The time of year for what, you might ask? Well, in Ottawa we are experiencing Winter Part Deux, snow, sleet, ice pellets, rain and puddles that are more like small lakes. I’m preparing for a birthday party tonight and knowing that we all need a little summer, I found a recipe for a drink called “Summer Breeze,” (pineapple juice, pink grapefruit juice, soda, mint leaves and two ounces of gin, if you must know.)
I’m sampling one right now–because gin is pretty much what is required for a gal like me to read an entire Judy Rebick column.*
Yes, it’s that time of year–International Women’s Day. The centennial, I gather.
I could go on about why I don’t see things Judy’s way. But quite frankly, I’m enjoying this Summer Breeze too much, plus I believe I’ll have a column in the Ottawa Citizen next week on this very topic. We don’t want to be like Sweden, ladies, is the only thing I’ll definitely write here. They have a very different concept of feminism, and it’s actually a whole lot more traditional than many of us (Judy included) realize. (All their social programs are geared to helping women stay home, such that most women do. Any given day in Sweden, there’s 20 per cent absenteeism on the job, and a much lower percentage of their corporate managers and CEOs are women in the private sector.)
I believe in freedom. I believe women ought to do what they want. I believe they should also fund what they want to do themselves, alone or within families. Relying on a husband’s wage to stay home with kids isn’t insulting, it’s common sense. I don’t think a government program makes women “more equal,” hence my constant railing against Status of Women Canada. And I believe if women work fewer hours in different industries, which they do, as per Statistics Canada, then they should actually be paid less, and that 100 per cent “pay equity” would be evidence that we gave up on the free market.
This may well be the gin talking. Here ends the rant. Enjoy the lead up to International Women’s Day. And make sure you have the beverage of your choice on hand for every time they mention “abortion as a hard fought right.”
*I really don’t drink very much. I had to use egg cups to measure out my ounces–perhaps too generous a proxy, come to think of it.by