This is what I have wanted to see since Julia Gillard became prime minister: a woman in power calling bullshit on the way that women in public and private are treated so appallingly by our politicians and our media, and IN PARTICULAR the leader of the opposition Tony Abbott’s appalling track record of misogyny, sexism and hypocrisy. This is one hell of a speech and whatever her government has succeeded and failed at over the last few years, I want to cheer her on.
“Now looking at his watch because apparently a woman has spoke too long, I’ve had him yell at me to shut up in the past…”
Penny Wong, meanwhile, discusses the fallout from the speech and the general political climate, including the question of whether Abbott is misogynist, how comparisons with ‘masculine’ insults are examples of false equivalence, and the silencing tactics used to make women shut up about sexism.
Mighty women, both of them.
Mindy at Hoyden About Town talks about the other issues surrounding Gillard right now, and asks when is it okay to be angry about how Gillard has been failing women and the QLTBG community – can we still talk about that stuff while celebrating her majestic speech against sexism?
Ariane talks about the highs and lows of the day that Julia Gillard decried sexism and lowered single parent payments.
EDIT: some great analysis on the difference one good speech can make by Raivans.
And Ben Peek asks some necessary questions about the mainstream media’s response to all this.