York University thinks religious beliefs should transcend gender equality — and that’s wrong

There has been a fury of controversy at York University in Toronto in the past couple of weeks. A male student requested exemption from having to do group work in class with females, citing religious reasons. While the professor flatly refused to accommodate his request, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts insisted on the […]

The Victorian Vagina

Last night I had a few girlfriends over to watch Hysteria, which is an entertaining film about a real-life Victorian doctor who invents a treatment for ‘hysterical’ women. He administers an orgasm, either manually or with a newly invented vibrating device, and the women instantly relax, while all symptoms of hysteria disappear. The underlying humour of […]

PerSisters Redux

The reason I was in Toronto on Saturday was for the official launch of Geez magazine’s PerSisters issue. I was asked to be on a panel with three other contributors that would discuss the intersection of feminism and theology with an audience. (You can see the article I contributed here.) We panelists were all given […]

Why I don’t think God is an anti-sex Zeus hurling lightning bolts at any sign of lust

There’s a magic formula I was taught as a kid that claimed to guarantee lifelong happiness: If you (1) don’t have premarital sex, (2) marry a Christian, and (3) raise your kids in the church, then you will live happily ever after. I believed it for years, struggling to follow the rules because who wants […]

The world needs a zero-tolerance policy on rape

I was deeply saddened to see the news headlines about Rehtaeh Parsons’ recent suicide. I ache for her teenage sufferings that made death more attractive than life and for her poor family, left behind and feeling sick about losing her. Even more, though, I feel rage at the thought that we live in a world […]