MOTHER’S DAY was born from the dream of a devoted activist and mother who first organized women into public health brigades, and then founded “Mothers Friendship Day” to reconcile communities torn apart by the U.S. Civil War. A few years later, a new “Mothers’ Day for Peace” began with a call for women to unite across national boundaries to end war. For over fifty years, Mother’s Day was about women working together for a better world.
There is much I would like to write about rabid anti-feminist men, but I find that my life is too busy right now to detail the ones I’ve encountered just this week. I suppose I could narrow it to just those who consider themselves progressive, but even that would take longer than the time I have.
Just over a year ago, P’n’P wrote about a rabid anti-feminist man who was challenging a researcher’s right to name him a rabid anti-feminist man. Well, today I see that our sisters at CUPW have posted a similar story about a man who lost his defamation case against Status of Women Canada and the Minister Responsible.
F-email Fightback has written previously about the British Columbia Supreme Court challenge where Fathers Rights Activist Ken Wiebe went to trial in his legal suit against “radical feminists” within Status of Women Canada and the Federal Minister responsible for SWC
I am angry. I am angry with Parliament, for all the stupidity they’ve engaged in over the past 2+ years, but exceedingly so for this latest attack on women. It could send a woman into a tailspin. Fortunately, I’m stronger than that and have bounced back quickly and with more gusto than before. I am angry with myself, too, for not taking seriously this attack by the anti-choicers, for not catching the pattern of Harper’s attacks. Never underestimate Steve Harper is the lesson I have learned here. He is as mean and scary as they come.
So, peeps, what’s next? How do we take back what is being taken from us? How do we take back our democracy?
This is for Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, and Peter Stoffer, the three obvious enemies of women’s right to reproductive freedom, as indicated by their vote — or the lack thereof — on Bill C-484 in Parliament today.
Who was it who said, Polite women seldom make history?
Updated to add Stoffer, an NDP MP, to the list. Here’s hoping he’s disciplined…
Oh, oooh, oooooooooooooh! This is gonna be good! Not to mention long overdue! But will the SK NDP learn from it? Don’t hold your breath!
The Enemies Within: Feminist Activism in the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
March 19, 3:30 p.m. CL 408, University of Regina
Feminist activists inside political parties play an important role in ensuring that equality issues remain on the party’s agenda. After the Saskatchewan NDP formed government in 1991, equality advocates at the party level suffered from what Iris Marion Young refers to as “internal exclusion.” The rise of neoliberalism has contributed toward a political climate that legitimates intolerance of and hostility toward equality claims. Indeed, despite the NDP’s espoused commitment to egalitarian principles, interviews with 12 members of the NDP women’s committee reveal that the party culture is hostile to internal feminist critiques of party policies and processes. This lecture problematizes inclusion strategies and argues that the Saskatchewan NDP ought to be more open to internal dissent and more receptive to critiques of power relations if it is to adequately address the lived realities of Saskatchewan women.
Jenn Ruddy is a Sessional Lecturer in the Political Science department. She received a SSHRC scholarship for her MA thesis, “From Policy Advisors to the Enemies Within: Feminist Activism in the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, 1982-2006.”
Politics’n’Poetry would like to thank everyone who supported the Canadian F-word Blog Awards, and most especially Pale and Prole at A Creative Revolution, for taking on the task of making them happen! I have to say that I am more than impressed that my suggestion for a feminist blog award category in another awards forum resulted in something so much better than one simple award! Special thanks as well to media women, Antonia and Heather, for their support and their strong feminist voices in the mainstream media. Inspiration and breaths of fresh air, those two are!
Politics’n’Poetry would also like to thank all those who voted for P’n’P in the CFBA rounds of voting. Thanks to you we snagged 1st Place in the Best Environmental Blog category and this ecofeminist is pretty durned happy about that! It is very validating to know that the work one does is appreciated.
Finally, P’n’P would like to congratulate all the winners and nominee in the CFBAs. It is awesome that we have so many fantastic feminist bloggers in Canada! I look forward to reading those I do not already know. Oh, and the Winners List is here.