My latest guest post is up at Small Strokes. I talk about what it means to compromise as a feminist and why it is an important part of feminism, rather than a bad things.
Some other interesting things I’ve read lately include a discussion about corporal punishment being used in American schools, which I find to be absolutely abhorrent. Children who are abused, be it by their parents or their schools, often grow up to be abusers. Violence against women and children is unacceptable and it is possible to raise well-behaved children without striking them.
There is also a huge vote in the Canadian House of Commons on September 22 regarding the long gun registry. Up here, firearm owners are (currently) required to register their guns. This lets police know who has what guns. The current Conservative government, in an attempt to pander to their rural and religious base are trying to abolish the registry for long guns. Nurses in Canada want to keep the registry, ER Doctors want to keep the Registry, the Liberals are united to keep the registry, and the self-proclaimed Tough-on-Crime Tories are being urged by the RCMP and the police to keep the registry. The only people who don’t want to keep the registry are the minority long gun owners who are happy to sacrifice the safety of the majority because the registry is inconvenient. Well in Canada we have to register our cars, so I don’t see why requiring people to register their guns, a machine made solely for killing, is such a big deal. If the life of one police officer, woman or child is saved because of the registry, it is worth every penny.
The Tories are united against the lives of women and cops; the Liberals are united in their support of women and cops; the NDP are split by the location of their riding. NDP leader Jack Layton swears he has the votes to save the registry, but if he really wants to save lives, he’d whip the vote and require his caucus to vote to save lives. I don’t generally agree with whipping the vote, but there are some instances where the government must take the lead. Gay marriage was one issue that was not left up to the majority to decide on (tyranny of the majority) and the gun registry is another instance where the government must not let the minority dictate safety. Guns kill people, plain and simple.