Dec 6th Action

December 6, 2016 at 8:15 am (Life) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Words matter.

“Women on one side, men on the other.”

“He told us [the men] to leave, and we did.” (p. 171)

From the book: The Montreal Massacre by Louise Malette & Marie Chalouh; translated by Marlene Wildeman. Charlottetown, PEI: gynergy books, 1991.

Do you know the new inclusive words for the Canadian anthem?

Why is it wrong if I need the words of my national anthem to include me through its language?

I am not a son. I am a daughter. I am not a man but I am a person. I am part of us.

Language matters.

Words matter.

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My Previous words of remembrance.

Je me souviens … Geneviève Bergeron, 21; Hélène Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Haviernick, 29; Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, 31; Maryse Laganière, 25; Maryse Leclair, 23; Anne-Marie Lemay, 27; Sonia Pelletier, 23; Michèle Richard, 21; Annie St-Arneault, 23; Annie Turcotte, 21.

 

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International Womyn’s Day

March 8, 2015 at 8:15 am (Rants) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Today is International Women’s Day.

Restore our Anthem from Restore Anthem on Vimeo.

Recently, on CBC radio the topic of our national anthem‘s gender non-inclusiveness, once again, resurfaced.

For those of you who only remember the lyrics when the music swells, here they are:

The official lyrics of “O Canada” are:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

The non-inclusiveness is “in all our sons command.”

The question put before the CBC audience was should parliament officially change the lyrics “in all thy sons command,” and replace them with “in all of us command.”

To me this is a no brainer. Of course, the lyrics should be changed to include all of us!

It seems, I am (as usual) in the minority here! Nobody (men or women) who called in supported the change in lyrics. This shocked me.

I am a proud Canadian. My heart swells with the music as the national anthem plays but still I feel the words conspire to exclude me. I am not Canada’s son. I am her daughter.

History is herstory too.

I’ve been a feminist for over forty years, this includes most of my life so far.

It’s a little depressing how so little seems to have changed.

History is herstory too.

Shouldn’t our anthems and symbols and history books reflect all of us?

I say yes. What say you?

Caterpillar 00

 

 

 

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