Friday, August 25, 2006

"REAL" scary: Mallick and Minna tried to warn us

And here we are:
Several pro-Conservative Internet blogs have signed onto a campaign to eliminate Status of Women Canada, a Trudeau-era federal agency that promotes women's equality and advancement.
The campaign was kickstarted by REAL Women of Canada, one of Canada's most vocal organizations of social conservatives. It has long urged the federal government to axe Status of Women — but this time its message is being widely discussed and supported among some in the Conservative Internet community.
Heather Mallick rang the alarum bell in June (link to LEAF added by me):
REAL Women are on the warpath, as I guess I would be too if I were REAListic, Equal, Active, and for Life. Hey, I am all those things! Oh, they mean "not in your unREAL way." I think.
[...] They want an end to the second part of the Federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women (the "Status of Women" bit), and the death of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. I must say that the minutes of that multi-party committee sound quite civilized to me, rather a model for MPs of all parties getting along. Perhaps I am wrong, but it sounds as though muffins are being brought, so to speak.
REAL women are asking their members to send an avalanche of letters to Harper and the minister Bev Oda to this end, although it does seem odd demanding that Ms. Oda whack half her job, declaring it pathetic and pointless.
If they kill off Status of Women, this means they may be able to threaten future funding for the Women's Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF). This puzzles me, since LEAF is glorious by anyone's standards. It appeared before the Supreme Court recently to argue for compensation of residential school victims and for the schooling of autistic children. If REAL women want home schooling of autistic children, then their ignorance about autism boggles the mind. They would also kill possible future funding for the National Association for Women and the Law as well as child-care lobby groups that, well, lobby for child care.
Next, they want an end to 524 women's shelters across Canada funded by Status of Women.
[...] Before the election, REALists prepared a pamphlet on their views and told their members that it was worded so carefully that it could be distributed "throughout the Churches" without churches losing their tax-exempt status.
And in July, we had Maria Minna, MP (Beaches, East-York). Minna sent out a blunt and frightening letter:
REAL Women is currently soliciting the support of their members to participate in a letter-writing campaign asking Prime Minster Harper and Minister Oda, the Minister of Heritage and Status of Women, to remove the Status of Women portfolio from Cabinet. They are also calling for the abolition of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Additionally, they would like the Prime Minster to cut Status of Women Canada funding to over five hundred women's shelters across Canada. This is simply unacceptable.
"Unacceptable" certainly sums it up. Down right eerie. Depressing. Soul-destroying? I'm at a loss for words.

We need to keep at Oda et al. We need to call the angry-in-GW-con-blogs on their shit. Keep posting, writing, button-hooking people in the hallways. Whatever you have to do to get the word out. Myself, I kind of buried the warnings about REAL women in two posts (May 23 and Aug 16) and didn't make enough of a stink. Time to make a stink!!

(Thanks to all at ProgBlogs who've posted already!)


Blogger Scott Tribe said...

Wayne and I have had a little discussion in the last day about something Prog Blog can do as a whole to counter this. Stay tuned.

8/25/2006 10:38 AM  
Blogger Ti-Guy said...

One thing you should start doing is documenting the hate-filled, misogynist and homophobic commentary on the blogs participating in this campaign. I went over to AGWN just now and frankly, I was appalled. Bev Oda and Mauril Bélanger need to be made aware of what is fundamentally motivating this.

8/25/2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Scott: It's so great to see so many posts on this issue on ProgBlogs. (I also noticed & voted on the poll today). Thanks for all of your efforts!

Ti-guy: You're right. I should start cataloguing these crazy conblog statements in all of their gory, fringy detail. Up until now, I haven't wanted to spare the blood-pressure, but I think it's important. I don't think most casual-consumers of news appreciate the hateful underbelly of these groups (REAL, etc.). I talked to somebody today who kind of shrugged it off and said 'oh, it doesn't matter...nobody listens to these nuts anyway.' (paraphrasing, but that's the gist). Anyway, thanks for stopping by and reading! All the best, GDK

8/26/2006 12:26 AM  
Blogger Scott Tribe said...

Thats not the only action we're planning on... we're contemplating something else a bit more organized.. but I'll say no more til we see if it can be organized.

8/26/2006 6:54 PM  
Blogger Neo Conservative said...

Ti-Guy said... One thing you should start doing is documenting the hate-filled, misogynist and homophobic commentary on the blogs participating in this campaign.

you mean stuff like...

"By the way, your oeuvre from that period is total crap, Katie. Ten years from now, you'll just be a distant memory of the skank from Delisle, Saskatchewan who, like Coulter and Malkin, every decent person hated."

"Tick, tock, tick tock,'ve got 1 minute left."

Posted by: Ti-Guy at June 17, 2006 01:27 AM


"Titless wonder talks about lactating."

Get off the stage, skank."

Posted by: Ti-Guy at June 17, 2006 09:37 AM

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