Why do they have to talk about women?
- From: "jayne.kulikauskas@xxxxxxxxx" <jayne.kulikauskas@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 21:04:16 -0000
The spin on Rememberance Day in one of the Toronto papers was a "where
are they now" article about veterans in a nursing home. And since
women have to get equal time, there was an entire companion article
about how noble and wonderful it was that the veterans' wives visit
them in the nursing home. This reasonably could have been expressed
as a paragraph in the other article, but then the Rememberance Day
feature would have been focussing on men and that is apparently a
This whole "equal time" approach is especially inappropriate for this
occasion. It was mostly men who went to war and even the women in the
armed forces were kept from combat as much as possible. It was mostly
men who faced the stink and noise and horror. It was mostly men who
were killed or maimed in body or spirit. It is mostly men and
characteristic masculine behaviour to whom we owe our current
freedom. Why can't we talk about men more than women on even one day
of the year? Can't we have a day to celebrate men and manliness
without having to qualify it with a "of course women are important
I remember and appreciate that many men risked and gave their lives to
protect our country. I am grateful for their courage, strength and
sense of duty. They were men who were behaving as men typically
behave, as heroes. And I am going to keep on remembering it, in the
face of media that either portrays men negatively or matches any good
said about men with saying something good about women.
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