Tag Archives: feminism

Overview of Sex Workers Rights Movement in Canada

Over the course of history prostitution has been looked down upon and not considered a real job. This has proven itself again and again through our laws and regulations. However, many women and human rights groups have been challenging this point of view. Groups such as the Red Umbrella Fund, Pivot and Maggie’s have all […]

Critical Analysis: Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an organization that was formed in the 1960s in response to various victim-blaming strategies used to blame women for their sexual assaults; it is also focused on addressing women’s safety at night (Take Back the Night 2014). It is presumed that women are more suitable targets than men, therefore requiring […]

“If you don’t want to get shot, don’t dress like a deer” – A Media Analysis of the SlutWalk

The media’s power in perpetuating certain discourses must not be disregarded when analyzing media representations of dissent. Using framing techniques, journalists and reporters focus on particular aspects of an event in order to endorse an interpretation or moral evaluation of it (Boykoff, 2007, p. 217). In this way, the media sets boundaries for acceptable public […]

SlutWalk Toronto: Resisting Sexual Violence & Slut Shaming

Slut. Whore. Skank. Tramp. These words are used on an every day basis to characterize women who do not abide by the gender norms thrust upon them by society. These words are weighed down by stereotypical understandings of femininity: a woman who is passive, virtuous and chaste. Through this lens, the issue of sexual violence […]