Monthly Archives: June 2011

Implanted breasts and concerned scholars

Yesterday, sharing my Top 7 Reasons Smart Women Should Speak Up with a group of scholars at Carleton University in Ottawa, the conversation turned – as it often does – to the potential aftermath of gaining media profile. Many women … Continue reading

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Lessons in persuasion continued…

What if you don’t have time to write an op ed but one of the issues you care most – and know lots – about is in the news? Write a letter to the editor, instead; you only need to … Continue reading

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NY gay marriage bill: persuasion in action

Who wouldn’t like to be a more persuasive communicator? In every aspect of our personal and professional lives – from seducing a beloved or winning a promotion to controlling the TV remote or getting your way at the Air Canada … Continue reading

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PR practitioners vastly outnumber journalists

I spent three years in the mid 1980s flogging pseudo news stories to journalists on behalf of large corporations. (All I can say now is I’m sorry, and I’ve been putting my talents to better use ever since.) Employed by … Continue reading

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Do you know where your parents are?

The headline above could be the new and increasingly relevant twist on an old question. As Sherry Baker, Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks writes in the Vancouver Sun this week, Ten per cent of Canada’s … Continue reading

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Sexual assault – defining consent, round 2

“Feminazi”, “President, Bitch of the Year Club” and “you dog-faced slut” – these are among the monikers I collected during my three-year stint as an out-feminist columnist with the Vancouver Sun. Most of the insults came from readers, but occasionally … Continue reading

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How to promote your book

When Beth Marshall and Ozlem Sensoy attended the Informed Opinions workshop hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver back in March, they had a specific goal in mind: their publisher expected them to be able to help raise the profile … Continue reading

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Controversial “unconscious consent” case given context

Last week’s controversial decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of protecting unconscious women from sexual assault begged for additional context and analysis. The salacious facts of the case (including the apparently agreed-to asphyxiation, the nature of the … Continue reading

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