Thursday, July 16, 2009
Are You Kidding Me?
We were all pretty outraged when we learned of a law being proposed in Afghanistan that gave men permission to rape their wives right? There were lots of questions, many that went unanswered, but in general, the outrage was felt across the country.
Our government assured us that they shared the outrage and valued women's rights.
Well, not so much apparently. Just look at what the Minister of State, Status of Women has just announced.
The Government of Canada is pleased to provide support to Regroupement des femmes de la région de Matane for its project, Et toi ton couple, ça clic? (So, Are You Clicking as a Couple?).
This project aims to promote equitable, non-violent behaviour in the romantic relationships of adolescents by targeting the hypersexualization of girls as a root cause of dating violence.
Are you freaking kidding me? Blame the victim? The girls are the root cause of dating violence? Seriously?
Where do we hear language like that? Certainly no where that we would hold up as a progressive modern democracy that values human rights.
I was angry when the Conservatives removed the word Equality from the Status of Women mandate. I may now actually have a better understanding as to why.
I may have more to say later, just angry now.