Whenever Maclean ’s People section carries an article about Canadian supermodel Monika Schnarre, the fact is always mentioned that she is a “straight A” student (People, March 9). How on earth could any Grade 10 student, straight A or not, not know who Mikhail Gorbachev is? Perhaps she cannot be bothered to read the front page of her newspaper or Maclean’s magazine. It could also be a sad statement on an education system whose social studies classes do not teach students enough about the world around them.
-MARLENE MORTON, Victoria
Equal funding to equal women
I agree (at least in part) with Barbara Amiel in her stance on funding for women’s groups (“The cold shoulder of equality,” Column, Feb. 23). Although I support abortion and affirmative action programs, as presented by the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, I am also in favor of the REAL Women’s direct child-care payments and tax credits for full-time homemakers. Although I find their acronym offensive (What am I—a FAKE woman?) I see no reason to consider them such a threat to the cause of equality as to deny them funding. -LYNNE MELCOMBE,
Barbara Amiel demands that the federal government be “equally open to all voices in the democratic spectrum” and she says that there has been a failure on the government’s part when it has repeatedly refused to recognize REAL
women and provide them with federal funding. The government has adopted an official stance that supports feminism—in many but not all ways. It would be ludicrous for the government to reverse itself and provide funding for an organization whose mandate is to undermine all the accomplishments gained by women thus far.
-NADINE TOBIN, Brunhild, Man.
Barbara Amiel says that the National Action Committee on the Status of Women has “a full-fledged left-wing political program” and cites as examples its support of Canada’s withdrawal from NATO and the reduction of our military budget. What a knee-jerk reaction and interpretation—that if you don’t support war and heavy military spending, you are left-wing. Hardly original or astute thinking.
-BILLIE MACPHERSON, Brandon, Man.
Gad Sir! Is nothing to be sacred and constant? I mean Barbara Amiel. Here I was up to my ankles in paper organizing a lobby to assure the dear girl of the “Mental Gymnast of the Decade” award for her often-demonstrated ability to jump to a conclusion from a raft of assumptions. Well really, you know, here she is being perfectly logical. If my memory serves me right, this is the second time in the 1980s that she has done this. -JOHN ARTHUR-GUEST,
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