For my opinion piece I would like to talk about the Margaret Atwood opinion piece that has come out, um, in the Globe and Mail. In the piece, Atwood defends herself against the backlash she has faced in regards to her signing the UBC Accountable open letter, a letter which reprimands the University of British Columbia for the handling of a sexual assault grievance. Margaret Atwood also criticizes the Me Too movement for it's shortcomings in this letter.
It has received a lot of very negative feedback from the feminist community, from the left community in particular, um. and I would like to examine both left, right and any other perspectives on the issue to gain a lot of insight and to come to, um, the most reasonable and fair conclusion about what might be done in the future.
Um, I plan on interviewing on interviewing people of different races, sexes, ethnicities, disabilities and providing a perspective that most mainstream media just doesn't seem to cover.
What I've noticed in a lot of my research so far is people tend to say the same thing over and over. They don't look at the nuances of a situation and sometimes I find there isn't a lot of research done on what certain pieces actually say. It is only a repetition of what other people are saying (transcribing note: at least in written publications). And I want to have my on voice as well as a variety of voices from different people to allow my audience to really understand what's going on and give them enough information to make their own informed opinion.
Because at the end of the day I think that's the most important thing any sort of media, producer, student, anything can do for an audience is give them the tools to make their own judgement.
There are so many differing opinions regarding this opinion piece (duh). Many people are on the side of the women who have come forward, and that is completely understandable. Many people are on the side of holding the University of British Columbia accountable for their poor and opaque treatment of this case, and that is also understandable. There are a variety of voices in between that are also left out because they don't fit into these two main arguments: and that is where I want to go with this podcast.
To explore the voices that aren't always heard. I think this important that we explore these voices and have uncomfortable conversations with the people that I will interview (note: by uncomfortable, I mean there is no easy answer to these questions. I never intentionally want to make someone feel uneasy to talk) so that way audiences can ultimately hear it from somebody else and hopefully it will give them the inspiration to have these difficult discussions in their everyday life and become more open-minded and introspective individuals.
This is an important Canadian issue revolving the CanLit community and ultimately it impacts more than just Canadians. It involves all people of all developed [and] developing nations and there has to be uncomfortable discussions and open discussions in order to bring the most change.
By analyzing all sides I hope that I could provide a greater insight into the intricate and messy of this opinion piece, of this debacle, and hopefully bringing some kind of resolution to all sides of the argument.