Top Posts of 2013

by | December 19, 2013
filed under Feminism

Word cloud for most popular words on Gender Focusby Jarrah Hodge

Catch up on our most popular posts from the past year. The breadth of topics they cover and the number of different contributors represented makes me so proud of our team here at Gender Focus.

1. Why I’m Supporting the #FBrape Campaign. I share my personal experiences with harassment on Facebook and talk about why the #FBrape campaign, which ultimately pushed Facebook to change some of their standards and moderation procedures, was so important to me.

2. See a Woman Reading? Leave Her Alone. Jessica Critcher makes the case that it’s not cool to bother a woman when she’s reading in public.

3. Vintage Pregnancy Advice from the Canadian Government. Highlights from a 1947 Canadian government handbook for pregnant women, which includes warning them not to do anything unduly stressful, like going to the movies or trying to read medical books.

4. My Reality: Being the Other Woman. Phoebe Vaccaro shares her story of sleeping with married men and not being ashamed of it.

5. Lesbian Couple in Kingston Receives Threatening Letters. Coverage of a summer news story in which a lesbian couple in Kingston, Ontario, apparently received threatening letters trying to drive them out of the community.

6. Did Quentin Tarantino’s Feminism Take a Step Backwards in Django Unchained? Tracy Bealer has a bone to pick with the representation of women and gender roles in Django Unchained.

7. RIP Rehtaeh Parsons, Victim of Victim-Blaming. My thoughts on the tragic death of 17-year-old Nova Scotian Rehtaeh Parsons, who took her own life after being raped and relentlessly harassed online.

8. My Boobs and I Are Outraged. Jessica Critcher wasn’t laughing at Seth McFarlane’s obnoxious “Boobs” song at the Oscars.

9. My Reality: My Abortion Experience. “This afternoon I had an abortion,” begins this article about one woman’s experience getting an abortion in Canada and her reflection for everyone to have the same level of access she had.

10. Revealing the Gendered Reveal. Maggie MacAulay takes a deeper look at the ideas behind the trend of “gender reveal parties”.

On another note, I’m not totally breaking from blogging over the holidays but I’m really tired and have needed to slow down. I have a couple lighter posts planned as well as the usual link round-ups and Funny Friday Feminist Funny Films, and will return to more regular blogging in the new year. If you’re feeling really deprived and you’ve already read all the posts above, you can check out our top posts from 2012.