Archive for April, 2010

April 16th, 2010 - 7:37 pm § in Human Rights Activism, Human Rights Leaders

‘Pardon me for what?’

Kathryn Blaze Carlson, National Post; With Files From Richard Foot, Canwest News Service Thursday, Apr. 15, 2010 Known as Canada’s Rosa Parks, Viola Desmond stood up against racism in the 1940s and went to jail for it. Even when she was imprisoned, Viola Desmond was coiffed and groomed, with w[...]

April 16th, 2010 - 7:29 pm § in Human Rights Activism, Human Rights Leaders

Apology a dream for sister of ‘Canada’s Rosa Parks’

“The sister of the Nova Scotia woman referred to as Canada’s Rosa Parks says she’s delighted that her sister has finally received an apology and a free pardon for being wrongfully arrested for sitting in the whites only section of a movie theatre.” Read Article: CTV News[...]

April 15th, 2010 - 12:56 am § in Human Rights & Gender

Essay: Power Structures Surrounding Femininty

In North America, the question of whether the exposure of the breasts is deemed to cause social harm is an issue that has been tackled by courts, institutions, and the general public. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) uses the definition of social harm to decide whether such an act is regarded as in[...]

April 15th, 2010 - 12:55 am § in Human Rights & Gender

Stereotypes of Gender Discrepancies in Academics

“In 1968 Phillip Goldberg asked university women to judge the merits of several scientific articles that were attributed to a male author (“John McKay”) or to a female author (“Joan McKay”).  Although these manuscripts were identical in every other respect, participants judged the article[...]

April 15th, 2010 - 12:54 am § in Human Rights & Gender

Rating Infants Differently Based on Gender

“Gender-role stereotypes are well-ingrained cognitive schemes that we use to interpret and often distort the behaviour of males and females.  People even use these schemas to classify the behaviour of infants.  In one study (Condry & Condry, 1976), university students watched a video-tape of[...]

April 15th, 2010 - 12:54 am § in Human Rights & Gender

How Gender Gets Socialized

“In one research program, 4- and 5-year-olds were shown unfamiliar gender-neutral toys (for example, spinning bells, a magnet stand), told that these objects were either ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls,’ and asked whether they and other boys or girls would like them. Children clearly relied on th[...]

April 15th, 2010 - 12:51 am § in Human Rights & Gender

Do Gender Stereotypes Influence a Child’s Memory?

“Maccoby and Jacklin (1974) proposed that once people learn gender stereotypes, they are more likely to attend to and remember events that are consistent with these beliefs than events that would disconfirm them.  Carol Martin and Charles Halverson (1981) agree, arguing that gender stereotypes ar[...]