New Year’s plans anyone?

December 29, 2006 at 3:07 am | Posted in moi | Leave a comment

So how do other people ring in the New Year?

New Year’s has never been a favorite day for me – there is such pressure to be with someone… and for us single folks, the exclusion is tantamount. What do you do if you don’t have a partner?

Be with people you love, be with friends. Which in itself is wonderful, but when it comes to midnight, the ringing of the bell, its always who you’re with, who you kiss – and there is still a tangible feeling of exclusion.

So – what do you for New Year’s Eve?

This year, I’m debating staying in, on my own, in my home with my cat. Cooking a nice meal for myself, getting a bottle of wine or champagne, and renting some good movies. Having a bubble bath and making a night of it.

After all, we’re all really alone, aren’t we?

Why the pressure? Why put that pressure on ourselves to have the “perfect moment” at midnight?

Thoughts? What do other people do at New Year’s?

– Artemis 

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Lazy holidays

December 28, 2006 at 2:29 am | Posted in moi | Leave a comment

All I want to do for Christmas?

Laze around watching movies or episodes of Roswell on dvd. Or 24. Or Veronica Mars. Just generally… be lazy.

Its the most wonderful feeling.

I don’t want it to end.

-Artemis.

All I want for Christmas…

December 24, 2006 at 4:30 am | Posted in activism, Feminism, status of women canada, Taking Action | Leave a comment

Dear Santa,

Its been quite a few years since I’ve written, but I’m sure to be on your good list this year! I’ve been so well-behaved – no name-calling, back-stabbing, putting gum in people’s hair – nothing like that. I’ve been an angel, so I’d like to ask for a few things for Christmas.

All I really want for Christmas is the funding to Status of Women Canada restored and equality put back in its mandate. If there’s one thing you can bring me – this is it! SWC has done so much for women’s equality in Canada over the years, and the work isn’t done yet. If you can’t do it on your own, how about getting every woman in Canada to email Bev Oda on Christmas Day to ask her for it as our Christmas gift? Here’s how to reach her: odab1@parl.gc.ca

What else would I like for Christmas? A job that pays the same wage as my male friends, all wrapped up in a stocking with a big red bow.

The Court Challenges Program restored in Canada – how can we challenge the government on women’s equality without it?

A t-shirt for every day of the week – This is What a Feminist Looks Like! Wear it loud and wear it proud!

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Safe streets to walk on, safe bars to dance in, safe drinks to drink. How hard is that? Can you get it for me by New Year’s Eve?

What I really want for Christmas? Time with my family and friends. A home to call my own. And the knowledge of what it used to be like to be a feminist – because in my Christmas gift, feminism is no longer needed since we’re living in a post-patriarchy.

Hey, I said I’d been good, so I figured I’d make my list big 🙂 That’s what Christmas wishes are all about!

Happy Holidays everyone, whatever holiday you may be choosing to celebrate!

Artemis

Carnival of Feminists!

December 20, 2006 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Carnivals | Leave a comment

The lovely Sandy over at Imponderabilia has brought us the 29th Carnival of Feminists! Be sure to cruise over there for some wonderful listings of feminists writing from around the blogosphere – including a mention of yours truly’s previous posts on the SWC cuts “The Women Are Angry“.

What better thing to do on a snowy Christmas night than curl up in front of your fireplace with a cup of steaming hot chocolate, your laptop, and a plethora of feminist reading in front of you?

– Artemis.

Six Things…

December 18, 2006 at 1:55 am | Posted in moi | 4 Comments

I have been tagged by Buttercup & Bean for “Six Weird Things About Me” (how can I choose just six?).

Here are the Rules: Each player of this game starts with the six weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says you are tagged in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

Since I couldn’t actually think of very weird things, I decided to ask my closest friends. Here’s what they said:

1) She who hangs in cemetaries…

A la Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cemetaries continue to be one of my favourite places to hang out. The older, creepier, darker, and danker the better! There is nothing cooler (and more relaxing and peaceful) than wandering around a cemetary, visiting gravestones and imagining who each person was.

2) Mothers and children

I adore children, and my friend Demeter has two of the most amazing children ever. I was her labour coach at one point, and her kids are my kids. I actually refer to them as “my children”. When I introduce her to other people, I introduce her as “the mother of my children”. Also weird is my state of motherliness – I mother all my friends intensely, and as they have admitted, it can be a bit ridiculous and excessive at times.

3) Boobs

I have very very small breasts. This, according to Aphrodite, is weird. I say its inconvenient, as shopping can be difficult at times.

4) Fashionista!

Aprhodite also pointed out that it is weird how I never wear jeans, in fact, don’t even own a pair of jeans. And also how obsessed I am with wrap dresses. I love dresses in general, but wrap dresses in particular. This, despite the lack of boobs.

5) Sugar and spice, everything nice…

Nearly everyone pointed out that I am too nice. That in fact, no one can be that nice… this led to a lesson in how to tell someone to “fuck off”… which, I completely failed at. It felt mean.

6) Sock-monster!

I don’t know that I even own a pair of matching socks anymore. The sock monster seems to keep eating them. Therefore, I only ever wear unmatched socks of different shapes and sizes – knee-highs, ankle socks, thigh-highs, of all patterns and colours. The better to see them with, says I!

Tagged: Sherrie the Gypsy Princess, Carly, Kelly, Odd, Jane Doe, and Ragnell.

– Artemis

Taking Action: The Feminist Challenge

December 9, 2006 at 7:24 am | Posted in activism | 2 Comments

Today I marched. I yelled, I rallied, I waved my placard. Tonight, my voice is almost gone.

And tomorrow, I’m ready to start all over again.

I’ll talk more soon about the SWC actions taking place around the country now, but if you’re like me and want to do more, check this out:

Its the Empowerment4Women Feminist Challenge.

I can’t find a deadline, it just says “for an upcoming issue” – but the general crux is take action! In the smallest ways, or the biggest – just try to do some sort of action on a daily – or weekly – basis. Then write about it.

I LOVE this idea. Anything to get more feminist action out in this world!

Anyone else in?

-Artemis 

Protest the Cuts!

December 7, 2006 at 7:24 pm | Posted in activism, status of women canada | 1 Comment

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Women are angry

December 7, 2006 at 5:25 pm | Posted in activism, Feminism, status of women canada, Taking Action | Leave a comment

And they have every right to be.

I’ve talked before about the cuts to Status of Women Canada.

$5 million dollars. That a whole 40% of its operating budget. This past week, the supposedly right honorable Minister Bev Oda, Minister responsible for Status of Women, announced the closure of three-quarters of the Status of Women offices in Canada. This effectively disables the organization – and with it women’s equality in Canada.

Oda said:

“The government recognizes, knows and does not have to be told that women are equal… Women across Canada will support the $5 million cut.”

Women are already equal huh? We don’t need this money? I guess this is why she also removed the word “equality” from the agenda of Status of Women Canada.

Women’s rights, services, advocacy and equality are under full-attack in Canada. So women are equal? This is the reality of Canadian women:

  • women with post-secondary degrees earn 68.9% of what their male counterparts do.
  • Canada ranks 38th in the world in the wage gap. Who’s more equal than Canada? Cambodia, Kenya, Czech Republic, and over 30 others!
  • Canada ranks 25th in the world in the representation of women in professional and technical occupations.
  • the average income for Canadian men: $36,865. The average income for Canadian women: $22,885.
  • 1 in 5 Canadian women live in poverty.
  • half of all single, widowed, and divorced women over 65 live in poverty.
  • 67% of minimum wage earners are women.
  • 29% of Canadian women have been assaulted by a spouse.
  • half of all Canadian women have been sexually or physically assaulted.
  • 43% of women have been sexually assaulted before the age of 16.
  • in Canada, women make up 50.4% of the population, but only 20.8 of the seats in the House of Common.

EQUALITY IS STILL ON MY AGENDA.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Canada’s signing of the UN Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women. It’s time to hold Harper accountable.

Here’s a snapshot of events across Canada:

On December 10th (Human Rights Day), if you’re in Ottawa, rally for equality and justice! 1:30pm at the Supreme Court of Canada.

In St. John’s, Newfoundland? Join in the protests as the only Status of Women’s office in Newfoundland is being eliminated! December 8th meet at the Colonial Building at noon to rally against the cuts.

In Victoria, British Columbia, head to the government buildings at noon on December 8th. These cuts come on top of massive 100% funding cuts to women’s centres in BC over the last 4 years by the Campbell government.

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, attend a Funeral for Women’s Equality on December 8th at noon at the Women’s Memorial Grove on the legislature grounds.

In Moncton, New Brunswick, meet at the City Hall at noon on December 8th.

Bring your signs, your pots and pans, your energy and let this government know that women’s rights are human rights!!!!!!

For more information:

In sisterhood, Artemis

Fight for us all!

December 1, 2006 at 5:03 pm | Posted in activism, Feminism, status of women canada | Leave a comment

Women’s voices are being silenced.
More to the point, we’re being stamped out, stomped on, our rights eliminated and taken away.

Yesterday, Minister Bev Oda announced further cuts to Status of Women Canada – seeing the closures of regional offices across the country. Only four will be left when the slashing and burning is done.

Offices in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia will no longer have Status of Women offices.

Minister Oda said the offices were being closed because they were too supportive of groups who advocated or lobbied on behalf of women.

Where are you going to be on December 10th?
Hopefully, fighting the good fight, raising your voice, letting the Canadian govenrment know that we are here and our SWC offices are needed. Women’s funding is needed. Women’s advocacy and equality work is needed.

Protest! Make your voice heard! Events are taking place across Canada.

Women’s rights are human rights! Fight for us all!


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