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HERIZONS WINTER 2015 | VOLUME 28 NO. 3

features

BREAK THROUGH THE CLOUDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Women are making strides towards equality in many
formerly male-dominated fields such as dentistry and
veterinary medicine, yet they make up only fi ve percent
of commercial pilots in Canada. What can be done to
get more women flying?
by Arden Dier

RED TENT REVOLUTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
More and more women are opting for reusable
menstrual pads and menstrual cups as a way to be kind
to the environment and to save money. But Lunapads
co-founder Madeleine Shaw says menstrual taboos are
keeping our relationship with menses a closed subject.
by Jeanie Keogh

OUTSPOKEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq, who won the 2014 Polaris
Music Prize, is an independent musical powerhouse
with a passion for Inuit people and their rights. Her
latest recording, Animism, is dedicated to missing
and murdered Aboriginal women, and she talked to
Herizons about what informs her music and her politics.
by Cindy Filipenko

MIGRATION AND MASCULINITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Shani Mootoo’s latest novel, Moving Sideways Like a
Crab, navigates the waters of gender, geography and
identity. This evocative interview with the novelist
explores the currents of love and longing, and the
capacity of the human heart to grow.
by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

news

MISSING WOMEN MOVEMENT GAINS MOMENTUM . . 6
by Penni Mitchell

BOLD WOMEN ENVISION NEW MAP OF CANADA . . . . 8
by Wendy Robbins

GENDER STUDIES MAKES THE GRADE IN ONTARIO . . 10
by Kate Sloan

DOUCHEY MARKETING PLOYS EXPOSED . . . . . . . . . . 13
by Renée Bondy

arts & culture

MUSIC REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Animism by Tanya Tagaq; The Signal by Elizabeth Shepherd;
Sounding the Animal by Megan Lane.
by Cindy Filipenko

WINTER READING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
The Wittenbergs by Sarah Klassen; Watch How We Walk by
Jennifer Lovegrove; How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank
the Sun? by Doretta Lau; Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham
Clinton; Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial
Japan’s Sex Slaves by Peipei Qiu, Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei;
Beyond the Journey: Women’s Stories of Settlement and Community
Building in Canada edited by Althea Prince; Dreaming of
Elsewhere: Observations of Home by Esi Edugyan; Untying the
Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s edited by
Lorri Neillsen Glenn; Body Failure: Medical Views of Women
1900–1950 by Wendy Mitchenson; Wielding the Force: The
Science of Social Justice by Zainab Amadhy; Hot, Wet & Shaking:
How I Learned to Talk About Sex by Kaleigh Trace.

POETRY SNAPSHOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
School by Jen Currin; What Became My Grieving Ceremony
by Carla-Lyn Morgan; Song & Error by Averill Curdy.
by Mariianne Mays

ON SCREEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Finding Vivien Maier directed by John Maloof and Charles
Siskel; Women Aren’t Funny directed by Bonnie McFarlane.
by Maureen Medved

columns

PENNI MITCHELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
The Battle of Parliament Hill

SUSAN G. COLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
What Ghomeshi Taught a New Generation

LYN COCKBURN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Striding Towards Equality


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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