In case you have reservations about labelling Don Cherry a sexist blowhard

28 Apr

For those of you with any doubt, here’s why Don Cherry’s comments last night were inexcusably sexist.

1. For equality in the work place men and women need to have equal access. Female (and gender/sexual minority!) sports journalists can’t have barriers like their gender barring them from a room if they have a job to do. If you think someone’s gender or sexuality is going to get in the way of them doing their job, then well, that’s sexist.

2. Lots of guys jumped up to scream discrimination about how male reporters are not allowed into women’s locker rooms. This is, of course, a complete fabrication, as male reporters are indeed allowed in women’s locker rooms, in the same manner most reporters are allowed into locker rooms: after a certain amount of time to let the athletes actually get cleaned up. Of course, this is a really unbalanced comparison to make, because women’s sports receive no where near the coverage (and reporters no where near the salaries) of men’s sports.

3. The players might be uncomfortable. I haven’t seen a statement from a player that he is uncomfortable for reasons that we should be sensitive to, but lets say that there are some. Fortunately for this player, who has presumably spent his life in locker rooms, that the modern facilities of the NHL have rooms for showering and then the common area where you see those interviews. Anyone uncomfortable with the “opposite” gender near them at a vulnerable time like showering don’t have to worry about the lady reporters coming back to see them. Anyone uncomfortable with being interviewed by someone of the opposite gender the way Keith Duncan sounded-off is just being sexist (ie the criticism is about the reporter’s sex/gender).

4. After being confronted with these facts everyone suddenly thinks that just no reporters should be allowed in locker rooms. If we weren’t talking about the entertainment business, I might be inclined to agree. However, Bettman and every other person running a sports league is striving to create immersive, reality TV-style entertainment, and $ audiences $ are $ eating $ it $ up. The NHL actually has a show called 24/7 for cripes sake – are we really going to pretend that a woman accidentally seeing Kadri’s peen while he’s towelling off is the end of morality and enough to keep women from job parity? Give me a break.

At least my hero Ron McLean echoed this sentiment last night, this is surely one for the scrapbook:



New Anti-Gay Pope: Francis Takes the Reigns of the Oppression Machine

13 Mar

The Vatican has elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the latest star of the Vatican’s reality TV series. He’s chosen the stage name Francis.

This pope thinks that gay people should be respected, but not enough to avoid calling them a perversion or stamping out their civil rights. From Wikipedia:

He strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex marriage. In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: “Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

He also doesn’t want you to have your kids:

He has also insisted that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children.

Guess we can have another 10 years of battling the dinosaurs in dresses at the Vatican. I wonder if when this guy keels over (he is conveniently old, you rascally cardinals vying for the job) the Church will finally exit the dark ages.


The Best Gay Travel Information We’ve Seen

8 Mar

There is a lot of garbage out there for GSM travellers, and most of it is wrapped up in fancy and sometimes subtle marketing (we’re looking at you Xtra) to get your pink dollars. This guide isn’t that different. It has been put together by Spartacus World, which bills itself as “The Home to International Gay Travelers.”

However, this index provides some clarity to the advertising mumbo-jumbo. By scoring countries across 14 human rights markers, from anti-discrimination laws to murder, the ranked format makes surveying travel options simple.

The countries are colour coded with dark green being the most liberal and gay-friendly countries down to red for the most dangerous countries for homosexuals to visit and live in.

The guide is straight forward and easy to read. See the full version here.

Listing of countries for gay travel.

Click for complete listing.

The first Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is out

7 Mar

After causing a firestorm for ignoring raging gamers to do such horrible things as speak at a TED conference, Anita Sarkeesian’s long awaited series that investigates how women are treated by the video game industry has begun. I think everyone is looking forward to the very predictable reactions from men’s right activists, who are now finding new and exciting ways to completely ignore what Sarkeesian has to say while completely ignoring the fraud committed by a similar project launched in response to her blatant misandry.

Let’s get started:

Update: No surprise, the dude army on reddit is talking about what it looks like rather than the content. Sound familiar?

How many others took a while to stop using “gay” in a derogatory way?

7 Mar

If someone had laid it out this clearly 10 years ago, maybe I would have moved a bit faster on this particular topic.

We now live in a world where gay marines can do this:

7 Mar

HT Towelroad

Canada (Quietly) Commits $200K to Gay Ugandans

7 Mar

Hm, maybe Baird is getting better at ignoring the wails of hellfire from the Conservative backbenchers.

Canada is quietly financing a concerted grassroots effort to aid gay Ugandans’ fight against their country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill — and preparing them in case it passes, says a senior Department of Foreign Affairs source. Since November, when the Ugandan Parliament renewed its effort to pass the legislation, which Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has called “abhorrent,” Canada has spent $200,000 to kick-start several gay rights initiatives in the region. The source confirmed that the Canadian involvement was specifically focused on fighting the Ugandan bill. – National Post

As the Post article goes on to point out, this involvement is not being advertised by the government. Guess saving gays from death isn’t as palatable to the Conservative voter as grammar. It is great news that our country is committed to those facing injustice elsewhere, but a stark reminder of what our government really thinks of us gender and sexual minorities.