Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stupid men saying stupid things

First there was this.

Then there was this and a lot more like it - a backlash to the backlash. I began to wonder if I was over-reacting.

Then there was this. To put it in context, the Canadian Armed Forces have just received a report on sexual misconduct in the military. The report, prepared by a retired Supreme Court judge, stated that a cultural shift was required to address the very serious issues she identified. Coincident with the release of the report a woman who had been invited to speak to Royal Military College cadets about sexual consent reported that she had been met with disrespect which verged on harassment. It was months before she received an apology.

I'm not over-reacting. Stupid men who say stupid things must suffer the consequences of their actions. As a rule, I don't believe in punishment but if that's what it takes to get those men out of leadership positions and warn younger males that they must change their behaviour, then I'm all for public shaming, job loss and anything else it takes.

Edited to correct the links. Make sure to check out the second one for an example of the apologists for Tim Hunt.

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