//Gen. Lawson has walked past a lot of standards

Gen. Lawson has walked past a lot of standards

[su_quote cite=”Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson”]It would be a trite answer, but it’s because we’re biologically wired in a certain way and there will be those who believe it is a reasonable thing to press themselves and their desires on others.[/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Australian Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison”]I will be ruthless in ridding the army of people who cannot live up to its value, and I need everyone of you to support me in achieving this. If we are a great national institution – if we care about the legacy left to us by those who have served before us, if we care about the legacy we leave to those who, in turn, will protect and secure Australia – then it is up to us to make a difference. If you’re not up to it, find something else to do with your life. There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.[/su_quote]

Chief of the Defence Staff (Cdn) General Tom Lawson’s remarks to CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge suggesting men are “biologically wired in a certain way” to make them believe it is OK to sexually harass women created a shitstorm of criticism and bewilderment yesterday.

The response has been pretty unanimous in condemnation of Lawson’s comments and that is a good thing. Rare – but good. The General unwittingly summed up exactly what’s wrong with the Canadian Forces’ when it comes to dealing with sexual violence and harassment – the leadership isn’t there.

Keep in mind this is the very General who is overseeing recruitment targets for women being cut and curtailing the military’s response to the sexual misconduct report. And now he has a bad case of trench-foot-in-the-mouth disease.

Meanwhile, Australian Army Lieutenant-General David Morrison says when it comes to women servicing, “I’m no sociologist, I have no anthropological training but I’m certain of this … we live in a world where the squandering of women’s talent, the traducing of their potential, is a global disgrace.” He said that last year at a four-day Global Summit To End Sexual Violence and shared the stage with UNHCR’s special envoy Angelina Jolie and British foreign secretary William Hague. Lt Gen Morrison was there to call on women to serve in all roles in armed forces across the world.

Leadership. You can watch some here:

The CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti joined Jeff Perera (healthy masculinities advocate and speaker) and sexual-assault prevention educator Julie Lalonde to discuss Gen. Lawson, what it means to be a man, a leader, and the DND speech that’s long overdue.

[su_audio url=”http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/The%2BCurrent/ID/2669800199/” width=”900px”] [su_divider top=”no” divider_color=”#006699″ link_color=”#006699″] Related:

Jeff Perera – HigherUnlearning.com
Julie Lalonde – Yellow Manteau

2016-10-21T21:43:03+00:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Gen. Lawson has walked past a lot of standards