• On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were murdered by a current or former spouse or boyfriend.
  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are…

Don’t know where the stats come from, but assuming it’s a good source…. This is shitty. And needs to stop.


While men read ‘Playboy’ to gain a sense that they deserve Scotch, cars, and women, or that women are there to be looked at and thus owned, women will buy ‘Seventeen,’ or ‘Vogue’ to learn how to make themselves appealing enough that men will look at them.


Finn, Geraldine. Voices of Women, Voices of Feminism: Limited Edition. Fernwood Publishing; Halifax. 1993. (pg. 95)



[A complicated Venn diagram depicting multiple overlapping categories of features regarded as constituting “biological sex,” meant to illustrate that sex is not nearly as binary as many people like to think.]

We typically think of biological sex in terms of penis and vagina, but it’s actually much more than that!  The variation in primary sex characteristics (penis/vagina), secondary sex characteristics (body hair, breasts, etc), and hormones (testosterone/estrogen) produces a gradient with far more than 2 possibilities.  

I actually find this chart kind of confusing…but it communicates an important point: the sex and gender spectrum are a broad, diversely populated, and beautiful aspect of human life.

The two circles are meant to be designated “female” and “male,” and the diagram shows the (currently) scientifically proven aspects of things associated with both. This proves that not everyone male or female fulfills the typically designated characteristics, and shows that even the sex (“biologically” male/female) binary doesn’t exist!

“I’m not a feminist or anything, but…”
A look at the perception of modern day feminism
Written by Ayla Lefkowitz

When I was in second year, I took a class called Women’s Reproductive Health. In this class, we were told to choose a topic for our group presentation. I chose ‘The Influence of the Media on Adolescent Sexuality,’ a topic that particularly interests me. The day before the presentation, our group of five came together to review the material. While looking through Tom Ford’s advertisements that depict women as purely sexual objects, I heard a fellow group member exclaim, “I mean, I’m not a feminist or anything, but that is disgusting.”

That was the first time I had heard that phrase. I’m not a feminist or anything, but… Wait. Why aren’t you a feminist if you find a photo that depicts women as a tool for the sexual pleasure of others disgusting? I didn’t ask that question that day. But I’m still wondering what the answer is two years later.

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This article is not meant to represent every facet of the feminist movement, it is simply one person’s understanding of feminism. Its main purpose is to start open discussion on this topic. Ayla Lefkowitz is a U3 Philosophy and Women’s Studies student. She can be reached at ayla.lefkowitz@mail.mcgill.ca.

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