There was a time in our society that women were discriminated against for merely being female. Which when we look back upon those dark times in our history through modern eyes, we see the inequality. Various movements were born; Feminism became a new term. Feminism is “a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.”
I put forth the argument that they succeeded. Women can vote, run fortune five hundred companies, lead provinces and cities as premiers and mayors. Women can stay in the kitchen or they can go out and build a business; the choice is theirs.
That right to choose is embedded in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a core value to our democracy. Will men and women ever be truly equal? With the exception of the roles males and females play in propagation of our species, we are equally afforded the same rights. Men and women are equal under the law.
Another movement that has been gaining momentum in an apparent fight for equality is the LGBT community. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders want the same rights as the rest of us. And guess what: they do have the same rights as us. Point in case: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is a woman and a lesbian.
I attack Wynne on her policies and liberal ideology all the time, she is a politician and I am a voter. Never do I attack her for being female or being gay. I never attack Tom Mulcair, Canada’s leader of the official opposition and NDP leader because he’s a straight white male, so why would I attack Ms. Wynne for being a female or gay? Because these things don’t matter! Public policy matters, the direction these individuals wish to take our province or country matters. Their sexual orientation doesn’t. Their gender doesn’t. The colour of their skin doesn’t matter.
There are numerous other examples but an openly gay woman running a province is one of the best indicators that we, as a society, have achieved equality. But it didn’t end there. Ironic; we achieved equality, but now certain groups just want more. Equality doesn’t seem to be enough for certain people and groups.
Enter Double Standard.
The LGBT Pride Parade was a celebration in the promotion of the idea that homosexuality or bisexuality is okay and nothing to be ashamed of; today it is a disgusting celebration full of nudity and obscenity.
How is publicly showing the world your penis okay when you’re gay? If I stood naked on a Toronto or Ottawa street, I’d be arrested. Hence the double standard. These guys did it, yet it is okay because they’re gay? Well, I am straight and if I showed my male part in public I would be condemned a pervert and face charges of obscenity.
Politicians need to stay out of the bedroom. It was unfortunate to learn that PC MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Jack MacLaren and PC leader Patrick Brown attended an event that features a grotesque display of nudity. The pride parade is no longer about raising awareness to a cause that already achieved equal rights. It has morphed into a forum of legal public obscene nudity.
His post reads, “Apparently, Both Jack Maclaren and Lisa Mcleod marched in the gay pride parade today. I don’t know about you, but this really angers me. Both of these people are supposed to be conservatives. BOTH of these people are supposed to represent the small c conservatives like me who don’t want walking porno displays disguised as “parades” in our countries cities. BOTH of these people have just tossed a major block of their supporters under the bus. Do they think that those they where marching with are suddenly going to vote tory? Do they think that any of those people care one whit about property rights, smaller government or lower taxes? Did they think we wouldn’t find out? Or did they [ and you can bet this is the truth ] take the socon vote for granted? . I expected this out of John Tory. I even expected this out of Patrick Brown. But never these two. If it where up to me, I would toss both of them out of the building over this and never let them back in. Talk about a sell out.”
Lisa MacLeod fired back in a Tweet, “Let’s be clear. You can’t stand for the rule of law if you don’t allow all to be equal under it. I support the rule of law and equality.”
For the record, I have no intentions of ‘throwing’ anyone out of a building. But I do have some questions for Lisa MacLeod.
I submit to you MacLeod that we already know the rule of law and support it. I also put forth to you that we already have achieved equality. What pandering purpose did it serve to attend an event where there is mass genitalia hanging out for the world to see? What the hell does a display of a penis have to do with equality? I’d also like to hear an answer from Brown and MacLaren.
I’ll reiterate, if I took off my pants and showed the world my penis on a Toronto square, I’d be arrested and charged. It seems to me that if one truly believed in the rule of law, then it should be the same for us all. An exposed penis in public is illegal. Plain and simple; gay or straight, keep your junk in the trunk.
Guy Annable posted this image to Vandergragt’s Facebook Wall, and he pretty much sums it up for us: “this is the behaviour that i think even most gays disapprove of, i thought there was 1 law book for everyone, this is how they got recognized 30 years ago, you now RUN THE PROVINCE could you please PUT YOUR PENISES AWAY and follow the SAME RULES OF LAW we are compelled to Follow, BUT AFTER ALL THERE ARE NO LAWS FOR LIBERALS IN ONTARIO, So why not let the GOVERNING GAYS DO WHAT EVER THEY WANT….caligula and ben levin would be so proud, looks like the Ladies like it form this picture”
Another article surfaced that was largely based on Vandergragt’s post. Jamie Gilcig of the Cornwall Free News blog wrote an article that entirely missed the point of Vandergragt’s comments. In this article Gilcig essentially compared Vandergrat to Attila the Hun. Gilcig effectively missed the essential vulgarity of the practice, “walking porno displays disguised as “parades” in our country’s cities.”
Look, I support equal rights for all Canadians under the law. I just wish the law would apply the same standard to all. The whole notion that it’s okay for one group to expose their testicles while it is not okay for another to do the same tells me that we, as a society, missed the point of equality.
If I proclaimed a National Straight Pride Parade day, the ensuing outrage on social media would probably be enough to end my accounts. I recall, I posted this meme on my KCS Facebook page over a year ago and the reactions I got proved the double standard that exists in society today.
I would be remiss if I failed to point out that gays do not help their own cause when one of their own shouts out remarks such as those made by Kathleen Wynne on the subject of her new sexual education curriculum. She called those in opposition to her plan, “homophobic”.
The LGBT community needs to realize that they have achieved equal status under the law. Please stop shoving your way of life down my throat. You found love in the arms of a person of the same sex? Congratulations, there isn’t enough love in the world today, so I am happy you found some. I don’t need to hear about it every day, nor do I need to see you march naked down a city street.
There’s an old saying: “Never Kiss and Tell”. I wish everyone would adopt that philosophy.
I don’t need to know that Bruce Jenner self indentifies as a woman, nor do I need to know that George Takei is gay, nor do I need to know Kathleen Wynne is a lesbian. Nor do I care.
You’re condemned because you’re gay? Girls, you’re condemned because of some boy’s sexist remark? Welcome to the party. I am condemned because I wrote this article as a straight white male.