Blog Re-Post / Rape Culture

The Person’s Case, Rapechants and Consequences

Women are people. This is a fact. Isn’t it about time this fact is taught in schools?

Minus points for the repeated use of the term “barbarous”, as I think I have demonstrated before that this is racially barbed speech. Otherwise effectively written point.


by Sasha Wiley

The case of Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General) was decided in 1929, after going through what was at that time the highest court with jurisdiction in Canada, Britain’s Juridical Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). Those who aren’t Canadian legal history buffs most likely know that case as “the Person’s Case,” where women in Canada were finally recognized as people before the law – and competent people at that, which was the legal requirement for senate membership in Canada. T the case began when Emily Murphy was put forward as a candidate for the Senate, only to be told by Prime Minister Borden that she was ineligible due to being a woman and thus not a “competent person.” On October 18 of that year, the JCPC reached a decision, that read, in part, “the exclusion of women from all public offices is a relic of days more…

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