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Problem isn’t little boys, it’s little minds
DANS LA MEME RUBRIQUE
Burkini Is a Feminist Issue Too
The notion that it’s ok for disabled men to pay for sex is rooted in misogyny and ableism
Egyptian doctor living in Zurich produces educational videos about health and sexuality for the Arab world
Amnesty International and Prostitution : Not in Our Name !
Open letter to rabble.ca - Support Meghan Murphy suffered a misogynist campaign by the sex industry lobby
"Insectual - The Secret of the Black Butterfly", by Barbara Sala
Canada’s New Sex Trade Law
Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
“Harm reduction” is not enough to appropriately analyze prostitution
True Progressives Encourage Women’s Equality, Not Their Prostitution
Sexual mutilations outside Africa : new report and new denial except the Iraqi case
FGM slowing down ? The UN asserts it, the Indonesian case contradicts it
Prostitution, STRASS and the senator - When opacity becomes relevant
Is equating prostitution and rape ‘intolerable violence’ ? Really ?
Obama, Madonna and us
After Ontario Courts rule on Bedford : a rant
Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers July 2011 (Boston)
Sex resistance in heterosexual arrangements
Abolitionists of the prostitution system : who we are, what we want !
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya
Prostitution is a Threat to Humanity
Prostitution - Call for Australia’s prostitution laws to be tightened
Violence - An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers
Nothing that is sexual can be considered criminal : hidden sexual violence in the DSK case
The Truth about Global Sex Slavery – A Book by Lydia Cacho
Why reproductive rights and prostitution are not the same thing : A response to one decriminalization argument
Prostitution - The abolitionist project within the conference Women’s Worlds 2011
Montreal - The Turcotte jury got it wrong
Reasons I Will Not Go On the Slutwalk
International Sex Industries and their Accomplices Hamper the Autonomy of All Women
Ten Critical Reasons for getting rid of Harper’s Conservatives
Real solidarity with prostituted women is in the fight for abolition of prostitution
Decriminalize prostituted persons and criminalize those who exploit them (‘johns’ and pimps)
Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal
My fears of the push for indoors prostitution
We cannot be satisfied with the simple harm-reduction model
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is Worried About Himel’s Judgement on Prostitution
Ontario Court Decision Abandons Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour to Pimps
Response to the VPD review in the cases of the Pickton Murders
Speech - The effects of globalization of political Islam on Women’s Rights, the question with polygamy, the Niqab and Honour Killing
Quebec Forges Enlightened Trail on Burkas
Breast Cancer a Disease, No a Marketing Opportunity
The International Campaign To Closedown Iranian Embassies
Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
"Sex worker" ? Never met one !
The One Million Signatures Campaign has been awarded the prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation
Prostitution - Feminist Perspectives, a book
Prostitution : Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women
More than 1 000 american historians call for equity in the stimulus package in open letter to Obama
Order of Canada Awarded to Dr. Morgentaler - Acts of intimidation should not rule Canada
Femaid report on Afghanistan, May 2008
Time for Quebecers to be more open : Bouchard-Taylor report
Canadian Bar Association supports strengthening equality in the Quebec Charter
Zero Tolerance for Johns : How the Government of Sweden Would Respond to Spitzer
Politicians are responsible for toxic, misogynist environment facing girls
Spitzer - The Myth of the Victimless Crime
Goodbye To All That (#2)
The freedom to never prostitute oneself
NO legalized brothels for the Olympics 2010 - Aboriginal women’s Action Network statement on prostitution
CLES says NO to the violence of prostitution
Does Porn Make the Man ?
A Trip Into the Absurd
Mothers File International Complaint Against United States
Prostitutes are victims, not criminals
Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation, Volume I (1966-1986)
The Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) intervene during the upcoming provincial election
Prostitution - Three Women and a Debate
Men Favour the Apolitical Discourse on Prostitution
The Whole Truth Must be Told : Sylviane’s testimony on her experience of prostitution
Democracy and Religious Obligations : an Impasse ?
What is liberation ? Feminism past, present and future
Books by Andrea Dworkin
Globalization, Militarism and Sex Trafficking
Muslim Groups Denounce the Cultural Relativism of a Certain Left
Canadian Muslim leader alleges her veil views sparked vandalism
Prostitution : CATW’S Post-World Cup Statement
NOW to denounce so-called parental alienation
Prostitution : for an Abolitionist Bill
The dimensions of trafficking for purposes of prostitution
"Charm is a Guise ; Batterers Belong in Jail, Expert Says"
Interview with Catherine MacKinnon : Are Women Human ?
Danish cartoons - Doing away with the Enlightenment ?
It’s happening next door : from incestuous girls to alienating mothers
Green Light for Pimps and Johns
Buying Sex is not a Sport
Prostitution is Violence Against Women
The Ideal Site for the Crime
Tell me, what does "gender" really mean ?
Gunilla Ekberg : « The best thing we can do for our sisters is to support them to get out of prostitution »
Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon : « They haven’t crushed me yet. »
Decriminalizing prostitution, a magnet for pimps and johns
Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law
Prostitution : Towards a Canadian policy of abolition
Prostitution inseparable of violence against women
The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences
Prostitution of First Nations Women in Canada
270 000 $ granted to Stella for a four days event on sex work
IN MEMORIAM : Andrea Dworkin or The passion for justice
Decriminalizing prostitution will not improve the security of prostituted women
Dworkin - Taking Back the Night
Backlash and Whiplash : A Critique of Statistics Canada’s 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization
Helping the prostituted women or promoting prostitution ?
The Need for a Public Debate on Prostitution and its Social Consequences
The legalization of prostitution and its impact on trafficking in women and children
Prostitution Links, Women’s Justice Center
"If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits"
Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women
Forced marriage as crime
Why Women Must Get out of Men’s Laps
International Campaing Against Shari’a Court in Canada
Decriminalize prostituted women, not prostitution
Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution
Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law
Women Rage Against ’Rape’ in Northeast India
Sexual domination in uniform : an american value
Tribunals Will Marginalize Canadian Muslin Women and Increase Privatization of Family Law
The sexual sadism of our culture, in peace and in war
Queer theory and violence against women
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment
Globalization and the Sex Trade : Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children
Will Paternal Paranoia Triumph ?
Ode to Survivors
Court confirms any woman’s human right to organize with peers
Program produces motherless kids
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One)
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two)
Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it
Prostitution : Rights of Women or Right to Women ?
The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax : Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes
Hormone Replacement Therapy, the "Magic Bullet" Ricochets
For the sake of the children : the law, domestic violence and children contact in England
Friendships between women good for health
Children of divorce need our protection
Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution
Poem for Peace
Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl
Good clone, bad clone ?
Canadian Women’s Health Network
So hard to say goodbye
Dans cet article publié dans le Toronto Star de samedi, le 7 juin 2003, la journaliste torontoise Michele Landsberg répond, après Pierrette Bouchard et Jean-Claude Saint-Amant (cf. http://sisyphe.levillage.org/ecrire/articles.php3?id_article=483), aux idéologues de droite qui nous font depuis une décennie un chantage à la castration de nos ’boys’ si on ne trouve pas au plus vite des façons d’empêcher les filles d’avoir de bonnes notes à l’école !
Elle révèle qu’un test pan-canadien du niveau d’alphabétisation des jeunes a été manipulé pour tenter de biaiser les scores en faveur des gars : on a changé le texte pour y parler de serpents, d’accidents de train et de coyotes ! Chapeau, le fair-play et les valeurs modernes !...
Commentant le backlash qui déferle contre la présence des femmes dans les milieux d’enseignement primaire, Landsberg remarque que ceux qui poussent les hauts cris passent sous silence la responsabilité de tous ces hommes qui sont directeurs d’école, auteurs de manuels scolaires (ou ministres), ainsi que celle des pères qui ne lisent que les pages sportives et des "figures masculines" qui règnent sur notre culture en général, et dont les garçons apprennent très vite les valeurs de compétition, de marasme affectif, de cruauté, d’obsession de l’argent et de domination mâle. Des valeurs qu’il est devenu urgent de renverser - plutôt que de rendre l’école encore plus virile’ - si l’on veut réellement venir en aide aux garçons.
En attendant, s’il y a déséquilibre dans les résultats scolaires, écrit
It’s spring, and all over town I see little boys - 1, 2 and 3 years old - stubbornly pushing their own strollers, with their resigned parents half-crouched behind them and helping to steer. It was our 14-month-old grandson’s ardent devotion to stroller-pushing that alerted me to the phenomenon. Maybe little girls do it, too, but not in my experience.
Is it biology or culture ? Nature or nurture ? I don’t know, but the "boy difference" is a matter of huge uproar in the media. In fact, the supposed failure of boys at school has become another plank in the masculinist platform, otherwise known as the male backlash against the advancement of women. The same week that I noticed the baby boys and the strollers, there was another fuss in the newspapers about boys lagging far behind girls in the so-called national literacy test.
Dr. Paul Cappon, director-general of the Council of Ministries of Education, got major front-page play in the National Post with his hand-wringing about boys. And get this : Boys lagged behind even though the test had been made more "boy-friendly" with subject material about snakes (O Freud, thou shouldst be here), train-wrecks and coyotes.
In other words, even when the tests are rigged in boys’ favour, girls do better.
Last year, Cappon was disturbed to learn that girls were quickly catching up to boys in math attainment. "Are boys going to be superior in anything any more ?" he fretted to the Post.
Boys drop out of school at a far higher rate than girls, and are no longer the majority of university enrolments.
Commentators who are anxious to shore up male hegemony blame feminized schools, female teachers, feminists, mothers, single mothers, working mothers. As far as I’ve seen, they never blame male principals, male textbook authors, fathers or the male role models who abound in our society.
Here’s my take on this ludicrous situation. Believe me ; I was there. A couple of generations back, school was strict. We sat in rows. We did not talk without raising our hands. Boys were as fidgety then as they are now and the proportion of female teachers was even higher. Yet, because girls were openly and explicitly held back - told they couldn’t do math and science, discouraged or outright prevented from going to university or entering professions - and because boys were loaded with extra privilege and preferment, they rose effortlessly to the top, skimming off the scholarships, awards and top jobs.
Today, thanks to feminist analysis and activism, society and schools profess more egalitarian values. That’s why girls, freed from the old girls-can’t-do-math propaganda, are zooming ahead in school.
But don’t be fooled. Men still rule the banks, governments, the military, agriculture, manufacture, senior management and universities.
For all their academic accomplishment, women still hold only 14 per cent of the full professorships. They are 21 per cent of Canada’s senior managers. And their incomes lag behind men’s at every stage of their career, even when they work full-time in identical jobs. Women, especially women of colour and aboriginal women, are more than twice as likely to be poor as men are.
So, the patriarchy is safe, thank you very much. Men have little to fear from women, but a great deal to fear from globalization, economic restructuring, downsizing and the loss of well-paid industrialized jobs, melting away to the subsistence-wage world with a giant sucking sound. Hence the panic and the woman-blaming, no matter how illogical.
If boys are to catch up with girls in literacy, an entire heritage of gender-conditioning will have to be jettisoned. All that energy, affection, curiosity and life force we see in little boys is channelled, not into free play, but into violent corporate sports (just look at all those "It’s Another Little Goalie !" birth notices ) with their sick emphasis on competition, emotional inexpressiveness, cruelty, unearned wealth and male dominance.
Literacy ? You must be joking.
Research shows that the majority of fathers don’t read books. They watch sports and read the scores. And so, therefore, do boys.
The answer is surely not to bring more boy-privilege into the schools, rigging the tests in their favour and importing more violent games. Both boys and girls can and should excel in all subjects ; the fault is in us, not in them.
To cope with the globalized future, boys don’t have to be "superior." They just have to be equal. We better start figuring out how to change our culture’s values if we want to make that happen, because schools can’t do it on their own.
Texte paru dans le Toronto Star le 7 juin 2003.
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