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'National Post' Columnist Laments 'Man-to-Man Hugs', Says Toronto Becoming a 'City of Sissies'

Christie Blatchford, a columnist for Canada's National Post, is aghast that boys are now hugging and attributes it to the push for anti-bulllying laws.

BlatchfordWrites Blatchford:

There were a couple of boys, maybe 10 years old, maybe 12, walking ahead of me. Coming towards them was another small knot of boys about the same age. The two groups met, and immediately began hugging each another, one at a time. The trustees and ding-dongs at the Toronto District School Board would have been ecstatic; I was mortified and appalled.

This was about the time that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was all over the airwaves, with his anti-bullying crackdown...

Blatchford says she's sick of being "the toughest guy in the room" and says "man-to-man hugs" disgust her:

I am wearying of the male as delicate creature. I am wearying of men who are so frequently in touch with their feminine side they, not to mention me, have lost sight of the masculine one. I’m just plain sick of hugs, giving and getting, from just about anyone, but particularly man-to-man hugs...

...In aid of all that, let me offer a few reminders of the way it was once upon a time and really always should be.

I remain convinced that the best way to stop a bully is not to go mewling to the teacher, who will only call the victim’s mummy, or to your own mummy, who will only call the teacher. The best way is to take the bully out for a short pounding after school – and may I make it plain, please, that I don’t mean the victims should do this, but rather others. The onus for stopping bullies lies not with the people being bullied, but with those who see it happen.

This has been true for centuries, and it is still true, and it works equally well in the locker room, the office, a bar, and on the factory floor or street.

And don't you dare have a speech impediment:

It is possible to be a gentle and kind man without speaking in a soft, sibilant voice that makes all sentences sound to my ear as though they were composed entirely of Ss.

A Facebook group has been created in response to Blatchford's column: "Christie Blatchford Needs a Hug".

Christie Blatchford: Toronto, City of Sissies [national post]

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  1. someone needs a hug...

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 12, 2011 1:38:54 PM

  2. My yes isn't she a bright one. Let's say the best way to solve problems is with more violence and with people winding up getting hurt or possibly killed.

    I for one commend kids who hug rather than raise fists at one another.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 12, 2011 1:44:10 PM

  3. Who let the Grinck in early?

    Posted by: Onehandriter | Dec 12, 2011 1:45:18 PM

  4. She has a never been hugged look about her.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Dec 12, 2011 1:46:16 PM

  5. A sad day indeed when some boys hugging each other (instead of exchanging fisticuffs) is enough for a journalist working at a "national" newspaper to get her knickers in a knot. And a pretty tight knot, too, if that mug of hers is any indication...

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 12, 2011 1:46:45 PM

  6. At least she has a friend in Jesus.

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 12, 2011 1:47:31 PM

  7. That photo!

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 12, 2011 1:47:35 PM

  8. re: A Facebook group has been created in response to Blatchford's column: "Christie Blatchford Needs a Hug".

    Christie Blatchford (if ever a name were perfectly suited...) needs more than a Facebook group. She needs a new face - oy, such a gargoyle - and an attitude makeover.

    Posted by: WebHybrid | Dec 12, 2011 1:48:06 PM

  9. Bitchford...excuse me, *BLATCHford* needs to get laid.

    Posted by: Alexander | Dec 12, 2011 1:51:42 PM

  10. Gender policing? I'm sure she speaks from first-hand experience

    Posted by: Jesus | Dec 12, 2011 1:51:56 PM

  11. She's as hideous on the inside as she is on the outside...

    Posted by: Rich F. | Dec 12, 2011 1:52:38 PM

  12. Guys hugging is terrbile for her? Get life! It is a good way to show they care one another. The world is changing and it is a wonderful thing.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 12, 2011 1:52:55 PM

  13. So who's up for taking her behind the dumpster and beating the crap out of her? She's the one who suggested it, after all...

    Posted by: john | Dec 12, 2011 1:53:52 PM

  14. Christie Bitchford looks like she leads a very happy existence. More epople should heed her advice.

    What a joke.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 12, 2011 1:55:21 PM

  15. Why can't she let people be who they are? Why should everyone act they way she wants them to act? Life is not all about her! She needs to grow up and let some warmth into her life.

    Posted by: trees | Dec 12, 2011 1:55:30 PM

  16. Another blathering bag who just lost her career to the toxic cleanup sure to follow. What a reptile.

    Posted by: uffda | Dec 12, 2011 1:56:22 PM

  17. Jesus, that chick looks like a bag of assholes! No wonder she's so sour -- men look the other way in disgust!

    Posted by: Chopsie | Dec 12, 2011 1:57:17 PM

  18. The traditional definition of a man was and still is in a lot of ways an extremely narrow one that people like Ms Blatchford would like to keep men chained to.

    It's no different than arguing for "traditional" female roles of raising children and keeping house.

    Keep hugging guys. Don't let this nasty woman define what it means to be a man.

    Posted by: Chad | Dec 12, 2011 1:58:15 PM

  19. Someone needs to slip this old gas bag some gay porn.

    Posted by: SexierThanReed | Dec 12, 2011 2:03:52 PM

  20. if you ever see this woman hugging someone, go ahead and separate them cause it's a fight

    Posted by: facepalm | Dec 12, 2011 2:03:58 PM

  21. I'd be bitter too if all I had to get through life was good looks.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Dec 12, 2011 2:04:33 PM

  22. Judging by her look, Men disgust her in general. Poor thing.......

    Posted by: John Normile | Dec 12, 2011 2:05:04 PM

  23. The National Post is published in Canada and distributed there (to anyone who will take it), but in all other respects it is an Israeli newspaper.

    Posted by: tcw | Dec 12, 2011 2:05:18 PM

  24. Wow. The jealousy and envy are just OOOZING out of her very ugly mind and even uglier face. Just because no human,man or woman,would ever want to touch(much less hug)her doesn't mean that men shouldn't continue to show love and affection in public.
    Better a city of Sissies than a city of angry witches like her afraid and desperate to prevent guys from showing affection in public. What's next-start killing children when they cry?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 12, 2011 2:11:27 PM

  25. I guess she's the "drag me in to the cave by my hair" type of woman.

    Posted by: Jennifer | Dec 12, 2011 2:12:10 PM

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