An article from The Huffington Post caught my eye the other evening. Titled “Alabama Wants To Imprison Marshae Jones. Her Crime Was Being Shot While Pregnant,” I imagine it’s relatively simple to figure out why I was intrigued by the headline. The following excerpts are from the article: “Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old Alabama woman, is facing a manslaughter … More The implications of Alabama’s abortion law
Social media, as wonderful as it can be, can simultaneously be destructive towards those who make use of it. And by destructive, I’m referring to the inevitable occurrence of comparison that comes with social media. It’s extremely difficult to avoid comparing ourselves to others when we’re scrolling through our social media timelines. We compare ourselves … More Stop comparing and start celebrating
If you read the title of this post and said to yourself, ‘what the hell is PCOS?’, you’re in the right place. And you’re definitely not alone in being unfamiliar with the acronym, hence the purpose of this post. PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, “is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women … More Why aren’t we talking about PCOS?
I’m reluctant to admit that it’s taken me until now to hop on the Queer Eye bandwagon, but man, am I ever glad I have. After finishing Netflix’s Godless, I needed to find another show or series to fill the abysmal void in my life. That’s dramatic, I know. But I have been on the … More This is why you need to start watching Queer Eye
Endometriosis is hard enough to deal with. But, even worse, women who suffer from this condition face a multitude of barriers and obstacles in finding help and relief from their suffering. Affecting roughly 10 per cent of reproductive-aged women (approximately 200 million women and teenagers globally), endometriosis is “a systemic, inflammatory disease that occurs when … More Why aren’t we helping women with endometriosis?
Whether or not you’re a fan of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler, you may be as pleased as I am to learn that he recently opened Janie’s House, a facility intended for abused and neglected girls in Memphis, Tennessee, an NBC article said earlier this month. The chosen name, Janie’s House, comes from the band’s 1989 … More Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused women
Last year in Canada, a woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days, on average. A rather chilling statistic, no? The information comes from an “inaugural report on femicide that argues the issue must be better understood in order to reduce the number of slayings,” said a CTV article. The first yearly report from the Canadian … More Recognizing ‘femicide’ in Canada
A new commercial from Gillette, a well-known men’s hygiene company, is creating quite a stir across social media platforms as of late. The advertisement, titled “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” is a short-film style commercial that makes reference to patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and the #MeToo movement regarding non-consensual sexual harassment, assault, and violence. … More Way to go, Gillette
Brock University, and former professor, David Schimmelpenninck, have caused quite a stir as of late. Schimmelpenninck encountered scrutiny in 2016 when a CBC news investigation revealed that “Brock had warned a former student to keep quiet about an internal investigation that determined Schimmelpenninck gave her alcohol and tried to force himself on her sexually,” a Monday CBC article … More Brock University controversy
The significance of acknowledging transgender identities has always been apparent to some, but an article published via MedicalXpress highlights its significance even further. The New York Times published a story in October titled “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.” Depicting efforts from the Department of Health and Human Services, the story addressed a … More Stop denying transgender identities
An article posted on The Conversation addresses a difficult topic to tackle; sexual abuse and assault towards elderly people, specifically women. A disheartening topic for sure, but also one that demands recognition and acknowledgement in hopes of preventing these occurrences from occurring. The article outlines research that was published in Legal Medicine that looked at 28 forensic medical … More Addressing sexual assault amongst elders
The relationship between social media and body image is one I have revisited on several occasions, on here, on a project I did for university, and for one I completed in college. Despite my frequency in dabbling with this topic, it continues to spark conversation. And not in a good way. An article from York … More Social media impacts how we see our bodies, but not in a good way
Remember the whole Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford situation in which Blasey Ford, despite her decision to come forward with her sexual assault testimony against Kavanaugh, was silenced by Kavanaugh’s successful entry to the Supreme Court? After Kavanaugh was voted into the Supreme Court, Blasey Ford began to encounter harassment and death threats for her … More Kavanaugh vs. Blasey Ford aftermath
When I noticed that #GenderEqualityWeek was trending on Twitter this week, I was pleasantly surprised that this initiative is occurring right at home on Canadian soil. This is the first time this movement is occurring in Canada, and thus far, it’s received a very positive response via social media (do a quick search, you’ll see … More Canada’s first-ever Gender Equality Week
Because I’m a massive Game of Thrones fan, it’s safe for anyone to assume that I’m also a massive fan of a majority of the cast, specifically Emilia Clarke. This woman is so damn classy, goofy and wonderful, and her ability to be all of these things simultaneously is one of the few reasons I’m such … More Profile: Emilia Clarke
This past Sunday, Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for supposedly violating three match codes in her loss to Japan’s Osaka. The referee at the match fined Williams $10,000 for verbal abuse towards chair umpire Carlos Ramos; $4,000 for being warned for coaching; and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to an article from Global News. … More Here’s why the Serena Williams fine is so sexist
After having a conversation with a good friend of mine the other evening, I came to the realization that motherhood, specifically for new or first-time moms, is not discussed nearly enough in contemporary society. Postpartum depression, frustration, loneliness and isolation are things that can impact a woman shortly after she gives birth, yet no one … More Why is no one talking about motherhood?
Going to the doctor’s can be a real pain in the rear. Perhaps you go and wait for three hours only to see your doctors for five minutes, trying to ask questions as they’re halfway out the door. Maybe you’ve had several bad experiences with doctors, for example, incorrect diagnoses, being made to feel as … More “But I Don’t Want to go to the Doctor’s…”
An article from Women’s Health recently caught my attention as it discusses some insensitive comments that were made by the Kardashian siblings towards Kim, regarding her recent weight loss. The article reports that siblings Khloe and Kendall claimed Kim looks like a walking Face Tune doll, and according to other sources Kim’s Instagram stories), the siblings … More Here’s How The Kardashians Are Supporting Eating Disorder Culture
My sister recently shared an article with me regarding an incident in which a woman was body shamed for being curvacious and being married to a male with a six-pack. This incident impacted Jenna Kutcher, a body-positive blogger, and occurred after she shared a photo of her and her husband on a beach via Instagram. She and … More Body Shaming and Its Implications
Karen Carpenter was an American singer and further drummer, her instrumental talents being a key component of the duo she formed with her brother, Richard, known as The Carpenters. She was born in March of 1950 and passed away in February of 1983, making her a mere thirty-two years of age when she died. Karen … More Profile: Karen Carpenter
Following the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, thousands of women have taken to social media to share their experiences with sexual assault and/or sexual harassment with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement began on Sunday, with the hashtag developing across social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and more and more individuals have joined the … More #MeToo
On Friday evening my mom, grandma and I went to the Norfolk County Fair’s very first Women in Agriculture Panel. The event was organized independently by my own sister, Danielle, and I could not be more proud of how successfully she executed this panel. The tremendous work she dedicated to this project is worthy of recognition, … More The 2017 Norfolk County Fair’s Faces of Women in Agriculture Panel
I recently heard the song Praying by Kesha and I was genuinely taken aback by how emotional and furthermore passionate this particular song is. I learned that Kesha’s newest album titled Rainbow contains many songs that are relevant to her dilemma with her vindictive producer Dr. Luke, and I did some research to learn more … More Kesha’s Emotional Comeback
I would argue that a majority of individuals have some extent of an understanding regarding the events that took place recently in Charlottesville, Virginia. What occurred was and remains to be absolutely appalling and furthermore tragic considering a young woman, Heather Heyer, was killed in an attempt to stand up for what is right, and … More The Occurrence of Contemporary Global Racism
The other evening I was watching the news with my mother and sister and was intrigued by an advertisement that was to air in the near future on CTV. It addressed the concept of modern day feminism and how many individuals fails to accurately perceive the intentions of contemporary feminism, and I believe this misunderstanding … More The Misconception of Modern Day Feminism
I was absolutely appalled to learn that Donald Trump recently announced that transgender persons will be prohibited from serving in the US military. On July 26th Trump tweeted a series of statements in regards to his discriminatory ban: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will … More Trump’s Military Ban
I would categorize myself as an eating disorder awareness advocate, specifically because it seems as though there is a lack of social recognition regarding the tremendous implications of this type of mental illness. There is still a heavy stigma affiliated with mental illness, and I would argue eating disorders even more so than other mental … More 3 Things You Should Never Say to a Person with an Eating Disorder
I had a thorough and beneficial conversation the other day with a family friend addressing the concept of blatant sexual expression. We were discussing how heterosexuality is completely and totally tolerated when exhibited in a public manner and how homosexuality fails to encounter the same tolerance when exhibited publicly. For example, it is socially acceptable … More The Double Standard Regarding Blatant Sexuality
Birth control, for many women, is an active component of their daily lives. Whether it is used as a contraceptive or as a means to address other bodily issues (for example skin conditions), it can be difficult to determine which type of birth control is best for you and your body. Always consult with your … More Birth Control: Which Type is Right for You?