I have been told a few times now that I am slowly turning into a curmudgeon and a chauvinistic pig, without the slightest bit of political correctness or decorum, and I will have you know that I resemble that remark!
SO, when I read this ‘letter to the editor’ in the local paper today it naturally aroused my curiosity. (Can I say “aroused” when I’m talking about this subject?)

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Regarding Herman Goodden’s column Now a whole month of demonization (Nov. 16): My “bête noir” devoted a column to protest Megan Walker and efforts to raise awareness of the continuing and increasing incidence of violence against women. With a wife and at least one daughter, he should be more sympathetic.
A conversation with Peter Jaffe might enlighten him. The incidence of abuse of women and girls is appalling. Concern has been expressed concerning rape culture on campuses. The first London shelter for women opened 35 years ago. Two larger ones are always full and having to turn victims away.
How does Gooden feel about the horrors of sex trafficking of women and girls and the online harassment which has led to two prominent teen suicides? He should recognize how inappropriate is his rude cynicism.
Mary McKim
London
Which brings me to the question………………….IS HERMAN GOODDEN A SEXIST PIG, OR JUST AN INSENSITIVE LOUT?
After all, we can’t just come out sand say these broads should take a pill and settle down a bit!
Can we?

Here is Herman’s column: I will let you, dear reader, decide if they are right, or this is just another attempt to demonize men in general!!!!!!!!!!

1297492278437_ORIGINALAmong other meatier concerns (one hopes) this week, London city council will deliberate on whether to cave in to the demands of Megan Walker and the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC), of which she is the executive director, and bathe city hall in a purple light for all of November next year.
Walker and the centre are currently promoting the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse program, an annual fundraising and awareness-raising campaign in its fourth year in which various “businesses, corporations, schools, places of worship, apartments, homes, etc.” are asked to decorate their buildings “with purple lights, balloons, streamers or any other purple supplies” including T-shirts, car magnets, scarves, decals and pins — all of which just happen to be available for a price at the LAWC.
“Why purple?” you might parenthetically wonder. According to the write-up on the LAWC website: “Purple is a symbol of courage, survival and honour and has come to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse.”
Hmm. News to me.
Leaving aside the semantic question of whether a colour can be properly said to symbolize anything (that it’s “associated with” something would be more like it), I always thought purple was pretty universally regarded as the colour of royalty. And more locally, Western University makes heavy use of purple. If it’s all the same to LAWC, I think I’ll be hanging onto those associations, thank you very much.
Over the 24 years since Dec. 6, 1989, when Marc Lepine opened fire on female engineering students at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, killing 14 and wounding 10, Canadian men have learned to brace themselves every December for an annual commemorative media drubbing as the actions of one unhinged madman are projected onto the male populace at large.
Considerations such as that most men aren’t violent toward women or men and that a minority of women are also capable of violence (spectacularly evident in London six years ago when a female officer with the London police, who had been the domestic violence co-ordinator for the London force, shot and killed a fellow officer before turning her gun on herself) are blithely swept aside those first couple weeks in December as candles get lit and consciousnesses get raised from coast to coast.
It’s all so hyperbolic and divisive and now Walker is doing her bit to spread the demonization into the entire month of November as well, telling The Free Press earlier this month: “This issue impacts every family, whether they know it or not. The issue of violence against women is so prevalent and happens so frequently and we need to get our heads around this and find solutions and support women and this is a great opportunity to do that.”
Even though the usual deal with city hall and coloured lights is that any organization is eligible to request the use of some colour associated with their cause for one week as a sort of civic endorsement, LAWC and the Shine the Light campaign are already getting three weeks of purple-glowing validation from the city by requesting consecutive weeks with like-minded organizations.
And even though no other group gets three weeks, Walker has said she is “disappointed” because it shows that city hall wasn’t making her campaign a priority. So now they’re pushing for the entire month of November — next year and ever onward into the future. That motion was unanimously passed by council’s corporate services committee and is set to be voted on by full council next week.
If the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign gets the go-ahead to bathe city hall in a purple hue for the entirety of our Novembers (and knowing that craven lot of spine-deficient, politically correct bootlickers, I expect the motion will pass quite handily), Walker has said that she and her group are prepared to stand down for Nov. 10 and 11, when our municipal headquarters is traditionally bathed in red light to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Well, that’s mighty big of her, I must say; sharing one-15th of her lurid spotlight with the hundreds upon hundreds of London men who gave up their lives in Canada’s declared wars and have never demanded that we give them anything in return in the way of honour or recognition.
Herman Goodden is a London freelance writer. herman.goodden@sympatico.ca
Let’s face it, boys and girls, men are getting REAL tired of being portrayed as idiots, or sexist pigs, by the left wing media and all the Femi-Nazis ………………., so there is only one thing I can add to this conversation.
Too bad we own everything, eh!

(If this last sentence upsets you ladies, please look up the word “satire” in the dictionary before you send me a nasty note, and please consider the fact that some of you might be going a bit overboard with your dislike of men! -Ed!)