What's New

February 2015 updates

Federal government amends Criminal Code hate propaganda law to include women and girls. Hooah!

August 2014 updates

Rape GIFS and the pernicious problem of sexist online trolls, Globe and Mail, August 13, 2021

Facebook updates policies on hate speech against women, May 2014

October 2013 updates

How Canada's sex-assault laws violate rape victims. Article by Kirk Makin at the Globe and Mail, October 5, 2021

I'd love some Respect from female pop stars, but I'd settle for pants. Column by Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail, October 5, 2021

Bill banning children’s beauty pageants should be lauded, lamented. Column by Sarah Hampson, Globe and Mail, October 5, 2021

September 2013 updates

Social Media & Sexual Violence Conference: Understanding the links to students' mental health & well-being, London, Ontario, November 7-8, 2013. Sponsored by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University. Check the site for info on the great speakers and topics. (Fall 2013)

Articles on the furor caused by Canadian university students "rape chant"

French Senate bans child beauty pageants

February 2013 updates

Violent Video Games, Delinquency, and Youth Violence: New Evidence
By Matt DeLisi, Michael G. Vaughn, Douglas A. Gentile, Craig A. Anderson and Jeffrey J. Shook

December 2012 updates

Free Radical news release: Remy Couture is a Danger to Women, December 27, 2020

Opportunistic creep, Remy Couture, goes to trial in Montreal on obscenity charges

June 2011 site updates

Hate crimes stats skewed until women protected - an excellent editorial by Andrea DeMeer, QMI Agency

May 2011 site updates

Why SlutWalk raises hackles and hopes

March 2011 site updates

Pornography industry flourishes in Quebec

February 2011 site updates

Conference: Impacts of screen overexposure on young people's health - the facts, the damages, the solutions. Hosted by Montreal YWCA, Edupax, ACME (Action Coalition for Media Education) - May 4, 5, 6, 2011

Why Canadian crime statistics don't add up, by Scott Newark. Published by The Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, February 2011

January 2011 site updates

Bullies circulating nude photos takes heavy toll on girls

December 2010 site updates

Internet pornography to be blocked unless requested, under U.K. proposal

November 2010 site updates

A Serbian Film depicts rape of newborn baby

Toronto rappers speak out against violence

More men speaking out against pornography

October 2010 site updates

Sexual dance routines "shockingly prevalent" among children

Quebec film maker, Remy Couture, charged under obscenity laws - Globe columnist comment: It is hard to find sympathy, no matter what the legal argument, for a guy clearly so obsessed with the torture and dismemberment of women that he represents these over and over again.

I Spit On Your Grave remake - National Post review: "Just like yesterday’s garbage, his film should be kicked to the curb and treated as the disposable, putrid trash it is."

September 2010 site updates

An Introduction to Misogyny in Popular Culture, by Valerie Smith (The Free Radical), September 2010

Are mass media creating a culture of rape? Column by Antonia Zerbisas, Toronto Star

Articles on attack on girl in Pitt Meadows, B.C., and posting of pictures online. Update - child pornography charges laid against boy who distributed pictures

When Violence Becomes Entertaining - recapturing childhood and adolescence from the toxic influence of media - Ontario Teachers' Federation conference, October 15 - 16, 2010

When Violence Becomes Entertaining conference - Agenda

Video game created based on shootings at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec - taken offline following protests

August 2010 site updates

Rolling Stone's gratuitously violent cover for vampire series, True Blood

When controversy rears its head, sponsors run for cover

Sexist violence sickens crime writer

Is violent Rihanna/Eminem song a teaching tool? Not exactly.

Toronto's Drake appears with misogynist rapper, Eminem, and pimp-rapper, Jay-Z, at Molson Amphitheatre

July 2010 site updates

Tantra Fitness in Vancouver, B.C., offers pole-dancing exercise classes for five year old girls

When violence becomes entertaining - recapturing childhood and adolescence from the toxic influence of media - Ontario Teachers' Federation conference, October 15 - 16, 2010

I Spit On Your Grave remake - "feminist" film or misogynist slasher movie?

Canadian teens spend more than 7 hours a day on computer, TV and video games, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Study

June 2010 site updates

Toronto hip hop star, Drake, dissed for reporting a crime

Toronto Police warn teens about 'sext crimes'

The Honest Lawyer restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario, removes misogynist, disgusting "kisses" urinal after lengthy campaign by women's groups and politicians

May 2010 site updates

Blog inciting hatred against women ruled legal - Update on misogynist, Jean-Claude Rochefort

April 2010 site updates

Padded bra bikini for girls withdrawn - and other articles on the sexualization of young girls

March 2010 site updates

Games show contestants use torture on French TV psychological experiment

February 2010 site updates

Articles on misogynist, Jean-Claude Rochefort

January 2010 site updates

Tools for starting a petition re amending the Criminal Code hate propaganda law to extend protection to girls and women

December 2009 site updates

Recent exchanges in the House of Commons re efforts to add women/girls to the Criminal Code hate propaganda law

Letter to the editor of the Toronto Star from the OPSBA Violence in the Media Coalition re failure of politicians to add women/girls to the Criminal Code hate propaganda law

November 2009 site updates

Peterborough, Ontario, murder mimics lyrics from Eminem song "Cleaning out my closet"

"We are going to have the blood flying wholesale" - Toronto director, David Hackl (director of Saw VII)

Recent research documents:

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement - Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos on Children and Youth, November 2009
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement - Media Violence, November 2009

Parents Television Council: Women in Peril: A Look at TV's Disturbing New Storyline Trend

October 2009 site updates

John Baird, Conservative Minister of Transport, Infrastructure & Communities, bans hate "artist" Elephant Man from Downsview Park concert

Federal Liberal Women's Caucus Pink Book III recommends amending Criminal Code hate propaganda law to protect women

Pink Book Volume III - section on Preventing Violence Against Women - contains above-noted recommendation

August 2009 site updates

Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture, a film by Thomas Keith

Information on the misogynist movie, Deadgirl

Women at risk: by Bob Herbert, New York Times

Femicide: There's not enough outrage - Toronto Star column by Antonia Zerbisias

Media violence delegation meets with Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley

Telephone terrorist: outing an online outlaw

Homophobic Elephant Man dropped from Toronto Caribana event

Man emulating 'Fight Club' arrested in Starbucks blast