Canada: Land Of Misandry? NOT ANYMORE! | The Belle Jar on WordPress.com
The news that Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister’s banner has been slowly making the rounds since yesterday.
As infuriating as it is, it’s also typical Harper at this point. I half expect someone from his cabinet will be filing a motion to repeal the vote to women any day now and I’ll be “Meh… saw that coming.”
But in all seriousness, this is bullshit.
This is a woman who affected serious change. A woman who had a long politic career, vigorously fought against social, economic and political injustices, campaigned ceaselessly for women’s rights in Quebec, and was the first woman in Canadian history to head a political party.
She was also a humanist who, in addition to her specific concerns and battles as a feminist, also fought for universal rights and reforms in the areas of unemployment, health care, education and housing, affecting change for both men and women.
To remove her from our money (she used to be on the $50 bill) and now to remove her name from an award that honours volunteer work; something she exemplified so well, is an insult to her memory and to her work, and revisionist history of the worst kind.
Perhaps no one expressed their displeasure better than Anne Thériault, who runs a wonderful feminist site The Belle Jar. It’s a site that I would encourage everyone to follow. She is often so on point and routinely employs snarkasm, a quality I appreciate so much in a writer.
“I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this?”
Check it out here: http://bellejar.ca/2014/07/28/canada-land-of-misandry-not-anymore/