The Macho Paradox

Jackson Katz, on discussing his book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help (excerpted from an interview by Kendra Olson Hodgson, Media Education Foundation). Fundamentally, the problems of sexual and domestic violence are problems of boys’ and men’s attitudes and behaviors, and (white) male-dominated power structures that produce, […]

Why Feminism?

Feminism (Part 2) – Why? [Part One in this series, which focuses on defining feminism and hears from mothers on the topic, is available online: www.synergymag.ca/what-is-feminism]. Our society values what are generally known as “masculine” traits, such as single-minded determination, aggressiveness, a take-charge attitude, decisiveness and competitiveness which are viewed as symbols of strength. Throughout […]

Book Review: The Circle Way

“The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair” by Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. ISBN  978-1-60509-256-0 There is a simple methodology for sharing information and stories that has been around for thousands of years; it’s called the circle.   Christina Baldwin studied the structure of the circle and developed guidelines, principles and practices […]

I dream of a community…

Where First Nations people are included as equals and supported in contributing to everyone’s well being; Where schools work to teach everyone, not just aboriginal students, to understand and respect native culture; Where native children learn about their people’s history and practices alongside their non-native classmates instead of in segregated programs; Where learning about native […]