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‘Revenge porn:’ did advertising website enable a bully?

November 21, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on November 21st, 2013, and is shared with permission.)   On Nov. 6, an advertisement for an iPhone with a shattered screen went up on Kijiji, the popular online classifieds site, in the Moncton area. It was one of those ads that isn’t really about selling something, but about giving a witheringly sarcastic performance, making ...

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Pay inequality perpetuates the devaluation of women

November 14, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on November 14th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) At the end of October, the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity (NBCPE) launched its fourth annual fundraising campaign, through which the organization hopes to raise $90,000. The NBCPE’s vision is an admirable one. They envision “a society in which the value of jobs, traditi ...

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Women’s rights can’t exist without right to choose

October 24, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on October 24th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Every day since Sept. 25, a number of individuals have been standing on the sidewalk across from the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre praying to end abortion. They’re slated to remain there until Nov. 3 as part of the annual international faith-based anti-abortion c ...

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Challenging and transcending the status quo

October 10, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on October 10th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Next week, YWCAs around the world will be holding activities to mark Week Without Violence, an annual World YWCA campaign that exists to prevent, reduce, and eliminate violence against women and girls in our communities. This year, YWCA Moncton’s Week Without Violence will include M ...

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Survivors of abuse at residential schools must be heard

September 26, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on September 26th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) This week’s column won’t be sharing an opinion so much as an experience, as I would like to give an account of my time at the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event that I had the privilege of attending last week in Vancouver with YWCA Canad ...

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Now let’s hear a rousing chant on the charms of cannibalism

September 12, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the on September 12th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) "Young men need to be socialized in such a way that rape is as unthinkable to them as cannibalism." The first time I read that quote from Mary Pipher, an American clinical psychologist and author of a number of books, it stopped my reading in its tracks. The quote was pithy and incisive; though stra ...

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Men as allies in the effort to end gender-based violence and inequality

August 29, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on August 29th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2013 was launched with YWCA Moncton announced as the event’s beneficiary. Walk a Mile is an international fundraising march in which men don high-heeled shoes and walk in public spaces to raise money and awareness to end violence against women and ...

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How two different celebrations carry same message

August 15, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on April 25th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Mid-August is one of my favourite stretches of summer, but not because of vacation time or the fact that the water at Parlee Beach is at its warming point. No, I enjoy this time of the year because it’s when our community celebrates National Acadian Day (today!) and Pride Week (nex ...

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Arrest of Moncton sex workers turns spotlight on issue

August 1, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on April 25th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Two weeks ago, 11 women in Moncton were arrested for prostitution-related charges. The arrests were explained by an RCMP press release which stated: “The operation is part of an ongoing effort to curb sex trade activities in our community. The Codiac RCMP’s primary objective is to e ...

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Penicillin: our health minister’s hot new wonder drug?

July 18, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on July 18th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, it was announced that the Midwifery Council of New Brunswick (MCNB) would not receive its annual $10,000 funding from the province’s Department of Health. An email statement from Health Minister Ted Flemming explained that, “In this time of change, the department has d ...

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Canada and colonialism: a truth rarely discussed

July 4, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on June 4th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) A few years ago, I attended a feminist gathering in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The gathering was something of a watershed moment in my life up to that point and I treasure many experiences from it. The ones I hold dearest are those that sharply challenged my thinking, particularly my limited ...

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Bechdel frustrates movie lovers, but guides producers

June 19, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on June 19th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) The summer blockbuster movie season is upon us and with it comes a barrage of films featuring women and girls in limited, sexualized and trivial roles. Just how abysmal is the representation of women and girls in film and television? Let me introduction you to a little something we fe ...

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Alward government repairs position on status of women

June 6, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on June 6th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, the province’s Women’s Issues Branch renamed itself the Women’s Equality Branch, then followed up with plans for a new independent forum to advance the equality of women and girls in New Brunswick. The Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum is slated to be ...

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In Disney’s world, only sexed-up females are relevant

May 23, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on May 23rd, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Over the past few weeks, the Walt Disney Company has faced on online uproar over their makeover of Merida, the protagonist of the film Brave. The makeover was in preparation for Merida’s induction to the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Hall of Fame and involved sexualizing the youthful cha ...

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YWCA awards celebrate accomplishments of local women

May 8, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on May 8th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Tomorrow night, YWCA Moncton will be celebrating its 7th annual Women of Distinction awards, honouring eight women from Southeastern New Brunswick who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. Women of Distinction events are held annually by YWCAs across Canada. Award c ...

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Real Beauty campaign needs better than skin-deep look

April 25, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on April 25th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, “Dove Real Beauty Sketches,” a short video investigating the women’s perceptions of beauty, was in heavy circulation on social media, spreading like wildfire amongst women on Facebook and Twitter. The video features a forensic sketch artist drawing portraits of a series ...

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Women still struggle to achieve positions of power

April 11, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on April 11, 2013 and is reprinted with permission.) The topic of women in positions of influence — meaning positions of power and leadership — is having a much-needed moment in the spotlight. Mid-March, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, her book on women’s leadership in government and the workplace and she is now touri ...

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Bizarre rape defence illustrates better model of consent

March 28, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on March 27, 2013 and is reprinted with permission.) Last week, many of us turned our attention to Steubenville, Ohio, as we awaited a verdict in a horrific rape case involving a 16-year-old female victim and two male perpetrators, ages 16 and 17. After a night of parties, from which the young woman was incapacitated by alcohol consumption ...

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The horror and the fury: will UN act for women?

March 13, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on March 13, 2013 and is reprinted with permission.) Tomorrow, one week after International Women’s Day, the United Nations’ 57th Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW) will come to an end. Tomorrow, we find out that either the member states have managed to craft agreed conclusions and resolutions on this CSW’s focu ...

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Among homeless, women are growing, vulnerable group

February 28, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on February 28th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Ask someone what they picture when they think of a homeless person and chances are they will tell you it’s a man in tattered clothes, panhandling on a sidewalk. Although homelessness certainly can look like that, it also takes other forms. People often have a skewed or narro ...

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