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December 6th: it’s been two generations

December 6th memorial

I confess to being at loss for words this year as I commemorate the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique in Montréal. So much stuff — so many incidents of male violence against women — have been layered over it since…

December 6th: post until it’s fixed

December 6th: post until it's fixed

I wrestled with the idea of writing yet another December 6th post. When I worked for uniondom, the copy-paste platitudes we posted every year on this date and many others really frustrated  me. And yet here I was contemplating the…

December 6th: Constant progress, constant retreat

Sombre December 6th - geraniums wilting after growing all summer
We want to see progress to encourage ourselves to keep pushing for change. And yet we don't want to magnify a tiny step forward to give others the illusion that everything's fine. This is what I'm wrestling with on the 27th anniversary of the Montréal massacre.

December 6 depoliticized

I will own the cliché nature of this post: yes, for many people my age, Dec. 6 is our Kennedy assassination moment. Most people I know remember where they were and what they were doing when first they heard that a man had separated the men from the women in a Montréal University engineering class, screamed "you're all feminists" then opened fire, killing 14.