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    The Death Treatment and Dalhousie Students

    The Death Treatment and Dalhousie Students

    A recent New Yorker article, written by Rachel Aviv, has reinvigorated debates around euthanasia and assisted suicide. “The Death Treatment” is about Tom Mortier and his mother, 64 year-old Godelieva De Troyer. Events unfolded in Belgium, where euthanasia is legal. The story is well known to those of us who follow healthcare. De Troyer suffered […]

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    Why Liberal Students are Terrifying

    Why Liberal Students are Terrifying

    Why Liberal Students are Terrifying Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied. –Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Edward Schlosser’s* article on Vox, “I’m a liberal professor and my liberal students terrify me,” has been shared on social media close to 200,000 times. What Schlosser […]

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    Oversexed Campuses and Other Tragedies

    Oversexed Campuses and Other Tragedies

    In case you haven’t heard, Laura Kipnis’ article on campus sex, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe,” is candid. She offers both a personal and professor’s-eye-view of campus sexuality, starting with her experiences in the hippyish 70s and ending with the puitanical present. She’s right, of course, when she says power relations among professors, students and institutions […]

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    anne lamott, how to be judgmental

    How to be Judgmental

    How to be Judgmental: I’ve recently read two very good articles: one by Anne Lamott, the American writer known for her memoirs and novels, and the other by Ray Williams, a business coach and writer based in Vancouver. The Lamott article, published in Salon, focuses on emotions and is earthy and direct: she shares “every […]

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    Feminism and Alice Munro's Runaway

    Feminism and Alice Munro’s Runaway

    A brief warning/introduction: I write about feminism from an unconventional perspective. Alice Munro’s story, Runaway, is about a young country woman who runs away from an abusive husband. Her freedom is short-lived, however, as she soon steps off a Greyhound bus to call him. She’s at a gas station and has regretted her decision. Clark comes […]

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    Clean Up Your Mess!

    Clean Up Your Mess!

    For those of you who don’t live in Montreal, there is a tradition that takes place here every July 1st: it’s moving day. Leases start and end on that date, although of course over the years, it’s become less predictable. The cost of renting a van or hiring a moving company has soared enough that […]

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    Sabrina Rubin Erdely, rolling stone, uva, rape

    Anatomy of a Lie: Rape, Rolling Stone and Sabrina Rubin Erdely

    Anatomy of a Lie: Rolling Stone and Sabrina Rubin Erdely The Phi Psi frat house, at the University of Virginia, was supposedly the scene of a gang rape. The young woman who reported it—to the university and Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely—has been discredited, although discredited is a word all parties are avoiding. It […]

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    backlash, feminism and you

    Top Gear, Political Correctness and You

    Top Gear, Political Correctness and You: Much is being made of the bullying behaviour of Jeremy Clarkson, a presenter on the BBC’s wildly successful Top Gear. Pundits are applauding the Beeb for firing him. Canada’s Jian Ghomeshi scandal, soon to be reprised in court, is similar to Clarkson’s in that the emerging template is of an […]

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    What Monica Lewinsky tells us about shame

    What Monica Lewinsky tells us about shame

    What Monica Lewinsky tells us about shame: Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk about shame is deeply moving. She discusses some obvious abuses of shaming, but there are other, more subtle ways of using it to make individuals turn against themselves. Identity politics, long the darling of the political left, is generally associated with a helping, open-minded attitude. […]

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    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Do Bill Cosby

    Jian Ghomeshi Gets Spanked

    If you’re Canadian, you’ll have heard about the firing of CBC radio host, Jian Ghomeshi. He is accused of sexual violence with women he has dated. What’s complicating matters is his involvement in BDSM, a practice where consensual violence is the norm. This is an explosive situation happening in a media context that has primed […]