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Trudeau’s Patronizing Brand of Feminism

Justin Trudeau gestures to a crowd in front of his campaign bus in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, Canada, August 22, 2021. (John Morris/Reuters)

In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Rondi Adamson humorously wrote about Justin Trudeau’s penchant for gendering innocuous phrases, in this case turning “recession” into “she-cession.” Not for the first time, Trudeau appears to think that such contorted language wins women to his side as they fawn over his allyship. Instead, he reveals a fraternity-grade intellect, an “if I pretend I’m feminist, maybe she’ll sleep with me” mentality that is unbecoming an undergrad, let alone the prime minister of Canada.

Adamson writes:

Shortly after calling a federal election for Sept. 20, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to “counter the she-cession and turn it into a she-covery.” Excuse me while I she-gurgitate. He went on to criticize the Conservative Party, saying that they do not talk of such things “in their lengthy platform.” I guess they’re she-historic.

This isn’t the first time Mr. Trudeau has used “she-cession,” and he is always pleased with himself when he says it. Given that he made these comments and called the election against the backdrop of the impending she-pression in Afghanistan, an embarrassed expression might have been more appropriate.

Mr. Trudeau likes to use language creatively to burnish his feminist credentials. In 2018 he appeared at a town hall in Edmonton, Alberta, and a woman in the audience used the word “mankind” in her question. Mr. Trudeau interrupted her and mansplained: “We like to use ‘people-kind.’ ” After being mocked for it, Mr. Trudeau said he was joking.

You can read the rest of her wonderfully caustic piece here.


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