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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Shadowplay - Baden Powell Trail

Oh the joy of being in a sunny forest in Vancouver. I just wanted to capture and share how gorgeous the light and shadows looked.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mt. Baker

I snapped this picture with my phone as I was walking onto my ultimate field last night. Perhaps I'm a bit callous to the geography here, but I haven't been awestruck by any of the mountains in British Columbia yet. The one mountain that has ever managed to stop me in my tracks is the sight of Mt. Baker all the way in Washington state. 

Only on the clearest days can you see it, and it always manages to fuel my curiosity. It's snowcapped year round, but perhaps one day I'll take a trip across the boarder to see it...maybe even hike it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hiking Lynn Canyon Park to Deep Cove

What an amazing hike! An old friend paid me a visit on the Canada Day long-weekend, and we decided to spend a day hiking the north shore of Vancouver. The hike was from the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge all the way to Deep Cove. One way it's a 12 km hike, but we made it a round trip since we took a car. 

It was a gorgeous hike, but also an amazing day. Sunny, bright, and finally a temperature that I find hot. After how dim and cloudy it's been all fall, winter and spring, it was really nice to take a hike and have the sun bursting through the treetops. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Like a Girl"

Despite this being an advertisement by Always, I actually really like the message here and found myself getting a bit emotional. Perhaps it's because I was that young girl once whose abilities and skills were downplayed - not purposely, but due to the underlying sexism in our society. Even now as an adult I still find myself eager to prove my strength and intelligence.

What always irks me about videos like this are the comments in the comment section. A quick skim and I can see hostile rants:
"Was this even a problem?"
"Damn feminists don't get it. We say things like this to boys so they man up. Of course a girl runs like a girl, people shouldn't be so sensitive."
"Little girls are weaker than grown men"
"This video is cancer"

Why are men so intimidated by female empowerment that they need to seek out and attack a video made by a menstrual pad company? They are definitely missing the point of the issue though. The trouble begins when "being a girl" is associated with something negative. This problem continues even after childhood. Grown men insult each other with words like "bitch", "pussy", "fag"; all words that hold a negative, yet female connotation. Men and boys are also told to "man up" or "grow a pair" when they show emotion or display behavior that others find uncomfortably unmanly. These insults, even something as innocent as "like a girl", still give the message that to be a female is bad.

This language is toxic to both that little girl and that little boy on the receiving end of the insult. It's lose-lose for everyone. It continues to reinforce some ridiculous expectations in our society. The intelligence and abilities of women are constantly undermined, and men that don't fit the narrow expectations are made into targets. I think it's time to strive for a change, and it really does begin with our language and values that we share with children.

I'm sorry this isn't my usual type of post. As the oldest sibling of two sisters, I just needed to rant about this for a moment.

PS. I can speak from experience that little girls are as tough as nails.