Hey Times Colonist - your columnist’s sexist writing isn’t okay.
Contact editor in chief Dave Obee to make your feelings known: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
“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!