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On the frontlines in the war of the wombs

Why do so many women collude in their own oppression? When will we en masse kick off the heels, wipe off the make-up, rip off the veils, lose the rosary beads, stop reflecting men at twice their natural size and, most importantly, turn our backs on religion?

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Pleading not guilty for having one too many

Every day in Canada, intoxicated men terrorize and brutalize the women, children. and animals in their lives. Often, the violence leads to death. Between 2016 and 2020, 761 women and girls were killed – an average of one every 2.5 days. Sexual violence against women, particularly Indigenous women remains tragically common and has devastating consequences. […]

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Hollywood up close and sexist

This is not your grandmother's or even your mother’s pregnancy wardrobe. Can anyone even picture Rihanna in one of the mumu, boat-shaped-with-a-neck-bow pregnancy outfits of the not-so-distant past? The mega-star-with-child is opting instead for some big time flaunting of the baby bump: silver mesh, mini skirts, strategic cut outs, gem-encrusted belly belts… a maternity fashion extravaganza by a woman who is celebrating pregnancy and the fecund female form on her own terms.   See also: Past their prime time & Sociopath versus the Pirate

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Grandparents against gloom and doom

In today’s battle between hope and despair over humanity’s chances of surviving climate breakdown, scientists are urging us not to succumb to ‘doomism’. In Canada, a powerful antidote to doomism is a growing movement of seniors prepared to fight for a future for their and others grandchildren.

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Ginny and the Judge on the couch

Famous couples are a perennial source of fascination. Bonnie and Clyde for their love-sick shoot ‘em up crime spree; Sartre and de Beauvoir for merging modern feminism and existentialism; Beyonce and Jay Z for manifesting the entertainment industrial complex: George and Kellyanne Conway for transcending his Trump loathing and her Trump sycophancy. And then there is today’s ‘it’ couple -- Ginni and Clarence Thomas for their codependent, extreme right-wing, conspiracy-fuelled lunacy.

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Leo and Jennifer tearing their hair out

Climate change has been eclipsed in the public mind by concerns about COVID, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and fear of nuclear war and, oh yes, the Will Smith Oscars’ smack.

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