Elizabeth Hawksworth
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Elizabeth Hawksworth is a Canadian poet, blogger and short story writer. A busy marketing professional and nanny in Toronto, Ontario, she enjoys taking in the sights and sounds of her city, writing historical fiction, and herding her two cats, Athena and Ophelia. Elizabeth blogs about feminism, body positivity, fatphobia, writing, nannying and social justice at http://www.elizabethahawksworth.com.

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Why Celebrating Dad Bods Is Dumb

(13) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:10 PM

I'm sure you've heard by now about the recent "dad bod" phenomenon taking over social media. If you haven't, essentially it's a bunch of dudes who have a certain type of physique being celebrated and called attractive for that physique. Which is awesome -- I'm all for body...

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Ending Misogynistic Killing Forever: The Legacy of the Montreal Massacre

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Feminists are so often accused of being sexist, as if fighting for our rights and safety is somehow taking something away from men. And a good amount of the time in 2014, it's fairly easy to ignore statements that insist that we're somehow being "misandrist" towards men by talking about...

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Canadian Veterans Sacrificed so We Could Have Everything

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 7:39 AM

When I think of Remembrance Day, I think of my grandfather, Myles. Myles, who is 88 years old, served for Canada and the U.S. during the Second World War, like many other men and women who were his contemporaries. My other grandfather, William, who passed away in his early 60s,...

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I'll Believe Jian's Accuser Before I Believe a Man in Power

(301) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:52 AM

Canadian radio generally isn't a big thing in other parts of the world, but here in Toronto, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is kind of a big deal. He's well known and well liked, for his views, for his interviews, and for his personality. This week, a decision came...

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The Things I Wish You Knew About My Mental Illness

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:40 PM

This one goes out to the naysayers, the ones who insist that mental illness is "all in your head", that it can be "snapped out of". This one goes out to the people who can't fathom the darkness and can't understand the internal pain. Here are the things I wish...

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Don't Call Robin Williams' Death a Waste

(11) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:50 AM

I was coming home from a long day of working when I saw the news on Twitter. Today, probably sometime this morning, Robin Williams, beloved American actor, passed away in his California home. It is suspected that he committed suicide, probably from asphyxiation.

In the short hour since...

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Remember: At the End of the Day, It's Yourself You Answer To

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:43 PM

There's an accusation, especially recently in our culture, about people who fight for social justice. We're accused of perpetuating a victim mentality. People mistake our stories and our experiences for manifestations of victimhood. We're told not to wallow. We're told to rise above, and in many cases, to put aside...

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Elliot Rodger Killed Women Because He Believed He Was Superior To Them

(163) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 1:48 PM

As a feminist, I've known of the Men's Rights Activist Movement, or the MRAs, for awhile. They're men who believe women owe them something. They believe feminism is a scourge on the earth. They believe that they are superior to women and that it's the fault of women that they...

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Being a Bigot Doesn't Come With a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

(7) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Lately, I've been thinking about what it means to be a bigot.

It's a weird thing to think. In fact, I struggle very hard not to be bigoted in any way. I'm part of several marginalized groups in society and I know firsthand what it's like to experience bigotry directly,...

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Maybe Romeo and Juliet Can Work It Out

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:29 AM

We're all familiar with Shakespeare's iconic star-crossed romance, "Romeo & Juliet". I read the epic tragedy in high school and empathized with the couple's desperation and blind infatuation, masquerading as love. It couldn't have ended any other way -- the reckless abandon in which these two teens threw themselves into...

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I'm Gay, and I'm Supporting Canada's Olympic Team in Sochi

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:03 AM

I hate slotting people into little boxes. It's one of my biggest pet peeves. Everyone has an identity, but the way they identify may not be their entire identity, and it's certainly not the most interesting thing about them. I'm also a big believer in acceptance, which means I don't...

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Just Because I Can Live My Whole Life Online Doesn't Mean I Should

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:25 AM

I was at my parents' house this summer, and going through some old boxes in the basement, when I found my old high school journal. I found myself paging through it with amused interest, when I noticed that the meandering, often very emotional entries abruptly stopped on June 19, 2001....

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Christmas Brings Christianity Back For Me

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Religion and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship. I used to be the type of person who believed unquestioningly and wholeheartedly in God. I took such utter joy out of being at church and worshipping. And then I met the other side of religion -- her judgemental, hateful...

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What Depression Really Feels Like

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Imagine that you lived in a land where the sun never shone. Maybe it rained all the time, the water dripping constantly into the sodden vegetation. Maybe there was always fog, always obscuring the next corner, always making everything just that much more confusing. And maybe the house you lived...

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Whitewashing Remembrance: I Wear A Poppy For Native Veterans

(15) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 12:05 AM

Remembrance Day is upon us -- the day the Armistice was put into place that ended the First World War, and the day that Canadians take a moment at the stroke of 11 a.m. to remember our veterans, our dead, and the victims and senselessness of war.

Well, that's what...

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I'm Fat and Proud No Matter What Chip Wilson Says

(20) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:39 AM

A few months ago, I wrote about what it was like to want to feel cool, especially when you never have felt that way before.

That was in response to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO telling the world just what he thought of kids that just "didn't meet...

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Rob Ford Should Be Sorry About His Apology

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 9:08 PM

This has been a hot week in Toronto when it comes to politics. I think anyone who lives and works in this city will agree that the latest Rob Ford scandal is hardly surprising -- it's just tiresome.

This man is in the news constantly, over and...

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We Don't Need "Excuses" for How We Look

(7) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:42 PM

I'm sure by now, everyone's seen that Maria Kang fitspiration photo. If you haven't, this is what it looks like:


And I don't want to rehash all the reasons why this woman is under fire for this photo. This post isn't...

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In Defence of the Selfie: Narcissistic Body Positivity

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Oh, Instagram. It's both the bane and the joy of my life. I had a conversation just today over Facebook with a friend about Instagram and how it's so easy to feel like a good photographer on it. But let's be honest. Instagram doesn't make you a real photographer. It's...

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Suits Actor Tackles Life and Decay in New Photography Exhibit

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 8:40 AM

A love letter to family and nature -- that's what Patrick J. Adams achieves with his photography.

The Suits actor is currently exhibiting his first show, Sea/Land, at 134 Ossington, also known as Oz Studios. His lusciously detailed photographs focus on Haida Gwaii, also known as the former...

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