French-speaking women in Toronto have taken on the patriarchy with their ‘feminist’ attitudes
A French-language Facebook group has grown to more than 50,000 members, but some women have taken a stand against the misogyny and sexual harassment that they see.
The group is called Women of Toronto, and members share their experiences of discrimination, including rape, assault, domestic violence, and discrimination against transgender people.
“We have this mentality of not listening to the women in power.
We feel that we have to do it ourselves, that we need to speak up and make our voices heard,” said one member of the group, named “Liz.”
“We need to talk about this,” she added, and “the patriarchal system that allows men to take advantage of women.
Women need to do something about it.”
“Women are always the ones with the voices, the voices of the oppressed, and the voices that don’t speak out are always silenced,” she said.
“When you have this level of misogyny, you can’t really speak out, you need to keep quiet.
We have to be a vocal minority.”
The group has been around for nearly two years, but its members have grown in number.
“I think it’s a growing phenomenon because it’s not just a feminist issue anymore, it’s also a personal issue,” said “Loz.”
“It’s not about gender or race, it comes down to what is right for me, for my family, and for myself.”
A spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service told CBC News that they do not comment on specific cases, but they will be working with members of the public to identify and support victims of crime.
In 2015, the city introduced the “Treaty of Toronto” — a plan that aimed to combat “rape culture” and address issues of sexual harassment and assault.
However, many members of “Lizzie”‘s group don’t feel they have a voice in Toronto’s system of policing.
“There’s so many ways that we are being marginalized.
We are not heard.
We aren’t protected.
We’re just being treated like cattle,” said Liz.
“They treat us like cattle.”