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Canadian 'Minister of Women' Opposes Self Defense... Because It's Sexist?!
Here we have a story about women's self defense and "sexism." You probably think this story involves feminism, don't you? Sexist. Turns out you're right - in Canada, women are currently banned from carrying pepper spray for self defense. It's a law that many want to see changed. But not feminists, apparently...
Since 1995, Canada has prohibited the use of mace and pepper spray—a law that Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, who is a candidate for party leadership, wants to change if she becomes prime minister. Allowing mace and pepper spray, Leitch said, would “give women a greater measure of protection against would-be attackers.”
But Leitch’s proposal met opposition from Patty Hajdu, the status of women minister, who claimed that letting women carry pepper spray would actually further gender inequality.
“Her misguided approach places the onus on women to defend themselves rather than focusing on addressing and preventing gender-based violence,” Hajdu said in a statement.
Her reasoning? If we just stop teaching bad people to be bad people, no women would have to defend themselves. And in other news, if there wasn't an electoral college, Hillary would be President. Ah, the woes of a feminist living in a patriarchal world...