Winter 2012

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WINTER 2012 / VOLUME 25 NO. 3

NEWS

SEEING RED OVER PINK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
by Amanda Le Rougetel
CAMPAIGN UPDATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
THE POET VS. THE PROFITEERS
AN INTERVIEW WITH MINNIE BRUCE PRATT . . . . . . 11
by Joy Parks

FEATURES

CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT CRAFTER . . . . . . . . . 14
The knitting trend has hit Canada by storm. So what’s a
feminist to do: Join the rebel fibre movement or cast dire
warnings that women will soon be barefoot in the kitchen?
by Deborah Ostrovsky
BASTARDS AND BULLIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Dorothy Palmer’s debut novel, When Fenelon Falls,
features Jordan, a young girl who is adopted and disabled.
The protagonist reflects some of Palmer’s experiences
about what it is like to be adopted and disabled.
by Niranjana Iyer
THE LURE OF BONNIE MARIN:
LESSONS IN TRANSGRESSIONS
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Visual artist Bonnie Marin freely mixes gender, race and
even species in erotic environments that are part middle
class 1950s normalcy and part spectacles of perversity.
by Shawna Dempsey
HOW FEMINISM CAN IMPROVE YOUR SEX LIFE . . . . 28
Two new books about sex and politics paint a provocative
picture of feminist dating 45 years after the personal was
declared to be political. Writers Samhita Mukhopadhyay
and Jaclyn Friedman take the theory to the next level.
by Mandy van Deven
FAMILY PORTRAITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Julia Ivanova credits her outsider status as a advantage in
making documentaries. Born in the Soviet Union, she
immigrated to Canada in 1995 and has been drawn to
telling unique stories about families across borders.
by Brittany Shoot
RADICAL HOMEMAKER STIRS THE POT . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Shannon Hayes set out to create sustainable work that would
bring together her degrees in agriculture and community
development. Radical Homemakers maps her view that
domestic work can be an ecologically driven choice that
undermines consumer culture.
by Tina Vasquez

ARTS & IDEAS

MUST-HAVE MUSIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
12 by Dinah Thorpe and The Five White Guys;
The Mosaic Project by Terri Lyne Carrington;
Lucky Tonight by Romi Mayes; Light of Day by Amanda
Rheaume; Doing It For the Chicks by Kate Reid.
WINTER READING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Missed Her by Ivan E. Coyote; Revenge by Taslima
Nasrin; Various Positions by Martha Schabas; Irma Voth by
Miriam Toews; Missing Matisse by Jan Rehner;
The Kid by Sapphire; The Odious Child by Carolyn Black;
King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes; The Love Queen
of Malabar by MerrilyWeisbord; Feminism for Real:
Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of
Feminism, edited by Jessica Yee.
FILM REVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Blank City by Celine Danhier
Review by Maureen Medved

COLUMNS

PENNI MITCHELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Incubating Change
SUSAN G. COLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Dishonourable Killings
JOANNA CHIU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
The Occupation of Women
LYN COCKBURN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Ethical Brew Erupts
 

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