Leah McLaren, a columnist with the Globe and Mail (and apparently the unofficial Czar of Womanhood); penned a letter this week to the very accomplished Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay -- the wife of Minister MacKay. In my opinion, writing such a letter seems to be no better example of an overinflated sense of self then when one assumes she has the social license to dictate the terms of another woman's life choices and to do it so publicly. Let us forget for a moment that the letter was penned as a response to perceived comments made by Minister MacKay, not his wife. Above anything else the letter is patronizing.
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I admit to be more than a little annoyed by Steve Paikin's comments on the lack of women in Canadian punditry. It was frustrating to hear his accounts of the replies he received when he asked women to appear on his TVO show The Agenda. Apparently, women's DNA limits their ability to manage such situations as punditry. No. I don't think so.
03/19/2014 12:31 EDT
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