Turnabout is fair play.
Which precisely what is going on in this video.
You don't have to call a woman a slut
or pushy bitch
to be operating from a sexist mode. If the right honorable cabinet minister was dismissive of the conservative MP and her views because of her gender, any insult he might have chosen would have been hurled with an impetus of sexism. The correlation between neanderthal and presumed antipathy towards technology would be secondary.
Without a whole lot more information (which I have absolutely no desire to seek) it's not possible for me to even guess what might have been in the mind of the cabinet minister when he called the MP a neanderthal
However, there are other terms he could have used that might have given the opposition less opportunity to turn the tables. Luddite
is one and not only is it less susceptible to spurring charges of sexism, it would be far closer to the cabinet ministers apparent point. Flat-earther
is another. Even medieval
would have been less charged
You are being disingenuous in your explanation of the usage of neanderthal as an insult. Fortunately, there are no longer any neanderthals around to be offended by stereotypes, because the name of their species has become synonymous with low-intelligence, and brutal behavior and our hominid cousins would be justified in organizing marches through the streets of the nation's cities. In fact, it is used far more frequently in describing a sexist
lout than someone who is behind the times. In this respect, troglodyte
is a far closer synonym for neanderthal
than something like fuddy-duddy
I do, though, doubt the cabinet minister was reflecting sexism when he called the woman a neanderthal
(unless of course, she is broad bodied and homely). No, he was just being a nasty **** to someone with whom he disagrees politically and that's a good enough reason for him to apologize. Particularly in an age when chivalry is dead, insulting a female colleague is no more rude that insulting a male one, but it remains, at least for a little while longer I hope, rude. They are colleagues in the endeavor to run the Canadian government and while they may not agree on policy, theoretically at least, they share a common goal: to protect and serve the Canadian people. When I worked in Corporate America, I shared a common goal with my colleagues even though, at times, I strongly disagreed with them on how to achieve it. The idea of publically calling one of them any
derogatory name, let alone neanderthal, would never have crossed my mind, and if I had been so foolish and rude to do so, I can assure you that the least of consequences would have been my boss requiring I apologize to the person I insulted. Somehow though, the young Mr. Trudeau and his minister believe they are exempt from courtesy, and civil behavior.
(Now, before you launch into a predictable but irrelevant tirade about Trump, his insulting his colleagues is, in my opinion, unseemly and unfortunate. I would much prefer that he not do it, however, we're discussing members of the Canadian government, not Trump and unless you feel that your exoneration of the Canadian cabinet minister extends to our president, there's no need to introduce him to the thread)
Other than the time he pretentiously scolded a Canadian citizen on her use of the term "mankind," this is the first time I've seen Trudeau in action. I was not impressed. I like the tradition of Prime Minister's Questions
and I would very much like to see it here in the US. The performances of the PM and the leader of the opposition are not, by themselves, all that is needed to judge the fitness of the leader of the Canadian government, but they do give a good indication of how sharply a person's wit is honed and how well they can think and speak on their feet. Now the times a head of government needs to formulate a response this quickly are few and far between, but I think the ability to do so is a good indication of not only intelligence but a thorough understanding of what is going on in his or her government and country. Trudeau was cringe-worthy in reading a prepared response that I'm sure could have been and was intended to be used for a wide variety of questions. In other words, it wouldn't actually answer any question but would provide the PM with the opportunity to rattle off a canned list of his accomplishments. It's the same, all too familiar, scripted performances we see from our politicians during interviews with the news media.
The opposition leader, on the other hand, appeared quick-witted and articulate. He more than likely had rehearsed the initial question and probably gave thought to how Trudeau would answer, but he clearly left the better impression. I don't know how much weight Canadian voters place on these performances when deciding for who to cast their vote, but if it's heavy and this was a good indication of how they all go, Canada may very well have a new PM after the next election.
There are few more dedicated tribespersons
participating in this forum (if any at all) than you Blickers. When I opened this thread I was surprised (for the briefest of moments) to see you defending anyone
accused of being a sexist, but then it dawned on me that the person being accused had to be a Democrat
...and then I noticed the line "Canadians deserve better"
along the top of the video clip and realized, accurately this time
, that you were defending a left-winger. You are to the Progressive Caucus
, the Democrat Party
and and the global Leftist Movement
, what Tȟašúŋke Witkó (AKA Crazy Horse
) was to the Oglala Lakota
, the Lakota
peoples and the Sioux Nation.
Your predictability tends to be very tiresome, but at least you're consistently loyal to your tribe.