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June 22, 2016


'Lost' is defined as:

1) unable to find ones way; not knowing one's whereabouts
2) denoting something that has been taking away or cannot be recovered

It's not often that such a basic and simple word encapsulates my state of being so perfectly. Since the election, since loosing my job, I have been lost. I don't know what I'm doing, I don't know where I am, and I have no idea where I'm going or where I want to go. I miss having something I believed in so strongly that I didn't begrudge the long hours, long days, long weeks, the work that never stopped. I missed working so hard, so furiously that when I got home my brain was sore. I miss being pushed to be better, to learn more, to be thrown into a situation I was unprepared for only to figure it out and do it well.

I don't like the place I am in now, and unfortunately nobody gave me a map to get out of here. I guess I have some exploring to do to figure it out on my own.

X Marks the Spot,
Delaney C.

Why I need Feminism

I need feminism because I believe ALL women and girls should be treated like human beings. I need feminism because I believe we still have a shit-ton of work to do on that front. I need feminism because not all women enjoy the same freedoms I do as a white, middle-class, educated Canadian woman. I need feminism because I believe in everyone’s right to bodily autonomy. I need feminism because we live in a world in which corporations are people and women are objects. I need feminism because we live in a culture that tacitly condones violence against women. I need feminism because I believe in reproductive rights. I need feminism because women are still viewed as a special interest group when it comes to health care. I need feminism because I want our little girls to love their bodies. I need feminism because I know damn well my sex life IS a political agenda. I need feminism because I have to work harder, speak louder, and be better to achieve the same respect as my male counterparts. I need feminism because the issue of 'merit' when Ministers are appointed isn't brought into question unless it's a female. I need feminism because I refuse to accept the scraps that have been presented to me as “choices.” I need feminism because I didn't even realize I was being violated until years after when I had the understanding to be able to understand that what was happening to me wasn't normal.

When we indulge in gender stereotypes, we limit the potential of all humans to be their authentic selves — whether they identify as male, female or somewhere in between. We perpetuate the idea that a girl can’t throw a baseball or a boy can’t play with a doll; that a woman should cook and desire babies, and that a man should be the breadwinner for his family and never cry.

Sorry not sorry, that is not good enough for me.