February 14, 2018 8:54 am

Bill Kelly: The right to bare arms

Former prime minister Kim Campbell addresses the Canadian Club in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 22, 2015.


Kim Campbell is no stranger to controversy.

She was ridiculed years ago for suggesting that an election campaign was no time to discuss policy issues, but that statement pales in comparison to her tweet from a couple of days ago, where she admonishes female TV broadcasters who wear sleeveless dresses.

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She says, in part: “I have always felt it was demeaning to the women … bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas.”

Campbell used an essay by public speaking coach Nick Morgan to substantiate her views.

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In fact, Morgan takes his criticism of women’s fashion one step further, suggesting that “if you show up in front of us with skin exposed, we’re only going to think about your body.”

It sounds like he’s channelling Harvey Weinstein, which makes it even more baffling why Campbell would endorse such a statement.

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Many of my female media colleagues took to social media to slam Campbell for her comments, and with good reason.

Just what kind of message is Campbell sending?

For years, women were told that if they wanted to succeed in business, they had to dress like men and act like men to be taken seriously.

I thought that we’d moved on from that  misguided, misogynist mindset, but Campbell’s bare arms comment tells us we still have a long way to go.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML and a commentator for Global News

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