Re: 'Power rates a hot topic for candidates,' trurodaily.com, Sept. 24.
To the editor,
The debate about Nova Scotia Power's monopoly is complex, important and relevant to the lives of many Nova Scotians.
It is natural that it would be a topic of discourse among candidates this election, as it is unquestionably something that merits discussion.
You know what is not any of those things? The outfit that NDP incumbent Lenore Zann wore during these discussions during a candidates debate in Truro.
It is 2013. Can we really not discuss a woman's political opinions without first mentioning how she looked while delivering them?
Do you know why women and girls internalize the message that what they say matters less than how they looked while they were saying it? It is because of the hundreds of little things like this that we read and hear and witness every day from the moment we are born.
The reporter mentioned not one word about the male candidates' physical appearances in the online story about the debate. Can you really not see the double standard?
The next time you publish a hand-wringing piece about how our teenage daughters struggle with self-esteem and self-respect, take a look in the mirror.
Montreal (formerly of Dartmouth)