The Gender of Lying: Jian Ghomeshi and the Historical Construction of Truth

by raadalqahtani on February 17, 2017 - 5:40pm

The Gender of Lying: Jian Ghomeshi and the Historical Construction of Truth

The case involving Jian Ghomeshi indicates how the Canadian law does not protect women against sexual harassment despite laws prohibiting such misconducts. Jian Ghomeshi, a former employee for CBC Radio engaged himself in several instances of harassing fellow women employees (Blackwell, 2014). Despite, accusation to the organization’s manager, the manager did nothing towards the issue; but instead told the complaining lady to change herself in order to avoid the harassment.

Nevertheless, despite the case being taken to court and having more than six related allegations, none of the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, have been confirmed hence the defendant has not been charged with any offense. Moreover, it is more embarrassing that the defendant brags of committing the acts and creating a tyranny environment for fellow women employees. However, 19 months after the sexual scandal Jian Ghomeshi apologized for his actions, preventing any civil action or charges against him, an indication that the case was over.

For many people, mainly women the end of the case leaves them with a bitter taste as well as a letdown following another deal that led to evasion of the second trial. Despite that, Jian was not detained; the presiding judge cautioned that his judgment did not mean that Jian did not commit the crimes.
There are much positive lessons learnt from the case. Formerly, the victim was blamed much more in sexual assault cases than the perpetrator. However, a current research indicated that the blame goes more to the offenders than the victims of the acts, with 73 percent against 2 percent. Moreover, the research also indicated that more victims are revealing themselves against the public shame.

Nevertheless, the consent issue in sexual assault cases has been brought into light. A few years back the women who complained did not call the police of react to their offenders. However, Jian Ghomeshi case revealed that acceptance in such cases does not provide approval to assaulting others but causes shock to the offenders (Roberts, 2013). In addition, the case indicates that the Canadian court system for handling such cases need to be improved such that the victims are represented by their lawyers. Moreover, women need to be taught on the best choices in the legal matters.

Additionally, employers who feel that they could not handle a star employee who takes the rights of others should face legal actions. The CBC management tolerated the behavior of Jian, however with this scandal the organization culture and practices would change bit by bit.
The sexual harassment actions above indicate that sexual offenses in Canada are considered as mere actions, yet women do suffer both physically and psychologically due to their sexes. The case above indicates how gender biasness is practiced in the country, hence there needs to be rights for women in the Canadian law.





Blackwell, T. (2014). Q producer who alleges Ghomeshi threatened to ‘hate f—‘ her says she complained to boss in 2010. National Post.
Roberts, J. (2013). Sexual assault legislation in Canada (1st ed.). Ottawa: Dept. of Justice Canada.





Raad A Alqahtani
Dr. Marisha Caswell
JURI 4846
Good Girls, Bad Boys? Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice
February 16, 2017


Your article reflects an important issue in our present day. It was very perceptive of you to show the negative side (flaws in the law system and the outcome of the trial), but also a positive side of this case (fewer frequencies of victim blaming and more women speaking out on their sexual assault).
Your article reveals the problematic underlying culture in our society, specifically the rape culture. Rape culture is defined by the trivialization of the act of raping and making sexual violence against women seem okay, namely by blaming the victim and defending the perpetrator. A few key points you mentioned refers directly to this: Jian Gomeshi bragging about his misconduct, the organization manager telling the complainer to watch her dress code, and finally, the evasion of a second trial as well as the release of the perpetuator. It is true that the Canadian court system needs improvement, such as you stated, but I think we should look at this, not as a flawed law system, but rather something much deeper anchored in our society, in our culture. And because this rape culture can only strive when each person is a participant in this culture, to avoid cases like Jian Gomeshi’s again, we must start making changes in our own conduct, our own homes. I invite you to read this article on how to end this rape culture: