Sunday, March 18, 2007

The War On Sexism Has Yet To Be Won

IWD 2007: The war on sexism has yet to be won. March 8, 2007. Gina Whitfield

Being a feminist in this era of Girls Gone Wild and cell phone porn downloading can be seriously disheartening at times.

To make matters worse, there is the spectre of Stephen Harper lusting after a majority government, with the help of his closest female advisers, R.E.A.L. Women, a right-wing anti-women think tank, who are proud of their motto: “women's rights, but not at the expense of human rights.”

This bizarre group erroneously argues that women are, despite being 52 per cent of the population, a special interest lobbying to suppress men's rights. R.E.A.L Women's political line, however, flies in the face of the lived experience of most “real” women in this country. Unfortunately, the actions of the Harper government are having real negative impacts on Canada's women, which gives this year's International Women's Day (IWD) added significance.

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