Barbara Kay

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Barbara Kay is a columnist with the National Post.

Kay is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned an undergraduate degree in English literature. She received a Master of Arts from McGill University and subsequently taught literature at Concordia University and several CEGEPs.[1]

Beginning her journalism career as a book reviewer, Kay branched out into writing op/eds for the Post before becoming a columnist in 2003.

She also was a contributor and board member of the revived Cité libre in the 1990s.[1]

In 2006 she was criticized for a series of articles accusing Quebec politicians of supporting Hezbollah during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. In 2007, the Quebec Press Council released a decision condemning Kay for "undue provocation" and "generalizations suitable to perpetuate prejudices".[2]

In 2007, she wrote a column titled "Not in my backyard, either" in which she criticized Hasidic Jews for not integrating into the neighbourhoods in which they live and for being "self-segregating" and "cult-like".[3] In 2008, she wrote another column criticizing Hasids in the Toronto area. She was accused of hating Jews as a result,[4] her own Jewishness notwithstanding.

She a member of the Board of Governors of the student newspaper, The Prince Arthur Herald.[5]

Her son is National Post Managing Editor Jonathan Kay.[6]

Barbara Kay has spoken on National Television and at talks regarding her views on the rise of feminism to the detriment of men.

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In 2013, Kay published an article sympathising with Serena Williams' original statement regarding the Steubenville rape case published by Rolling Stone. In a response to a comment, she said

"First of all, ours is not a rape culture. If it were, our girls would be walking around in burkas."


  1. ^ a b Barbara Kay | Columnists | Opinion | National Post
  2. ^ "Décision 2006-08-09" , Conseil de Presse du Québec, March 4, 2007, retrieved April 15, 2007
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  5. ^ "Board of Governors - The Prince Arthur Herald", "The Prince Arthur Herald", 2011. Accessed October 12, 2011.
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