Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Male Shame

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Male Shame

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Editorial Exchange: Male shame

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An editorial from the Prince George Citizen, published May 14:

"Just some good ol' boys, never meanin' no harm, been in trouble with the law since the day they were born," sang Waylon Jennings in Good Ol' Boys, the theme song to the Dukes of Hazzard. "Making their way, the only way they know how, that's just a little bit more than the law will allow."

That's the excuse that's been used since time began to condone boorish behaviour from boys. Especially when gathered together in a group, boys of all ages often compete to outdo one another with talk and action that is equal parts dangerous, rude, cruel, immature, reckless and stupid.

These good ol' boys are idiots, man-children who want all of the privileges and power that comes with adulthood but none of the responsibility. They are an embarrassment to all men.

Shawn Simoes is just the latest so-called man to show lots of courage harassing a female TV reporter outside of a Toronto FC soccer game last weekend with harsh and hurtful sexual comments, his chums in the background yukking it up.

Simoes isn't laughing now.

His employer, Hydro One, the Ontario equivalent of B.C. Hydro, fired him from his $107,000 a year engineering job. For some, that seems an overreaction but it's the right thing to do, both morally and legally. From a moral standpoint, his words were hateful and intolerable. He has earned the right to be made an example of. Legally, many employers now have morality clauses written into the contracts of senior staff, allowing for discipline and termination for employees who tarnish the reputation of the employer and other employees.

Even if Simoes didn't sign such a contract, the courts have been siding with employers for two decades in cases where an individual's private actions have been deemed harmful to his or her professional reputation and that of their employer and profession, starting with a case involving a B.C. teacher who had willingly posed for pornographic pictures taken by her spouse, who posted the pictures online.

Some people might call that a horrible infringement on privacy and individual rights but they would be wrong. …

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