CanWest’s summer of feminist-bashing

Haha!  If you’ve got some Gravol on hand and half an hour to kill, check out this column at Rabble from James Winter that gives a rundown of some of the finest feminist-bashing to be found in the wingnut press this silly season.  One of the articles I’ve already seen, but most were new to me.

Of the four featured evacuators of the summer’s most fetid anti-feminist turds, the Ottawa Citizen’s John Robson delivers most impressively with an article that achieves a twisted logical balancing act I can only characterize as a “dialectic arabesque“, somehow connecting homosexuality, Islamic terrorism, feminism and the Cannes Film Festival.   Heavy.   The others, while not quite up to Robson’s analytical acrobatics, are engaging in their own putrescent way.

So down a gravol to pre-emptively settle your stomach, and go read.

5 Responses to “CanWest’s summer of feminist-bashing”

  1. 1 mouthyorange Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I can’t stomach the read even with help from a substance, but one could argue that these types are the same sexist creeps that did their best to degrade Mary Wollstonecraft, and the suffragettes in various countries, and all the women who’ve ever stepped forward to right the wrongs that women have faced. The same creeps reincarnated. Using new versions of the same boring old smears.

    These types could seriously benefit from some evolutionary progress.

  2. 2 Torontonian Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 5:24 am

    How about this from today’s Toronto Sun letters to the


    Re “A mother’s place …” (Michael Coren, Aug. 15): I have to agree with Coren that a woman’s place is at home raising the children. Just look at society’s woes today and see what women joining the workforce has wrought. Children need to be taught how to love, have compassion, make friends and to properly express their feelings. Nobody can guilt a child into this better than a mother. Women back in the kitchen where they belong would set western society upright again. Politics run by men would be free of overly emotional decisions and once again be for the good of the country. Ah yes, it would be a perfect world again.

    C. Peter Davis


    So, it isn’t just CanWest that’s caught the feminist-bashing.

  3. 3 hemmingforddogblog Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I like where Mr. C. Peter Davis says, “Politics run by men would be free of overly emotional decisions and once again be for the good of the country.”

    For some reason this makes me think of George W. Bush’s reason for bombing Iran — Saddam tried to kill his daddy. No emotion there, right Mr. C. Peter Davis?

    Oh, and doncha know that Mr. C. Peter Davis really, really, wanted to say, “Barefoot and pregnant” but restrained himself. What control over his emotions…

    Mr. C. Peter Davis, STFU!

  4. 4 mouthyorange Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Well, I have to come in on a slightly different note here you guys, and say that Peter Davis’ letter can read like snark to me. Like satire on the misogynists. Or at least, to me it appears confused between snark and misogyny, as in, “a woman’s place is at home,” plus “Nobody can guilt a child into (being loving and compassionate) better than a mother,” (guilt doesn’t teach love or compassion; is this snark or a serious negative comment about women?) plus “Ah yes, it would be a perfect world again.” (Head-scratch.)

    That said though, SQ, I totally agree about some men being run by their emotions. In fact, I don’t think anyone is ever really free of being influenced by their emotions. And I think that’s a good thing. True feelings should inform every decision ever made. We only get run by emotions when we deny that they are influencing us.

    I mean, we’ve got a government now that runs on uninformed emotional reactivity and is voted for by it. All the while it condemns anyone to the left of it (which is most of us) for being bleeding hearts.

    Gotta go. I feel a soapbox urge coming on and I’m too foggy today to risk it!

  5. 5 Cornelius T.Zen Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Hate is the child of anger. Anger is the child of fear. Fear is the anticipation of pain.
    Men hate women, because men fear women. Men fear women, because women can, and often do, point out how stupid men can be.
    The Brehon Laws of ancient Ireland went a long way to establish women as important members of society. These laws stuck in the craw of the occupying Anglo-Norman nobility, so they were deemed illegal.
    Conservatives hate feminists, because conservatives hate having to cook and clean for themselves. Poor babies. This points out their essential incompetence, does it not?
    Robert A. Heinlein once wrote: “If you are ever captured in war, do not let them give you to the women.” Now, there was a smart man. Or is that just another oxymoron?
    Hate knows no reason – reason knows no hate – CTZen

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