Underpaid & undervalued: The precarious existence of immigrant women workers in Canada

Note: The issue of precarious employment is not unique to immigrant women. Or, immigrants. Or, women. Within the current labor market, the proliferation and normalization of part-time jobs, contract work, and temporary positions pose a threat to the livelihood of millions of working-middle class Canadians. A topic for another post. However, I would like to … Continue reading Underpaid & undervalued: The precarious existence of immigrant women workers in Canada

Feminism: Capitalism’s Handmaiden?

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, remains one of my favorite literary work I have ever read. Wikipedia offers a decent overview of the premises of the novel. The Commander's account of how it became possible for the Gilead state to gain Power still gives me chills. It was the first time I legitimately considered … Continue reading Feminism: Capitalism’s Handmaiden?

Missing women, missing news, missing action

This post is dedicated to commemorating the more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada as we celebrate International Women's Day this coming Thursday, March 8. The disappearance and murder of dozens of women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been regarded as one of Canada’s largest news stories from the first … Continue reading Missing women, missing news, missing action

Racism as a governing apparatus: A Foucauldian analysis

In my previous post, Defining 'racism', I talked about the difference between individual racism and institutional/systemic racism. Most discussions around race and racism rely heavily on critical race theory to examine "the appearance of race and racism across dominant cultural modes of expression." Michel Foucault’s concept of bio-power has received very little focus within the race literature, … Continue reading Racism as a governing apparatus: A Foucauldian analysis

“Black Like Who?”: The earasure of Blackness in Canada

Canada has long been a land of conflict on the basis of race and racism. From the historical mistreatment of our First Nations to Quebec nationalism and the invisible existence of the Canadian “Other,”1 racial conflict has been an unfortunate part of our nation's history. According to census 2011, Black Canadians were the third largest visible … Continue reading “Black Like Who?”: The earasure of Blackness in Canada

Disposable phone chargers: A social expirement?

Is this a social experiment? Some kind of joke? Is it already April Fools? Or, someone really and truly, from the bottom of their heart, believed that what the world needed was a disposable phone charger? A disposable phone charger. I refuse to link to their website, but it is real. You can now buy a … Continue reading Disposable phone chargers: A social expirement?