Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monument is "too phallic".

Ah here :-

The Remember Our Sisters (ROS), a women’s activist group, are objecting to the proposed monument set for a Vancouver park recognizing the contributions of Irish immigrants in building Canada.

Their release said “Given that monuments are permanent, this imbalance will perpetuate into the future the fallacy of Irish women’s unequal contribution to Canada.

They said the “central upright focal point ten feet high” is “such conventional phallic symbolism”.  They state that vertical monuments elsewhere have been moved away for this reason. [..]  On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women in Canada, the ROS, released a statement to the press. They complain that the monument will only mention 17 of the 120 Irish women who have made major contributions to Canadian society.

The ROS group believed that the inclusion of the cross on the Irish monument “would thus introduce religious and patriarchal aspects to the memorial gestures”. [link]

 What can I say?   At least they didn't object to the colour  ...

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