For me, it’s substance over style

Posted in Uncategorized by gritchik on September 21, 2011

I get emails. Most often from angry far-right lunatics who generally suggest that I’m either a lesbian (but that’s not the word they use) or so ugly that I could never get a man (much, of course, to the amusement of my male partner). Or, graphic sexual slurs in general land in my inbox.

Today’s was different. Today’s was from a woman (near as I can tell) who went on an explosive tirade about how I have “no right” to call myself a feminist. She was angry about how I’ve been “bashing” Andrea Horwath and that a “good feminist” wouldn’t be supporting a male leader. Apparently this viewpoint is widely held in some feminist circles. What’s scary though is that the politics of the women they promote are seemingly irrelevant.

Andrea Horwath, thankfully, isn’t of the Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin variety – she’s more like a Socialist Kim Campbell.

It started when Horwath, when asked by the media why the NDP wouldn’t reveal their entire platform, quipped: “Look, I’m a woman. I know you don’t give it all up at once.” I didn’t find this funny at all. It seemed like a rehearsed ploy to draw attention to her gender, and exploit it.

And then she authorized the recent “Shoes” ad, which again had nothing of substance and only served to reinforce that the NDP is lead by a woman. Sorry, but as much as I’m a fan of stilettos, I’m not going to vote for them.

Add to that the heavily photoshopped “official” photos of Ms. Horwath that have been recently replaced and I wonder if there is more to her than the fact that she’s a woman. Or, is she simply relying on the fact that the kind of “change” Ontarians purportedly want is of the genital variety?

Her leadership is also questionable. Her voting alliance with the Hudak Tories is embarrassing. Her position on the environment is shameful. Last week she ordered her candidates to stop “trading on” Jack Layton’s memory, but they didn’t listen to her. Yesterday, all hell broke loose when she defended her candidate’s comments about Nazism and National Socialism.

And for the criticism that I’m “bashing” the NDP leader unfairly? I believe that women shouldn’t get special treatment in campaigns. Those who complain that the big, bad Liberals and Conservatives are being too rough on her should pull up their big-girl pants and stop whining – it means you have arrived.

To support a female candidate for the sole reason of her gender, does women no favours. Women should not be misled into thinking that just because a candidate is female she will make a good premier. And if that makes me a lousy feminist, so be it.


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  1. mariepierreguerin said, on September 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    For what it’s worth, I absolutely agree with you 100% and I’m not a fan of the Grits. Feminism is the right to choose how you act and who you support. It’s not being told to support a woman because she is a woman. That’s ridiculous. This is why I try to not associate too closely with “hard core” feminists, they’ve lost the point of what they fought for. Our right to choose. To choose to go to work, to choose to stay at home and raise our children and the right to choose to have a voice in politics, even if our voice doesn’t “rise up and sign” with the all too saintly and prissy “real feminists”

    And Horwath can’t play the “I’m a woman” card and then ask to be treated as her male counterparts. That’s manipulation and as much as manipulation has a place in politics, it does women at large zero favors. People should vote for the person they believe in, not vote because of the gender a person is.

    And I’m sorry people feel a need to attack you, your sexuality or your orientation. Stupid and easy insults are mostly what people turn to when they lack substance or intelligence to make a valid argument.

    Keep up the good work.

    From a non Lib chick.

  2. ASME said, on September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    That woman doesn’t have a clue what a feminist is at all.

  3. sharonapple88 said, on September 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Another point against her — exaggerating the amount saved from capping hospital exec. salaries.

    ADDENDUM: This morning the NDP released a new number associated with hospital CEO salaries – $80 million. Leader Andrea Horwath announced the NDP’s breastfeeding and birthing centre commitment, and said she would pay for it “by capping the salaries of hospital CEOs at $418,000 which will free up about $80 million.” The thing is, the math is not only off, but dangerous. As per my post this morning, at best, the NDP could save $3.7 M from capping the salaries of hospital CEOs.

  4. Jane Daly said, on September 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I just want to say I like what you say and how you say it. I’ve linked you on my much less important & frivolous blog roll because I respect and admire you. I make my daughters read your blog too. Thanks.

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