Our very own Andrea Mrozek made a fine comment at a conference in Ottawa today:
When a member of the audience asked about women in politics being treated differently, Ms. Grey responded that even so, it didn’t give them licence to “throw hissy fits at airports.”
“Women are judged differently. We can like it, we can harangue about it, we can hate it, we can do all kinds of things, but that’s the way it is. That’s life,” Ms. Grey, one of the best-known Conservative women, later told The Canadian Press.
“We can’t give ourselves permission to lose control and have a hissy fit at an airport or wherever, in the House of Commons, because it will come back to bite us.”
Ms. Mrozek also waded in.
“Is it because someone’s a woman or that they’re just being an idiot in the public square?” she said.
For the record, I do think women are treated differently than men, in politics and most everywhere else (sometimes women get an undeserved break, other times it’s men). That’s because women and men are different. It’s just one of those things.
Andrea updates: When I said that it was not in reference to Helena at all. It was in response to a student who asked whether I thought men and women were treated differently (and she was not covertly asking about Helena either) and I blabbed on about different factors that could play into the equation, concluding with the comment that was picked up. Anyhoo, there ya go. That’s my perspective on the whole thing. Someday I’m bound to be an idiot in the public square myself, and at that point, this comment will come back to haunt me!by