Thursday, August 13, 2009

Update on Judge's Comments

My statement that sexism is alive and well in Canadian politics still stands but here is an interesting development in the story of Ms. McLeod.

So, were Ms McLeod and Jane Taber just looking for an opportunity to plug themselves? Or did they honestly believe that's how it went down?

I don't know but it's interesting nonetheless and ultimately, unfortunate because it feeds into the anti-feminist rhetoric that womyn "play the gender card" when things don't go their way.

For the record though, let it be known that FC still very much believes that sexism is rampant in politics, at every level.


C. Kins said...

Hey FC,
I've been following this too - I'm not convinced with the way Christie Blatchford (the reporter) spins this. The questions were quite leading and seemingly trying to establish that that McLeod had too much on her plate. McLeod never actually said, "Because I was so busy being a politician, mother, daughter and general fabulous woman, you can't take my testimony seriously." I think that's why she was upset when her testimoney was thrown out - because she didn't believe it was a good reason.

Feminist Catalyst said...

I agree with you. I think this is a classic case of "the truth lies somewhere in the noise between two people". I don't 100% believe the original G&M article but I'm not entirely convinced by Blatchford either.