Canada and Roe v Wade
The Americanization of Everyone
Yes, it was only part of my thinking about the intense reaction on Twitter and other social media of so many Canadians to an American Supreme Court decision that quite literally has no effect on any of them.
No, it did not reflect my own view of either the SCOTUS decision or abortion.
Yes, I chose my words carefully.
Yes, that was deliberate. I wanted to stir a response.
And yes, some people replied.
The context was the SCOTUS decision on abortion in the United States.
Here’s the stimulus.
And since that is really all you need to form an opinion, here are the responses. Yes, there was more to the context as you will see, but sometimes you have to unpack what people say a bit to get to the stuff beneath. That’s where the gold lies.
Here’s a good one to start.
And here’s another one
The original comment merely said “you.” That’s a neutral noun in English that doesn’t have any gender attached to it. The assumption in both these comments is that the anger is only from women and that my original comment only referred to women who have a problem.
That’s textbook sexism in both comments.
The second one is especially strong since it states flatly that not only did I belittle something (I didn’t) but that I do not understand to boot.
Lots of people will read those comments and have arguments why that sexism is okay.
It isn’t okay.
Sexism is sexism, full stop.
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