This 1993 research critically examines Canada's White Ribbon Campaign. It
identifies the White Ribbon's roots as a community action taken by colleagues
to commemorate women engineers murdered in their school for being feminist. It
considers media coverage, the ordinary motivation of Marc Lapin (the murderer),
and the reaction of women and the feminist community. The paper considers why
and how the horrific murders became the source of funds and validation for men
rather than for the women working in the front lines of anti-violence programs
and services. Finally, it asks -and answers- the question of whether the White
Ribbon Campaign ultimately served women or men. My recent reviews of the White
Ribbon Campaign web site and media releases have not rendered me less critical
of their work. Nonetheless, readers are cautioned to update them selves through
personal research rather than relying solely on this somewhat dated paper.
This is a condensed version of the complete work - and documentation of the White Ribbon Men's Movement. I am in the process of updating my research on this topic for purposes of publication and teaching. It is my expectation that this section of my web site will be revised before the end of 2002. Finally, I have additonal documentation including interview tapes, WRF reports and minutes, media data, notes on personal interviews, and related themes should I need to be more comprehensive about sources related to this paper.
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