Wednesday, 30 November 2016 06:36

Maybe women don’t want to be in politics because they’re just too busy

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Re: Women in Politics: what’s the underlying issue, Prairie Post, Nov. 18
In my opinion, the discussion on women in politics (or in any other role/career) frequently confuses sexism, specifically as defined by feminists, with ideology. 
If someone votes against a woman for no other reason other than that she is a woman, that is sexism. 
If someone votes for a woman for no other reason other than that she is a woman, that is also sexism.
However, supporting or opposing someone because of their ideas and political views has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with ideology. Too often, when a woman is opposed or defeated, in the Legislature, Parliament or Presidency, she and her supporters immediately play the misogyny card and cry foul. 
Why is it considered a betrayal if women don’t vote for women? We haven’t all bought into the “progressive” agenda, in spite of what they would have you believe and I certainly don’t appreciate a Premier bemoaning, “Tuesday wasn’t a good day for women in politics” or the Prime Minister using his position to presume to speak for me on this, or any other, issue. I’m tired of being harangued about the totally self-centred “women’s issues” of reproductive rights, empowerment and glass ceilings.
The premise that there should be equal numbers of men and women in politics is also faulty. Interest and ability should be the criteria, rather than affirmative action.
Why aren’t there more women in the morass of politics? I suspect most of us honestly believe we have more important things to do.
Betty Kirschenman, Hilda, Alta.

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