2014 is winding down and I wanted to take the opportunity to count down our top 10 posts from the past year (measured by pageviews). And keep an eye out for another post coming Monday, in which our contributors will recap their 2014 highlights in terms of books, movies, music, social issues/causes, and more.
10. “Victim-Blaming in Coverage of RCMP Missing Women Report.” I call out the CBC and other agencies for reinforcing the victim-blaming aspects of a May RCMP study on missing and murdered aboriginal women in their news coverage.
9. “Tackling Sexism in Relationships.” Aleksandra Nateska shares her advice for women in heterosexual relationships to help identify and tackle sexist patterns.
8. “My Roommate Ordered Someone to Rape Me When I Was a Student at Queen’s.” Sarah Sahagian shares her story and asks why it took Queen’s University so long to start taking campus sexual assault seriously.
7. “Violence Against Women on a Concert T-Shirt.” Michelle Root takes Nine Inch Nails to task for violent imagery on one of the T-shirts being sold at their concerts.
6. “Peter MacKay Sexism Bingo!” Our Minister of Justice has a bad habit of making really sexist comments.
5. “How Not To Get Raped: The Smart Way.” Femifesto and community collaborators produced this infographic to spoof problematic rape prevention tips released by the Ottawa police.
4. “B.C.’s Public Education Crisis is a Feminist Issue.” Guest contributor Serena Patterson looked at the summer teachers’ strike and its relation to gender inequality with the government’s devaluation of work related to caring for children.
3. “Crap, I’m Ineligible for Public Office.” If Trish Kelly can’t run for the Vancouver Parks Board because she once performed a monologue where she talked about masturbation, what does that mean for the rest of us?
2. “On Jian Ghomeshi and Presumptions of Innocence and Guilt.” Jennifer Jones shares her own experience as a way of highlighting the way men like Jian Ghomeshi, who are accused of assaulting women, are often extended the benefit of the doubt more than survivors of assault who come forward.
1. “Yes, All Women.” Roxanna Bennett responds to Elliot Rodger’s misogynist killing spree and reflects on the importance of the #YesAllWomen hashtag spawned after the tragedy.