Tuesday 17 July 2018

If Leo is sexist for mocking a woman does that make his critics homophobic?

Men can no longer say boo to a woman without being called sexist, as the Taoiseach's row with Mary Lou McDonald shows, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

'Imagine, though, that every time this imaginary gay Taoiseach
was criticised, scores of other gay people jumped up to insist that an attack on one was an attack on all, and that the very act of disparaging a gay person, whoever that gay person happened to be, was, by definition, homophobic.' Photo: North West Newspix
'Imagine, though, that every time this imaginary gay Taoiseach was criticised, scores of other gay people jumped up to insist that an attack on one was an attack on all, and that the very act of disparaging a gay person, whoever that gay person happened to be, was, by definition, homophobic.' Photo: North West Newspix

Eilis O'Hanlon

Imagine that the Taoiseach was gay. An absurd scenario, admittedly. Everyone who reads The Irish Times regularly, few enough as they are, will know that the people of Ireland are far too backward to allow that ever to happen.

Imagine, though, that every time this imaginary gay Taoiseach was criticised, scores of other gay people jumped up to insist that an attack on one was an attack on all, and that the very act of disparaging a gay person, whoever that gay person happened to be, was, by definition, homophobic.

That, sorry to say, is the sort of politically-correct circus that goes on with women every day of the week. Leo Varadkar's row with Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald during the week was merely an excuse for the latest dose of faux-progressive bilge from the sisterhood. When she rose to speak immediately afterwards, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger even began by saying: "I hope I'm not treated to the same patronising and condescending response that the Taoiseach just gave to a previous female TD."

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