I don’t know if I’m the only one, but often self-proclaimed feminists give me an unfavourable impression of feminism. Feminism seems dominated by a mob mentality, and seems filled with angry, pearl-clutching women (the recent shirt-gate of Rosetta fame comes to mind). However, every once in awhile something happens that makes me think, you know what? Maybe there is a reason feminists are so easily offended.
I’m talking about the joke made by CFOX host Jeff O’Neil, who suggested guest host Chris Gailus ask Liberal leader Justin Trudeau whom he (Trudeau) would fuck, kill, or marry out of three prominent female Canadian political figures (Laureen Harper, Health Minister Rona Ambrose, and former governor general Michaëlle Jean) at a later interview.
Some are arguing that this was a harmless joke, a particular brand of comedy that not everyone will appreciate. I don’t know about my readers tastes, but I myself am pretty sure that jokes about killing women (or killing anyone, for that matter) aren’t funny no matter how you slice it.
But maybe thoughts about fucking, killing, or marrying people seem funny when you don’t view those particular people as human beings with dignity, value, and autonomy.
Kind of makes feminism still seem relevant, doesn’t it?
P.S. I’ve been away for awhile – this semester has been insanely busy! But now that I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel, I hope to post a bit more often. Already have a few posts in the works. Gosh, it’s great to be writing again.