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Letter of the day: Shun feminist claptrap

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The recent call on a political platform by Jennifer Edwards for the removal of Peter Phillips, Omar Davies and Peter Bunting, and their replacement with three women, if the PNP wins the upcoming general election, speaks volumes to the selfish and dangerous designs of those who are consumed with the promotion of a feminist agenda.

Perhaps the lady's utterance would not be so egregious and self-serving if she had gone on to outline solid reasons to support her proposal. For Ms Edwards, despite the fact that she herself, along with a host of other Jamaicans and foreigners, has agreed that Peter Phillips has done a tremendous job of rescuing the economy, she remains unfulfilled because a female can't be credited for the accomplishment.

For those who pay even casual attention to the platform of feminism, this expressed longing for that which is considered to be a pinnacle should not come as a surprise.

The desire for profiling and the satisfaction that a sectarian/parochial interest has been achieved seems to have always been weightier issues on the mentality of the feminists than the broader issues of national development and the strengthening and legitimacy of family life




With more than 60 per cent of managerial positions held my females, in addition to occupying 70 per cent of tertiary enrolment in Jamaica, I find it extremely puzzling, even perplexing, when feminists in this country try to foster in the minds of both locals and foreigners that the country is paying scant regard to gender equality.

So to expedite this agenda, there is now a renewed call for greater political representation by women, justifying the call on the claim that they are better at caring and managing. The fact that the unfolding of daily realities does not concur with the sentiment, one should not expect the agitators to be muted or less vocal.

One is left to wonder if the feminists have resigned themselves to the universal truism that in winning some, you will lose some. For we cannot escape asking the question, has there been a corresponding moral, spiritual, educational and emotional development of the family and the nation with the meteoric elevation of women in the corporate world.

With more than 60 per cent of households in Jamaica being headed by women alone, the question that everyone has been afraid to ask is, is the alarming incidence of child delinquency more a result of the absence of the father or because they are raised by their mothers?

I can assure everyone that the comprehensive well-being of our children will remain an unobtainable expectation till the social scientists, social engineers, parents, and Government are bold enough to use the surgical knife to get to the heart of this question.