Thursday, August 24, 2006

MSM picks up on the Anti-SOW campaign

SEPTEMBER 22nd UPDATE: ATTENTION READERS WHO'VE SURFED IN: Please also see This blogpost dated September 21st. And also visit the main page to get the latest because I will be providing more news.

It looks like the MSM has picked up on the blogburst against Status of Women. Jennifer Ditchburn has written an article of Canadian Press with blogger comments about SOW.

I found this article somewhat biased.

There's been no indication from women's groups so far that the agency's existence is in jeopardy.

But fears that the campaign might find favour within a caucus that includes many social conservatives have taken root in some quarters.

So this blogburst has had no apparent effect, but there's a fear it could.

It sounds like writer is trying to kowtow people into silence, shut them up before they get too "uppity" about their opposition to feminism or Status of Women.

I would like to make one thing clear: you do not have to be a social conservative to oppose SOW or feminism.

Here's the blatantly biased part:

"When you look at women in Canada and their human rights compared to international standards, we have a long way to go."

Wait a minute here. Are we talking about the same Canada? The place where

*women have abortion on demand
* lesbians can marry
* women pick any field of education or career, any kind of lifestyle, any religion anything they so choose?

Where oh where does Canada lag in interenational standards?

A long way to go? What is this, Afghanistan???

Absolutely ASSININE. Ask the average woman in Canada if they feel they are the victim of a human rights abuse because of their gender, and I am certain that they would overwhelmingly answer "NO".

Go to a number of Third World countries where women regularly are denied basic respect, places where wives are beaten, even killed with impunity; where women are executed for sexual transgressions, where women are forced to get an abortion, either by their relatives or by public officials.

As they say in French il faut faire la part des choses-- you have see things in their right measure. This is one of the many things that has alienated many women from the feminist movement-- the inflated rhetoric that does not in any way correspond to women's daily perceptions and lives.

I also think this might be some kind of MSM-inspired wedge issue, to get the so-cons to feel alienated from Stephen Harper, or to trap him on this issue in public. It could also be that the heat from this press might pressure the government to not consider de-funding SOW (if they ever did have any such intentions).

One thing I have appreciated about certain conservatives is their ability to not be swayed by the MSM and to have enough political instinct to know what the people really want. I hope those who're like this in the CPC do not lose their touch.


You can get the article in French too.

Hunter is blogging about it too: SOW's Going Ballistic!!!

Steve Janke atAngry in the Great White North has a fantastic post.

Kathy Shaidle praises The power of blogs

Steve Janke debunk Monica Lysack's statement that Canada does poorly when it comes to international standards on women's rights.

Tory Canuck has Added her voice

Dissonance and Disrespect has a post about me and this campaign.

He writes:

I've met the lady who runs Big Blue Wave; I can say that she is one of the most unlikely people to strike fear and terror in the hearts of the establishment.

I laughed out loud at that.

Bound by Gravity has given a plug.

Right in Canada criticizes the G&M article

Linda at The Great Pumpkin has a line I really liked:

Hell hath no fury as a feminist denied public funding.


I've almost stopped counting all the blogs that have supported this call to disband SOW, but since I have the window to it open as I type, I thought I'd add Silence No More to the list.

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