Trampling A Woman’s Rights

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I don’t know how many of you were here back then, but I once wrote a story about a degenerate publisher that runs a fake paper in Oshawa. It was about his, and his reporter Bill Steele’s*, homophobic stance when it came to local politicians supporting the LGBT community.

*Bill Steele claimed to have apologised to the people involved in that story, but it turns out that he did not do so. I suppose it was just to keep the media at bay.

Anyhow, if you didn’t feel like checking it out, I will give you the gist.

  • Councillors Amy England and Bruce Wood attended a PFLAG gala to raise money for an LGBTQ youth leadership camp
  • Councillor England performed a Bruno Mars song in drag to help raise funds
  • Bill Steele and Joe Ingino lambasted the councillors in a poorly edited article in Joe’s “newspaper” for supporting the LGBT community
  • Everyone that wasn’t a homophobe thought the article was idiotic*

*purely speculation

Now, let me tell you that researching all of this made me develop a bit of a crush on Councillor England. Not in a romantic sense, but in an admiring, watch from afar sort of way. I started following her on Facebook and Twitter, and find her to be a very warm and conscientious politician.

I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but she really seems quite genuine. I asked some friends that are constituents in her region, and they all agreed that she was the real deal. They said that she seems to truly care about their city, and that she is quite transparent in her actions.

Good enough for me.

Now fast forward to present day.

I saw a link to this story about how Amy England will be taking her baby to work when she has it. I didn’t know this, but there is no maternity leave for councillors, because they don’t pay into EI and there are no provisions for elected officials who have a baby while serving their term.

Now, you all know that I’m a fan of equal rights, so I thought that this seemed like a pretty fair solution. She wants to breastfeed her baby, but also wants to continue representing her constituents as she was elected to do. If she misses three months of meetings, she could lose her seat, so if having the baby there isn’t going to keep her from doing her job, then who cares?

From the look of the comment section of that story, quite a few people. Here are a few of them:

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That’s right, women. You should all know your place is in the home, tending to your man and little uns.

She was actually a drama king. It's okay, we understand that you don't know any better.

She was actually a drama king. It’s okay, we understand that you don’t know any better.

Too bad there wasn’t the option of getting you out of your house to see what the real world is really like.

Yeah

Well, at least she’s trying, which is more than you’re doing. It’s hard to make a difference if you “Keep that baby home!”

Oh, and then there was this on Joe Ingino’s Facebook page.

Such a classy guy. Oh, I forgot to tell you that he has a journalism course you can take for FREE!

Such a classy guy. Oh, I forgot to tell you that he has a journalism course you can take for FREE!

???

Wow. I really don’t know what to say.

Quit your job and take care of your child like any good mother would. Is this guy really that brain dead? I actually believe that he is, but somehow he makes enough money to live. Not only live, but apparently has dual citizenship or something. He has an address in Wheeling, West Virginia and one on Simcoe Street in Oshawa. He publishes a makeshift paper in both cities, and other than that there isn’t much about him on the interwebs. That doesn’t seem right for someone who has such an online presence.

I wonder what he’s hiding?

I’m thinking he’s changed his name or something. How can you be virtually invisible, yet be so vocal? I think that Joe will be my next project. I am going to find out his backstory and see where he came from, and why he’s being so shady.

Anyhow, let’s get back to the matter at hand.

What’s the problem with a councillor bringing her baby to a council meeting for a few months? I see women breastfeeding babies in all kinds of places, so why not on breaks at a meeting? I don’t imagine that she’s going to just whip it out while she’s addressing the issues that arise, but I guess it’s possible. I’ve never been to a council meeting, so I don’t know what goes on there, but I do know that it wouldn’t bother me if she, or anyone else brought a baby. That is what mothers do, isn’t it? They look after babies. It shouldn’t matter where they look after them, only that they do.

Is there a rule that says women can’t have careers and have children too? I’ve never heard of it if there is. I would think that it would be beneficial for our society to accommodate these young ladies that want to get into politics and make their neighbourhoods, provinces, and countries a better place. They have voices too. Important voices, that need to be heard. Not just to change archaic ways of thinking, but to provide a bright, fresh future for the babies that they are bringing into the world.

So, go ahead and throw insults at Amy England and other women for trying to change the “traditional” way of raising children and/or being a politician. Or better yet, you could praise them for having the balls to say that something needs to change. It’s not a boys club anymore, and it never will be again. Once you accept that, and try to work with people instead of against them, you’ll find that your life will become a lot easier.

In the end it’s your choice, but chastising someone for wanting a career, and children is not moving anything in a positive direction.

Do I stress you out? My sweater is on backwards and inside out,

Birdman

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10 thoughts on “Trampling A Woman’s Rights

  1. You are my hero Birdman!

    I think bringing a child to a political meeting is a great idea! Who knows what that baby will pick up and learn?

    Even though i live way over on the other side of the country, I think Amy is doing a great job.

    You go girl!

  2. Very well said Birdman! I admire Amy in so many ways but mainly for challenging the status quo and for being a role model for young women. I can’t believe how misogynistic and oppressive some of the comments on this issue are. This is the 21st century people, time to give women the respect and credit we deserve.

  3. I took a gander at this Joe Ingino’s fb page. Wow. It makes me sad to think that that this isn’t all a big, bad, racist, homophobic, misogynistic joke but the use of ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME makes me believe that it’s a scream for attention from a complete dick.

    You know, when I had my son I took him to work with me. I took him to the office, to meetings with clients, even toted him to presentations. I also breastfed… everywhere. I would sit down anywhere and whip out the old booby. Guess what? No one noticed or cared. No one ever complained and my kid has turned out pretty damned great.

    “I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE CHILDREN” Based on his remarks, I don’t understand how some people are allowed caps lock and internet access. Geeze!

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