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posted 07 October 2008 05:37 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dear Ms. Communicate,
I am still perplexed (but mostly angered) with what is termed “women's issues”. Childcare has been deemed the most essential concern for all women. Equality, especially where pay equity is concerned, is another. When I even hear the term, I almost shudder because of the exclusivity it infers. Are young people to adopt it into their mindsets? If so, girls and women may feel that childcare and so on is to remain at the top of their list and that the environment, politics in general et al, should not be of great concern.
Equally worrisome is how young men will or do interpret things categorized as women's issues, in that they need not concern themselves with childcare and the like.

We are doing this generation a disservice and essentially proliferating sexism.

I emailed CBC NewsWorld concerning the ratio of women to men on camera as well as the ratio of women asked for their opinion during their election coverage within communities. I did the math and found that women only represent 17 to 21 per cent of the Canadian population, depending on which article you viewed. (The reporter's gender was left out of the equation). It became obvious that men's opinions were highly valued and sought after.

Sexism in the media is so widespread that I have grave concerns for the young women whose voice is collectively being quelled at all angles. Just look at parliamentary representation – that further underscores my remarks.

Thanks for listening.

L. Graham

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posted 13 October 2008 04:16 AM      Profile for G. Pie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was at the dentist, mouth occupied by flouride trays, when the assistant asked if I wanted something to read and then went to the shelf on the wall and flipped through Time, Macleans, and a few other news magazines, before presenting me with Glamour or some such. She was nice and I didn't want make her feel uncomfortable but I was actually quite offended.
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