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, […]

Book Review – Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme

“Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme” edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (Arsenal Pulp Press 2011), ISBN 9781551523972 Ever since hearing internationally renowned storyteller Ivan E. Coyote at the Poetry Gabriola Festival in 2008, I’ve been a fan. I keep up with her stories by reading them in her column, “Loose Ends,” in […]

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 […]