Why women shouldn’t be silentPosted: March 9, 2013
I’ve only met Sarah Thompson a few times and I don’t know Rob Ford at all, so I’m not necessarily a fan of either. I have no skin in this game, as it were.
However, I take Sarah Thomson at her word. Regardless of the actions she took following the alleged grope, and whether I agree with them or not, one of these people has a history of lying, flaunting the rules and breaking the law. And that person is not Sarah Thomson.
In just two days, much has been written about what happened between Thomson and Ford at the CJPAC Action Party, but this piece, by Ivor Tossell, stands out.
Unfortunately, women do still have to deal with this shit. And it will only be when we all speak up and say enough, will it stop. Exactly because of the kind of attacks made against Thomson – she’s a liar, she wants attention, she’s not pretty enough to be groped or propositioned – many women remain silent. Speaking out takes courage, lots of it.
Almost a year ago, a Progressive Conservative MPP stood up in the Ontario Legislature and referred to me as someone’s “squeeze.” I was shocked. And I wasn’t alone. Gilles Bisson was shocked, too. He stood up and admonished Mr. Nicholls in the strongest language possible:
There was a lot of media attention given to Nicholls’ comments, mostly because of the excuses he made (worse things have been said in the Legislature) and my person favourite: Nicholls thought it was a “term of endearment.”
Bottom line: Until more women, and men, speak out against harassment and sexism, and begin supporting those who make the allegations, it will continue. It exists and it happens to women every single day. To borrow a line from Tossell: Women have to deal with an appalling amount of garbage.