Round-Up: Dec. 23, 2014
- Former Canadian military corporal Stéphanie Raymond was fired in 2013 after accusing a superior of sexual assault. Now, the Canadian Armed Forces have extended an apology and reparations for how she was treated (CBC).
- At Rabble, Harsha Walia asks Canadians to hold ourselves, our communities, institutions and movements accountable for anti-black racism, and not to be tempted to point hypocritical fingers south of the border post-Ferguson.
- Dalhousie University has opted to take a restorative justice approach to dealing with a group of male students in the Faculty of Dentistry who posted sexually violent and misogynist comments on a Facebook page, often targeting women in their faculty. At The Huffington Post, Isabelle Côté argues this lets the men off too easy and puts an unfair burden on the women. And at the Halifax Media Co-op, E L Jones says Dalhousie’s process is flawed and will only reinforce the status quo as long as it fails to recognize privilege and power differences.
- And Jacob Boon at The Coast has an in-depth article about some of the horribleness that was posted on the Dalhousie Facebook page, which discusses a bit more about the faculty response and points out that Dalhousie still hasn’t informed all the women who were discussed on the page.
- This past week the court of the European Union ruled that “obesity” is not itself a disability, but that if it creates the conditions of a disability, employers must treat it as such. D H Kelly at The F Word (UK) and Ragen at Dances with Fat both have really interesting responses on the importance of the decision and the intersections between ableism and fatphobia/sizeism.
- Spiderwoman is getting a new costume, and it’s pretty dang cool (Comicbook.com).
- Natalie Wilson reviews the final Hobbit movie and talks about Tauriel, the “one kick-ass chick among the sausagefest” (Ms.).
- With the first season of the podcast Serial now wrapped up, Priya R. Chandrasekaran dissects the messages about race presented in the show and finds serious problems (Racialicious).
- Holiday stress and crummy weather getting you down? Cheer up by reminiscing about the feminist highlights of 2014: