Past im­pres­sions

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

In Si­mon Lewsen’s pro­file of for­eignaf­fairs min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land (“The Free­land World,” March), she dis­cusses chang­ing so­cial norms, say­ing, “I’m a woman. I’m a wife. I’m a mother. One hun­dred years ago, I would’ve been beaten by my hus­band. That’s what hap­pened to pretty much all women. Even when I was in school... teach­ers hit chil­dren with rulers.”

I find that a rather sweep­ing state­ment. I am sixty-two, which would mean that my grand­fa­ther, un­cles, great-grand­fa­ther, and great-un­cles would have prob­a­bly beaten their wives. Where is the ev­i­dence? I see Free­land’s state­ment as just an­other baf­fling at­tack on men and his­tory.

Ja­nine Mcqueen

Flesh­er­ton, ON

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