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The Liberal Party and #askjustin: Ladies, ladies where's the fire?

| November 7, 2013

LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 11:30am - 5:00pm


Oakham House/Ryerson Student Centre
55 Gould Street
Toronto, ON

The LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas is a free public event that celebrates and promotes the work of Canadian and international writers and thinkers  - especially those whose works appear in books and magazines by Canadian independent publishers. Canadian authors will be on hand for presentations on topics such as food security, women in a globalizing world, health activism and disability, plus the launch of the Socialist Register 2013. Canadian book publishers, booksellers and magazines will be on hand with great deals.


The Oakham House Café will be open and selling fair trade organic coffee, great sandwiches, and snacks.

Women's words: Five great quotes from Women's Forum 2013

photo: flickr/rabble.ca

"Fellow feminists," was how Niki Ashton greeted the crowd at Women's Forum 2013, held earlier last week in Ottawa. It was a fitting address; the women who joined her on stage throughout the day were passionate, they were fiesty and they didn't shy away from using the f-word.

Well over 100 people attended the forum, now in its second year. Ashton, the forum organizer, made headlines in 2008 when she became the second youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.


Socialism and Feminism

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 5:00pm


Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St.
Toronto, ON

Presentations by:

* Abbie Bakan, co-author with Daiva Stasiulis of Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System.

* Sue Ferguson, author of "Canadian Contributions to Social Reproduction Feminism, Race and Embodied Labor," in Race, Gender and Class.

This is the second in a 3-part series of coffeehouse events sponsored by the Education Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly.

Feminist Current

Sweetening the Pill: Have we failed to be sufficiently critical of hormonal birth control?

November 1, 2013
| Meghan Murphy interviews Holly Grigg-Spall, the author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control.
Length: 29:09 minutes (26.7 MB)
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Episode 149: Let's face it, we're scared

October 30, 2013
| Halloween is a time where we can, with good friends around, face some of our fears. In this episode we will hear some scary stuff. Don't worry though, we haven't forgotten the treat.
Length: 30:03 minutes (41.34 MB)
Feminist Current

Sexual assaults on campus, sexual harassment on public transit: Women confront rape culture in public spaces

October 28, 2013
| Meghan Murphy interviews Emily Monaghan, an organizer of Take Back the Night UBC and Katie Nordgren, one of the women behind the Harassment on Translink project.
Length: 32:12 minutes (29.49 MB)

Questioning assumptions about female desire

Sex Drive: In Pursuit of Female Desire; What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

by Dr. Bella Ellwood-Clayton; Daniel Bergner
(Allen & Unwin; HarperCollins,
$27.99; $25.99)

Female sexuality has long been viewed as something of a mystery. Women’s distinct lack of penises and threatening ability to create life resulted in centuries of undisputed ignorance. In a patriarchal society, women are placed firmly in the category of "other," as compared to the central character against which all other beings are measured: man.

Only recently have researchers begun to fight the trend, ever-popular within evolutionary psychology, of ignoring all social and cultural factors as well as the individual biases of researchers, to look beyond "caveman" as foundation for scientific study.


Meghan Murphy

Gavin McInnes thinks male violence feeds babies, explains to women what women think

| October 23, 2013
Feminist Current

Lee Lakeman: What way forward to end male violence against women?

October 14, 2013
| Lee Lakeman delivered the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture this year at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Length: 58:53 minutes (53.92 MB)
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