Hey Times Colonist - your columnist’s sexist writing isn’t okay.

Contact editor in chief Dave Obee to make your feelings known: dobee@timescolonist.com

From today’s Times Colonist newspaper comes a truly enraging column.

Iain Hunter makes jokes about eating disorders, dismissive comments about the gender of a female premier, and more. (The full column is available here: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/iain-hunter-clark-s-reign-raises-a-host-of-questions-1.87822)

Some quotes:

"If the legislative precinct makes her sick, as she has said it does, why is Christy Clark so keen, apparently, to stay there as premier? Is there such a thing as political bulimia?" Hunter makes casual jokes about bulimia.

"A lot of it has to do with her sex." Hunter suggests that her unpopularity is because she’s a woman.

"Political leadership makes hard demands of women." Hunter condescendingly suggests that all women aren’t up for leadership.

"Trying to be more like men throws away the only advantage they have. Floppy grey pant suits don’t suit." Hunter implies that “the only advantage” women in politics have is their sexuality and appearance.

"… delegates chose a leader, not for leadership abilities, but because they thought a woman had the best chance of keeping their party in power." Hunter says that BC Liberal Party members - who democratically elected Premier Clark as leader - only picked her because they decided to take a “chance” on a woman.

Yuck. I’ll be writing to his editor to voice my concerns about this inappropriate, condescending, and dismissive column about women in politics. Please share this post if you agree that this column is inappropriate!

On a “joke” Facebook page, this guy makes nasty gendered comments about the appearance of Pauline Marois.

On a “joke” Facebook page, this guy makes nasty gendered comments about the appearance of Pauline Marois.

This fellow uses some very important public policy metrics to pick who he’ll be voting for in the upcoming BC election.

This fellow uses some very important public policy metrics to pick who he’ll be voting for in the upcoming BC election.

Sheila Orr in the Vancouver Sun:

Right off the bat, [Premier Clark] was derided by the NDP, the pundits and the armchair critics as “Premier Photo-op.”

It didn’t matter that she raised the minimum wage, brought in a jobs plan, won a major shipbuilding contract, rewrote family law legislation, or introduced a commendable budget that held the line on spending.

The (sexist) narrative was established.

Everything from comments about her cleavage to patronizing claptrap from the good old (mostly) boys.

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Clark+impressive+record+undermined+sexist+attitudes/7995339/story.html
General homophobia and poor grammar in this tweet from an Ontarian about Premier Kathleen Wynne. 

General homophobia and poor grammar in this tweet from an Ontarian about Premier Kathleen Wynne. 

This pleasant gal jokes about ‘selling’ a powerful female politician to a sexist, vulgar, disrespectful billionaire.

This pleasant gal jokes about ‘selling’ a powerful female politician to a sexist, vulgar, disrespectful billionaire.

Sexist slurs and general nastiness from a friendly tweeter.

Sexist slurs and general nastiness from a friendly tweeter.

From a thread about Premier Kathleen Wynne. I’m unclear on any reason - besides sexism - why “any” woman vs “most” men would be “sick in the flipping head” for seeking public office, but this guy sounds like a charming fellow.
Also, homophobia!

From a thread about Premier Kathleen Wynne. I’m unclear on any reason - besides sexism - why “any” woman vs “most” men would be “sick in the flipping head” for seeking public office, but this guy sounds like a charming fellow.

Also, homophobia!

From an emailed tip comes this charming comment about Premier Alison Redford from a young Alberta woman.

From an emailed tip comes this charming comment about Premier Alison Redford from a young Alberta woman.

Sexist slurs, nasty comments about appearance, and stereotypes about one’s sexuality: this thread about Premier Kathleen Wynne has it all.

Sexist slurs, nasty comments about appearance, and stereotypes about one’s sexuality: this thread about Premier Kathleen Wynne has it all.

It's not easy being a woman in politics - even when you're the Premier of a Canadian province.

Follow along as we share some upsetting examples of continued sexism in Canadian politics.

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