Monday, May 30, 2005

Ye olde Patriarchale Media

What do you make of this one, Lisa? From the Free Press' insipid editorial of the day, Politics needs women's voices (Warning, not a permalink...)

Among the consequences of our limited female representation in politics, is a loss of strong advocates for social programs.
Sexism runs rampant at the Freeps.

The evidence from Karl Marx to Tommy Douglas to Robert Mugabe to Jack Layton would suggest that men are pretty good at coming up with "compassionate" pretexts for lies, theft, and abuse of police powers. (That is to say, good at being "strong advocates for social programs".)

Why would the Free Press expect women to be greedier, more vain, more deceptive, and more self serving than men are? Talk about yer age-old stereotypes.

1 Comment:

Lisa said...

Two comments:

Fool from free press:

"Given the shameful verbal abuse heaped on Belinda Stronach after her defection from the Conservatives, especially by other politicians, it's little wonder attempts to address the imbalance in women's representation in politics are stalled.

Alberta MLA Tony Abbott said Stronach, in joining the Liberal cabinet, was "whoring herself out for power." Ontario Tory MPP Bob Runciman called her an "attractive dipstick."

Fredrich Nietzsche:

"Women are considered deep - why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow."

Fool from free press again:

"Among the consequences of our limited female representation in politics, is a loss of strong advocates for social programs."

Nietzsche:

"For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child."