Actually, I found this on LinkedIn, written by a Gender Justice Coach for whom I have great respect. That respect reached an even higher level today with these comments:
“So many headlines about this make it look like Queen Elizabeth was humiliated:
Reuters: Barbados ditches Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
Aljazeera: Barbados renouncing British Queen.
Guardian: Barbados prepares to drop Queen as head of state.
People: Queen Elizabeth Speaks Out as Barbados Drops Her as Head of State (speaks out? she’s not whining about it!).
Washington Post says, “Barbados to cast off Queen Elizabeth II as Prince Charles watches.” –with a big picture of Prince Charles! Wha? All he did was call Barbados his “polo playground”.
“So I went looking for a better article and had a hard time finding anything that simply said it’s the end of British rule in Barbados. Most of those articles don’t even mention the name of the new President (who happens to be a woman). Just lots of news about the Queen being ditched, renounced, dropped, cast off.
Oh, c’mon. This is not a high school breakup.
The fact is, Queen Elizabeth II has graciously handed over power to Barbados President Sandra Mason, saying, “As you celebrate this momentous day, I send you and all Barbadians my warmest good wishes for your happiness, peace and prosperity in the future.”
No women got dumped. There’s no jealousy, rejection or humiliation –not unless journalists tell the story that way.
Keep your eyes open for subtle digs against women in the news. They show up in all sorts of places.
“BTW, Charles, this story is not about you, it’s about your mom and another nice lady.”