THE VAGINA DIALOGUES
As notions of feminism, sexism and misogyny gain more and more traction in the mainstream media, slowly but surely those very same notions are being used as weapons against women.
The sheer stupidity and lack of logic of these ‘arguments’ has been overlooked by the mainstream media because gender-based abuse means ratings and profits.
Two days ago, an angry young man gave Kate Ellis a lecture on the ABC’s Q&A. Aggressively leaning forward and jabbing his finger at her, he declared that she didn’t know anything about feminism and he knew it all.
Monday night’s Q&A panel.
I was looking forward to watching Ellis put the little snot in his place. She never got the chance.
Tony Jones interrupted her as she started to reply, blithely said the young man’s aggressive attack was to be taken ‘as comment’ and moved on. This was just one instance of Kate Ellis being shut down and shut up by the men on that panel. Another was when Christopher Pyne called ministers Kate Ellis, Tanya Plibersek and Nicola Roxon the ‘handbag hit squad’. Not even Lindsay Tanner, who is supposedly a loyal member of the ALP, called him on it.
Yesterday, we saw the Prime Minister wipe the floor with Tony Abbott’s hypocrisy. The video clip of her verbally skinning him alive has gone viral worldwide.
She has been lauded by women’s organisations and publications, editors, journalists and celebrities the world over. Yet here in Australia, the mainstream media have used it as an excuse to lecture Gillard on how she’s not a proper feminist and the widespread viewing of the clip has been dismissed as meaningless.
Peter Hartcher kicked it off by giving Gillard a stern talking to, firstly on the ABC and again in the Sydney Morning Herald. According to Hartcher, this Prime Minister’s role differs to that of the men who preceded her. We expect men to lead, be ambitious and make decisions in the best interests of their party. But not Gillard. According to Hartcher, “Australia’s first female prime minister should have been a flag bearer for women”.
Feminism is there to define and limit a woman’s role to that of being a figurehead for others of her gender. Gillard hasn’t obeyed Mr Hartcher’s Rules For Ladies In Office and thus, has suffered a ‘loss of credibility’.
Hear that ladies? Do what the blokes tell you to, otherwise they won’t take you seriously. Oooh, scary.
This is very similar ‘logic’ (and I’m using the word mockingly) to Pyne chastising Gillard for being ambitious. Men can be ambitious but it’s an against-god-and-nature-abomination for a woman to be anything of the sort. Ladies should sit there demurely and learn to take ‘fair criticism’ as Abbott labelled it today.
Photo by Ray Strange via The Courier Mail.
In other words, ladies should keep quiet when they are attacked. When Gillard is called a bitch or a witch, when she’s the subject of the most revolting images and when she’s called a slut, she should shut up and take it. She deserves gender-based abuse because she’s a politician who happens to have a vagina. That’s fair criticism, isn’t it?
This is the Word according to Abbott: if bitches be bitches, the bitches should take it like bitches.
|Page 1 of 2||next >>|