Summer 2013

Herizons Summer 2013
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HERIZONS SUMMER 2013 / VOLUME 27 No. 1

news

WOMEN TAKE TO THE SKIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
by Sinead Mulhern

PROGRAM SHELTERS PETS FROM ABUSE . . . . . . . . . . . 7
by Sarah Jean Krahn

RIGHTS BILL DEFERRED IN AFGHANISTAN . . . . . . . . . . 8

Armenian Genocide film seeks to heal . . . . . . . . 9
by Amanda LeRougetel

GYPSIES OF JERUSALEM BUILD COMMUNITY . . . . . 11
by Deborah Ellis

WHAT IS A WIFE? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
by Renée Bondy

features

THE RISE OF HIPSTER SEXISM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Notoriously apathetic, hipster culture doesn’t concern itself with issues such as sexism and racism. Ironically, it’s a stance that only perpetuates these conditions, according to hipster critics.
by Meghan Murphy

COMIC RELIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
If comedy is about taking on the role of truth-teller, as comedian Catherine McCormick says, then female comics are in a very dangerous profession. McCormick and comics Aisha Alfa and Avery Edison let loose about life as a female comic when most of the laughs are still reserved for men.
by Kaj Hasselriis

VIVA LA VULVA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
The vulva is no longer simply a private part—it is analyzed, scrutinized and judged in every crevice of the media. As the trend of “designer vaginas” grows, labiaplasty surgeons are cashing in on women’s latest form of body hatred.
by Erica Lenti

SEXUAL ASSAULT
Where Do We Go From Here?
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
A new book, Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism, examines why Canada’s sexual assault laws aren’t reducing crime. The book’s editor, Elizabeth Sheehy, has some interesting solutions.
by Lisa Tremblay

arts & ideas

EXPANDED SUMMER READING SECTION. . . . . . . . . . 33
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud; Astray by Emma
Donoghue; Malarky by Anakana Schofield; Adrift by
Loren Edizel; Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks;
Mirrored in the Caves by Barbara D. Janusz; Given
by Susan Musgrave; Leaving Now by Arleen Paré;
Sister Spit: Writings, Rants and Reminiscence from the
Road edited by Michelle Tea; Light Through the Trees
by Luanne Armstrong; The Means of Reproduction by
Michelle Murphy; Fashion Talks edited by S. Tarrant
and M. Jolles; A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate
Bornstein; Transforming Law’s Family by Fiona
Kelly; The Daughter’s Way: Canadian Women’s Paternal
Elegies by Tanis MacDonald; Whitney Houston by
Narada Michael Walden; Madonna & Me edited by
Laura Barcella; The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood
Undermines the Status of Women by Elizabeth Badinter;
My Leaky Body by Julie Devaney

POETRY REVIEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Song and Spectacle by Rachel Rose; Flying Underwater
by Eva Tihanyi
Reviews by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

THE LENS OF ALANIS OBOMSAWIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Alanis Obomsawin is one of Canada’s most prolific
filmmakers, and her newest film, The People of the
Kattawapiskak River, documents the housing and social
conditions in one of Canada’s most troubled communities,
home of hunger-striker Chief Theresa Spence.
by Tasha Hubbard and Rosanna Deerchild

FILM REVIEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Electrick Children by Rebecca Thomas; Sexy Baby by
Jill Bauer and Ronna Bradus; Baring it All by
Patricia Zagarella.
Reviews by Maureen Medved

columns

PENNI MITCHELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
The Shame Game

SUSAN G. COLE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Honouring Henry

EVELYN C. WHITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
The Unconventional Rule

JOANNA CHIU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Mandatory Marriage

LYN COCKBURN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
The Blame Game

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