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Monday, September 08, 2008

Blogger: Stephen Harper like an abusive spouse

Guest-blogging at Dawg's place is Marie Ève: "Bilingual, witty, forthright and as feminist as they come, she knows her way around the Canadian political terrain, and takes no prisoners."

In her first post, she compares Prime Minister Harper to an abusive spouse. Of the PM's demeano[u]r in a press conference on Sunday, she writes:

"Soft-spoken, smiling, polite, charming and almost shy as he gazed away and back to the camera, this seemingly diffident version of Stephen Harper was a performance designed to disarm the eager, possibly aggressive probes from the press corps and to capture the hearts of women watching."


"Like most Canadian women, I have experienced in the course of my lifetime at least one intimate relationship that was abusive and based on power imbalance."


"As for the men who were watching, there was nothing in Harper’s demeanour that shrieked out ‘girly man’ or weakness. In fact, if any of the guys caught on to his little charade, they probably chuckled to themselves, in solidarity and self-recognition. It likely reminded them of the time their mom caught them downloading porn from the internet..."

The whole post is here.

Posted by Terrence Watson on September 8, 2008 | Permalink


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Boy they're scraping the bottom of the barrel early.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-09-08 9:39:46 AM

I wonder if she would have approved of Joe Clark and his power imbalance with Ms McTeer?

Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-09-08 9:42:57 AM

Like "most" Canadian women? Only the ones with bad taste in men. It has been observed that a woman who flees one abusive relationship is likely to end up in another, simply because she is attracted to that type of man. Fortunately, such women are a minority, if a vocal one.

In any case, the fact that Stephen Harper is quiet and reserved does not make him a wife-beater. I already knew that, when it comes to their issues, feminists have no use for such frivolities as standards of proof and due process of law. There was no need for them to prove it further.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-09-08 9:51:40 AM

She makes it sound like only men abuse, and that all women will experience abuse from a man.

I have an idea, let's pay her way to Iraq. There she might have a better chance of changing things than the military. Then again, maybe she is sympathetic to Sharia.

Posted by: TM | 2008-09-08 10:30:23 AM

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