Ahead of the 41st general election, the Nova Scotia Liberal Party faces misogyny and double standards after a candidate said she was ostracized for “boudoir photos”.
Robyn Ingraham was hailed as a Liberal candidate in the Dartmouth South borough. But on Saturday, she said in a statement on her Instagram page that she would no longer be vying for the seat, citing psychological reasons.
However, in another statement released on Wednesday evening, she said she had been asked by the Liberal Party to lie about her reasons for quitting.
“I published the declaration of lies. I posted because I was worried about what it would be like with the team that worked so hard to get me on board, ”she said.
“But after sitting with the fact that I abandoned myself and my fellow human beings by hiding behind my mental illness to save something bigger than me – I was angry.”
“That screams for gender inequality”
According to a statement, Ingraham had spoken openly to the Liberals during the application process about their “time in front of the photographers’ lenses”. She said she used a number of platforms to post pictures of herself, including Instagram, Tumblr and OnlyFans.
“I stated that I love showing the artwork on my skin and I have no problem taking boudoir photos alone and with my friends,” she said, adding that she has an “extensive list” of them Provided previous and current social media accounts, filed tax returns, and paid a criminal background check.
“I told several people in the course of my application that there would be an educational moment for the ward and province if / if my photos came out,” said Ingraham.
“That screams gender inequality from all angles, why should I be ashamed of my body and what I’m doing with it?”
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Ingraham, who works as a hairdresser, stated that as a small business owner and someone whose business was closed due to COVID-19, she had to consider other sources of income.
“Having a photo and video posting platform that includes a subscription fee seemed like a quick way to pay my bills and put food on my table,” she said. “Although I don’t have to explain myself. This platform is LEGAL. ”
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She said about six hours after the party announced it was being hailed as a candidate and a headshot was posted, she received a call from a Liberal Party contact who told her the boudoir photos had resurfaced.
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Ingraham said they asked if she ever “had sex for money”.
“No. I didn’t – but you shouldn’t have to ask and I don’t think you have the right to,” she said.
She said to call the communications director, where she “explained me for the tenth time and told them all about my mental health.” She was convinced that “everything was fine,” she said.
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But the next day, an hour before she was due to meet Liberal Leader Iain Rankin at Alderney Market, she received a phone call telling her that the appearance of her photos had worried the “upper class”.
According to Ingraham, the party sent her a statement on the post, which she did. But it’s clear that didn’t suit her well.
“All I want is for the real story to be out there and for those to know that my mental (illness) has handicapped me in the past – they are not responsible for it,” she said.
Global News asked Ingraham for an interview. The Liberal Party didn’t respond to a request for comment, but Rankin told CBC News that Ingraham had made the decision to resign.
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In a statement, Nicole Mosher said the progressive Conservative candidate for Fairview-Clayton Park and president of the PC Women’s Committee what happened to Ingraham was “worrying”.
“A young woman was bullied by the powerful men of the Liberal Party for resigning as a Liberal candidate. Not only was Ms. Ingraham forced to run as a candidate, she was told to lie to the public about the real reason for her departure, ”she said.
“Thousands of Nova Scotians are quietly suffering from mental health problems. The fact that Iain Rankin and his advisors found it appropriate to attribute Ms. Ingraham’s departure to her previous mental health problems is not only a blatant lie, but also belittles the very real pain that Nova Scotians with mental illness face every day. “
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Mosher, referring to Rankin’s two DUI charges from the early 2000s, said Ingraham’s dismissal was a double standard.
“Nor can we ignore how fundamentally misogynistic the Rankin Liberals have once again been exposed,” she said.
“Although I cannot agree with Ms. Ingraham on political issues, as a co-woman in politics I show her solidarity when it comes to blatant acts of sexism.”
In a tweet, Claudia Chender, the incumbent NDP candidate for Dartmouth South, said she was disappointed after reading Ingrahams testimony.
“It was good to see a candidate like Robyn come up with her name,” she said.
“Unfortunately, their story is not surprising. The misogyny and double standards that exist in politics (and life) are alive and well in Nova Scotia. She deserves better. “
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