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Wed, Apr 9th - 10:53AM

Oil prices soaring again...
Oil prices went up $2.31 today to US$110.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, flirting with the all-time record of $111.80 set in March.

Check out the History of Oil prices at Hundred Dollar Oil.

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Wed, Apr 9th - 10:18AM

Gun Culture, Hatemail, oh my!

A Formulaic Response to Hatemail:

We've recently been inundated by a small deluge of pro-gun letters citing lack of references, lack of bibliography and claiming shoddy information regarding the opinion piece located at:

We respect your opinion on this matter and hope you will respect ours.

As some of you have noted the Feminist eZine archives articles on feminism for research purposes, but not all the articles include statistics. The one you've responded to is largely an opinion piece which is concerned with our view on using firearms to support feminism (and in reverse, using feminism to support the right to bear arms).

The article in question was co-written by myself, Suzanne MacNevin, and our assistant editor Charles Moffat who knows quite a bit about firearms, their relative laws and also wrote the following articles:

Gun Control in Canada

Handguns in Canada


Charles Moffat comes from an unusual perspective because he was nearly murdered when he was 12 years old by a complete stranger, and yet he himself is a supporter of the right to own rifles/shotguns but opposes the legality of handguns.

You have every right to disagree with his, and our, opinions, and you may disagree with some of the information on our website and how it is presented.

You will note that at the bottom of the Subverting Feminism for Guns article we do actually recommend women consider carrying a handgun, and we even recommend the .357 Magnum. Some of you have pointed out that the .357 Magnum is a bit heavy and you're under the impression that "poor little weak women" can't even hold a Magnum properly. We assure you women are a lot stronger than you think and they're more than capable of pointing it at point blank range and hitting the target squarely in the chest (unless they're nearly blind of course).

The article was directed not so much at the NRA, but at gun culture in general since the NRA has no real presence in Canada or overseas and is basically a rebuke of gun propaganda which attempts to convince people that guns will protect you from rape/etc. Our personal belief however is that women in particular would benefit from more exercise and learning how to fight.

You can see my own article about Weightlifting for Women here:

And another about abdominal exercises here:

If any of you are also into boxing or martial arts and would like to contribute an article on boxing/martial arts for beginners we'd be interested in reading what you have to say and perhaps publishing it in our health section as an alternative exercise.

You will note that Moffat and myself don't completely agree on the handgun issue, and we certainly don't expect everyone to agree with either of us.

Suzanne MacNevin
Editor of the Lilith eZine

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