Reader shames billionaire for disrespecting premier
Billionaire Richard Branson’s recent kite-surfing blog proposal to Premier Christy Clark is all kinds of sleazy [“ Richard Branson offers naked invitation to Premier Christy Clark”, web-only]. More disgusting, however, is the lighthearted media coverage about what is actually a serious issue.
The struggle to be taken seriously as a woman at any level of politics is a collective battle. Whether about a local school trustee, a premier, or a federal cabinet minister, attacks directed at high-profile women in public life are almost exclusively about appearance, sexuality, and/or intelligence.
Never do we see men attacked for those things, yet they’re common themes of verbal political assaults on successful women, coming from the likes of both high-powered Branson and former back-bench NDP MLA David Schreck. It’s disappointing to see media outlets giving these men a free pass on their inappropriateness. As long as media continue to give sexism a platform by reporting uncritically on disrespectful and gendered comments, women from all parties have still got a long way to go.
Best of luck to Clark in tuning out the sexist noise and focusing on real issues.
> Diamond Isinger / Vancouver