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Getting political
Why there are so few women
in politics. Page 4. ft
Trading f fttir rights
A look at Vancouver's sex tracJe workers.
Pages 6-7.
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Volume 85 Issue 41
special issue
* Friday, March 5, 2004
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Women's Issue
a ubyssey special issue
Friday, March 5, 2.004
weekdays in ihe SUB basement near ihe
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prominent professional artists;
Gregg Simpson, Jamie Nichoiis, Jean-
Guy Dallaire, Marion Jamieson, Pnina
Granirer, Janet Cummings, Monica Hu,
and Mong Yen. 8-13 March, 2003,
10am-7pm, AMS Art Gallery in SUB.
UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
invites you to celebrate the pharmacy
profession and the health care of our
community at our annual fair in the
SUB. Monday, Match 1st to Friday,
March 5th 2004 12-2PM
presented by Mobilization Against War
- and Occupation, to discuss me politics
behind MAWO's growing Canada-wide
campaign against the occupation,
Sunday, March 7th, 6:30pm, ,
Collingwood Neighborhood House (1
block south of Joyce Skytrain)
mawoinfo@yahoo.ca 604-322-1764
March 23rd 4PM in the Centre!
A week of events leading up to March
21st International Day for the
Elimination of Racism Refer to
wwrw.ams.ubcca for more details See you
SOUTH AFRICA-- Workers Struggle
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NEW INCARNATION: With its share of new issues, melissa rohde photo
Women Students' Office
now part of larger centre
by Megan Thomas
Although UBC's Women Students' Office
dissolved into a new multi-dimensional
anoftpppression centre last November,
women's issues on campus are still
being addressed, says
the director.
The new centre, called Access and
Diversity, amalgamated the Women
Students' Office and the Disability
Resource Centre to create a service to
address inequalities on campus such as
racism, sejrism and homophobia. But
the fact that the centre has a position
dedicated to women's issues speaks to
the university's commitment to
addressing gender inequality, said Janet
Mee, Access and Diversity director.
"We made a deliberate decision to
create a position that worked solely with
women,' she said.
Prior to the change, the Women
Student's Office focused- on identifying
systemic inequalities and discrimination, such as the representation of
women in the student population.
Access and Diversity will continue that
work, said Mee.
Certain services once offered by the
Women Students' Office, such as one-
on-one counselling, have been moved
elsewhere on campus. Women's issues
counselors now work out pf UBG
Counselling Services.
"[They] are now housed.in the place
that most functionally provides that
service,* said Mee.
But it is taking time to get the word
out to women students about the
changes, said Begum Verjee, the diversity advisor for women's issues at
Access and Diversity]
v "A lot of women haven't come by,*
she said. "Of course it concerns me
because I would like to know, the unit
would like to know, what's happening
on campus,*
Full day of events, Vancouver Museum,
Saturday, March 6
Vancouver Museum hosts women-
focused lectures, gallery talks, exhibits,
and storytelling. Admission is 2 for 1;
adults $10 and youth/students $6. See
Full Figure Theatre, workshops, The
Roundhouse, March 7
These seminars include massage,
driiTnrning, and Rubenfeld Synergy. $7
each or $20 for three.
Stop Attacks on Women: At Home
and Abroad march, Burrard Skytrain
Station, March 6,11:00am
March to stop attacks on women
from the Skytrain to VPL. $0. Hosted
by   Vancouver-   Rape   Relief   and
But Verjee also said Access and
Diversity and the university are committed to informing students about the
resources available. An advisory committee is being formed to direct the centre on which issues to address. Once
specific initiatives have been identified,
more can be done to get the student
body involved, she said.
Verjee also said having a centre that
works in the interests of all oppressed
groups will be beneficial.
"We work in collaboration with each
other, we speak to each other...and
there is a lot of overlap. We need that
sort of critical mass,* she said.
But one UBC student who has been
involved in the consultation for Access
and Diversity is concerned that trying to
address different inequalities under one
roof could be difficult.
"A lot of people are saying that this,
in many ways, is the marginalisation of
marginalised people's issues on campus," said Mia Amir, a UBC student
Amir worries that it will be difficult
to cater to specific inequalities when the
Access and Diversity mandate is
so diverse. She is also concerned about
the loss of a centre on campus that
was a safe space specifically for
women students.
"[It] is a horrible event for the university to lose a space that was established to be for women students only,"
she said.
Amir said it is important for students to keep an eye on Access and
Diversity as it develops and finds
its direction.
"It is extremely important that we be
cognisant of what this, unit is going to
do. In a lot of ways it has the potential to
deal with, issues that have not been dealt
with on this campus ever before,* she
said. "It also has the potential to become
an area where it is a tokenisation of
dealing with lived experiences."*
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Anne Kingston, "The Meaning of
Wife," Downtown Vancouver Public
Library (VPL), Monday, March 8,7:30-
.Anne Kingston/writer and journalist, will be speaking about her book, a
modern-day view of marriage. $0.
Register by e-mail at info.talkof-
thetown@ubc.ca or at 604-822-1700.
Beauty Night Society events, The Bay
downtown, March 5-8
DJ 101 for Girls seminar, pilates
and hip-hop classes, the Chick Literature) Program, health seminars at The
Bay downtown. See www.beautynight
org/calendar.htm.'SB Friday, March 5, 2004.
Women's Issue
a ubyssey special issue
Sarah Bourdon
Jenn Cameron
Hywel Tuscano
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
John Hua
Jesse Marchand
Heather Pauls
Michelle Mayne
Paul Carr
Iva Cheung
Sarah Bourdon
Bryan Zandberg
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"I am woman, hear me roar!* yelled Jenn. Cameron, barely able
to contain her excitement at editing another women's issue
story. Heather* Pauls, Marina Ellig, Paul Carr and Sarah
Bourdon started singing along while Momoko Price and Hywel
Tuscano drew the pages they were proofing high into the air
and joined in. Carrie Robinson, Marisa Chandler and Alex
Leslie came in and said "get back to work you lazy bums,' but
they'ignored the party-poopers, determined to celebrate
International Women's Day loudly and proudly. Dan
McRoberts, Jon Woodward, Katelyn Mclntyre and Iva Cheung
came in and, excited at the chance to join in the party, started
Ringing along. Soon, all editing and proofing had been forgotten, and everyone forgot all about the Women's Issue.
Suddenly, Reyna Ramolete Hayashi Megan Thomas, Greg
Ursic and Jesse Marchand came into the office, and realizing
how much work needed to be done, got straight to work. They
were joined by Peter IQesken, Bryan Zandberg and Michelle
Majnie, and wiih remarkable speed, thisy produced a women's
issue like none that had ever been seen before. Wilson Wong
and Dan Burritt picked up the first copy, and gave it a glowing
review on CiTR, sparking a frenzy over the issue. And johnny
Hua, super editor, volunteered to autograph eveiy copy.
Sarah Bourdon
Jenn Cameron
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'Cause you're worth it
"What will I find in the. Women's Issue?" you probably
asked. We asked ourselves this very question when we
first started work on it
What would our focus be? Feminism and women's
rights? Sex and relationships, like some cheesy Cosmo
No. Instead, our issue celebrates different passions
and interests, and deals with some of the serious issues
facing women today.
Our cover is a collage. To us, it represents different
aspects of what it means to be a woman through pictures. Audrey Hepburn is not only a great actress, but
she is also the pinnacle of glamour and style. The shoe
and the dress are elegant, and the other pictures represent elements we feel are important to the issue-
strength and passion for life.
The articles in this issue relate to the indulgences
we allow ourselves—even if we are slightly ashamed to
say we have them. We watch Average Joe, Elimidate,
and What Not To Wear. But we're relunctant to admit
that we do. We got to thinking about our own girly
indulgences and passions, television-related or otherwise, and decided to share them with you.
Jenn: Well, I love figure skating. I used to be a figure
skater, and I don't care what anybody says about the
frilly outfits or the feminine movements. Figure skating
is a sport, damn it! I also love shopping, shoes, jewelry,
and I'm obsessed with my hair. I watch the O.C. and
America's Next Top Model I even like stupid girly magazines, as much as I feel they are degrading to women.
Oh yeah, and my Screensaver consists of pictures of
guys that I think are hot—about half of them are pictures of Johnny Depp.
Sarah: My biggest indulgence, and my most expensive, is horses. Just like figure skating, show jumping is
a sport, damn it! I love watching Friends and Sex and
the City, and I have even been known to watch Average
Joe on occasion (though in my defence, I was forced to
watch it by my Joe-crazed roommates). I also love old
movies, especially ones with Caiy Grant in them. I love
doing crossword puzzles and yes, I am fully aware that
this makes me sound like a geek. Oh, and I completely
agree with Jenn about Johnny Depp—he is beautiful.
So those are our indulgences. We hope you will
enjoy this issue. Go out and indulge yourself on
International Women's Day, whatever that means.
Skateboarding through campus, watching an episode
of Oprah (or not watching Oprah), or joining the celebrations downtown! *
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In deience ot girly trash TV
What you are embarrassed to admit you watch
by Marisa Chandler
I love trash. Now, when I say "trash," I'm not
referring to actual refuse and scraps tumbling
out of public receptacles; I don't roll around
gleefully in garbage dumps or anything. When
I say "trash" I'm mostly referring to stupid
magazines, plotless books, crappy merchandise and television shows—most of which I am
too embarrassed to admit I watch.
Not only do I love trash, I consider girly
• trash the biggest guilty pleasure of all. I'm writing this from Halifax, where I am visiting my
sister, and where we are all stuck inside
because of a blizzard. This has given me time
for some deep inner reflection, which revealed
that I'm not actually very deep. All I could think
of was wonderful, wonderful bubblegummy
pop culture junk. Of the girly variety.
Yesterday, my sister had all her geeky law
school friends over to watch The Bachelorette. I
don't normally watch this show, but it's the sort
of stuff I am talking about. There were margar-
itas and cupcakes, and a good time was had by
all." But personally I prefer another show-
America's Next Top Model. It is possibly the
stupidest, trashiest, most ridiculous and frustrating reality TV show ever. ,
America's Next Top Model is hilarious in ah
ironic sort of way, which of course most pop
culture things are. (I also realise that saying
things are "ironic" or "postmodern" is ridiculously pretentious, probably inaccurate and
generally used by assholes showing off how
smart they are, but I really can't help myself,
There's also something extremely entertaining about having malnourished (and subsequently bitchy) girls viciously compete with
each other just to determine who is prettiest
(oops, I mean "talented"). It's an irresistible concept I'm riveted by the tense competitions over
who can pout more or accessorise better. Pure
genius, I've never had to think less in my life.
I won't lie to you. I often cancel Friday night
plans In order to watch Sex and the City, a legitimately good show that manages to turn the
trivial into an art form. But overall, it is elevated girly trash. I think of it as the modern equivalent of Pride and Prejudice: five society girls
(who are somewhat like sisters) pick apart their
romantic and social situations with witty, yet
catty dialogue, with an absurd emphasis on
fashion. Hmm, where have I heard this before?
I spend my entire day thinking at school, or
at least putting effort into making a face that
indicates I might be thinking. When I get home
I don't want to think anymore, I just want to
indulge in crap that is very pointedly marketed
towards me.
I admit it, I'm also tempted to buy Hello
Kitty merchandise. I have a copy of Valley of
The Dolls under my bed. And as much as I try
to fight it, I really do like the colour pink. Don't
get me wrong, I'm not about to go out and buy
a Britney Spears CD or a subscription to
Cosmogirl. But I think, if you have a sense of
humour, that most of this girl-engineered junk
is pretty entertaining and not that destructive
to your brain.
So the point I'm trying to make is...well, I
don't really know. Excuse me, I need to go
watch When Harry Met Sally for the billionth
time—all this _nnking has been a Httle hard on
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Getting girls into
tne old boys' club
Exploring the absence
of women in politics
by Dan McRoberts
I want you to try something. Read this
line and then guess the percentage of
Canada's parliamentarians that are
female. No cheating!
What did you guess? If
you're like me, you probably
overshot.    Before    starting
research on this article, I
thought that the figure was
around 30-35 per cent Fact
is, only 62 of Canada's 301
members of parliament are
women. That's a paltry 20.6
per cent And if that number
by itself doesn't concern you, consider that women account for SI per
cent of the population according to
the 2001 census.
Another troubling fact is that the
number of women running in federal
elections has' actually decreased since 1993. Barbara
Arneil, a political science professor who teaches a gender
and politics course at UBC,
said that this last element can
be traced to the fundamental
and structural limitations for
women in the present
Canadian political system.
"Between 1980 and 1990-95, you
have a marked increase in the number of women represented, about five
per cent per election. That increase
has plateaued in the last three elections,   which  suggests  that
there is something more structural going on. It's not simply a
matter of getting over prejudices,* she explained.
What are these structural
aspects? Arneil discussed distance from home and family
as being one matter than can
affect female representation
in federal politics.
"We deal with large distances in
Canada, and there are ways to organise parliamentary sessions to make
them more family-friendly/ she suggested. But the lack of gender
equality is hardly limited to
the national level. Provincial
politics is just as male-dominated,   with   the   national
average of female legislators
hovering around 20 per cent
What about the local level,
which Arneil said might be
more attractive for women
given that "it's closer to home and
that there is less of a rah-rah atmosphere,   or   a   debating   club"?   A
Federation of Canadian Municipalities survey from September 2002
indicates that only 21  per
cent of all city councillors are
female, and when it comes to
mayoralty,   women   are  in
charge of only 535 muncipal-
There is clearly an overall
problem with representation,
which Arneil attributed to a
single word: money.
"Money is an important factor,"
she says. "Men have more capacity to
The problem of gender representation is an international one, and
Canada cannot claim to be on the
leading edge of the worldwide trend.
Canada ranks 36th in terms of gen-
der representation in democracies.
But if the volunteers behind Equal
Voice succeed in their efforts, Canada
could soon be moving up that list
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan
action  committee   determined  to
change the Canadian political
landscape. Its stated goal is
"104 in '04," calling for 104
female MPs to be elected in
the forthcoming federal elections. Beth Haddon, a member of the Equal Voice steering committee and a journal-
CLJNTON      ism professor at UBC, was
impressed by the impact the
organisation has had.
"I've    been    stunned   by   the
response over the past two years,"
she said. "Our strategy was not to create an institution...but really go after
negotiating with the politicians." The
evidence of this effort is visible on Equal Voice's website
(www.equalvoice.ca) where
letters to party leaders and
responses are posted.
Despite   the   successful
communication, Haddon acknowledges that recognition
of the problem is quite different from action actually being
taken. "It's going to take a concerted
effort," she says. "Everyone pays Bp
service to it, but little has been done."
How can more women get into
politics? Haddon claims that party
leaders do not do enough to
promote female candidates
in winnable ridings. "If you
really believe that you want
more women in the House of
Commons, then you can't let
the system play out the way it
plays out"
Political insiders are not
the only element of society
that needs to change with respect to
gender equality. Before coming to
teach at UBC, Haddon worked as the
Ottawa bureau chief for CBC's the
Journal and discussed the media's
treatment of female politicians from an experienced
When Belinda Stronach
announced that she was running for the leadership of the
Conservative   Party,   initial
press coverage was focused
SUKARNOPUTRI mainly °n Stronach's status
as a young, attractive blonde
woman. Haddon described this as
"The press can't resist it," she said.
"The media is not in the vanguard of
changing these stereotypes." Haddon
sees a particular double standard when politicians err in
"If a woman stumbles, the
media seems to blame the fact
that she's a woman," she said.
"When a man makes a political faux-pasyou don't hear references to his age or sex. That
would be ridiculous."
Haddon believes that increasing
the number of women in politics will
create a more diverse and democratic system of government for Canada.
"The curse pf democracy is when
money carries the day. If you had
more women, I suggest that money
would not play such a major role." *
THATCHER Friday,.March 5,2.004
How to shut d
Women's Issue
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own a women .3
Four women's centres are closing now. Eighteen may
close in the next three months. It's a crisis, women say
by Jonathan Woodward
There are boxes all around Linda.
Many, inany, many boxes.
"I- couldn't tell you how many,"
she says.
They fill the office and the large
group room in the women's centre in
Kitimat, an isolated town in Northern
BC, They are filled with everything
that used to line the walls of the centre—books and frames and pictures
and papers. Anticipating that on
March 31 they will lose the provincial
core funding that keeps their
women's centre running, they're
packing it up. Linda's been hired as
the centre's executive director for
only as long as it takes to shut down.
"There are so many details that
you have to take care of," she says.
Insurance policies have to change.
Security, hydro and gas have to be cut
off. Computers are going to be donated to people in the community,
couches and bookshelves to women
who need them. "There's no end to
the little details that bog you down."
This Women's Centre has been in
Kitimat for the last 28 years. It's the
place that women go to in the isolated
community for support during crisis,
referrals to professionals and advocacy groups, programs that promote
safety and discussion about gender.
It's the only women-only safe space
in Kitimat. It provides free Internet
access for women, downloading
forms to fill out before they go to
court in custody battles. It even helps
women get from a town that has no
public transportation to the nearest
Right now, amidst the boxes, the
centre is open from 9am-12pm, but
that won't even last the week
Linda stops packing for a
moment, pauses for composure. "It's
like I have to put up an emotional
block for myself to do this work, to
close it," she says. "It's gut-wrenchr
The loss of provincial funding is a
loss to the community. "What are
women going to do now?" she asks
out loud. "I know that I'm referring
women to their local MIA*
Currently, there are 37 women's
centres across BC. On March 31,
2004, they won't be receiving about
$4 7,000 of core funding that pays for
their rent and administrative costs,
about $1.7 million saved in the
provincial budget
Right now, Kitimat is one of four
centres across BC that are closing
immediately. Eighteen are expected
to close in the next three months as
their money runs out Others may
last longer—six months or a year.
Rural women's centres are often
the' ones hit hardest There's no community or other levels of government
to draw money from. But Ihe cities
feel it too: Michelle, with the North
Shore Women's Centre, says her centre will probably be closed by the end
of the summer.
"When there's a crisis, you dip
into whatever you have saved for a
crisis situation, but by the end of the
summer that will be pretty much
gone," she says.
Others haven't had money in the
bank. Richmond's centre has laid off
all full-time staff and operates with
reduced hours and volunteers.
Surrey's centre advertises for donations from visitors on its website. The
City of Vancouver is refusing to provide core support as part of a no-
downloading polity: the city won't
hold itself responsible for services
cut by the provincial government
This is not a surprise, says Ida
Chong, Minister of Women's and
Senior's Services. Women's centres
were told that they would have to
become self-sufficient—raising their
core money from donors in the community—two years ago.
"They have known that governr
ment was going to focus provincial
dollars on direct essential services to
women," she said. The government
gives $33 million to front-line services like transition houses, safe houses,
second-stage housing and counselling for women and children who
have experienced abuse.
If a women's centre wants to run
a specific program—violence prevention, self-defense, counselling—then
it can apply to run that program
specifically through grants to the
wprnen s centre, not through core
funding. Money is provided, but not
for support and referrals.. The BC government provides those with a 24-
hour call-in crisis line, it helps
women and families who leave transition houses with loans to get them
on,theirfeet        . "**
There are community organisations like the United Way if women's
centres want to fundraise, she said.
There are federal grants. If money is
tight they can join other women's
organisations and community centres. The government has given them
money for the transition period, and
won't be involved any more.
"I will do everything that I can to
ensure that we [prevent] violence
against women and girls," says
Chong. If some women still fall
through the cracks, there is one other
place they can turn to for non-partisan help, she says. "Women not
knowing where to go can call their
government MLA office."
These are measures that won't
save money, says Michelle. Without
preventative programs, barriers
women face become more complex,
and last-resort services will be overloaded. It's going to mean women
will stay in abusive relationships, live
in poverty and be isolated from their
community longer. "Their lives are
going to be in crisis," she says.
Michelle knows that the province
gave notice of the funding cut, but
two years of efforts have only result
ed in six months' worth of funding
for North Shore. Full-time staff that
applied for grants aren't being paid
anymore. Funding to help the transition has often gone to the one-time
hiring of someone to oversee a centre's shutdown, like Linda in Kitimat
Project funding is keeping some
centres open—Queen Charlottes is
counting on money for its anti-violence programs—but staff will spend
unpaid hours applying for grants
they might not get, which won't pay
administration salaries or keep the
lights and heat on. Everyone is applying for a small number of grants, and
the competition will strangle the
smaller centres, she says.
Ones that have amalgamated with
community centres have lost space
they once used to provide support,
and now just refer women to others
or the province's call-in line.
But this isn't good enough for
women in small communities with
nowhere else they can physicially go,
says Linda "What we have to do now
is if someone came in,, we'd just
refer, refer, refer. If you're in crisis
and you reach out for help, all you get
is another phone number, how helpful is that?"
She is still going to do what she
can with the Kitimat Status of Women
Society, where she'll go when the
Women's Centre's doors are finally
locked. They don't have any special
project funding there, but she has
plans and resolve. "We're going to be
working real hard on that now. Well
be trying to stay open and working.
We'll get some funding back for the
women who are losing out" #
Veiled througfh ignorance:
the trials of adapting to an Arab country
by Jenn Cameron'
The Middle East is a different world. Not an inferior
world, but a very different one. The norms and values
upheld in the Middle East conflict with those upheld
in Canada. Living in the nation of Kuwait for several
years has given me some perspective oh the difficulties of adjusting to Arab society—but I don't claim to
be an expert by any means.
One trend I noted was the occurrence of western
women marrying Kuwaiti men. So what happens
when a Canadian Woman meets an Arab man and
marries him? If- she should choose to move to his
home country, it is likely that she will have even more
difficulty managing in the Arab world than someone
in my situation. ft
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Canadian women who marry Arab men and move to
the Middle East don't know how different their lives
will be. After the move, they often feel isolated,
restricted and even trapped. Their husbands often display different behaviour in their home country than in
Canada because they don't feel the pressure of family
and traditional society. , ,
The woman's- place in Arab society is different
than in western settings: a very outspoken, liberal
Canadian woman may have difficulty accepting possible restrictions on clothing or expectations regarding
behaviour. - . ■ ^
The emphasis on family and honour is much
more prominent in aArab society. It's not uncommon
for entire extended families to five under the same
roof—something rare in Canada. In these traditional
homes, the family looks put for one another. Women
in particular are regarded as precious—it's the duty
of husbands, fathers and brothers to look out for
them. A Canadian woman may not understand this
concept, and would feel that her privacy is being
invaded and independence limited, not understanding how her actions reflect her husband's and his
family's honour. ' • ft
If there are children, the situation becomes more
difficult In Arab society, children grow up as Muslims
regardless of the mother's religious background. A
Canadian woman may not be comfortable with this.
She would have to teach her children ideals foreign to
her, something not many parents are expected to do.
This is especially difficult if she has a daughter.
There are also the issues of travelling and
employment. In many Arab countries, a husband can
place restrictions on his wife, not allowing her to leave
the country or get a job without his permission. I am
not saying that a husband will do this, I am saying that
he could, and that a woman needs to be conscious of
this possibility.
The purpose of this article is not to claim that liberal Canadian ideals are superior to more traditional
Arab ideals, but rather to explain the extreme differences in culture and expectations in Arab countries. If
wonien are aware of these differences before they
make the commitment to leave Canada, they will be
better able to adapt to an Arab society. #
RiDBons of peace
by Carrie Robinson
A movement called the White Ribbon
Campaign spread to UBC when a group
of men began working together to stop
violence committed by men against
The UBC campaign is a "spin off the
head office, which is the National White
Ribbon Campaign that is based out of
Toronto," said Chris Ste Crpix, a UBC
graduate student and one of the founding members. They work with the
Womens' Centre but their group consists of men, he said,   ft .,-,
Allies, a group located in the
Student Union Building, now oversees
the campaign. Jonathan Hanvelt, a UBC
masters student who brought, the White
Ribbon Campaign to campus,
explained that what started as the
White Ribbon: Campaign evolved
into Allies.
"We see ourselves as a voice in a
much bigger society for social justipe,"
said Hanvelt Allies' main event is a
pancake breakfast that raises donations for various anti-violence support
groups. The last breakfast was held in
November and was a success, said
Hanvelt ?
"At this point we have raised
$11,000 which has then gone to support groups such as the Sexual Assault
Support Centre (SASC)," he said.
3 In addition to iundraising breakfasts, according to Ste. Croix, Allies also
participates in various community outreach initiatives such as anti-sexual
assault work, volunteering with SASC,
going to schools in the community and
spreading awareness.
An important element of the campaign is getting men to wear a white
ribbon, a symbol of opposition to violence against women, said Ste. Croix.
This involves getting the message out
across campus, added Hanvelt
"We   do   workshops that involve
men speaking
to men about
sexism   and
sexual assault," he  said.
"For example, we worked with
Vanier and Totem on campus."
Tyler Bryant a UBC arts student involved in the campaign, said the
Allies would like to expand the way they
release information to the public by
making workshops more established.
He also explained that many men are
aware of mens' violence against
women and it's less intimidating to
talk with a group of men.
"If it is just men, we feel more open
or more secure than if it were a mixed
group of men and women," he said.
Bryant got involved with the campaign
by hearing a presentation about it to
Safewalk workers.
"I came in fairly naive, but the
redeeming factor for me is knowing
how much of a problem [violence
against women] is, and how much still
needs to be done," he said.
Although a desire for equality in
society is the main motivation for
involvement in the group, Bryant said
being part of Allies has been a great
"I stay involved because it is really
fun, we have learned to be really close
and we have formed friendships," he
said. "I really like the people that I work
with in the group and that they are all
Concerned about the same things."
Ste. Croix is optimistic about the
group's future.
"It is just a matter of getting the
time and people to come to be
involved, and to be excited to be
involved," he said. Hanvelt agreed,
adding that the organisation 'only
plays a part in terms of what still needs
to be done." # 6
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One woman talks about violence in Vancouver's sex trade
by Reyna Ramolete Hayashi
It is apparent to the government and the public
that violence toward sex trade workers is escalating and will persist unless operative measures
are taken to protect prostitutes and put their perpetrators behind bars. The problem manifests
itself in numerous, disturbing cases of extreme
violence against sex trade workers. In January of
this year, the trial of Don Bakker went underway
at the Vancouver Provincial Court. He is accused
of assaulting and torturing more than
50 prostitutes.
Virtually everyone has heard of the largest
serial murder case in Canadian history, involving
the notorious alleged serial killer Robert Pickton,
who has been charged with 22 counts of first-
degree murder in connection with the disappearance of 60 prostitutes from Downtown Eastside
Vancouver. As new evidence is unearthed, it is
possible that the death toll will rise and more
murder charges will added. -
Prostitutes' are vulnerable to violence because
they are often devalued and degraded by society;
some believe the mistreatment of sex trade workers is acceptable. Prostitutes are more susceptible
to violence, as the isolated, private locations of
crimes are more difficult to monitor. Many of
them don't report these crimes, fearing the law.
I believe that in the case of the 60 missing
women from the Downtown Eastside, the police
often neglected to pursue reported incidences.
Their passive, idle treatment of violence toward
prostitutes endorses these crimes as tolerable
and less deleterious than crimes committed
against other members of society. If perpetrators
recognise that they are often ignored by law
enforcement agencies, their crimes will continue
to plague BC.
Since criminal cases have surfaced and have
been publicised, controversy has risen over the
issue of how to govern prostitution. The concept
of prostitution may evoke feelings of disgust,
rage, curiosity, apprehension or sympathy. The
proposed legal agendas for dealing with prostitu
tion are to maintain the status quo, to regulate it
or to try to abolish it; respectively.
It appears that society and the media oversimplify the causes of prostitution. Some prostitutes
were sexually abused as children; others are
underage runaways. Some have nine-to-five jobs
in addition to working on the streets. Some have
come from poverty, others from wealth. Some'are
homeless; others have homes. Some are drug
addicts; others use their earnings to feed and
clothe their children. Some are desperate—entering the profession by coercion—and are now
trapped in the business. Yet others consciously
choose prostitution as a profession. Each case is
subjective and the stigma associated with the sex
trade needs to be abolished in order for us to better understand the issue and acknowledge sex
trade workers as human beings.
The rights of sex trade workers need to be
upheld. When advocating human rights one
needs to be objective. Once rights become subjective for a particular group of people, as they have
in BC, they are no longer valid. History provides
numerous examples of governments stripping
the rights of racial minorities and women without
impunity. We detach ourselves, forcing sex trade
workers so far out of society's realm that we've
repeated history by denying them basic human
rights. Separate but equal is not equal.
It is easy to shun what is unpleasant to see, to
view ourselves as jncongruent and superior to
what we refuse to associate with. A moral and just
society has an implicit duty to protect every citizen, sex trade workers included. Whether or not
we perceive them as being victims, we become
the victimisers by failing to protect them from
battery, rape and murder. ;
One can judge the morality of a society by the
way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. Once we
comprehend our own self-worth, we will learn to
embrace the worth of the lives around us. It is
time for us to disarm ourselves of judgment and
understand that every human life has value.
When we devalue the lives of others we
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Skateboarding—a sport
dominated by guys—is
seeing an increase in
female skaters. I don't
know why it's growing,
but I do know why I skate.
by Heather Pauls
An ironic gender inversion is emerging at the same
speed as women beginn to skateboard.
A skate video, with the misleading name of Boy, is a
collection of female skateboarders ollying over sidewalks, pulling railslides and sweeping through bowls
with the greatest of ease. Girl Skateboards makes decks
with the women's washroom decal on them, pink-skirted girl icons surrounded by geometric designs with the
names of male pro-skateboarders under the label-
skaters they've sponsored to promote the company. The
decks hang from the white walls of the Antisocial skate
shop like an art exhibit An employee tells me that boys
are the only people he has seen buy them.
I ask if there are skateboard clothing arid shoe lines
made especially for girls. As he lists the two lines, a girl
in the corner scoffs, saying their designs are ugly and
that only girls who don't skateboard buy them. The
average female skateboarder sticks to brands designed
with men in mind, like Vans and Etnies—brands that
make girl shoes as well, but according to her, aren't the
favourites of actual female skateboarders. I ask her if
she skateboards. Looking offended, she answers that
she doesn't
My roommate and I sometimes skateboard together
in the middle of the night under the streetlights when
everyone who isn't trying to sleep is trying to sell something on the corner of Broadway and Fraser, a couple of
blocks from our house. One night my roomate bailed
and sprained her wrist, but that wasn't her only grief. A
man in a pickup truck rolled down his window, shouting angrily, "What are you trying to be, some sort of
tomboy or something?" Apparently it's unnatural for
women to be skateboarding.
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ing my way to a spot by the hospital, a neighbour squinted his eyes across his front lawn and wondered aloud to
his friend, "Is that a girl?" in an incredulous voice.
Skateboarding itself is a sort of minority sport,
regardless of gender. I've been kicked out of the Mount
Saint Joseph Hospital parking lot by security. Countless
ex-boyfriends have suffered confrontations with store
owners and police, detentions in high school and accidents with cars—all just because they were skateboarding in a public space.
The best spots in Vancouver are riddled with iron
clamps, disallowing benches and curbs to be used for
railslides. Downtown Vancouver doesn't want skateboarders, unlike places like Portland, Oregon, where
there are specific skateboard routes noted by obscure
yellow signs with a black cartoon figure of a skateboarder framed in its diamond, the same style as the
female decals on Girl Skateboards.
As a minority sport, skateboarding is not recognised
at the Olympics or mainstream competitions, is discouraged by the city arid is given the reputation of a
time-waster for delinquents. It's also a predominantly
male-driven and male-created sport. Look in any skateboard magazine and try to find a woman who isn't represented as a skater's girlfriend—thankfully, scantily-
clad bust-monsters are rare—but who is actually pulling
a trick in a half-pipe. Female skateboarders are an even
greater minority.
I don't claim to be one of the women I wish to see in
a half-pipe. My career as a 'skater's girlfriend' has been
more prolific than my involvement in skateboarding.
But after years of knowing skateboarders, my ears are
fine-tuned to search out the sound of wheels over pavement kerchunking with every break in the sidewalk.
Each time, my ears perk up and I automatically scan
around to find who is making the noise.
This attention has led to some significant observations. On UBC campus, there are now plenty of girls
skateboarding between classes. Mostly I've seen long-
boards, which are like skateboards with longer, lower
decks and larger wheels—designed for speed rather
than pulling crazy moves. I have yet to see any female
boarders try out some of the better spots on campus,
like around University Boulevard and West Mall, where
there have yet to be clamps drilled into the cement
steps, still perfect for trying out new tricks.
Why are more women skateboarding and why were
there less before? For me, part of the discouragement
was the intimidation of guys, usually attractive, who
could skate better than I could ever dream of for myself.
Pride was also at stake, as beginner skateboarders look
ridiculous; fumbling and timid. I feared the titles of
'poser' and 'skate-Betty.'
An encouragement was the hope of gaining the reputation as one of those hot-chick-skaters who was tough,
undaunted and strong. Another part of me wanted to
appear courageous and get noticed. But then, ultimately, were my intentions not based on the way a man
might perceive me?
No. A larger part of me began skateboarding to
protest the lack of women involved and to discover why
that was. But then, wis I motivated to skateboard simply because I'm a woman?
No. More than anything, I wanted to feel the concrete underneath four tiny wheels while watching the
world fly by as everyone is tucked in their houses at
night; a way to see the city sleeping yet seething with
life, leaving my white breath streaming behind me in
the yellow-orange streetlight; to feel the air crisp and
full of cold energy around me before the sudden, slow
motion slam of chest-arras-face into the asphalt as the
feet follow. Ultimately, this is the reason I skateboard,
ignoring the questions of my neighbours and other
finger-pointers, the lack pf anyone taking me seriously
in a skate shop and, of course, my own lack of any
impressive skill.
I skateboard to feel the ground beneath my feet in a
different way, with the exhilarating risk of feeling it
brush against me closer 'til it cuts...the adrenaline of
possibility. & Friday, March 5,2.004.
by Marina Ellis
As soon as I met with Teryne Russell, the quote
by Shakespeare, "She may be little, but she is
fierce," quickly shot through my mind.
Although Russell stands only 5"S', she is
nonetheless an aggressive goaltender for the
Thunderbird women's hockey team with an
impressive goals against average of 0.9.
After the T-Birds had a successful season
this year, contrasting their last place finish in
2002-03, Teryne decided to stay another year
in search of an elusive playoff spot. Despite
the fact that the team had a three-game winning streak at the end of their schedule, the
women narrowly missed the playoffs after a 3-
0 defeat by the Manitoba Bisons.
However, missing the playoffs by a
whisker only left Teryne with an insatiable
desire for victory.
"This was my best season so far with the
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team," she enthused. "Plus, my teammates
and coaches got along really well this season
and had a lot of fun together. I am excited for
next season already; I think we have a lot of
potential to make the playoffs."
Born and raised in Tsawassen, Russell
started playing road hockey as a Md with her
siblings and neighbours. When she turned 12,
she signed up with a ringette team for a year.
But, with her heart still attached to hockey.
Teryne joined the girl's team in South Delta
when she was 13 and never looked back.
Always a goalie, Russell grew up with _NHL
goaltenders as heroes:
"My favourite goalie is Martin Brodeur. But
of course, I also like what Manon Rheaume—
the first woman in the NHL—did for hockey,"
she said. Currently a 4th year geography
major, Russell wants to stay with hockey after
she graduates next spring.
"I'd like to stay at this level of competition,
join a good AAA team. Maybe take a little time
off, we'll see how it goes. Eventually though, I
would love to get into coaching," she said. But
before she truly focuses on the future, her goal
is a spot in the Canada West playoffs.
"The only teams we didn't beat this season
were Alberta and Regina. I'm pretty confident
that next year we are going to be up there looking for 2nd or 3rd place." *
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Why I like her
Picture this: a life of limousine rides, lavish parties,
a personal chef and absolutely no responsibility.
Don't be fooled, Oprah is definitely a busy woman,
but this is only a description of how her dogs live!
Had Oprah not overcome the obstacles that she
encountered earlier in her life, she would never have
been able to provide such luxuries for her two Cocker
Spaniels. From humble beginnings in a poverty stricken, sexually abusive Mississippi home, she has become
one of the most powerful women in the world. In addition, she represents a minority—African-American
women—making her success inspirational to many.
Oprah has a heart the size of her Eve-karat diamond
earrings, and through her Angel Network (for which she
pays all the administration costs personally so that 100
per cent of the proceeds can go directly to charity), she
is doing meaningful and effective things with her fame
and position in society.
Also an advocate for the importance of education,
Oprah has never forgotten, and continuously recognises,
her favourite public school teacher, Mrs Duncan, who
had great influence on her life (I bet all her other teachers are kicking themselves now!}. One of her major contributions to education has been the Oprah Book Club,
through which she has encouraged literacy among thousands of people.
Oprah had an "Aha! moment'—this is Oprah-talk for
Why I don't
by Katelyn Mclntyre
an epiphany—when she travelled to South Africa during
Christmas of 2002 and distributed individually
addressed gifts: dolls to the girls, soccer balls to the boys
and school supplies and shoes for all the children. She
also established a girls' school, which will be beneficial
to many for years to come. Her trip there opened her
eyes to the conditions in developing countries like South
Africa, and by televising parts of the trip raised awareness about poverty in Africa.
One of Oprah's biggest and most constant challenges
is her weight. It has been compared to the US economy—
at one time it was soaring, but now it has declined. She
attributes her success to having "made the connection"
with her personal trainer. Bob Greene. She stopped the
fad diets, learned to exercise and ran her first marathon.
For someone who could have certainly afforded a surgical solution, she set an example of how hard work jp ays
off in more then one aspect of her life.
And although she may have Andre, her stylist, to do
her hair every morning, Dr Phil to counsel her through
unfortunate lawsuits (ahh, life in the spotlight...) and
Nate, a designer, to decorate her "house-of-the-day," she
remains grounded and thankful for everything she has.
Even after all her success, Oprah is still a real person
whose life we can all relate to in varying degrees. She
embodies intelligence, confidence and "exhilarated contentment" This is what makes her so renowned. *
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Oh, dear. Already halfway
through second semester,
and I find my life in a state of
disarray—skipped classes coming
back for vengeance, the library
building a new wing with my extravagant late fees (yes, all the construction is my fault) and alarming signs
of premature balding. What am I to
do in these times of trouble? To
whom can I turn? Well, Oprah of
course. -
; Oprah. Say the name and many
things spring immediately to
mind: scented baths; bright one-
tone sweaters; teary-eyed soulful
connections; Maya Angelou reciting poems about caged birds, hamsters and other unjustly imprisoned small creatures; love, life,
learning. But above all, womanhood. Oprah is very big on
I obtained an issue of O
Magazine in order to. write this article—research is key for the serious
journalist Of course, I didn't pay for
it: I stole it from an unsuspecting
housewife while she was making
her daily entry in her 'power journal.' As I ran across her lawn clutching the stolen goods, she pelted me
with heart-shaped soaps from her
second floor window.
I opened the magazine to the last
page, where I found Oprah's regular
contribution: a short article entided
"What I Know For Sure." Here,
Oprah reveals all of her superior
knowledge to her millions of eager,
dues-paying readers. I duly read her
sage advice.
"Instead of being filled with all
the passion and purpose that enable
us to offer our best to the world," she
writes, "we empty ourselves in an
effort to silence Our critics." Ah.
Oprah, you truth-teller, youl You are
the Teiresias to my Oedipus. You,
only you, can show me the light of
my own blindness. The article concludes in a burst of inspirational
bravado: "What I know for sure is
this: You are built not to' shrink
down to less but to blossom into
more. To be more splendid. To be
more extraordinary. Tor use every;
moment to fill yourself up." , .r
How true...how true.
O Magazine manifests both sides
of the Oprah machine: empowering
feel-good shiny-faced woirianness,
and incredible business sense.
Oprah, after al, is arguably the rriost
successful businesswoman and
broadcaster in American history. O
Magazine has a subscription base of
two million. Harpo Productions
(Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards,
if you didn't catch on to that clever
gem) is a money:making machine.
And, of course, Oprah, the syndicated television show, is the highest
rated daytime talk show in the
United States.
I'm the first to say that it's wonderful to see a woman doing so well
in the modern workplace, and it is
by Alex Leslie
true that Oprah has contributed to
society through charitable donations, the Oprah Book Club ("getting
America reading again," anyone?)
and, of course, her never-failing recommendation of high-quality scented bath soaps.
However, to state that Oprah is
just out to bring goodness to the
world is naive, at best The Oprah
lifestyle isn't comprised solely of
womanhood and personal grace, but
also of a certain undeniable level of
materialism. Pay a visit to her website: Oprah t-shirts, Oprah mugs,
Oprah magazines, Oprah cars (okay,
I made up the cars—but there may
as well be).
* Oprah is not a spiritual figure-
though she is practically worshipped by millions—but a very
lucrative profit provider. Oprah is,
in fact, the ultimate example of
"Truth with a capital T" being sold
for a comfortable profit.
The message of the Oprah media
corps—encompassing television and
publishing—is ultimately one that is
strikingly conformist If you doubt
this, try your hardest to answer "yes"
to this question: Have you ever seen
a goth in the audience of the Oprah
show? More importantly, do you
think the producers would let a goth
within a hundred feet of the set without a Ralph Lauren makeover and,
preferably, a healthy Sunday School
revamp? ft
Methinks not. * Friday, March 5,2.004
^ Women's Issue
■ a ubyssey special issue
A Blueprint tor gfoqd niusic
[BMG/Vlk. Recordings]
by Sarah Bourdon
Fiddle music always makes me want to return
to my Celtic roots—except that I don't have
any. But it makes me wish I had some anyway. About a month ago, I went to see Natalie
MacMaster in concert. At the lime, I had
heard some of her music before and I had
liked it, but I had never really taken a lot of
time to listen to it. I went to the concert with
my friend who really loves her music, and
despite having a cold (I was sniffling away
through the whole thing), I had a great time.
I gaye my friend MacMaster's newest
album, Blueprint, as a birthday gift, and she
loves it But I will admit, my gift choice was
slightly self-motivated. As you know, buying
things for friends can have benefits...little
does she know that buying the album for her
gives me license to borrow it whenever I
want, with or without her knowledge. So I
tend to steal the CD and listen to it quite often.
Blueprint is a mix of MacMaster's characteristic Irish and traditional Cape Breton
melodies, along with the bluegrass influences
of some of the guest collaborators on the
album. These include banjo player Bela Fleck,
mandolin player Sam Bush and dobro player
Jerry Douglas (I have no idea what a dobro is).
■ MacMaster's music is different from most
of the other music I like. For instance, some
of the songs feature bagpipes, an instrument
I generally have strong objections to...well
really, I can't stand them. But they fit right
into this music, and I rpysteriously find
myself liking them. Wow, I may be a bagpipe
convert. What is the world coming to?
The album opens with ail energetic track
called "A Blast," which would make anyone
want to get up on a table and dance. The
upbeat tracks are lots of fun, and were wonderful to see performed at the concert I especially like a spng called "The Silver Spear,"
with its fast-paced fiddle and piano. Also good
for dancing. But I really like the slower songs
on the album too, such as "Eternal
Friendship" and 'Josefin's Waltz." They are
very relaxing and mellow, and make me want
to sit in front of a fire with a book and a blanket. But then the next Irish jig-type song
comes on and brings out my dancing
side again.
From listening to this album and going to
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Canadian. And while I sadly don't have any
Celtic roots, I. can at least identify with the
Canadian sound. $0 I may be stealing this
album from my friend for just a little
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by Momoko Price
I have this friend, we'll call her Tiffany for
anonymity's sake, who loves porn. According
td current stereotypes about young heterosexual women, this is pretty rare. She likes Vivid
Video, silicone boobs, two-minute penetration
clips and Jenna Jameson.
In fact, she likes it so much that just recently she infected her PC with three viruses after
trying to find free hardcore sites and subsequently got locked out of all UBC department
websites, including her online psychology
course. How embarrassing.
Anyway, the other day I was chatting with
Tiffany and I mentioned that I was going to
write an article about women's erotica. She
said, 'What are you talking about? Like lesbian
stuff?* I said, 'no, like pornography for
women by women.* She shrugged, 'How is
that different from regular porn?* As I never
look at porn, I said that I wasn't sure. I decided to check it out
First, I made a cursory glance at the iypical
porn websites available to the average university student (not to mention the average seven-
year-old child, provided they know how to
spell 'fuck'): windows of platinum blond hair,
facial cum shots, rectal openings and breasts
the size of volleyballs started popping up
faster than I could close them. Yikes. Just a tad
on the aggressive side, I would say.
Then I typed 'women's erotica* into
Google. A number of sites came up, but nary a
pop-up window. The first one I picked was
called 'Erotica for Women,* and the homepage was pink. Instead of hurling an onslaught
of naked teenage girls getting filled like a
boston cream donut into my face, it went over
some ground rules before entry into the site.
There was a rating system for all links on the
site: Nice, naughty, naughtier and very
naughty. Oh my, tea anyone?
The site itself offered a variety of erotic
options that included poetry, stories, photos,
advice (Tm terrible in bed. My girlfriend says
I'm like a bull in a china shop. What can I do
to improve?') and links to quality sex toy
shops. I found the creativity of the site refreshing, but it was lacking in visual stimulation.
The photos had low production values and
were not very explicit So I moved on to
another site.
The next one was called 'Erotica for Her*
and had lots of links to join membership sites
(which I unfortunately couldn't check out), and
had many different sections like the previous
site—humour, sex advice, stories and sex toy
reviews. I read a few stories—'Meg Makes
Dessert* and "Sabrina's New Love*—and
though they did get pretty steamy, I found it
hard not to laugh as they referred to body
parts as "her hot mound,* "her nether lips*
and "his plum-sized halls." I also found it a bit
strange that an erotic story would spend about
a third of its content describing the man's
apartment and the date preceding the sexual
From the various erotica sites I looked at, I
found there was a much stronger emphasis on
the written word, less aggressive sexual
themes in stories and photos, and definite
implications of pro-social romantic themes (ie.
partners in sexual stories were often husband
and wife who were in love). They were much
more practical for the average sexually active
viewer, and promoted healthy sexuality by
encouraging safe sex and innovative condom
use, as well as by giving tips on masturbation.
Women's erotica seems to be developing
into a new sexual entertainment movement
celebrating sexuality without degrading men
or women, and it seems to be gaining popularity. Personally, while I'm single and bored,
I'll stick with the hardcore stuff...I mean, I told
Tiffany about the sites and um, she said she'd
stick to the hardcore sites and urn...ah, nuts,
forget it. *


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