Canada is Free and Freedom is Its Nationality

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

International Women's Day

Waris Dirie should be a spokesperson for feminism. She was born in Somalia, suffered FGM as a child, and ran away at 13 from marriage to a much older man.

But Waris Dirie takes issue with something that most feminists probably celebrate, International Women's Day. Not because she is opposed to standing up for women, she dedicates her time to fighting FGM around the world, but because she sees this as a denigration of women.

Dirie said to Reuters "Every day, women move mountains. It is an insult to have an international women's day,".

One can only imagine what she might think about quotas, feminist affirmative action, and other icons of those "standing up" for the rights of "oppressed" women.

Like this one in India, which puts asside 1/3 of the seats in Parliament for women. What happens if a constituency wants to elect a man instead? Either the country actually wants that kind of thing, in which case they will probably start to elect women as good ones decide to run, or they won't in which case will they have to have a lottery for which constituency has to get a woman?

Nor is India alone in having/wanting quotas in various things. They exist all over, Canada included.

If there could be something more crude than "I am woman, hear me roar" it would have to be "I am woman, see my government-mandated hit, uh, persons".

What was feminism up to anyway?

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