For me, it’s substance over style
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.