Feminists who claim to speak for me irritate me. When they use taxpayer money to do it, it sends me through the roof.
Status of Women is a government agency that does precisely that. The agency's name is somewhat of a misnomer, it should be called the Radical Feminist agency, because that's exactly what it is.
What Status of Women does is fund radical feminist groups and gives out money for radical feminist research. The Agency's budget is about $23 million.
Now why doesn't Status of Women fund other women's groups like REAL Women?
Because they're not an "equality-seeking" group, as defined in their eligibility criteria.
Like typical radical feminists, they have decided that they speak for all women, and they only consult those groups and women that agree with their agenda. So it's a bunch of radical feminist bureaucrats consulting radical feminist to hear what they want to hear to promote more radical feminism on my dime.
Where is the democracy in this???.
Now as if that weren't bad enough, REAL Women has the audacity to write sympathetic MP's asking them to help disband and defund this undemocratic and unrepresentative agency-- Little ole REAL Women, the conservative women's group that they have completely ignored for decades-- and Status of Women orchestrated a taxpayer-funded backlash against the group, getting women to write letters and emails to REAL Women at their Ottawa and Toronto offices.
On top of that, they arranged to have a Freedom of Information request to obtain the correspondence between MP's and REAL Women in an attempt to intimidate.
So what message does that send? When you question your government, your government will use your own money against you to punish you for daring to speak out.
Is that democratic???
This agency is a waste of taxpayer money. The research it funds could be handle through already existing departments. Its radical feminist agenda represents the views of a minority of people in Canada, and it's very elitist and undemocratic. I am calling on the Government of Canada to defund and disband this agency, and that the government be open to a greater diversity of views on women's issues, not just the radical feminist viewpoint.
I have asked fellow women bloggers to give their thoughts on this matter, and I will update this blogpost throughout the day to link those women who have spoken out.
If you are a woman blogger who also wants to speak out on your blog, leave a link to your blogpost in the comments section.
Men bloggers can help by linking to this post.
One Mad Woman!!! at Climbing out of the Dark.
Canadian Taxpayers Funding Radical Feminist Counter-Offensive and The old SOW has got to go At Family Matters.
Feminists Don't Speak for Me Every Good and Perfect Gift.
Status of Women at Sharon's Asylum.
Status of Women Thread at Free Dominion (this one women only).
POLL: Should Status of Women be Eliminated? Free Dominion Thread (Men and Women).
We need Status of Women Canada like a fish needs a bicycle at Relapsed Catholic.
Miss Sarajevo lends her support as well.
The Devout Life responds to Kathy Shaidle.
READ MY LATEST:
MSM picks up on the Anti-SOW campaign
I found this on the web. Audra Williams, formerly of babble, is upset at the call to defund and disband SoW. Seems they're calling their MP's.
Here's REAL WOMEN'S TAKE on the counter-offensive.
A plug from The Black Kettle.
It's long past time to eliminate the Status of Women at Angry in the Great White North.
Real Men Prefer Real Women…growl… From what I can gather, this is the blog of David Mullan, the professor at Cape Breton University who was fined for saying homosexuality is unnatural. Thank you!
A thread at Punted Posters.
Blue Blogging Soapbox's Plug.
A thread at Canadian Viewpoints
Plug from Bumf Online
Another pissed off feminist.
Numerous livejournal references here.
AUDRA WILLIAMS DEFENDS(?) STATUS OF WOMEN
A post from Duke McGoo.
Audra Williams strikes again
Audra strikes here and Here.
Oh heck, she's been at too many livejournal communities to count. With the same old crap.
Audra wrote me an email to say that when she posts on a livejournal community, her posts end up on the pages of those who have her on her "friends" list.
Bread and Roses has now taken up the cause in favour of SOW. Oink.
The Politic puts in his two cents.
The Other Club An American Blog has something to say.
Frost Hits the Rhubarb links to my post. Scroll down, he has a bunch of headlines.
SWC does not equal NAC. This is from Audra's blog, and saves me the trouble of explaining.
A BCer in Toronto accuses Steve Janke of doing the bidding of a special interest group. He didn't do any special interest's group's bidding, I just asked him nicely if he would plug my post. Whatever.
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