We need to stop swooning over the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His looks don’t contribute in any way towards what makes him a great political leader. It’s his inspirational leadership that is special.
The only thing swoon-worthy about Trudeau is his politics. Swoon away over the brilliantly progressive example he is setting for other world leaders, if you must.
Since coming to the world’s attention when he was elected in 2015 – via endless Facebook posts by Canadians boasting about their new Prime Minister – it seems the world’s media has taken that initial social media heart-throb pinup of him and run with it.
And boy, have we run far.
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We’ve shared videos of him dancing and pics of him in yoga poses and endless snaps of him performing his Prime Ministerial duties with captions that concentrate on how “hot” he looks. We have no problem with putting Trudeau’s pecks in front of Trudeau’s policies. Is that who we want to be? Salivating and sexist?
We can do better than that. We are all better than that.
I’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with how women talk about Trudeau, and the test for me when it comes to such things is to reverse the genders and see if it still sits as comfortably.
If the Canadian Prime Minister was an attractive woman would it be acceptable to discuss looks in such a superficial way? To spend precious time and space analysing reactions to her looks?
Giggling over how dreamy he is like a bunch of vapid teenagers discounts Trudeau’s true value to the rest of the world, and that value is in his bold and progressive leadership at a time when the world seems to be turning its hearts toward the opposite – to regressive politics based on fear and ignorance.
For a politician to impress the world so often, there’s clearly more to them than just good looks.
HIS GENDER-BALANCED CABINET
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As a new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his cabinet in November of 2015, choosing 15 men and 15 women of diverse ethnic background to ensure “a cabinet that looks like Canada”, he told reporters. When asked why he chose an equal number of men and women, without even a moment’s hesitation Trudeau said, “Because it’s 2015.”
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