Kathleen Pye

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Kathleen Pye is a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick. She holds a BSc in Kinesiology, an MEd in Counselling Psychology, and an MSc in Nutritional Biochemistry. As a researcher, counselor, and activist, Kathleen aims to lessen secrecy, promote awareness, build understanding, and provide assistance for those affected by eating issues and disorders. She tweets from @KathleenCanada.

Recent blog posts written by Kathleen Pye

23 Years After Montreal Massacre: Why We Shouldn’t Just “Move On”

“I am here to fight against feminism. That is why I am here. You’re all a bunch of feminists, and I hate feminists.” Those were the words that 25 year old Marc Lépine proclaimed as he walked into a classroom at École Polytechnique (an engineering school at the Université de Montréal) on December 6th, 1989, armed with […]

What It Means To Be Adopted: In Celebration Of National Adoption Day

I was born on April 20th, 1984. On June 5th, nearly two months after being placed on an adoption list in Montreal, I met my parents and became Kathleen. I can’t be sure what occurred during the two month gap between my birth and the introduction to my family; perhaps it’s an ‘adoptive limbo’, a […]

A Hope for the Future: An Open Letter to Lady Gaga

Dear Lady Gaga, Let me start off my prefacing this open letter. I’m not writing this in the hopes of pulling at proverbial heartstrings nor am I hoping to gain unwanted attention. I’m writing this to thank you. Over the past few weeks you have been maliciously attacked because of your appearance. To say this […]

Feminism: The Pursuit of Happiness

Ask yourself: what do you want for your life? The most common answer? To strive to live a life that brings the greatest joy; that is, the goal of being happy. The good news for your virtuous endeavor? The pursuit of life happiness is your basic and inalienable right. Thanks to the know-how of the […]

No, Congressman Joe Walsh: Even Heroes Need to Talk

As a Canadian, I am often amazed at the level of mud-slinging involved in American politics. Sure, Canadian politicians employ their own brand of callous name-calling, but in comparison to our southern bi-partisan neighbours, they’re fairly amicable. And yet, the uncouthness of American politics never ceases to amaze me. This time, Illinois Republican Congressman Joe […]

Superwoman Can Keep Her Cape: On the Myth of “Having It All”

As a 28-year old doctoral student, I have dreams of completing my degree, landing an academic position, and achieving an aspired level of success in my career – all in addition to getting married, raising children, and living a happy life. This seems reasonable, doesn’t it? While the specific details may differ, isn’t this what […]

Canada’s War on Women: The Battle of New Brunswick

As a self-proclaimed Maritimer, I’ve lived in New Brunswick off and on throughout my undergraduate and graduate student life. Although small in population, New Brunswick is a province with boundless natural beauty and is home to the kindest people you would ever have the good fortune to meet. I am in awe of this place […]

Adopted and Pro-Choice

Last week, TLC aired a special called Birth Moms in honour of Mother’s Day, documenting the experiences of three young pregnant women considering adoption. When I first heard about this show I, being an open and proud adoptee, was thrilled; in the current political environment where abortion is constantly in the hot seat, many other […]

Vogue and the Diet Debate: Why Are We So Horrified?

In the most recent edition of Vogue, New York socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss shares her experience of putting her 7-year old child on a weight loss diet. Her intent: for her daughter, Bea, to shed pounds after discovering that she “had grown fat.” Obesity is a worldwide epidemic; the World Health Organization (WHO) describes childhood obesity, […]

“Thinspiration” Reaches Pinterest

Like so many other people, the minute I heard about Pinterest I immediately signed up for an account and starting pinning; mostly ideas of bedroom décor and recipe ideas. However, I started to see a scary trend I’ve seen so many times before on other social network forums and websites from all over the world. […]