Alison Garwood Jones

The swimmer

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

I met a man at my local pool the other day. He could shoot himself 25 metres under water in one breath. When he came up for air, I removed my goggles and asked him, “Are you a pearl diver?” “No,” he smiled, water dripping from his afro. “Are you training for a competition?” I […]

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The one you feed

Originally published in July 2016 in Blog

“An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A battle is going on inside all of us,’ he said to the boy. ‘It is a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves. One is evil: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is […]

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Brotherly love

Originally published in July 2016 in Blog

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Lean In Canada Illustrations

Originally published in November 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

Last Tuesday, the organizers of Lean In Canada hosted a gathering to brain storm new ways to tackle gender bias in the workplace. Noelle Richadrson, a leading voice in Canada in gender and racial diversity, led the discussion. I was brought on board to illustrate the questions and ideas that were raised. My hearty thanks […]

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I Woman, you Man — what’s it all mean?

Originally published in June 2014 in Blog

The #YesAllWomen hashtag has inspired a ton of stories by women describing what they experience on a daily basis just because they are women. For this, I go back to John Berger and an earlier post I wrote called, “Out of sight.”  Here is the podcast. Have a listen:     Left: Steve McQueen in […]

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TMI

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

A request: Please don’t post your midlife crisis on Facebook. If you must share, turn  your escapades into  a novel worthy of awards (like the  Nobel). We suggest working on it for years. And don’t show anyone (it will jinx your creativity).

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Demagogue Pinups

Originally published in September 2013 in Blog

Several leaders have been caught by the paparazzi with their shirts off. But we doubt Barack Obama was pulling a John Kennedy Jr. when he was photographed topless on the beach while vacationing in Hawaii. Not when he wears mom jeans (undoubtedly sourced by the Secret Service, not Michelle). Then there are those (Mussolini) who […]

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The meaning of “is”

Originally published in August 2013 in Blog

This one’s for the ladies. It’s about all those conversations with men that make you go, “Huh?” True story: a male philosophy professor makes unwanted passes at a female graduate student, sending her innuendo-filled texts and e-mails. She calls him on it (even shows her boyfriend the evidence). The professor refutes her interpretation of events, saying […]

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The Burka Avenger

Originally published in August 2013 in Blog

When Pakistani pop star Aaron Haroon read about girls schools in his country being evacuated and shuttered by extremists, he decided to take action. He assembled a team of digital artists and editors in Islamabad (mostly men, but clearly good ones) to create a new superhero who is underscoring just how lame Disney’s Western princesses […]

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Republican control

Originally published in August 2012 in Blog

Big government has no place in the lives of Americans. Unless you’re a woman.

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