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Divorced lesbian new Premier of Ontario! [Jan. 29th, 2013|12:38 am]
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Some thoughts on the importance of historical context


Kathleen Wynne (left) with Sandra Pupatello.

And something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

— Bob Dylan, "Ballad of a Thin Man"

Early Sunday morning on Facebook, I posted a knee-jerk response to the selection of Kathleen Wynne as the Liberal Party of Ontario's new leader — and thus, the province's new Premier. Wynne won on the third ballot, edging out Sandra Pupatello. The women had been the front-runners right from the start. (Entirely coincidentally, but most serendipitously, Wynne's victory came only two days before the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision declaring that women have a fundamental right to control their own bodies.)

I wrote:

Those of you who think that nothing changes, please take note. In some very important ways, the world *is* getting better and it's important we remember that. A divorced, gay, woman is now Premier of Ontario.

Woman. Gay. Divorced. 30 years ago (or less!) any *one* of those facts would have automatically disqualified her.

That's a sea change, ladies and gentleman. A fucking sea change.

There is more to it than that, of course, and finding myself living in a country in which six of its 14 First Ministers are women does not mean we have reached Utopia.

But it is significant.

So significant that it deserves not just an emphasized paragraph all of its own, but consideration at some length. The perfumes of change.

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[User Picture]From: talktooloose
2013-01-29 10:05 pm (UTC)
Well, there is no utopia, so seeing where we're at and where we want to keep rowing is the only thing you can do. But you're always rowing upstream when you're trying to make the world a better place.

Utopian thinking means you believe you can stop rowing at some point. Nuh-uh.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-01-30 10:43 pm (UTC)

Upstream yes ...

... so it's worth taking a breather now and then, to see how far you've managed to row.

But you're quite right. If there is a utopia somewhere down the road (to change metaphors), I sure as hell don't pretend to know how or when we get there.

But I do know that the dignity that comes from being judged by your deeds and not your biology is one (of many) of the prerequisites.
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