Women’s & Gender Studies

It is in my personal opinion that each student should require one Women’s and Gender course during university. I believe these courses are extremely valuable in how we may perceive the world today. At StFX, the program looks at traditional ideas about women and where they’ve come to today. This is not a program for only women – this is a program for any individual who wishes to create a society where all genders, races, sexual orientations, and abilities can have acceptance and respect for themselves. AKA, this program is BOSS. Who isn’t a feminist these days? Fighting for equality and all things fair? And don’t even get me on the whole “Feminism is man-hating” because it most definitely IS NOT that whatsoever. Perhaps if more people took Women’s and Gender classes, more people would understand this simple concept of human equality.

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‘Tis the Season

Well, not to shock the heck out of you BUT Christmas is in exactly one month… Kay what? Umm that can’t be right? Well check your calendars folks, it is! This time of year tends to be focused around giving, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or another holiday around this time, I feel as though the theme is about giving. I know, it’s such a classic thing to say, but it really is true.

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That Mid-Semester Hump

We all know that Wednesday is hump day. You get through Wednesday and you can get through the week. Well, November is the hump day of first semester. Once you get through November, you’re on the home stretch to Christmas.

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To celebrate this occasion, I thought I would feature 10 great things that have happened so far this year to boost your mood and get you ready to make it over this hump.

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Lest We Forget

Today marks Remembrance Day here in Canada and Veterans Day in the US. It is a day in which we remember all those who have died for our country in order for us to live a free a life. More officially, the federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada states that the date is of “remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.”

The day is chosen as the agreement that ended the First World War was on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. At 11a.m. on this day every year, we pause and take two minutes of silence to reflect upon the people we have lost, the people who fought, and the people out there today. In many locations, The Last Post is performed, as well as In Flanders Field. From this poem was the Poppy, becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols.

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Movember

Well it’s that time of year again! To all you Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, take up the challenge for raising awareness and funds during Movember, a cause dedicated to Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, and mental health & suicide prevention. More specifically Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Movember started all the back in 2003 in Australia with 30 moustaches. Now, Movember is a world wide initiative with more than 5 million moustaches! You can read more about Movember’s story here: https://ca.movember.com/about/history

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