Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner May 21, 2020
What a relief it was to hear Public Safety Minister Bill Blair use the word "misogyny" at the all-important news conference on Parliament Hill on May 1.
It was part of what one observer called "the best news conference" he had ever seen, with completeness, moral passion and good sense: the announcement of an immediate Order in Council by the federal government to ban the sale, importation and use of 1,500 types of assault weapons in Canada.
"Today," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, "the market closes."
The three leaders who laid out the case, and implemented the actions so long hoped-for, actually since the Montreal massacre of 1989, were the prime minister, Blair, former chief of police of Toronto, and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.
Freeland gave the 10-minute speech of her political career, laying out the history of mass killings in Canada carried out by these weapons and their particularly deadly effects on women and girls.
"The weapons aren't for hunting" she said, "they are designed to kill people and to look like they can kill people. Gender continues to be a determining factor in whether you feel safe in your home or on your street. From 2010 to 2015, there were 476 victims of domestic homicide, and 79 per cent were women: on average one every three days. Let that sink in."
I looked up the meaning of the word "misogyny." It is hatred of women, contempt for women, or ingrained prejudice. We aren't, as a society, coming to terms with it.
Often, says the magazine Psychology Today," men don't even know they have a misogynistic personality until some crisis. The attitude is probably related to some trauma in childhood, and is fostered by a "macho" culture. Continue Reading >HERE<
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