Irene Ogrizek

Irene Ogrizek

Irene Ogrizek is a writer, teacher, and editor based in Montreal, Québec, Canada. Visit her website here: http://www.ireneogrizek.com

The Dishonesty of #MeToo in Canada's Literary Scene

The Dishonesty of #MeToo in Canada's Literary Scene

When I was a less experienced teacher, I made a big mistake. Students were composing essays in a computer lab, and one young man thought he would be clever. Instead of writing, he spent his time shopping for an online essay. A flash of his parents’ gold card near the

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Canada
Campus Counsellors and the Politicization of Sexual Assault

Campus Counsellors and the Politicization of Sexual Assault

A few years ago, a student came to my office in tears. Earlier in the day she’d stood in the doorway of the computer lab, telling me she didn’t think she would make it through class. Her face had been swollen and tear-stained. She was a confident young

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Education
Laura Kipnis, Camille Paglia and the Redefinition of Sex

Laura Kipnis, Camille Paglia and the Redefinition of Sex

Laura KipnisReading Laura Kipnis’ Unwanted Advances is challenging. Not because Kipnis isn’t a gifted writer, but because her experience with Title IX administrators, today’s campus equivalent of a morality squad, is downright noxious. What landed her in trouble was an article she wrote, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” (Chronicle

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Art and Culture
Feminism Needs to Talk About Responsibility — Not Just Rights

Feminism Needs to Talk About Responsibility — Not Just Rights

At the age of 47 I suffered what I now like to think of as “The Year of Living Stupidly.” Unlike Sigourney Weaver in the film that inspired me, I did not live dangerously, although there was certainly a lot of drama. That was the year I suffered my last

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Art and Culture
Students, Sex, Social Media and Why the Steven Galloway Affair Is so Murky

Students, Sex, Social Media and Why the Steven Galloway Affair Is so Murky

On a frigid night a few years ago, a friend dragged me to an event at a popular Montreal bar. Students of a local graduate program in creative writing were giving a reading. My friend and I sat close to them. I watched as pitchers of beer came and went

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Canada
Pronoun Wars: Gender Theorists go Head-to-Head with Jordan Peterson

Pronoun Wars: Gender Theorists go Head-to-Head with Jordan Peterson

Canada’s new Bill C-16 has free speech advocates worried. At issue is the introduction of social construct definitions of gender identity and gender expression into our country’s Human Rights code. The bill makes it illegal to target those who identify or express themselves differently from their biological gender.

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Canada
When Accusations Abound Who Will Protect the Falsely Maligned?

When Accusations Abound Who Will Protect the Falsely Maligned?

Here’s a snapshot of my life, taken when my stroke-afflicted mother lived with me. I’d returned from errands and was just shutting the front door when I saw her in her wheelchair. The back of it was pitched forward at a steep angle and when she shifted slightly,

Irene Ogrizek
Irene Ogrizek
Canada