Shame on columnist for us­ing sex­ist term

The Day - - OPINION -

David Collins, “Let’s not let (sex­ism) be nor­mal­ized.”

In an oth­er­wise un­re­al­is­tic col­umn, “Dear Ama­zon: Why not east­ern Con­necti­cut?” (Oct 6), David Collins notes the long list of govern­ment “skirt hik­ers” try­ing to en­tice Ama­zon to their re­gion. Mr. Collins used this bla­tantly sex­ist term on the same day that The Day printed an ar­ti­cle about NFL star Cam New­ton los­ing en­dorse­ments be­cause he an­swered a ques­tion from a fe­male re­porter say­ing it was funny to have a wo­man pose a ques­tion about foot­ball “routes,” and the day af­ter columnist Mike Di Mauro got out­raged when a ban­ner greeted Old Lyme High School’s soc­cer op­po­nent (Mor­gan High) that said “OUR DE­FENSE IS A WALL.” Be­cause there are a hand­ful of His­pan­ics on the Mor­gan soc­cer team, use of the “Wall” term some­how made the ban­ner racist.

Mr. Collins, you are an ex­pe­ri­enced columnist, not an NFL quar­ter­back or teenagers mak­ing a ban­ner that used a rec­og­nized soc­cer term about a team’s de­fense. Don’t you re­al­ize how much more egre­gious your “skirt hik­ers” words are than the words of Cam New­ton or the ban­ner of some high school kids? You could eas­ily have used other words to make your point. You didn’t. Shame on you David Collins! Martin Zeldis Water­ford

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