principles are also working hard on the front lines of related social justice movements like movements against colonialism (like #IdleNoMore), the environmental movement, the anti-poverty movement, anti-racist and immigrant rights movements, even the labour movement.

NDP MP Niki Ashton is the Status of Women Official Opposition Critic and she’s organized an evening in Vancouver on Sunday, April 13 from 7-9 p.m., to celebrate some of the work young feminists are doing in our communities. I’m thrilled to be speaking as part of the program along with Lily Grewal, activist and candidate for the Vancity Board of Directors; and Hawa Y. Mire, storyteller, writer and strategist.

Come out and join us for a fun evening of conversation at the Fairview Pub. See the Facebook event page for more info, RSVP to niki.ashton.a1@parl.gc.ca and I hope to see you next weekend!

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FFFF: Childhood Gender Roles into Adulthood

Friday Feminist Funny FilmA new Buzzfeed video shows how ridiculous childhood gender roles are by applying them to adults. It uses humour to ask us to rethink applying gender roles to kids, but also asks us to consider the extent to which those roles do have an impact on our adult behaviour and interactions.

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Queen’s University Faculty Statement in Support of Feminist Activism

Photo of Douglas Library at Queen's UniversityNote: the following is a statement signed by more than 80 Queen’s University faculty members in support of  “Feminist Enquiry, Association, and Activism”, released after the attack on student Danielle D’Entremont, a feminist activist who had been involved in protesting men’s rights activism on campus.

Thanks to Mary Louise Adams in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies for sending this in.

Faculty Statement in Support of Feminist Enquiry, Association, and Activism

 

We, the undersigned faculty at Queen’s University, believe in and strongly support feminist enquiry, association, Feminism has a long and complex history. It, like other political philosophies, has many variants, traditions and streams. Feminists rarely speak with one voice, and they are certainly not only female. But what we have in common is a commitment to equality of all kinds and an abhorrence of violence, both individual and systemic.

We see the marginalization of women as complex and intertwined with racialization, colonization, class inequalities, sexual orientation, and global location. Feminists agree that education is key to changing cultures of physical, emotional, and sexual violence and to maintaining hard won rights that must actively be protected.

We are outraged at the recent attack on a female Queen’s student, as we are at all acts of violence. We write to show our support for feminist students and feminist work at Queen’s and for everyone who speaks out against violence, discrimination, and injustice. We are proud to have the chance to work with students who are committed to social justice and equality.

  • Annette Burfoot, Department of Sociology
  • Petra Fachinger, Department of English
  • Mary Louise Adams, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Asha Varadharajan, Department of English
  • Samantha King, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Karen Dubinsky, Department of Global Development Studies/Department of History
  • Eleanor MacDonald, Department of Political Studies
  • Susan Lord, Department of Film and Media Studies
  • Ellen Goldberg, School of Religion
  • Katherine McKittrick, Department of Gender Studies
  • David McDonald, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Frank Burke, Department of Film and Media Studies
  • Dia Da Costa, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Stevenson Fergus, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Kip Pegley, School of Music
  • Beverley Mullings, Department of Gender Studies/Department of Geography
  • Kim Renders, Department of Drama
  • Ishita Pande, Department of History
  • Geneviève Dumas, Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Kathleen Lahey, Faculty of Law
  • Elaine Power, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Natalie Rewa, Department of Drama
  • Paritosh Kumar, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Dorit Naaman, Department of Film and Media Studies
  • Gabrielle McIntire, Department of English
  • Audrey Kobayashi, Department of Geography
  • Scott Morgensen, Department of Gender Studies
  • Brigitte E. Bachmann, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Lynne Hanson, Faculty of Law
  • James Miller, School of Religion
  • Jan Mennell, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Sylvat Aziz, Department of Art
  • Joyce Davidson, Department of Geography
  • Lynda Jessup, Cultural Studies Program
  • Jeffrey Brison, Department of History
  • Roberta Hamilton, Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology
  • Geoffrey Smith, Professor Emeritus, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Jane Tolmie, Department of Gender Studies
  • Richard Day, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Gary Kibbins, Department of Film and Media Studies
  • Marcus Taylor, Department of Global Development Studies
  • John Freeman, Faculty of Education
  • Marc Epprecht, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Elizabeth MacEachren, Faculty of Education
  • Mark Hostetler, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Monika Holzschuh Sator, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Robert Lovelace, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Ariel Salzmann, Department of History
  • Mark Jones, Department of English
  • Patricia Rae, Department of English
  • Clive Robertson, Department of Art
  • Laura Cameron, Department of Geography
  • Alex Da Costa, Department of Global Development Studies/Cultural Studies Program
  • Sam McKegney, Department of English
  • Roberta Lamb, School of Music
  • Christine Overall, Department of Philosophy
  • Allison Morehead, Department of Art
  • Matt Rogalsky, School of Music
  • Margaret Little, Department of Gender Studies
  • Janice Helland, Art History
  • Cathy Christie, Faculty of Education
  • Jane Errington, Department of History
  • Caroline-Isabelle Caron, Department of History
  • Melissa Lafrenière, Department of Geography
  • Cynthia Levine-Rasky, Department of Sociology
  • Elizabeth Hanson, Department of English
  • Leela Viswanathan, School of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Emily Hill, Department of History
  • Karen Frederickson, School of Music
  • Jacqueline Davies, Department of Philosophy
  • Shehla Burney, Faculty of Education
  • Beverley Baines, Faculty of Law
  • Susanne Soederberg, Department of Global Development
  • Studies/Department of Political Studies
  • Sharry Aiken, Faculty of Law
  • Allison Goebel, School of Environmental Studies
  • Laura Murray, Department of English
  • Leda Raptis, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Patricia Peppin, Faculty of Law
  • Adèle Mercier, Department of Philosophy
  • Harry McCaughey, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography

 

(photo of Douglas Library at Queen’s University in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

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FFFF: “Royals” Parody about Typecasting Women of Colour

Friday Feminist Funny FilmActress Tess Paras brings us this parody of Lorde’s “Royals” that calls out the typecasting of women of colour in Hollywood.

Read the full lyrics after the jump: Read more

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The Round-Up: Mar. 25, 2014

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