Women Resisting Rape Feminist Law, Practice, Activism


Fall 2009 / Winter 2010

Volume: 28

Number: 1

Table of Contents

Jane Doe, Carol Latchford, Rakhi Ruparelia and Elizabeth Sheehy

Activist Voices

A New Chapter in Feminist Organizing: The Sexual Assault Audit Steering Committee 
by Jane Doe, Amanda Dale and Beverly Bain

Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into “Lived Consciousness” Feminists’ Activities on the Toronto Police Sexual Assault Audit and the Follow-up Sexual Assault Audit Steering Committee 
by Beverly Bain

Sustainable Justice Through Knowledge Transfer: Sex Education and Youth
by Jessica Yee

What Women Need Now from Police and Prosecutors: 35 Years of Working to Improve the Police Response for Women Escaping Male Violence 
by Louisa Russell

Sexual Assault on the Campus

You Be Vigilant! Don’t Rape! Reclaiming Space and Security at York University
by Naoko Ikeda and Emily Rosser

Post Script from York U 
by Brittaney Caron, Alyssa Teekah and Melanie Redford

From Outrage to Action: Countering the Institutional Response to Sexualized Violence on University Campuses 
by Elizabeth Quinlan, Allyson Clarke, and Joanne Horsley

If They Don’t Tell Us, It Never Happened: Disclosure of Experiences of Intimate Violence on a College Campus 
by Lori K. Sudderth, Penny A. Leisring and Eric F. Bronson

Teaching Sexual Assault: The Education of Canadian Law Students
by Rosemary Cairns Way and Daphne Gilbert

New Directions in Law

Consent and Coercion in the Law of Rape in South Africa: A Feminist Transformative Approach
by Shereen W. Mills

Progress Without Results: Lessons from the icty/r and their Relevance to Sexual Assault in Canada 
by Erin Stevens

Unmasking Scientific Controversies: Forensic dna Analysis in Canadian Legal
Cases of Sexual Assault
by Andrea Quinlan, Curtis Fogel, and Elizabeth Quinlan

Paradigm Shifts

Moving Beyond Rape as a “Weapon of War”: An Exploration of Militarized Masculinity and its Consequences 
by Caitlin Maxwell

Does Yes Mean Yes? Exploring Sexual Coercion in Normative Heterosexuality 
by Hedda Hakvåg

Perspectives on Rape in the Canadian Sex Industry: Navigating the Terrain Between Sex Work as Labour and Sex Work as Violence Paradigms 
by Elya M. Durisin

“I’m Not That Kind of Girl”: White Femininity, the Other and the Legal/Social Sanctioning of Sexualized Violence Against Racialized Women 
by Nicole Pietsch

Too Precious for You 
by Maria-Belén Ordóñez


The Common Dandelion by Ilona Martonfi
time is a wolf in a cave by Elizabeth Pickett
Fourth Grade by Ilona Martonfi
The baby in her belly by Carolyne Van Der Meer
The Danger of Joan by Joanna M. Weston
Magda by Ilona Martonfi
Small Black Things by Pamela Richardson
Goodbye by Joanna M. Weston
The baby in her belly (Part II) by Carolyne Van Der Meer
The Workshop by Carolyne Van Der Meer
hairline fracture by Elizabeth Pickett
Listening In by Joanna M. Weston
A Woman’s Place by Holly Day
Your Wife, The Mechanic by Adrick Brock
Souvenir by DeAnna Stephens Vaughn
Creation Myths by Joanna M. Weston
Night in the city by Stephanie van Wijk

Book Reviews

In An Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence reviewed by Emily Rosser

Scars reviewed by Andrea Medovarski

Trans/Forming Feminisms: Trans-Feminist Voices Speak Out reviewed by Emily van Der Meulen

Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional and Queer Perspectives reviewed by Alisa Grigorovich

The Future of Gender reviewed by Kristine Klement

The Demons of Aquilonia reviewed by Douglas Gosse

Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth reviewed by April Sharkey

Fierce Departures: The Poetry of Dionne Brand reviewed by Elaine Jackson 

Butterfly Tears reviewed by Marlene Ritchie

Mothering in the Third Wave reviewed by Katelan Dunn 

African Women’s Movements: Changing Political Landscapes reviewed by Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin

Globalization, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: Corporeal Politics reviewed by Leeann Townsend

The Idea of Prostitution reviewed by Elya Maria Durisin

Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies reviewed by Mary J. Harrison

Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature reviewed by Tabassum F. Ruby

War Brides reviewed by Clara Thomas


About the Artwork

Front Cover
Shary Boyle, “Virus/White Wedding,” 2009, plaster and lace, 76cm x 137cm x 46cm.

Back Cover
Shary Boyle, “The Rejection of Pluto,” 2008, porcelain, enamel, gilt, mirror, and led lights, 36cm x 25cm x 20cm. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario in response to their Foggini sculpture depicting the Greek myth, The Rape of Prosperine.

Shary Boyle is a Toronto-based artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally, with pieces in the National Gallery of Canada, Musee Des Beaux Arts, Montreal, the Paisley Museum in Scotland and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In 2009 her work was featured at the Fumetto Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and included in the exhibition “The Likely Fate of the Man that Swallowed the Ghost” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Boyle is the 2009 recipient of Canada’s Iskowitz Award. Shary Boyle’s artwork appears also on pgs. 32, 71, 85, 100, 113.

Artist Statement: My work is representational and often figurative. Through art I attempt to invent an alternate world where life is more fierce, just and fantastical-—one that speaks for women, animals, spirituality, the marginialized and otherworldly. Emotions such as grief, anger, loneliness and euphoria motivate my subjects. There is yearning for an unknown better world, a confrontation of injustice, and an imperative to illustrate female desire from a female perspective. Exploring social taboo, innovations in cross-media and unconventional methods of presentation are central to my practice.


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