Guardian: Which is the most sexist national anthem?

An attempt by a Liberal backbencher in the Canadian parliament to make the lyrics of the country’s national anthem, O Canada, more gender-neutral is likely to fail following opposition by several Conservative MPs.

The debate isn’t the first time sexism has been associated with a country’s national anthem. In 2012 Austria changed its anthem after a campaign by a group of MPs was backed by a majority in parliament. The first verse of the Austrian anthem now references “sons and daughters” instead of just “sons” and the third verse uses “jubilant choirs” instead of “fraternal choirs”.

Other attempts to change lyrics that are often more than a century old have been less successful. In 2010, for example, a Costa Rican woman failed in her attempt to convince the supreme court that the country’s anthem was sexist.

Can a national anthem be sexist, or is the debate in Canada political correctness taken one step too far?…

Short answer: YES. This topic does not feature on my worry list at all.

  • canminuteman

    I’m a proud Canadian, but Oh Canada is a horrible national anthem. It sounds like a funeral dirge, and the lyrics are stupid. If I had any input we would go back to The Maple Leaf Forever.

    • Alain

      I concur and add that I find the same with the flag that is without any real meaning or representation of our organic history.

      • Minicapt

        The design story of the Canadian flag began in 1873, in Kingston.
        The use of the maple leaf symbol began with the French militias in Quebec during the 17th Century
        The RCN began using the maple leaf as a Canadian symbol in WW1, as did the Army for its cap badges.
        The use of red and white in the flag is based on those colours being assigned as national heraldic colours in 1923.


        • Alain

          Sorry but what was imposed on us has nothing to do with 1873. The Red Ensign was our flag and represented our traditional organic history. Our military fought and many died under our traditional flag, and since its replacement by such a meaningless flag it has been downhill ever since. First Pearson and then Trudeau Sr. to destroy the very foundation upon which Canada was founded.

          • Minicapt

            You don’t know, but enjoy it.


    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Perhaps changing you anthem to “Canada – Fuck Yeah!” would stir the nationalistic passion?

    • jzaik

      Canada should just go commercial. Forget O Canada. Imagine Motley Crue blaring at the olympics.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I always thought that “Welcolme to the Jungle” more accurately captured the spirit of Canada.
        Just change the lyrics to: “Welcome to The Canada”
        Actually, changing the name of your country to ‘The Canada’ would add some mystique.
        “Welcome to the Canada we got fun and games…”

        • jzaik

          GnR works. But why even have lyrics. Just have a compilation. Like Have a clip of Mike Tyson. ANd just loop “I’m from Windsor, my style is impetuous, There’s no country like me, Our defense is impregnable” and then just have massive attack play out teardrop. Then the clips could just be Canada defeating the nazis or mexicans or puerto ricans.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            We would pay you to conquer Mexico and Puerto Rico!
            I hear they are both harboring robot Nazis from the future and they must be stopped!

          • Xavier

            I wonder if I can use audio editing software to string together the sounds of cocking guns to the tune of Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down?

          • Canadian

            Forget it!

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Oh come on!
            They have that really cool facility at Arecibo Observatory.
            You could like turn it into a death ray or something, for the greater glory of Canada.
            We’ll even throw in a couple of barely radioactive islands in the South Pacific.

          • Canadian

            Not even if you give us Cher, Obola, and Kerry!

          • Mike Tyson

            I like it.

  • FactsWillOut

    “True Patriot love, in all they sons command”

    When women actually successfully fight and make a matriarchal nation, I may think that that may be sexist, until then, it’s a fact of life.

    • Alain

      Well said.

    • Consider that “O Canada” in the original French is more – how does one say? – Catholic, the feminists may have to bite off their own tongues when considering alternatives.

      I would pay good money to see that.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Everytime this comes up in the conversation I am reminded of the Monty Python sketch where Eric Idle says, ‘Spell Bolour with a K? Oh, what a silly Bunt.’

  • Alain

    This is so typical of present day Liberals trying to create an issue where none exists while ignoring the elephant in the room: the real oppression of women by Islam in Canada.

  • BillyHW

    The little girls being raped by ISIS don’t care which anthem is the most sexist.

    • Frau Katze


  • Gaylord Ponce

    Personally I get a little aroused when I hear “God Save The Queen”.
    I get really aroused when I hear “The Maple Leaf Forever”.
    Does this make me a bad person?

    • glasnost

      That depends on how you measure your arousal.

    • mobuyus

      No just easily aroused.

    • Clausewitz

      Maybe this will put you over the top.

      • andycanuck

        The Toronto Red Star considers that online p0rn!

  • jzaik

    The best national anthem of all time. But hands down. USSR.

  • jzaik

    Honestly, being the enormous hockey fan I am. This clip should be the Canadian national anthem.

    Tell me if this doesn’t get you pumped.

  • Xavier

    You cannot judge yesterday by today’s standards. Attitudes and culture were different, and there was no offense intended. It’s simply a part of history that needs to be understood in the context of the time it was written. These whiners need to stop focusing on their personal hot button issues and realize it’s not all about them.

  • Physics grad

    When is Britain change its anthem to Deutschland uber alles?

    Or will they wait until Germany’s EU becomes an Islamic state and then edit the anthem?

    • FactsWillOut

      It’ll become the Muslim call to prayer.
      And then the true party begins.

  • FactsWillOut

    I might add:
    “With glowing hearts, we see thee rise, the true north strong and free”

    Who had the original glowing heart?

    Put that in yer pipe and smoke, feminists!

  • Hard Little Machine

    The penis flag of Penistania?

  • Christians are being murdered in the Middle East and the biggest area of concern is one’s national anthem?

    It’s time for another Vietnam.

    There- I said it.