"Crack reporter" Robyn Doolittle speaks at Ryerson, Feb. 13
sits with her
legs crossed on a throne of Toronto Star newspapers.
A beige dress hugs her
Red lipstick makes her
lips pop against her
Strappy black heels accentuate her
long, dark hair is curled and falls down onto her
wears a confident and determined expression on her
face-an expression that says: Challenge me, I dare you.
The image of the Ryerson
graduate, now known worldwide for being one of the three journalists to first view the Rob Ford crack video and now the author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, accompanies a 5000-word feature in Flare
Flare shoot at Ryerson
, Feb. 13
Flare shoot at Ryerson
, Feb. 13
After the piece was published, Doolittle
awoke the next morning to find 10 angry emails in her
inbox, many from professional women in Toronto.
One email was from a lawyer telling her
photo "undermined feminism.
The other emails echoed the same message.
didn't stand for it.
replied to them on Twitter: "I can be a feminist and wear heels and red lips.
I posed because I felt like it."
is a woman who I deeply admire and respect.
It was a privilege to be in the audience when she came to Ryerson for a question-and-answer session last Thursday.
I was outraged to hear that women had criticized Doolittle
for looking too sexy in her
I think that she
looks fierce and beautiful.
Doolittle's shoot doesn't make her any less of a strong or talented reporter.
The photo also says that women can be smart and beautiful and fierce-and most importantly, it is a symbol of triumph for females trying to compete in male-dominated industry.
It practically screams that female reporters don't need to limit themselves to smaller stories because of their sex.
I want to cut that Flare photo of her
out and stick it on to the side of my mirror.
I write this because that image of Doolittle
represents the person who I want to be-not just as a journalist but also as a woman.
That person is someone who completely fearless.
And fearless Doolittle is: When she
was 16, she
walked into the office of the Sarnia Observer and convinced the editor to give her
a job as a teen columnist.
A few years later, she
threw a fit when her
boyfriend was asked to leave prom after being racially profiled.
Then in her final year at Ryerson, she published an editorial with the headline "Fuck you, John Miller," after Miller, a professor at Ryerson, reduced her staff at The Eyeopener.
Then as a city hall reporter for the Star
did something even more gutsy: she
took on the mayor of our city.
And not just any mayor, but a mayor with a reputation as a bully, with two siblings who have a history of criminal activity.
most fearless moment though, came after she
published the crack allegations against Rob Ford.
It was when half of the city called her
In that situation, a lesser woman might have given up, but not Doolittle
No, Doolittle knew what she saw was the truth and was determined to make Toronto see their mayor for who he really was.
isn't a woman other women aspire to be like and who makes feminists proud, I don't know who is.
So to all of you Doolittle haters out there: don't put her
down; instead, praise her
is a strong, sexy and fearless woman who has moved modern-day mountains for her
fellow women-one fearless move at a time.