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WOMEN'S ISSUE
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Shattering the stereotypes
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
by Marie Burgoyne and
Samantha Jung
Women's Issue Coordinators
Politics. Education. The workforce. The household. Marriage. These are only a few ofthe areas where women have
been relegated to certain positions.
From traditional religious societal ideas regarding gender, to simple anti-mysogynist thought, to a loudly protesting
sector bent on distinction between the genders in every way,
current ideas of "femaleness" vary. These are all valid, and
as divergent as they are, these and other prominent philosophies also have one commonality.
They are the mechanism by which stereotypes and
"norms" regarding women have been created because of
overuse, repetition, and conformity. Women have fit into one
version of a cookie cutter or another for centuries.
The theme of this year's Ubyssey Women's Issue is
"Shattering"—the shattering of images of women, reflecting
on the breaking down and elimination of stereotypes. Reflection herein is on how one is viewed through the eyes of
others, but more importantly, on how one goes about looking inside oneself, via mirrors. Occasionally, breaking out
of comfort zones of self identification is helpful.
Ironically, the mirrors thatwe're "breaking" do not necessarily have negative connotations. However, it is important
to recognize that women, and men too, often perceive them
selves through a cultural lens. They often behave according
to expectations, be those expectations for the submissive
housewife or the bra burner. By smashing the stereotypes
that are imposed both by others and by themselves, women
have a more positive outlook on life as individuals and their
impact on society will be greater.
The debate over gender influence versus societal impact
is not just taking place on the international level, through
United Nations efforts. It begins at the individual level.
As Mary Wollstonecraft once said, "I do not wish [women]
to have power over men; but over themselves." Men and
women each need to be more perceptive and self critical.
Be more aware of the influence the movie industry
and the literary canon have on society. How are women
portrayed in the movies you watch and the books that you
read?
Get involved in your university. UBC has the Womyn's
Centre and literary feminist magazines. What are the options women have regarding gender roles? Women do not
have to be primary caregivers, just as men do not have to
be the primary source of income in the family. Is Angelina
Jolie the ideal independent woman? Is Condolezza Rice? Is
it both? Is it neither?
Hopefully we can eliminate your pre-existing views of
gender in society and move toward equality for everyone,
where the recognition of one gender does not supersede
that of the other. Ill
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The Ubyssey
March 7th, 2008
Vol. LXXXIX N°44
Editorial Board
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WOMEN'S ISSUE
Seven things you didn't know About WILLA
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by Stephanie Taylor
With International Women's Day
coming up on March 8th, nobody
is more excited than Jillian Gordon, the president of UBC's official political club for women,
Women Involved in Legislative
Leadership (WILLA). Gordon is
eager to promote women's voices
on campus in support of International Women's Day. Here's what
she wants you to know:
1. WILLA puts out a tri-annual
publication, Antigone magazine.
Antigone is the official outreach
vehicle of WILLA, and it publishes a variety of articles relating
to women and politics. Focusing
on the diversity among women,
Gordon notes that the upcoming
issue will discuss ableism. "One
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ofthe issues we have to deal with
[is] are we having enough representation of women of colour?
Are we having enough representation of maybe a different sexual
orientation?"
Look for Antigone in the
SUB in the magazine racks, the
Womyn's Centre, Buchanan and
the political science office. Look
for the latest issue in the coming
weeks.
2. It's nonpartisan. As Gordon explains, WILLA was born
out of a perceived need to give
better representation to women's
voices and opinions within political science. "In political science
classes, there's a good presence
of women. But the people putting
their hands up, getting engaged
are predominantly male. We sort
of felt that 'we're
here too, we have
a voice [and] we
want it listened
to.'"
However,
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about       ideology or partisan
politics —it's
about  providing a resource
for     women
to      become
politically
engaged.
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a place for
women   to
be engaged
politically
but      not
necessarily
in a partisan manner."
3. It's not just for political science students. While it obviously
focuses on issues of political participation and women, WILLA
aims to involve women of all majors. As Gordon explains, WILLA
is dedicated to providing a voice
for all women on campus, regardless of their academic focus.
"It's for women and women's
allies, so if you love women, you
should love WILLA!"
WILLA is about engaging
women in a broader sense.
"There's lots of ways to be actively engaged, not just politically"
says Gordon.
4. It sponsors campus events.
In addition to the upcoming
event celebrating International
Women's Day WILLA offers a
host of other events for students
on campus to engage with the
organization. "We host a breakfast in November [and] we host
Connect, which is a networking
lunch."
5. It's growing, and it wants
you. As an organization dedicated
to getting women's voices heard,
WILLA is always looking for new
members and article submissions. As well, it has applied for
an office within the SUB, which
Gordon hopes will help students
access it more readily.
6. It mentors young girls. As
part of its outreach program,
WILLA is planning to work with
young girls interested in leadership and politics. Gordon explains: "What we're going to do
with them is say 'Hey! Do you
want to be a young leader? Do
you want to be in politics? Come
hang out with us, let us give you
some skills.'"
7. It loves men! "Every issue
we feature a 'Men We Love' sec
tion," says Gordon of
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does     WILLA    love
men,   but   it   loves
male     involvement
in the organization.
While   no   articles
have been penned
by male students as
of yet, Gordon relishes the thought
of it happening in
the   future.   "Getting an article in
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also possible for an entire body
to be an erogenous zone, but
here are a few areas on which to
concentrate.
The earlobes are an excellent
place to start; nibble them and
massage them gently between
your fingers. Kiss and lick (with
a little pressure) the slope of
her neck. Stroke underneath her
breasts and massage them according to her desires. Bite her
nipple a little (though this is a
good trick for men as well). The
inside of the elbows and knees
have very sensitive skin, which
should be stimulated with lips
and tongue.
Take care of that inner thigh,
tempt her into believing you'll
stimulate her clit, which is a crucial landing place in this foreplay
to follow and then focus on another area. The underside of the
buttocks can be another excellent
place to stroke, while focusing the
mouth on her collarbone. Using
ice and bubbly water in giving
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exciting, but please, no dribbling.
Listen to your lover and follow her
cues. If she hasn't been breathing
hard for the past five minutes,
you've probably picked a zone
she doesn't particularly enjoy.
According to a representative
at the Art of Loving, a Vancouver
shop that sells sex toys and holds
sex-positive workshops, erogenous zones can also follow the
energy lines within the bodies,
such as chakras. Within different
people, these "energy areas" can
be stimulated in more or less
intense ways. This is simply another way to see the concept of an
erogenous zone.
The most erotic part of sex
is the brain. The importance of
being vocal, suggestive, and tantalizing in one's words is just as
important as having an enticing
touch. You might want to try talking about your fantasies to break
boundaries. Slow it all down and
linger. Tease her into submission
before you launch yourself into
full swing. Without denying the
joys of a quickie, taking your time
on a Friday night can make for
excellent entertainment. Xll
If you want to learn more
about Tantric Massage, with
Men touching Woman, there
is an intensive seminar being
given in coordination with the
Art of Loving on March 9th and
16th: http./fwww.artofloving.
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Elections are coming.
Just like the British who came to beat down the Americans in the
Revolutionary War, the Ubyssey Elections are upon us.
We are having elections for the following positions:
Coordinating Editor.
Sports Editor.
Two News Editors.
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Photo Editor, Production Manager
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Insite reduces HIV: scientists
GOH IROMOTO PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Darcy Lapushinsky,an Insite user and worker, spoke at the Insite Conference on Thursday March 8th at the
Life Sciences building held by the Integrated Science Student Association (ISSA). She discussed her unexpected transition from a stable lifestyle as a power crane operator to that of an injection drug user at the
age of 45. Her message was clear/This could happen to anybody."
The talk also discussed the role of science and politics in the development of public health policy, focusing specifically on the positive effect of North America's first supervised injection site located in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. UBC Medicine's Dr.Thomas Kerr delved heavily into the Canadian government's political agenda to undermine and ignore the evidence-based research on Insite's positive effects on drug users
and the neighborhood.
Other speakers included UBCVP External Stephen Owen,Dr.Will Small, Dr. Richard Mathias,and BCMLA
Jenny Kwan.
Currently up to 18,000 users per month use the safe injection site, including people who would otherwise
resort to alleyways, street fronts,and other public areas. Heading towards a possible closure on June 30th,
2008 due to the lack of government support, the ISSA and several other key figures hope to raise awareness
amongst the public, leading to the facility's continued legal operation.
For more information see: www.science.ubc.ca/~isp
—Goh Iromoto
Women's Issues in the news
Pay equity still far from being achieved
Women in Canada get paid
27.5 per cent less on average
than men for the same work,
according to a report released
yesterday by the International
Trade Union Confederation.
Canada's position is far below the global average, which
is 16 per cent less for women
than their male counterparts.
Countries in East Asia lead
the way in wage discrepancy,
with women earning 33.4 per
cent less than men in Japan,
32.7 per cent less in China,
and 31.5 per cent less in South
Korea.
In many countries, however, women are much better
off. In Europe, the average pay
gap is 14.5 per cent, in Qatar
and Costa Rica women were
paid 2.2 per cent more, and in
Bahrain women received 40
per cent more on average than
men.
According to the authors of
the report, this is explained by
the low participation of women
in the workforce in Bahrain.
Men helping out more with chores
Men still aren't doing their
share of chores around the
house in the United States, according to a report released
yesterday by the Council on
Contemporary Families.
But they are doing more
housework than their predecessors of years past.
According to the report,
men's contribution to the household chore list has doubled
over the past 40 years, while
their contribution to child care
tripled over the same span.
In the 1960s, men did approximately 15 per cent of
household chores. Now, men
Harvard implements women-only gym hours
Harvard University has recently
instituted special women-only
gym hours in one of their gyms.
For six hours a week, in one
specific gym on campus, men
are not allowed to enter. The
staff during these times are also
women.
This change was prompted
by a group of female Muslim students who petitioned the univer
sity for this change. They have
said it offends their sense of
modesty to exercise in the presence of males. The special hours
enable the Muslim women to
dress in proper exercise attire.
Harvard spokesman Robert
Mitchell stated that the university attempts to accommodate
requests from religious groups,
and pointed out that Harvard
Women that do work are likely
to be highly educated, highly
skilled, and in higher paid
jobs.
However, the authors stated
that in most countries, higher
education for women does not
lead to a smaller pay gap. In
some cases, the gap increases
with the level of education
obtained.
The report also stated that
pay discrepancy is also largest in
female-dominated jobs, such as
health care and social work. vll
do approximately 30 per cent.
The report's co-authors,
Scott Coltrane of the University of California, Riverside
and Oriel Sullivan of Ben Gu-
rion University predict men's
contributions will continue to
increase as more women enter
the workforce. vM
has also designated prayer
spaces for Muslim and Hindu
students.
Proponents for the change
also note that the policy is no
different from private gyms who
cater partially or even exclusively to women. Critics state that
the policy is unfair by its denial
of resources that are supposed
to be available to everyone. vM March 7th, 20081 The Ubyssey
WOMEN'S ISSUE
Girl shifts 'geers' gender mold
Red jacket woman to show off her
skills at Canadian Engineering
Competition
0
by Marie Burgoyne
Upsetting the status quo, debunking
stereotypes, and replacing them with
innovations can be done abstractly, with
speeches and ideas. But it can also be
built concretely. That's exactly what UBC
engineering, and one Bailey Luneng are
trying to do.
From March 6-9th, a delegation from
UBC is participating in the 23rd Annual
Canadian Engineering Co mpetition(CEC)
at the University of Waterloo. Junior and
senior teams compete in categories from
actual physical design to debate over
how designs can be effectively utilized.
In Bailey's category, the task is to take no
more than four hours to come up with
a solution to a problem unknown to the
teams until the task begins.
According to the CEC website, this
year's theme is "Designing Global
Change, emphasis [ing] that design is a
proactive process: it is
only by taking action
that we can truly make
change happen."
Aside from the VW
Beetle prank that's resurrected almost
annually, one thing that UBC Engineering is known for is the disproportionate
male to female ratio. In 2007, the ratio
of women to men was 870 to 3,741;
women represent only 18.9 per cent of
the faculty's student population.
Luneng is a second-year chemical
engineering student and a participant
in the junior team design competition at
this year's CEC.
"People notice more when I'm doing engineering because I'm a woman,"
said Luneng. "For presentations, people
are more receptive to hearing women,"
though she is dubious about, and not
necessarily a fan of, the preconceived
notions behind such a reception.
Luneng has high praise for both UBC
Okanagan, where she attended first
year, and UBC Vancouver's engineering programs. She's looking forward to
discussing innovations like UBC's more
hands-on integrated engineering program with delegates from other schools.
She talks a little bit about how the faculty at UBC tries to get its female students
especially involved, as well as her own
personal
reasons
for   choosing     applied
science.
In addition to having family members in the field, and
looking at the large number of career
options, Luneng is finding that she
wants to prove herself and to change
the overall perception of female engineers nationally.
"[Men and women don't think] analytically or mathematically any different
for something like this," said Luneng,
"but at the same time I'm at a disadvantage because...in certain types of
engineering...people don't usually see
women building things and constructing things.
"I know power tools and I can use
[them] better than half of the people on
my team," she said.
Power tools or not, Luneng is hoping to deconstruct some preconceived
notions of female engineers at UBC and
across the country at the competition
this weekend.
Alternate abilities and challenges in feminine attraction
by Jeehye Kim
Feminist movements object to women
being portrayed as sex objects. On the
contrary, for Dawna Lee Rumball, and
women with disabilities, it is the opposite perception of them that they are trying to fight against, the idea that women
with disabilities are asexual.
Rumball is a student in the department of educational studies at UBC,
and is also deaf. She does not use sign
language, but communicates by speaking and speech-reading. Also, she uses
her Communication Access Real-Time
Translation (CART) for her classes.
"I think society, and dare I say politicians, think women with disabilities
are asexual and always need to have
things done for them, that they are not
independent, they are "freaks, and not
pretty," Rumball told the Ubyssey.
She blames the media for negative
representation of disabled women, or the
lack thereof. "I mean look at Hollywood,
how often do you see a really sexy and
beautiful woman character that happens
to have a disability? Even [in] that Oscar
winning movie [Million Dollar Baby],
[Hilary Swank] wanted to kill herself
[rather] than live life in a wheelchair."
Hence, Rumball correlates
the visual obviousness of
something like a wheelchair
with the relative difficulty of
finding someone.
Asked how society's
perceptions of women with
disabilities translate to their
dating prospects, Rumball
admitted that comparably,
she herself does not have a
difficult time being involved
in a relationship, only because her disability is not visually obvious, and perhaps
is "less work."
"That's not a nice way to think," she
said. "Society first sees disability then
women. Women with disabilities identify themselves first as women. I know
I do. I don't go around saying, I'm a
Dawna Lee
Rumball
disabled woman. I say I am a woman.
That's it."
Comparably, when she met non-disabled men from online matching sites
after chatting for a few weeks without
having told of her disability,
they were "surprised, nervous,
but soon relaxed and had a good
time." Her visually disabled
friends did not last more than
two dates.
Similarly, men with disabilities face the same challenges as
women with disabilities, and
according to Rumball, her guy
friend who uses a wheelchair
and is "like David Beckham hot,"
had his furious date throw her
drink in his face. "He never kept
his disability a secret again."
Nevertheless, Rumball observes
that non-disabled men are less likely to
date a disabled woman, than vice versa.
"Women seem to be more accepting of a
man with a disability."
She reasons that it's because men
are "visual creatures" and it's all about
the "looks and potential brood mare status" for them.
"The more a woman is 'able' to be
his partner the more interested he is in
her. If she is in a wheelchair, or has a
missing limb, or is blind, he'll be looking for someone that isn't. It's a cruel
fact of life, one a lot of women with disabilities probably won't disagree with
me about."
On the many myths surrounding
women with disabilities, such as that
"they don't have sex, aren't interested in
a relationship, or even use sex toys, are
all still being refuted in 2008," she said.
"It is the education system that needs to
work towards dispelling the myths and
negativity regarding disability.
"That's what [my participation in]
The Unruly Salon was trying to do, and
I hope that this will become an annual
thing for UBC." Ill
For more about the Unruly Salon, a
lecture and performing arts series, see
page 9. ©
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Changing perceptions of marriage
by Samantha Jung
Gettin' hitched later
The 2006 Census found that
there are fewer married
people than unmarried over
the age of 15. 51.5 per centof
Canadians were unmarried
in 2006; this is compared to
48.5 per cent of Canadians
in 2001, and 38.6 per cent in
1986.
Canadians are also getting
married later. In 1998 the average age of both a first-time
bride and a first-time groom
was 27.6. However, the most
recent data from Statistics
Canada in 2003 reported that
the average age of a first marriage in BC to a member of
the opposite sex was 28.8 for
women and 31 for men.
The inclusion of same-sex
marriages in Statistics Canada
data in 2003 is definitive evidence that social norms have
changed. In 2003 the average
age of a first marriage in BC
to a member of the same sex
was 41.6 years for women
and 43.9 for men.
What's going on?
Why are people getting
married later, or not at all?
Carrie Yodanis, a sociology
professor at UBC, feels that
the way marriage is defined
has changed. This change in
perception could explain why
people are getting married
later.
"People talk about marriage [today] as being increasingly about a presentation of
status," says Yodanis. "[Marriage] used to be that people
would come together earlier
in their lives and build a life
together. Now people are
waiting longer and getting
educations and building careers and marriage is kind
of this presentation of all
that they have achieved as
individuals."
Yodanis mentions a sociology study in which a group
of women aged 28-34 who
have never been married
were interviewed. The study
found that these women still
felt the pressure to get married, despite changing perceptions within society.
Yodanis says that gender
roles are becoming more "androgynous" as well; men can
be seen in roles that have, in
the past, been associated with
women.
Another sociology professor at UBC, Silvia Bartolic,
says there are two levels at
which one can describe the
trend of people getting married later, or not at all. One
is the individual level; people
decide that they do not want to
get married, they have notyet
met "the one", or they want to
pursue personal interests.
"It's not as expected as it
used to be historically that
you would get married right
out of high school. It's more
normative that people travel,
get degrees, see the world,"
says Bartolic.
The other is the social level. For example, people can
see the divorce rates rising.
"You don't know when you
step into marriage whether
it's going to be forever,"
says Bartolic. "Nobody knew
that before either, but there
were other social factors that
supported you. So if you did
become a widow [or get divorced], you had a family that
helped you. Because we're
becoming more individualistic, we don't necessarily have
the same social support [as
we used to]."
Bartolic also discusses
the changing role of women
in society as a reason people
are getting married later.
Whereas in the past the role
of a woman was to bear children and to raise a family,
now women have freedom
of education, to work and
pursue whatever they would
like to do.
Age not a problem
So would getting married
later mean a more successful
marriage? Gerry Cossitt from
Enrich Canada, which is a
company that advises and
assesses couples before and
after marriage, says that age
is not a factor in determining
a marriage's success, but that
the level of success is determined by maturity, communication level, how a couple
resolves conflicts, and family
upbringing and background.
"I actually have [seen] very
mature 21-year-old [couples],
and couples that are older
that didn't have that maturity
level," says Cossitt. "I really
find it depends on life expe
riences and where they're at
and coming [from]."
Cossitt finds that finances
are a problem that couples
getting married later have.
"Because [couples] are
getting married later in life,
what I found very interesting was that some issues
like financial [issues]...[were]
kind of a weak area," says
Cossitt. "But mainly the reason was...they just hadn't
discussed those areas very
much because they were both
financially independent."
Crystal Lexvold, 19, and
her fiance, Ryan King, 20, got
engaged last October. Their
wedding is to take place on
September 19*, 2009. They
have known each other since
they were four or five years
old, and began dating when
Crystal was 15.
"There've been a couple
of people that have wondered
about our age," says Lexvold,
"but when they realize we've
been dating for four and a
half years it's kind of like 'It's
about time, really.'"
Lexvold feels age does not
really have an effect on their
union. "I don't think age has
too much of an impact on
us, just more finances," says
Lexvold. "[Ryan] wants to go
to school to get his doctorate,
so he'll be going to school
for a few more years, so I'll
be bringing in most of the
income."
Bartolic also feels that age
is not necessarily a factor in
determining the success of
a marriage. She notes that
"stressors and strains" have a
larger impact. These can vary
depending on age. Bartolic
says that "it's easier to be in
the norm," that is, if you are
the only one of your friends
at 18 getting married, social
factors will put a stress on
your relationship. Bartolic
says other stressors could
include demanding careers
and stepfamilies for older
couples.
"The first few years of
marriage are the ones that
are the most difficult, because you have to get used to
each other," Bartolic says. "So
if you have additional stressors...that take a lot of your
time, those kinds of factors
are going to make it harder
for you to be successful [in
marriage], so it's not necessarily age."
for example.
Bartolic    says    that
marriage is not going to
disappear anytime soon. "I
still think people want to get
married," she says, "and [the
future of marriage is] going
to dependjm how the norms
play out."
Cohabitation: an alternative to marriage?
There is an increasing
number of couples choosing
cohabitation over marriage.
The number of common-law
marriages has likewise risen.
A couple may declare common-law status after cohabiting, or living together, for
two years in BC. Since 2001,
Statistics Canada has found
that the number of Canadians that were involved in a
common-law relationship
has increased by 18.9 per
cent. This might be because
the same-sex community was
counted in the census for the
first time.
Nevertheless, common-
law marriage is becoming
more socially acceptable.
"Some people are choosing never to get married, but
that doesn't mean they're not
with the same partner for a
long time. They don't need
the formal piece of paper,"
says Bartolic.
Cossitt says a problem
couples can run into when
cohabiting is if they get married too soon after moving in
together.
"I call it the gunny sack
process," says Cossitt. "When
the   couple   [is]   cohabiting
and relating, when issues
come up, do they put them
on the shelf and deal with
it later? And sometimes
later is  after they are
married, [when] it feels
more permanent..now
[they] bring all those
issues off the shelf.
It's like emptying the
gunny sack on the
table, and it's just
overwhelming."
Where        is
marriage and its
perception     in
society   going?
Yodanis    feels
that   marriage
is  not changing as much
as we expect
it to. Despite
changing
gender
roles, women still do
a    lot    of
the household     or
"invisible"
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7 pieces of literature about the female
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Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Published: New York : Vintage
Books, 1985 (but actually c.
1000 CE).
A book written by women, for
women, it is also the world's
first, true-to-form novel. A stunning narrative layered thickly
with elegant prose and stylized
poetry. Almost nothing is known
of Murasaki's life, save that she
served in the train of a more
important princess. A long read,
the book concerns itself largely
with the life of Prince Genji, who
is sort of an Emperor's bastard
son, and the women he conquers.
More or less a study in what a
man should be for a woman. One
of the earliest works to advocate
a free sexuality for both men and
women. Deals with a fair amount
of what we would call gender
bending, but wouldn't raise an
eyebrow in Heian, Japan.
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Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Published: London: Printed for
J.Johnson, 1792.
Wollstonecraft is almost single-
handedly responsible for the entire swath of feminist philosophy
from the last two centuries, and
is officially a first wave feminist.
Her essay helped break down
the walls that separated women
from books and ballots. While
she doesn't state explicitly that
men and women are equal, she
sets the basis for the arguments
that would be used by the civil
rights movement nearly two centuries later—equality among all
human beings, and universal entitlement to the commensurate
rights.
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Authors: John Stuart Mill and
Harriet Taylor Mill
Published: New York: D. Apple-
ton & Co., 1869.
Not only was John Stuart Mill
one of the founding fathers of
Liberalism, but he and his wife/
mistress championed the cause
of Women's Suffrage in late 19th
century England. Immensely
controversial at the time, Mills
and Mills pegged the docility and
weakness of women as culturally
bred, throwing out the pseudo-
science of Social Darwinism
and Biological Determinism that
spread at the turn ofthe last century. Admirable for the simplicity of his arguments—largely that
discrimination hurts society.
has a bad habit of blaming men
individually for problems that
are structural, and referring to
that which is good in humanity
as "traditional women's values."
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Author: Betty Friedan
Published: New York : Dell Pub.
Co., 1963.
The book that more or less
kicked off second wave feminism by pointing out that there
was more to human existence
than material comforts and
voting. I read this over most of
last August, and enjoyed every
page of it. Friedan herself went
through the quiet transformation from tepid housewife and
contributor to women's magazines to become a stoic women's
orator. The book leaves you with
a concrete sense that she is
speaking from experience, that
what she is telling us is true, and
that what she is recommending
is right.
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Author: Naomi Wolf
Published:   Toronto   :  Vintage
Books, cl991.
You could reasonably argue that
this book trumpeted the birth of
third wave feminism. A cogent
continuation of rebuttals to the
Superwoman Backlash of the
1980s, Wolf argued that beauty
is political and patriarchal and
of course exploitive, that it
prescribes behaviour and not
appearance. Her psychological
analysis of the tricks that beauty
plays on each of us, both men
and women, are frightening. She
paces
Author: Shulamith Firestone
Publisher:       New      York
Semiotext(e), 1998.
My favourite feminist I've never
really sat down and read properly until recently. Firestone (that
is her real name) came from a
Jewish Orthodox family in Montreal, and is most famous for The
Dialectic of Sex, which was published in 1970 and is a seminal
work in second wave feminism.
She's so radical she broke with
at least three of New York's most
radical women's groups, at least
two of which she helped found.
Firestone has compared giving
birth to shitting a pumpkin, and
has explored the possibility that
the taboo on incest is outdated.
Airless spaces is a collection of
short stories set amid a sinister
New York where immiserization
is bureaucratic. Written 2 8 years
after The Dialectic of Sex, this
book reflects a more pessimistic
view as Firestone drifts outside
the career she had chosen.
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Author: Eve Ensler
Published: New York
cl998.
Villard,
This is a new classic. I read it in
one standing over an extended
lunch break in a bookstore in
Ottawa one self-employed summer. But seeing it was so much
more invigorating. Equal parts
audacity, sincerity, hilarity, and
making-the-men-in-the-audi-
ence-uncomfortable-ity, the play
consists of a series of women
talking about their down-theres,
each set scripted by Ensler
based on her interviews with
other women. Ensler is still
turning out new plays. She came
to Vancouver to put on The Good
Body a couple of summers ago.
Like Jackie Chan, she does all
her own stunts. vll March 7th, 20081 The Ubyssey
WOMEN'S ISSUE
Putting the chick (flick) under the heat lamp
The evolution of this classic film type
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by Jacob McNeil
"Chick flicks" have a unique
place in film culture. Since it
was founded Hollywood has
been making movies specifically
for women, but, especially in the
early days of moviemaking, very
few of these films were made by
women.
Like most industries the internal machinery of Hollywood
has historically been controlled
by men, and as a result women
in films tended to be portrayed
as men saw them.
Needless to say this resulted
in rampant sexism, as can be
seen in "women's pictures" such
as Mildred Pierce (1945). In the
film, a newly divorced woman
enters the workforce as a waitress and through intelligence,
hard work, and determination,
works her way up to becoming a
business tycoon. A pro-feminist
tale of female independence,
right? Not exactly: the more successful Mildred gets, the worse
her life and the lives of her family become. Bythe end one of her
daughters has died, while another becomes an exotic dancer and
a murderer. The film essentially
argues that working women are
disgraceful and dangerous; by
leaving the home they abandon
their families and cause untold
misfortune.
But where older women's
films were outright sexist, modern chick flicks tend to be subtly
so. Many chick flicks today make
their female leads weak, wishy-
washy manipulative, or downright psychotic. The love story
in While You Were Sleeping is fuelled by a web of lies constructed
by the protagonist. Bridgetjones'
Diary has its lead frequently
humiliated. In these cases and
many others, chick flicks treat
women with more than a little
contempt.
One particular problem in a
lot of chick flicks is the prevalence of "Shining Knight Syndrome". The female lead's life
is a wreck without a man; when
she finally gets one in the end, it
makes everything better and the
two live happily ever after. Forget
about how hard it is to maintain
a relationship, or how bad it is
to judge your self-worth solely on
who you're with; the mere presence of a male in her life is supposed to make everything okay.
Are we seriously expected to
accept this? The basic message
of many chick flicks—that women need a man to be truly happy
and when they get one, things
will be perfect—has been refuted
and ridiculed countless times.
They operate on the archaic assumption that a woman's value
is determined solely by the man
she is with.
Of course, there are exceptions, chick flicks that break with
these conventions and portray
women in a more positive light.
My Best Friend's Wedding, for
example, features a lead that
is manipulative and irrational,
but in the end she overcomes
these traits. In lieu of getting the
man she becomes a better and
stronger person, showing that
it is possible for a woman to be
independent and happy. And of
course, there are films like Thel-
ma and Louise that focus more
on women themselves rather
than love, with great success.
TREVOR WOLF ILLUSTRATION / THE UBYSSEY
The complicated part about
all of this is that the gender politics of a chick flick have nothing
to do with whether you actually watch it. My Best Friend's
Wedding may have a healthier
portrayal of women, but Bridget
Jones' Diary is simply a better
movie. Thelma and Louise is a
great film but not necessarily
one you would watch with a large
group of friends.
There are good reasons for
watching chick flicks, regardless
of how good they are for women
in general. However, it's important to keep your eyes open, to
think about what you see, and
to question the rationale behind
the way these films portray their
female leads. Chick flicks may
be made for women, but that
doesn't mean that they're good
for them. Ill
Alternately-abled women to take centre stage
by Connie Do
On March 8th UBC's Green College will hold several lectures
about the challenges facing
women with disabilities.
The presentations, part of an
afternoon titled "International
Women's Day: Mothering Work
and the Performance of Daily
Life Care-giving", is fifth in a
set of seven colloquia called
The Unruly Salon Series, where
artists and scholars share their
stories and perspectives as a
way of challenging some of
the stereotypes of those with
disabilities.
The series is the creation of
Leslie G. Roman, an associate
professor in the department of
educational studies at the UBC
Faculty of Education, and Geoff
McMurchy, the artistic director
of both S4DAC (The Society for
Disability Arts and Culture) and
The Unruly Salon Series.
In its first year, The Unruly
Salon brings together internationally renowned scholars of
disability studies and professionals from the arts as a means
of demonstrating that disability
arts, culture and scholarship are
useful in the pursuit of equality
and justice.
Roman says that each of
the seven Salons is distinct
and deals with a wide array of
disability-related issues crossing racial, class, and sexual
boundaries.
"The Unruly Salon dares to
imagine what it means to be human without the idea of perfection or purity," she says.
According to Claudia Malac-
rida, an associate professor of
sociology at the University of Lethbridge, attention to disabled
women is important because
in the past, people have not
been concerned with disabled
women specifically; in the disability movement, women's
issues have not been in the
foreground.
Malacrida is giving a talk on
March 8th about the challenges
women with disabilities face.
"Many women find themselves parenting or they're parenting alone," says Malacrida.
"Women tend to be marginalized
compared to men regardless of
their ability or disability."
She continues to say that
women     without    disabilities
earn less money, and have more
challenges in the workplace and
the public sphere. But when it
comes to disabled women, all
these problems are highlighted
and exaggerated. Disabled
women also need to deal with
problems arising from access
to employment, access to education, and lack of accessible
housing in safe neighborhoods.
The issues that are
particular to women with
disabilities are not being spoken about, they
are not put in the centre
of the movement.
Claudia Malacrida
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of lethbridge
"In the early years of the
disability movement, there has
been criticism from women
with disabilities saying that
while the movement is giving us
some political voice, the issues
that are particular to women
with disabilities are not being
spoken about, they are not put
in the centre ofthe movement,"
says Malacrida. "This particular
combination is what we would
call in sociology a 'double jeopardy' or 'multiple jeopardy,'
where the effects of gender and
disability interact to create a
heightened oppression."
Despite these challenges,
Malacrida does not consider
disabled mothers tragic, but
heroic. She sees them as heroic
because the kinds of policies
and structures they parent
under make mothering more
difficult than it need be. Many
of the challenges to women's
employment, in-home supports,
and access to affordable, accessible housing could be changed
by government. She says, "The
government says on one hand
that they care particularly about
family but I think that for women with disabilities, their experiences would tell us differently."
A graduate course in educational studies, taught by Roman,
is also offered at UBC, and works
in conjunction with the Salons.
The course consists of three
broad ideas: a focus on formal
education on disabilities, par
ticipation in educational experiences, and different social views
on disability.
David Anderson, a student
enrolled in this class, feels that
the needs of disabled students
at UBC have been largely accommodated but not advocated.
Making campus more accessible
does not seem to be the top priority, which evokes a feeling of
segregation from students like
Anderson who, for example,
may need to go around the back
to find the elusive elevator to the
Student Union Building instead
of entering through the front
door like everyone else.
"The Student Union Building,' says Anderson, "is accessible but it doesn't feel like you're
a majority student. It's not a
focus so you feel like a second
class or third class citizen."
Salon 5 will be on March
8th from 1pm to 5pm in the
Green College Reception room.
Subsequently Salon 6 will be
on March 20th and Salon 7 on
March 29th. More information
regarding this series including
contacts and bios can be found
on The Unruly Salon website at
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"Not my problem?" Men's
role in stopping violence
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Op-ed piece from a man's perspective
by Alex Aylett
Canada has a problem with
violence against women. The
statistics will stop you in your
tracks: depending on the polls
you read, between one half and
one quarter of university-aged
women have been sexually assaulted, most by someone they
knew or trusted. But I don't
want to write about statistics.
I'm a man, and for a long
time those kinds of numbers left
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they represent, but also defensive because of the accusation
that seemed to linger behind
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knew that not all men abuse; in
fact some of those same studies
show that many women turn to
male friends for support and
care after surviving an assault.
But somewhere between those
private mo- ■
ments and public efforts to
stop violence,
men's voices
get lost. It is
time for us to
find our way,
past anger
and defensive-
ness, to something more
productive.
One of the
problems may
be how we
imagine what
rape and as- ■
sault to be. When I was a teenager I thought I knew what rape
was—rape was something that
happened after dark, in an alley
or a park. There was a stranger,
a knife, and a woman in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
It was like the terrible details of
the Pickton trial, but played out
at a different scale—not something I could do anything about,
except offer to walk my friends
home at night.
When someone close to me
was assaulted a few years later,
I learned how far off I was. The
maniac in the park is mostly
myth. Although those kinds of
attacks do happen, the majority of women are assaulted in a
familiar place and by someone
they know. Many women are
assaulted in their own homes,
dorm rooms, or workplaces. My
friend was one of those women.
Chances are some ofyour friends
and loved ones were too.
Other than unproductive
dreams of vigilante justice, the
myth ofthe maniac doesn't lead
to much. On the other hand,
seeing the real picture means
recognizing that men are in
a privileged position to stop
violence. We are on the inside,
so to speak, inside groups of
friends, colleagues and family
members where we can stop assaults before they happen. We
are inside groups where we can
intervene to diffuse situations
that encourage violence, and
where together we can speak
out publicly against the violence
that we see around us. But for
that to go anywhere, we also
Between one half
and one quarter
of university aged
women in Canada
have survived being
sexually assaulted.
A woman or child
is assaualted in
Canada almost every
minute of every day.
have to start looking for the reasons why some men are violent;
what is the bigger picture? I
have my guesses. The increasing violence of pornography,
the bland acceptance of sexism
in popular culture, and the aggressive sexual competition that
we as men often goad ourselves
into all definitely need to be
addressed.
These and a host of other
things don't make all men rapists, but they do create a context
that facilitates assault, and that
reassures and celebrates those
who are violent. I am not sure
what the answer to this problem
is, but I am sure that men, all of
us, have a part to play in finding
it. We have both a privilege and
a responsibility to ask where
this violence is coming from,
and to speak out against it. We
need to look at the events that
capture the headlines not as
horrible exceptions, but as signs
of a more gen
eral problem
that is with us
everyday.
Over the
past five years,
I have worked
with Allies®
UBC, an on-
campus resource group
that deals with
issues of sexual
violence. It has
been one ofthe
most rewarding parts of my
on-campus life,
and I've learned a few things
over the years.
The most important, I think,
is that violence against women
really isn't a "women's issue".
It is everyone's issue. Not only
do men have a unique position
that makes it possible for us to
prevent sexism and violence in
our communities, we also have
a lot to gain. In some way all of
our relationships with friends,
with lovers, and with family will
benefit when the everyday violence that women have to face
finally stops.
Let's look at those statistics
again. Between one half and
one quarter of university aged
women in Canada have survived being sexually assaulted.
A woman or child is assaulted in
Canada almost every minute of
every day. It is time for men to
become involved with this issue,
to move past feeling defensive
or angry and to start making a
difference. It is time for men to
read articles like this and realize that this is something we can
get involved with. It is time for
men to say that we are people
first and foremost, and that this
kind of violence, like all forms
of violence, has to stop. vll
Editor's Note: Alex Aylett is a
founding member and alumnus
of Allies@UBC, a pro-feminist
UBC resource group that runs a
variety of sex-positive events on
campus ranging from the Fall
White Ribbon Pancake Breakfast
to the OralSex Workshops. For
more information, contact al-
lies@interchange. ubc. ca. March 7th, 20081 The Ubyssey
WOMEN'S ISSUE
Shattering images of femininity
Op-ed piece comparing two female role models
©
by Marie-Helene Westgate
Last Saturday's Globe and Mail
ran simultaneous profiles of
Hilary Clinton's rise to political
heights and the empire of celebrity paparazzi surrounding
Britney Spears.
Over a cup of green tea that
morning, I couldn't help but
think what a brilliant editorial
choice it was to feature America's respective leading ladies in
the same issue. North American
culture's fixation with these two
iconic subjects never ceases to
compel me.
While Clinton has worked
for decades to gain public approval, Spears' presence has
figured prominently in print
and television media since her
1999 debut record sold many
millions of copies.
The Globe's Sinclair Stewart,
a financial services reporter,
explores the styles of speech
and dress that have come to
form our collective perspective
of Clinton as an unpopular,
impenetrable chameleon in the
piece, which is headlined "Why
Clinton is still tops in Little
Rock."
Steward describes Clinton as
"seeming stiff and unlikeable,"
before claiming that supporters
from her hometown of Little
Rock, Arkansas, tell another
story. Stewart asks the question,
"Can such an exhaustively analyzed figure [as Hillary Clinton]
really be so misunderstood?"
Stewart introduces Clinton
by means of association with
Joe Purvis, an all-American
"bear of a man." Stewart sets up
Purvis to bolster Clinton's like-
ability with a rooted reflection
of America's image of what is
trustworthy.
Stewart finishes with a
reference to Bill Clinton, who
"...famously remarked that
Democrats prefer to fall in love
with their candidates, while Republicans prefer to fall in line.
Unfortunately for Hillary, [her
husband's] words appear to be
ringing true."
Meanwhile, in the arts review section, journalist Peter
Cheney deploys his arsenal of
quotes from prominent Los Angeles paparazzi—all male—who
earn their livelihoods snapping photographs of a pop
singer's notorious spiral to
self-destruction.
"It is her antics that have
made Los Angeles the centre of
the paparazzi universe," Cheney
writes.
He blames Britney Spears
While the media
investigates Britney
Spears and Hillary
Clinton's likeability
under the guise of
equal opportunity, I
find myself stuck in
the trusty binds of
subordination from
which feminism still
can't quite break free.
for L.A.'s ongoing photographic
feeding frenzy, on account of
"the annulled Vegas wedding,
the custody battles, the kids
without car seats, the pantyless
limousine exits and what may
be history's most over-examined psychiatric meltdown."
I can't help but wonder
when male celebrities were
ever disparaged so passionately
for their own alleged indecencies. Is it because Spears, once
the girl next door we could all
gawk at in Maxim magazine,
has failed to maintain her end
of the contract to mirror our
cultural ideals of innocent, yet
hyper-sexualized femininity?
Veteran paparazzo Frank
Griffin says of Britney Spears
that "...she provokes it, and
she's part of it..She can't live
without [the paparazzi], and
they can't live without her."
Cheney's article suggests
that Spears's symbiotic relationship with the media is a
mutually beneficial one for all
parties.
If the saying, "behind every good man stands a greater
woman," stands up to equality discourse, then what of the
managers, agents, publishers,
producers and marketing teams
lurking in the lucrative shadow
of Spears?
If Cheney's article provides
any basis of quantitative data,
Los Angeles' multi-million dollar paparazzi empire consists
overwhelmingly of males.
A look at Cheney's investigative piece begs the question: Is
Spears the sole benefactor—if
she is a benefactor at all—of
the seemingly endless bounty
offered up by what Cheney has
coined "Target: Britney"?
In an era that fancies itself
well-endowed in progressive
liberalism, how is it that media
still critiques female figures ac
cording to the same categories
feminists of all genders have
been striving to eradicate?
At this very moment, reporters and journalists are
deploying evidence of physical
appearance and sex appeal in
the character trials of Hillary
Clinton and Britney Spears.
Days after finishing my cup
of tea and tossing my Saturday
paper into the recycling bin,
I'm still very much in the dark
about these two leading ladies.
While the media investigates Britney Spears and Hillary Clinton's likeability under
the guise of equal opportunity,
I find myself stuck in the trusty
binds of subordination from
which feminism still can't quite
break free.
Witch trials have always
provided strategic distractions
from the real question of who,
truly, wants to see these women
hung, and what exactly these
women are on trial for.
I think I have substantial
proof that greater forces are at
work regarding the case of shattering images of femininity. I'm
still deliberating on whether or
not my question will make the
headlines next weekend: Who
do we hate most, Hillary or Britney? Wi
The Ubyssey
Community Contribution Award
At the Ubyssey, we feel that a sense of community on campus is
important. Since 1998, we've been putting our money where our
mouth is, and offering $3,000 Ubyssey
Community Contribution Award. This annual award
recognizes returning UBC students who have made a
significant contribution to developing and strengthening a sense
of community on the UBC campus by:
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
2. Promoting activism and awareness in an academic, cultural,
political, recreational, or social sphere.
The award is open to all returning, full-time UBC students, graduate, undergraduate and unclassified in good standing with the
Ubyssey Publications Society. For the 2007-2008 academic year,
we will award a $3000 award for a project. Deadline will be April
1 2008 and the award will be
disbursed to the successful candidate on April 10 2008.
Nominees for the award will be judged on:
1. The impact of the contribution made - the number of people
involved or affected.
2. The extent of the contribution - the degree to which it
strengthens the sense of community on campus.
3. The innovation of the contribution - preference will be
given to recognizing a new contribution over the
administration of an existing one.
4. The commitment of the individual to UBC as a
community.
Nominations should include a cover letter by the
nominator, either an individual or a group, briefly
stating the nature of the contribution made, the
individual being nominated, contact information of the
nominator and the nominee and a letter (approximately 500
words in length) describing the contribution made and how
the above four criteria have been met.
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those
doing so must attach a letter of support from another member
of the campus community. The award will be judged by a
committee chaired by a representative of UBC Student
Financial Assistance and Awards office and members from
various parts of the campus community.
Deadline for submission of completed For  further  information,  please  contact
nominations should reach the Fernie   Pereira,   Business  Manager,  The
Ubyssey, Room 23, SUB, no later than Ubyssey,  at   (604)   822-6681   or   email:
Tuesday, April 1,2008. fpereira@interchange.ubc.ca 

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