When does “no” mean “no”?

Bianca Salive JD Candidate 2020 The scene: You are sitting at home in your pyjamas watching your favourite show. Your phone buzzes and you see a message from your friends: “Let’s go out tonight!” You know you are not leaving the house, but out of politeness, you want to avoid an abrupt “no.” So youContinue reading “When does “no” mean “no”?”

The Second Voice of “The Sisterhood”

Angela Livingstone JD Candidate, 2019 “If a unitary “women’s experience” or “feminism” must be distilled, feminists must ignore many women’s voices…In feminist legal theory, the pull of the second voice, the voice of abstract categorization, is still powerfully strong.” – Angela Harris, 1990[1] Feminists continue to face external and internal criticism. To those outside, weContinue reading “The Second Voice of “The Sisterhood””

The Dead Hand of Coverture: Property, Gender, and Autonomy in Modern Society

Vanessa Carment JD Candidate, 2019 Coverture is an historical common law doctrine restricting female property rights.[1] Though coverture laws were repealed in the 20th century, their patriarchal and oppressive influence persists. Coverture is entrenched in two arguments that belittle female autonomy. The first is that female biology makes women “unfit for tasks of public importance,”Continue reading “The Dead Hand of Coverture: Property, Gender, and Autonomy in Modern Society”

Professor of the Month: Jane Bailey

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Jane Bailey Full Professor Interviewed by: Ida Mahmoudi IM: What was your first job ever? JB: My first job ever?! My first job ever…my parents loved to renovate houses and they employed me in the summer to paint.Continue reading “Professor of the Month: Jane Bailey”

The Complications of Consent in Pre-Existing Relationships

Laura Thistle JD Candidate, 2020     Sexual assault cases cause controversy and tension for the Canadian justice system. The common argument is that the system does not provide justice for victims of sexual assault. The real challenge lies in understanding the circumstances surrounding the crime of sexual assault – namely, how often the crime is committedContinue reading “The Complications of Consent in Pre-Existing Relationships”

Issues Surrounding Surrogacy: A Call for Repairs in the Legal Environment

Maja Petrovic JD Candidate, 2019 The November 2016 Shirley Greenberg lecture, Reproductive Labour: Reflections on the Law and Policy of Surrogacy, addressed a major issue in property law, namely surrogacy and proprietary interests within the body. The lecture highlighted two key concerns in relation to surrogacy: bodily exploitation and commodification. The speakers of the panel,Continue reading “Issues Surrounding Surrogacy: A Call for Repairs in the Legal Environment”

Water: Life Giving, Spirit Fulfilling

Victoria Kayal JD Candidate, 2019 Western culture recognises water as necessary for physical survival; its value is tied to its physiological benefits. Water in many Indigenous cultures[1] holds additional cultural and spiritual significance.[2] Last year I was given the opportunity to attend a listening circle with four Indigenous women concerning the role that water playsContinue reading “Water: Life Giving, Spirit Fulfilling”

Professor of the Month: Angela Cameron

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Angela Cameron Associate Professor Shirley Greenberg Chair Interviewed by: Ashley Seely AS: We know where you are now, so would you be able to tell us where you started? What was your first job? AC: When I wasContinue reading “Professor of the Month: Angela Cameron”

Gendered Robots and the Devaluation of Gendered Labour

Christina Clemente JD Candidate, 2019 In the final scene of The Stepford Wives (1975), a robotic replica of the main character, Joanna, is seen eerily approaching the human Joanna. The robot holds a stocking stretched between both hands, and although not shown, it is clear to the audience that the robot will strangle human JoannaContinue reading “Gendered Robots and the Devaluation of Gendered Labour”

How Many Walls Must be Torn Down Before the Ceiling Can Fall?: A Feminist Overview of ‘Copyleft’ Counter Cultures in Canada

Rebecca De Sanctis JD Candidate, 2019 “We are all equal, but some of us are more equal than others…” – George Orwell, Animal Farm. Orwellian politics can be used to understand the intersections between intellectual property, copyright protections, ‘copyleft’ counter cultures, and feminism in Canada. In theory, the ‘copyleft’ movement emerged as an inclusive anti-capitalistContinue reading “How Many Walls Must be Torn Down Before the Ceiling Can Fall?: A Feminist Overview of ‘Copyleft’ Counter Cultures in Canada”