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Letter: Verbal slur was gender-based hatred

Letter to the editor
NTV’s Heather Gillis was verbally assaulted while at work because — and only because — of her gender, a letter-writer contends.

I don’t have Twitter and I don’t live in Newfoundland, so I thought The Telegram might be good place to vent my total outrage at Judge Colin Flynn’s decision — and, in particular, his perception that what was done to Heather Gillis amounted to an “emotional upset.” Hizzzonour reminds me of the judge who told the rape victim she should have kept her legs shut!

Ms. Gillis was verbally assaulted while at work because — and only because — of her gender; had the words been racist, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic, they would have been considered a hate crime. Instead, since misogyny is too common to even be noticed, the speaker of those words was not arrested for a hate crime. He should have been.

Misogyny is the most ubiquitous and accepted form of targeted hatred there is, and it always has been. That Judge Flynn showed no real understanding of what was done to Ms. Gillis is beyond sad. Quelle surprise.

Lynn-Marie Holland

Toronto

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