Women’s-Only Groups: Are They Archaic?

As we move into the most divisive era in modern times I find myself wondering: Aren’t women’s-only groups kinda retro? Even archaic? It’s 2017. Yes, I know who’s in the White House. Forget that for a moment. No wait, don’t. Keep it in the forefront of your mind as you read this. Women are graduating from colleges and universities in greater numbers than men; more women are the main...
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Sex Assault, Reverse Donald Trump-Style

So you think the exchanges between Donald Trump and Billy Bush were just ‘locker room talk’? That that’s the way a lot of men talk? I’ll bet the ‘locker room talk’ defenders would change their tune if the Trump-Bush exchange had gone down like this:       Donald Trump: You know and I moved on him actually. You know he was down on Palm...
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Two Nations. Two Anthems. And No One Can Sing Either.

Photo by Doug Murray on Flickr (In light of the recent American media fuss over San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling and remaining silent during the national anthem, it reminded me of something I originally posted on Facebook in 2010, shortly after Canada Day/Fourth of July about the difficulties posed by patriotic songs.) We’re just coming off a two-fer-one weekend...
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Everyone Deserves A Second Chance, Part II

  Jailed, by Global Panorama on Flickr We say everyone deserves a second chance, that when a person gets out of jail he or she has paid their debt to society, but we don’t mean it. Not really. The United States is behind only Seychelles in world incarceration rates, and the Indian Ocean archipelago earned the number-one distinction only by virtue of a UN-backed prison for Somali...
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When Victims Take Charge

My zero tolerance “One Strike And You’re Out” ‘power feminist’ message that women have the power to end male abuse has annoyed plenty of people. Hard to believe, but the notion of actual female empowerment is still quite radical and threatening to some people, particularly certain types of feminists. So it was gratifying to see the testimony of a former abuse victim...
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Don’t Be The Victim

“You can’t change other people. The only person you can control is yourself.” That’s the most valuable lesson I got out of my years in a support group for relatives of substance abusers. I learned that I couldn’t change the alcoholic if she didn’t want to change, and I couldn’t control her behaviour, but I had complete control over myself and my...
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