In recent months, the Canadian literary and academic worlds have been rocked by sexual harassment allegations against former UBC Creative Writing Program Chair Steven Galloway. In brief, UBC fired Galloway, whereupon CanLit golden boy Joseph Boyden published an open letter to UBC deploring what he saw as a breach of due process in the case. The letter was signed by 88 luminaries of Canadian literature (including, most notably, feminist author Margaret Atwood). A Twitter war ensued.
As Canadian feminist philosopher Karyn Freedman observes, the complainants in the case have been effaced from the public discussion.
Today is Canada’s s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women — a day, it bears observing that marks the anniversary of the so-called Montréal Massacre, in which 14 women Engineering and Science students were murdered for being women. To mark the day, Freedman has published a piece on HuffPo Canada, decrying the implicit misogyny that led to the effacement of Galloway’s accusers, and urging Boyden and his fellow signatories to retract the letter.
You can read Freedman’s post here.
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My apologies if this is too far off-topic, but why do you characterise it as ‘so-called’?
I just meant that it’s kind of a nickname, that not everyone uses. I didn’t intend to raise any doubts about whether it was a massacre (or whether it really happened in Montréal). It wasn’t a skeptical “so-called”; it was an “as it’s termed by some” “so-called.”
No apologies necessary. See my reply above .
It’s a good article (Freedman’s post), but I made the mistake of venturing into the comments section. Ugg.
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