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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

What that heck does the GG mean?

During a speech marking International Women's Day (shouldn't that be 'Womyn's Day'?), Governor General Michaelle Jean said: "let us celebrate the right to be women." The right to be women? Isn't being a woman less a moral or legal claim than a biological fact? If it isn't, do only females have this right? I just don't understand the Left.

Posted by Paul Tuns on March 8, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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What a sad, sad commentary on the history of human intellectual development, that it has come to the stage that the notion of a human right, painstakingly refined in the crucibles of Greece, Rome, England, and the United States of America, has become nothing more than short-hand for "what I want".

It's like a popular tourist destination. Word gets around that this "human rights" destination is a cool spot, so everyone tries to hitch their wagon to the train, and before long the spoils are soiled.

Meanwhile, the historic legacy of the fight for negative rights is being whitewashed by the fight for positive rights, which is a problem, because there is no such thing as positive rights.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-03-08 9:57:11 PM

It could be that she and her speech-writer(s) actually believe that women should thank the Liberal government who appointed her as GG (and "progressives" everywhere) for the right to retain our biological female attributes.

Which is a pretty chilling thought if you want to take the silliness a step or two further.

Do these people really believe that oppressive societies could, and would, somehow turn women into men? And that they don't because democratic governments don't allow them to?

Or maybe it's just that the speech-writers are so jaded and stale, and the GG so lazy and arrogant, that they can't be bothered to put sufficient thought and care into their public messages.

Posted by: PM | 2006-03-08 10:06:23 PM

This is why she gets the big money . We poor rabble could not possibly understand the complexities of such a statement . How boorish to even ask .

Posted by: Daveh | 2006-03-08 10:38:14 PM

Thanks to modern surgery, we can all be women!

Now, go and exercise your rights!


Posted by: Norman Lorrain | 2006-03-08 10:53:37 PM

Bull. Surgery, modern or not, can't change a Y chromosome into a X, nor vice versa. After that, it's all up to your endochrine system, fashion be damned.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-03-08 11:01:44 PM

Let's hope that was just a Bush-ism. :)

Posted by: Ace | 2006-03-08 11:17:47 PM

actually i meant:

Let's hope that was just a "Bush"-ism. :)

Posted by: Ace | 2006-03-08 11:18:54 PM

"Bull. Surgery, modern or not, can't change a Y chromosome into a X, nor vice versa."

Vitruvius: stop persecuting those who are not women but who want to be one. Get thee to a human rights commission!

Posted by: Paul Tuns | 2006-03-08 11:30:19 PM

Are you expecting more from Michaelle Jean?

Posted by: Howard Roark | 2006-03-09 12:18:48 AM

I think the 'right to be women' means having all the prerogative and opportunity in life that men have without being held responsible to the same standards.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-03-09 2:30:44 AM

Dang! She has discovered the Conservatives' hidden agenda to convert women into men!

Posted by: surly | 2006-03-09 4:00:01 AM

Every now and then, life imitates Monty Python:

Posted by: Frank Ch. Eigler | 2006-03-09 6:35:00 AM

GG Womens Rights- fact is theirs more violence against men,Girl Guides for exclusively girls,Scotts for both boys and girls,women only fitness centres,book clubs,Womens Ministry's,womens only hospitals,women free-men pay for entrance night clubs fees,chat lines,ect.,.Most big business made and started by men,radio,Tv,great art,much medical advantages too,years ago the work force was hard labour work in which men did,Tv-series and movies most often the bad person is portrayed by men, comedy's Tv style mostly again it's the men portrayed as the goofy one, ect.,. GG just don't get it.

Posted by: Larry | 2006-03-09 7:55:12 AM

I personally could care less what the Governor General says because the position is obsolete. Even in the UK, the future of the Royal Family is uncertain. Does anyone know why there were no aboriginal or at least second/third generation Canadian that could do the job? If not, then why didn’t we just import a Brit rather than a Haitian to represent the Queen? Was it not a male’s turn; why did we have to make the GG a woman who husband, I believe, has ties to the separatist party? Why could we not select someone who represents the majority of Canadians across the country? Is it because people who only speak English are second class citizens? The answer is: equality does not exist in Canada. The Governor General’s office is a big waste of tax payer’s dollars.

Posted by: Danny | 2006-03-09 7:58:00 AM

I read somewhere we all start off a female and once the testosterone is released in the brain the smarter ones turn into males.

Oh oh, gotta go, here comes the wife.



Posted by: tomax | 2006-03-09 9:35:56 AM

Don't forget she is from that intellectual bastion known as Haiti. The Voodoo capital of the world.

She may very well have started out life as a chicken.

Maybe that explains it.

Posted by: Duke | 2006-03-09 9:43:34 AM

GiGi is a modern major-general, to wit:

Be a model of diversity/inclusivity at one & the same time. Boggles the hind, no? +

She commended Vancouver's diversity and says the 2010 Winter games will be a model of inclusivity. +

Posted by: maz2 | 2006-03-09 1:27:54 PM

Just more empty headed blather from the ideologically empty lefty who is our GG.
What reason is there for this person to be living off my tax dollars?

Posted by: PGP | 2006-03-09 7:22:39 PM

Um, maybe she meant that women sometimes, through no fault of their own get married to men that are supposed to love them, but who abuse them instead.

This is not an indictment of all men, but Jean has a valid point, too often women are still abused just because they are women, just because of biological differences. She lived through the pain.

K, you can go back to attacking all your strawmen now conservatives.

Posted by: Compassion | 2006-03-10 12:35:51 AM

KKK is alive and well here

kill kill kill

Posted by: Duke | 2006-03-10 6:14:39 AM

>Um, maybe she meant that women sometimes, through no fault of their own get married to men that are supposed to love them, but who abuse them instead.<

Why is it "no fault of their own" when women marry a jerk/abuser then stay with them? Perhaps if they avoided these kind of guys a lot of abuse wouldn't happen. Just a thought.

Posted by: deepblue | 2006-03-10 8:42:58 AM

"Why is it "no fault of their own" when women marry a jerk/abuser then stay with them? Perhaps if they avoided these kind of guys a lot of abuse wouldn't happen. Just a thought."

What an ignorant and insensitive statement. Our GG just confessed the pain her mother went through at the hands of an abusive husband and you blame....the women!?

This attitude is the reason why we have an International Women's Day, because people like you just don't get it.

I was obviously referring to women who carefully spend time getting to know a guy, marry him in good faith with the blessing of friends and family, then find out terrible things later. In a case like this, it would not be the women's fault that she ended up in an abusive situation. As human beings we cannot read minds or the future, so sometimes marriage bonds are formed to abusive men through no fault of the women involved.

This is the kind of situation I was clearly referring to when I the wrote the easily-understandable words "through no fault of their own." Yes, these situations exist even if you don't want to acknowledge them.

That also means that sometimes women are sometimes abused just because of biological differences, so I can see that you can't accept a reality that differs from your dogma.

Posted by: More Compassion | 2006-03-10 11:24:29 PM

No the reason you have international womyns day (they would be very upset about you empowering low-down men by spelling it woMEN) is to propogate a bunch of lies and half truths such as the gender gap

Posted by: WinnipegLibertarian | 2006-03-10 11:49:41 PM

I agree with you Danny. The GG should be an honorary position for an outstanding Canadian citizen who has done GOOD things for Canada. I believe it was the turn of a male Western Caucasian to be GG and yes her (GG's) husband has 'strong' ties to separatistas and he is a French citizen - GG is a French (as in France) citizen also. England and France had a war over this piece of property (Canada) and GB won - GB only let the Quebec people keep their language and Religion because they did not have enough troops to patrol in Canada, the Brits were fighting in the Crimea at the time and they were having problems in India and in the Suez Canal area. The French people in Quebec are at least 8/10 Irish and the English knew the Irish from the past - Victoria's nightmare was the undefeatable spirit of the Irish people. There is a lot of that spirit in Quebec and I think the rest of Canada should celebrate that spirit , not denounce it. If Quebec separates and has it's fearless Irish spirit working for the new nation, it will be successful country. We should wish them well if they go but we should not allow the rest of Canada to be used by these wild Irishmen masquerading as 17th Century Frenchmen. GG is neither French, French Canadian (mostly Irish) or English. The GG appointed by paul Matin is a woman from Haiti who should be learning about Canada, not preaching to Canadian Citizens. She has not earned the respect that office demands to justify it's existence, the GG is a sham like everything else the Liberanos/Dippers orchestrated for this beautiful country.

Posted by: jema54j | 2006-03-11 8:52:48 PM

you guys are pathetic.
If only we could find some caves for you live in.

Posted by: sp | 2006-04-01 7:04:18 PM

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