Sexist in Canada

So we all know that business circles are very sexist. If it’s not an old boys’ club, then it’s something even worse, a little boy club. These are the young businessmen who believe they are all super duper progressive and pro-women but who are physiologically incapable of processing the information that a woman in their professional circle can be anything but a secretary. They come into the office where a female business owner is sitting at her desk and start bumping around corners in search of the real boss because they can’t conceive of a woman being one. We all know this, so I don’t want to drone on about the painfully obvious.

But here is an interesting observation. If we take Canada, male entrepreneurs from one region stand out in terms of extreme sexism even in this already sexist environment. That region is Quebec. And that’s very very sad.


Mystifying Conversation

“What’s your little girl’s name?”


“Oh, like in the Nutcracker? Is that why you brought her to the ballet school?”

I know Masha is in the ballet. But what does the name Klara have to do with it?

Klara is the youngest kid in the ballet class but she’s the best at following directions. She sits there very quietly, observing everything, and then does exactly what the teacher asks. I’m not sure it’s a good sign.

Anxieties of an Unpopular Kid

OK, so folks, need advice here. As I said before, Klara’s second birthday party is at the kids’ gym on a Sunday from 10 am to noon. There will be treats for kids (applesauce, berries, etc) and a birthday cake. Am I supposed to provide food for adults who will be there with the kids? If so, then what kind? I’m so confused about it that I have started having nightmares about crowds of angry adults expecting food and finding no nourishment at the party. What would you do?

Suggestions for toddler snacks are also welcome.

As you can probably understand, I was an extremely unpopular kid, so the anxieties of “what if nobody comes and if they do, what if they hate me” variety besiege me.