christmas

FFFF: Megyn Kelly Dreaming of a White Santa

Funny Feminist Friday Film square logoThe Kinsey Sicks respond in song to Megyn Kelly, who insisted on Fox that “Santa just is white”, with their song: “I’m Dreaming of a White Santa”.

Lyrics:

[Megyn Kelly Voice-Over] Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa. And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.

I’m dreaming of a white Santa
Like Megyn Kelly seems to know
While FOX News is dissin’
A made-up war on Christians
To boost ratings on their shows

I’m dreaming of a white Santa
With dark-skinned elves kept out of sight
May your news be skewed to the right
And may Santas like FOX anchors all be white!

 

Posted on by Jarrah Hodge in FFFF, Racism Leave a comment

Buying Presents for Other People’s Children: Actually Not Super Difficult

bkue and ping baby shoes-twinsby Jessica Critcher

It’s winter solstice time, and for my nieces and nephews, that means presents. Unfortunately, most mainstream toy stores are polarized between pink and blue, and the intent seems to be instilling and reinforcing traditional gender roles rather than encouraging play. It’s so obvious, even little kids can figure it out. If you don’t believe boy toys and girl toys are marketed differently, check out the Gendered Advertising Remixer to see them hilariously juxtaposed together.

I would like to offer a few strategies I’ve picked up for buying things for children– specifically for other people’s children, as I am not a parent and do not claim to be an expert.

  • Books. Sometimes I worry that buying books all the time will hurt my chances of being the cool aunt. But then I remember that’s ridiculous, and high-five myself because books are the best. A Mighty Girl has tons of suggestions for books with positive female characters, from princesses who rescue themselves to Rosa Parks. You can even browse by genre and by the kid’s age. And you don’t have to stop at showing that girls can kick butt. The Achilles Effect suggests books with healthy images of masculinity, and both sites offer toy recommendations as well. Read more
Posted on by Jessica Critcher in Pop Culture 7 Comments

Niagara Anti-Choice Group Launches Christmas Billboard Campaign

Niagara region residents will be treated to a new anti-choice billboard campaign this Christmas season.

Life Site News brags:

“A billboard a Canadian pro-life group has paid for has a Toy Story-themed messages that will surely resonate with area residents when it comes to the issue of abortion.

Using the message “Some toys will have fewer children to play with this year,” Niagra Region Right to Life’s billboard focuses on Christmas from a toy soldier’s perspective — who won’t have any children to play with him this year because they have become victims of abortion.”

While the ads might not be as graphic as those put out by the Genocide Awareness Project or the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, nor as downright bizarre as last year’s Baby Scan Jesus ad, the billboard being put out by Niagara Region Right to Life (pictured left) is notable for its use of a manipulative message and image which could be seen to be targeting children.

Although I’m sure it wasn’t their only goal, I envision Niagara Right aiming to have children equate abortion with sad and lonely toys and perhaps ask their parents why the government lets abortion make the toys sad. My response as a rational adult and obvious pro-choicer was: “If that’s true why are we making so many extra toys?”

If Niagara Region Right to Life wants to talk to children to lower the abortion rate, the best way would be through open, honest, and comprehensive (non-abstinence-only) sex-education. But somehow I doubt that’s what’ll happen.

Regardless of the intended target audience the ad is in poor taste, and it also reminds us to be vigilant about the rights we have today.

Another reminder came today in the form of Kitchener-Centre Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, who is calling for a re-opening of the debate on abortion rights, following in the footsteps of fellow Conservative backbenchers  Brad Trost and Rod Bruinooge. Woodworth’s announcement didn’t mention the word “abortion” and was couched in the argument that the laws are outdated, invoking the spectre of a breathing baby still partially attached to its mother somehow being aborted, but its intent to bring the issue up is clear.

“Canadian law provides no human rights protection whatsoever for children before the moment of complete birth.  This results from an unusual Canadian statute which defines a human being as a child who has completely proceeded in a living state from the mother’s body, whether or not the child has breathed.  This means that in Canada a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.”

It’s not a nice image, that’s for sure. But statistics show that only 0.4% of abortions in Canada are performed after 20 weeks (considered “late-term”). According to the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, who examined StatsCan and abortion clinic data: “Only a tiny handful of doctors in all of Canada are trained and willing to do abortions after 20 weeks. The 3rd trimester begins after 24 weeks. The number of abortions done after 24 weeks in Canada is very small, although we don’t have exact figures. Without exception, all are done in cases of lethal fetal abnormality, where the fetus cannot survive after birth.”

The ARCC also points out that one major reason why women get second-trimester abortions is because of the problems accessing abortion in Canada. If a woman has to wait or travel, as in many provinces, to get the procedure, that can be a major factor delaying the procedure until the second-trimester.

While Stephen Harper’s office denies it, The Globe and Mail acknowledged: “Mr. Woodworth’s call for debate may have the tacit or expressed consent of the Prime Minister, who spent the first years in a minority government courting support of socially right-wing Canadians.” While the chances are slim for any private member’s bill along these lines to pass as long as Harper’s cabinet and most of the opposition members vote against it, it’ll be something to watch out for in the new year.

-Jarrah

Posted on by Jarrah Hodge in Can-Con, Feminism 1 Comment