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HERIZONS FALL 2014 / VOLUME 28 NO. 2

features

FREEZE FRAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
A new report on women in the film industry shows that
women aren’t making significant inroads into directing,
screenwriting and cinematography in Canada. What
will it take to reach equality on the big screen?
by Brad Dunn

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES:
The Fight for Dignity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

In the wake of a 2013 coroner’s report into the death
of Ashley Smith at the Grand Valley Institution for
Women, the need to improve treatment for women
with mental disabilities in institutions came into the
spotlight. Bonnie Brayton, executive director of the
DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada, talks about
what it will take to make sure women with disabilities
can obtain the supports and services they need.
by Sandhya Singh

DISHING OUT DOMESTIC NOSTALGIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Is the current fixation with all things feminine and retro
an ironic nudge-nudge, wink-wink acknowledgment
that women have never acquiesced into domestic bliss
in the kitchen? It all depends, the author says, on
whether we maintain a healthy respect for female camp
in popular culture.
by Tonya Davidson

REGINI’S ROOTS:
Activist Recalls Sri Lankan Political Struggles . . . . . . . 28

During Sri Lanka’s civil war, women organized to
provide assistance to victims of rape and to women and
children who had been displaced. Regini David, who
came to Canada as a refugee and now works on gender
and race issues, talks about her activist roots in two of
Sri Lanka’s prominent feminist organizations.
by Nuzhat Abbas

news

STUDENTS TURN TO SEX WORK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
by Matt Moir

WOMEN MAKE INROADS IN POSTWAR SRI LANKA. . . 8
by Lasanda Kurukulasuriya

WHITE IS THE NEW WHITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
by Renée Bondy

LGBT CHINESE PROTEST CONVERSION THERAPY. . . . 13
by Ember Swift

arts & culture

MUSIC REVIEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
St. Vincent by St. Vincent; Say Sumthin by Shauntay Grant;
Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms by Marta Pacek.
by Cindy Filipenko and Evelyn White

FALL READING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth; Maddaddam by Margaret
Atwood; Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi; The Wondrous
Woo by Niranjana Iyer; Wake by Anna Hope; On Loving
Women by Diane Obomsawin; The Deaf House by Joanne
Weber; The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood edited
by Kerry Clare; Facing Eugenics by Erika Dyck; The Big Lie:
Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock by
Tanya Selvaratnam; Mother of Invention: How Our Mothers
Influenced Us as Feminist Academics and Activists edited by
Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian.

POETRY SNAPSHOT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41
Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro; Broom Broom by Brecken
Hancock; Canoodlers by andrea bennett.
by Mariianne Mays

ARTS PROFILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  42
The Sibylline Sarah Schulman
by Joy Parks

TELEVISION REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  46
Orange is the New Standard
by Maureen Medved

columns

JOANNA CHIU . 5
Is Conservatism Spreading?

SUSAN G. COLE . 15
Pride and the Bride

LYN COCKBURN . 48
Pussies Against Feminism


Herizons Summer 2014
Summer 2014
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HERIZONS Summer 2014 / Volume 28 No. 1

features

NELVANA OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
The Canadian female superhero who predated Wonder
Woman has been brought back to life, thanks to the
efforts of Hope Nicholson and Rachel Ritchey. The
crime-busting Nelvana broke new gender ground and
made comic history during the Second World War.
by Nicole Ribacha

MAKING BLACK BEAUTY PRODUCTS SAFER
In the late 1960s, the Black is Beautiful movement
repositioned natural hair—Afros and cornrows—into
signifiers for racial solidarity. But the trend waned and
today, many people use hair relaxers and other products
to make fashion statements. Many of those products are
not fully regulated.
by Cheryl Thompson

SEXIST BYTES: HOW WOMEN ARE FIXING
CODE IN THE WORKPLACE

Women computer programmers report that a boys’ club
atmosphere and some not-so-subtle sexism keeps them
from getting proper credit for their work. Find out how
women respond to sexism in the programming workplace.
by Kelsey Rolfe

THE GREENING OF SEX TOYS
A movement is afoot, led by sex toy sellers and
manufacturers, to get toxic substances like phthalates
out of sex toys and to recycle old products to keep
hazards out of landfills.
by Kate Sloan

news

ART EXHIBIT ECHOES MISSING WOMEN INQUIRY CALL
by Ashleigh Mattern

BODY CONFIDENCE AWARDED

BOLD VISION CONFERENCE IN P.E.I.

DEFENDING WOMEN WHO KILL IN SELF-DEFENCE
by Lisa Tremblay

AN UPLIFTING HISTORY OF THE BRA
by Renée Bondy

arts & culture

SUMMER READING
Quivering Land by Roewan Crowe; Infidelity by Stacey-
May Fowles; The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri; All My Puny
Sorrows by Miriam Toews; Adé by Rebecca Walker; Mind
the Gap: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics edited
by R. Lexier and T. Small; Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression
and Resistance edited by G. Eljdupovic and R. Jaremko
Bromwich; Labouring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and
the Academy edited by S. Nzinga-Johnson; Gender Failure
by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote; The Faraway Nearby by
Rebecca Solnit; Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid
Parenting Practices edited by J. Green and M. Freedman;
Making Peace With the Earth by Vandana Shiva; Ballerina:
Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol by Deidre Kelly.

POETRY SNAPSHOT
MxT by Sina Queyras; Designated Mourner by
Catherine Owen; The Quiet by Anne-Marie Turza.
by Mariianne Mays

ARTS PROFILE: DONNA MORRISSEY
Serving Up a Literary Feast
by Evelyn C. White

TELEVISION REVIEWS
Broads, Girls and the Female Gaze
by Maureen Medved

columns
PENNI MITCHELL
No Right Kind of Feminist
JOANNA CHIU
The Nigerian Social Media Lesson
LYN COCKBURN
MacKay Courts Disaster