A humorous protest against comments that Julia Gillard “should not show her cleavage in parliament” has gone global.
Australian women’s cleavages got international coverage overnight when the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Destroy The Joint‘s drive to make a collage of women’s decolletages in response to Australian Financial Review columnist Grace Collier’s comments on Radio National on the weekend.
When discussing the week of sexism that was with host Jonathan Green and fellow guest Eva Cox, Collier added fuel to the fire when she said: “I don’t think it is appropriate for a Prime Minister to be showing her cleavage in parliament.” She added it’s “inappropriate and unprofessional”, and that she doesn’t want to see any politician’s flesh in parliament.
Anti-sexist social media phenomenon Destroy The Joint immediately went into action with a call-out to Australian women to tweet images of their cleavages. Over 700 women responded. They are still responding.
“It’s a humorous way of telling Grace Collier she’s an idiot,” said Destroy The Joint spokeswoman and media academic Jenna Price.
“Here’s news for Grace: women have breasts.”
The protest began with the hashtag #convoyofcleavage, when blogger Jennifer Wilson urged women to tweet images of their cleavages.
She said: “It seems to me that if we are to stamp out this irrational horror of the female breast … we have little choice but to use immersion therapy, in which we expose Ms Collier and fellow sufferers to images of that which they so fear, in the informed hope that they may become desensitised, and return to their normal, hinged lives.
“With this in mind I tweeted that obviously we must all post images of our cleavage on Twitter,” she said.
“In turn it was taken up by racy Twitter women who believe it’s time everyone accepted that women have breasts and got over it, to the best of their ability.”
Our own Wendy Harmer documented the other insults against the body and substance of our Prime Minister in “The Anatomy of a Prime Minister”. As we know it just doesn’t stop at her breasts.
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