In Canadian publishing and journalism, it isn’t a thing until the white male says it is.
As if this was never a thing before.
UBC had its own mess that was made worse by an open letter Canadian publishers wrote in support of Steven Galloway, who was booted from the university for his boorish behaviour.
Yes, Margaret Atwood, whose very anti-woman books are now uber-emo and wallowing television shows to tell the little ladies how bad it is to be under a Trump presidency, as if women were brainless and ineffective beings incapable of fighting back or lobbying for their own self-interests.
Yes, let’s all be victims. I am surprised the Golden Globes had actresses wearing black and not Handmaid’s Tale cosplay.
But when push came to shove, Atwood chose Galloway’s side, ladies. Not the female university students who spoke out long before #MeToo was a thing. Remember that before you tell me how great that sexist show is.
But in Canada, those kind of stories always bring perpetual shock, as if bad behaviour from the communications fields are unheard of.
Over and over, it happens.
And over and over people are shocked to the point I think I am the only Canadian with no long-term memory impairment.
That’s why I never understood why professors are considered to be on the left, when they do very sexist and boorish things to the females on campus.
Because if that’s what left-wing people do to women, do not sign me up.
I am a radical centrist. You are not fooling me.
Communications educations is in need of reform. Both English and Journalism need to be rebooted now.
No committees, no inquiries, none of that.
But people will forget this episode the way they forgot about the Galloway Affair.
And the convenient amnesia continues…