50 (more) reasons we need International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day, a celebration of women's achievements and a day wherein I reflect on how many hurdles women still face in society.
Last year I put together a list of 50 reasons we need the day; this year, I bring you 50 more. 

  1. Because 17-year-old Retaeh Parsons hanged herself—and subsequently died—after being tormented in the wake of an alleged gang rape in 2011
  2. Because Christie Blatchford defended Parsons’ rapists
  3. Because one in five Canadians still believes drunk women are asking for it
  4. Because men are more likely to be sexually aggressive toward women if the woman is drunk
  5. Because the entire University of Ottawa men's hockey team was suspended over allegations that multiple members of the team raped a woman from Thunder Bay
  6. Because U of Ottawa student leader Anne-Marie Roy had to call out the rape culture on campus after receiving screenshots of a conversation between five men detailing how they’d like to sexually assault her
  7. Because of the rape chants at St. Mary’s University in Halifax
  8. Because of UBC’s rape chant
  9. Because there’s a man sexually assaulting women on UBC’s campus
  10. Because UBC’s serial sexual predator has been assaulting women since at least April 2013, but the public wasn’t warned until months later
  11. Because UBC’s serial sexual predator has yet to be caught
  12. Because “rape culture” is prevalent at many universities
  13. Because when you talk about “rape culture”, some people don’t believe it exists
  14. Because women are routinely harassed and assaulted on public transit in Vancouver, so much so that SFU students Alexa Dredge and Katie Nordgren set up a blog to record people’s experiences (Harassment on Transit blog)
  15. Because Avery Edison, a transgender woman from the U.K., was denied entry into Canada, detained in Toronto, and sent to a men’s prison
  16. Because 132 sexual assaults were reported in 2013, a 21 percent increase from 2012 (and remember: generally only one in 10 assaults is reported at all)
  17. Because pregnant women are still discriminated against in the workforce
  18. Because TED doesn’t want to talk about abortion
  19. Because there is still nowhere to obtain a surgical abortion in Prince Edward Island
  20. Because Saskatchewan ProLife and the Association for Reformed Political Actio) would like to bring parental consent regulations to Saskatchewan, requiring any female under the age of 18 seeking an abortion to get her parents’ approval before the procedure
  21. Because too many white feminists routinely lessen, negate, belittle, ignore, and erase the experiences of women of colour
  22. Because solidarity is for white women
  23. Because during a news scrum, Toronto mayor Rob Ford said he never wanted to eat former policy adviser Olivia Gondek's pussy and he has "more than enough to eat at home"
  24. Because after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, the media rushed to defend them—for example, after the verdict was delivered, CNN correspondent Candy Crowley said, “Those poor boys’ lives are ruined.”
  25. Because Georgia Appeals Court Judge Christopher J. McFadden ordered a new trial for a convict rapist because the victim— a 24-year-old woman with Downs Syndrome—didn’t act enough like a victim
  26. Because of the GOP’s War on Women
  27. Because, despite Texas senator Wendy Davis’s successful 10-hour filibuster of a controversial omnibus bill that would severely restrict abortions and women’s access to them in that state, Governor Rick Perry called a special session of the senate so he could rubber stamp it anyway
  28. Because Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith thought it was totally appropriate to ask Davis, who’s now running for governor of Texas, if she plans on playing the "gender card" in the race
  29. Because the last reproductive health clinic in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley had to close its doors last month
  30. Because activist Sarah Slamen was forcibly removed from the Texas Senate's Health and Human Services committee for criticizing anti-choice lawmakers
  31. Because Alaskan senator Fred Dyson thinks that low-income women are too cheap to buy birth control
  32. Because Bill O’Reilly and Michele Bachmann still don’t think women are qualified to be president.
  33. Because, during the Screen Actors Guild awards in February, a red carpet host asked Mayim Bialik how many people assumed she could “solve calculus” because she plays a scientist on The Big Bang Theory, oblivious of the fact that Bialik is also a neuroscientist
  34. Because advertisers still rely on hoary, outdated stereotyping to sell products to women—obviously we only use computers to plan our weddings, right Microsoft?
  35. Because leaning in is considered the epitome of feminist thought by too many people
  36. Because only 20 percent of computer programmers are women.
  37. Because women are less likely than men to have an employer-provided pension, and those pensions are generally worth less than those of a male employee
  38. Because Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court just ruled that it’s absolutely legal to take upskirt photos of women
  39. Because the members of Pussy Riot were whipped by Cossack militia members during the Sochi Olympics
  40. Because former Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina were again attacked on March 6 by a group of men in Nizhny Novgorod, one of whom carried a sign saying “Dirty whores out of our town”
  41. Because: pick-up artists
  42. Because: The Red Pill
  43. Because only 23 percent of Oscar voters are women
  44. Because exactly one woman, Kathryn Bigelow, has won an Oscar for Best Director, and only four women (including Bigelow) have even been nominated for the award
  45. Because of how many films utterly fail the Bechdel Test
  46. Because only 36 percent of newsroom staffers are women
  47. Because an online study conducted by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute found that 64 percent of female journalists have experienced “intimidation, threats, or abuse” in the office or in the field, and 46 percent reported they’ve been sexually harassed at work
  48. Because a man writing for the Columbia Journalism Review decried the results of the above study because it didn’t survey men, too
  49. Because when I search for stock images of “International Women’s Day”, I am bombarded with pink pictures of shoes, silhouettes of women dancing, cupcakes, flowers, and lipstick
  50. Because last year when I made this list I was told to take a Midol
Comments (38) Add New Comment
Good post.

Cue the haters. "That's sexism in reverse...."
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Just wanted to say thanks for this post.
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Jason M Bryan
Men are much more likely to kill themselves because men are much more disposable and inherently less valuable than women

Don't forget "Women and children first" when abandoning a sinking ship!
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I don't think you've been out in the world recently because it's women who are seen as less valuable....and you're seriously quoting Titanic to get sympathy on a feminist blog? Please.
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Paper Plate
Men are more likely to be physically assaulted
Men are more likely to be murdered
Men are more likely to commit suicide
Men represent 90% of the homeless
Men represent 98% of work place deaths
Men, if we include those that are incarcerated, are more likely to be raped and sexually assaulted.
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@Jason M Bryan
Too true---men are treated like cattle, coercively taxed, all to provide a Gravy Train for feminists.

End the income tax! End the Gravy Train for fascists!
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You missed one, dear

Supreme Court strikes down Canada's prostitution laws


Did you fall asleep on a bus and miss it or something?
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The law
Because the comments on an article about feminism justify feminism. *looking at you Mr. Jason M Bryan*
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Some of these points are really dubious. e.g: #2, there's a difference between "defending rapists" and criticizing the rush to judgment based on incomplete and/or unreliable information. And how can you definitively call them "rapists"? I didn't realize we replaced the criminal justice system with trial and conviction by social media.
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Bravo! Just remember many societies and cultures moving from a tradition of inequality to one of equality will become more conservative and intolerant (and thus increase inequality, violence, etc.) and do so for an unknown period of time before social mores in those societies begin to shift.

While I would generally support protest and gender equality wise gender revolutionaries should put their money on the fact that violence against women (viewed from a global perspective) will get worse before it gets better. Rich countries, and ones with long traditions of equality are far and away the best places for women's rights.

And while we're at it, please remember that for many young men, the failure to find good jobs and their dire economic circumstances means that no woman will be their girlfriend or wife. Their anger and disappointment at this situation causes them to lash out, unfairly, at women as in some way the cause of their perceived failure.

A woman truly committed to reducing violence and discrimination against women would be preoccupied with finding ways for young men to find better jobs, get married and start families, because ON AVERAGE, husbands and fathers with secure incomes are less likely to commit violence against women and more likely to be amenable to gender equality arguments.
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Women's day
Please, have one. Yet, pointing out 50 trees and claiming it's a forest is a different matter. That is, construct an argument, and use some (the best ones) of those fifty examples within that well constructed argument. This is something I'd expect from a grade 12 student who's intelligent, but not quite intellectually sophisticated yet. Think about it, you've given a list hoping the controversial nature of the topic will give you an intellectual pass. Unfortunately, not.
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I would be terrified
According to Gary Namies book The Bully at Work, 60% of bullies at work are women.
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srsly? These gynofascists are OK with murdering babies, even their own kind/gender in the womb! You think they're capable of reasoning? How cute!
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Let me make up some more made up facts to add to the trolling going on here.
100% of the negative comments on this thread are by sexually frustrated, ignorant narcissists who need to get a clue and try, like, reading an actual book instead of Internet forums for women-hating losers like themselves kayyyy? Winky face
Woohoo. Isn't this fun?
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Chicken Stix
An International Women's Day somehow is necessitated "because too many white feminists routinely lessen, negate, belittle, ignore, and erase the experiences of women of colour"? How does an International Women's Day help with feminist infighting? Your list is a grab bag mixing the relevant with the irrelevant, the sustantial with the dubious.

The fact is women in the West are doing better than men by many standards. Girls are preferentially treated in school (http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/why-girls-do-better-in-school-010212/), more women are graduating post-secondary than men (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/more-women-than-men-have-post-secondary-ed...), and young women are making more than men in the workforce (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405274870442110457546379077...).

As for women being underrepresented in tech, women used to be well-represented in tech until tech became seen as unglamorous and nerdy in popular culture (the "Revenge of the Nerds" era). Then women fled. Now that it's cool again they want back in and the fact that there are many talented females in the industry shows nothing is stopping them. Tech is fairly female-friendly and women generally get paid the same as their male counterparts (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-computer-scientists-make...).
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Paper Plate

Let's say, just for the sake of argument, that everything you said was true. Let's suppose the absolute worst about those posting here, myself included.

It should be a simple matter to provide some reliable evidence that our claims, mine in particular, are incorrect.
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Silver Plate
As a programmer :
#36 : only 20% of programmers are women

Maybe because so little women go to comp science schools ?
Oh, and what about positive discrimination ? How can that be better than no discrimination at all ?
And what about the fact that there are 90% of nurses ? Why don't you talk about that ?
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I hate being part of a demographic that needs a special day designated for them. Feminism sucks! What is wrong with humanism? Nobody gets left out.
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Martin Dunphy
#51 Posters like Silver Plate above.

#52 Christie Blatchford. Again. Just because.
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Sadly, there are so many deluded women in the world nowadays, including you, Ms. Nelson... You may not know it yet, but you (and women like you) are poisoning and precluding healthy relationships between normal, healthy women and men. So please don't come back 5-10 years from now, complaining that "there are no real men left", because indeed there won't be any real men left; all of them will have run away from you, and your ilk
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