Time for #MeToo to shift to the #IRegret movement

The focus on consent has made men all over the world stop and think. Am I one of those men?

Time for #MeToo to shift to the #IRegret movementStrangely, this weird moment in history is a good time to be alive. I've been a feminist most of my adult life, at least since I realized power imbalances were rampant in present and past societies. After dedicating most of the 1990s and 2000s to fighting the good fight in the trenches, I burned out and left…

A global uprising against rape case injustices

Something is deeply wrong with our legal and political systems in which the accuser and not the accused is on trial

A global uprising against rape case injusticesTens of thousands of people marched in Spain in April, protesting for three days over a court’s failure to convict five men of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016. The men had offered to walk the teenager to her car but instead they took her to the…

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parents

Alberta’s Bill 24 ignores the fact that predators thrive in an environment where secrets are kept from parents

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parentsIt would seem like obvious common sense that secrets should not be kept from parents about what their children are doing. Especially when it comes to other adults talking to children about sex. Child abuse, sexual or otherwise, occurs most often when parents are absent and unaware. Countless Canadian criminal cases demonstrate that predators, abusers…

Dispelling the myth of rape culture on campus

The concept of rape culture was invented by feminists to tar all men with the brush of the worst of them

Dispelling the myth of rape culture on campusAccusations of rape made by students against other students or staff members have caused great concern in universities and beyond. Female students at McGill University, according to individual and in-class conversations, frame rape as a result of “rape culture.” But their definition of “rape culture” doesn’t fit with what’s usually meant by “culture.” In order…

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the Congo

In a male-dominated, corrupt and violent political climate, Congolese women stand together to be heard as they change their country from within

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the CongoCivil war has been going on since the mid-1990s in the Congolese region and as many as six million people may have died in the conflict. The rape of women, children and even men is common. The United Nations has a peacekeeping force on the ground and foreign aid workers are present. International consumer advocacy…

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine both

Far too many aboriginal men insist on locking themselves and their families in a deadly prison of dependence, alcohol, abuse and violence

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine bothThere’s turmoil within the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It could all be about the breadth of the inquiry. Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, from northern Manitoba, has called for the resignation of the inquiry’s chief commissioner, British Columbia Judge Marion Buller. At least four staff members have left, and…

Kin’s support for Trump makes him a stranger

What propelled a member of my own family into the arms of a monster like Donald Trump?

Kin’s support for Trump makes him a strangerMy family member is pinned to my wall, like an insect. It’s a bit clinical, perhaps, but it’s apt. Ever since Donald Trump shocked the world, and rode a wave of white resentment and rage into the Oval Office, I’ve been thinking a lot about my relative. He used to be a Canadian, and normal.…

Courtroom is no place for sexual assault cases

Is the Jian Gomeshi verdict the final indictment of an antiquated patriarchal system that fails to protect women from harm?

Courtroom is no place for sexual assault casesNothing has divided Canadians or provoked such violent rage against Canada’s judicial system as the acquittal of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Defence attorney Marie Henein, whose aggressive, no-holds-bared questioning of the three victims was decisive in securing the acquittal, has been singled out for both praise and censure. To many women, she’s become…

Why can’t there be a law against creepy guys?

There’s a part of me that would like to see a law against creepy guys, even though I know it’s asking too much of our legal system

Why can’t there be a law against creepy guys?By now, anyone who watched the trial of disgraced radio host Jian Ghomeshi with anything more than passing interest will have likely come to the conclusion that the Crown prosecutor had what appeared to be a solid case and blew it. Much as the victims and sympathizers of sexual predators wanted to see Ghomeshi strung…

Rule of law is a cornerstone of our society

Marie Henein’s defence of Jian Ghomeshi shows us why due process is necessary

Rule of law is a cornerstone of our societyThere has been a lot of buzz about Marie Henein’s superb legal defence of the odious Jian Ghomeshi. The buzz is less about her work in actual court than about her defence of the basic principles of Canadian law in the court of public opinion. The main thing that stands out from the Justice 101…