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Eva Cox: Abbott A Confused, Conservative Sexist, But Not A Misogynist

At last, some sensible analysis of the misogyny and sexism “debate” that erupted during 2012.

This article by Eva Cox was originally published on The Conversation.

Tony Abbott: a confused, conservative sexist, but not a misogynist

By Eva Cox, University of Technology, Sydney

When Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave her now famous speech attacking Tony Abbott, millions of women around the world cheered.

Her denunciation echoed and fuelled their anger at being unfairly judged because they were women and missing out on what they believed was their dues.

Initially, Australian media and commentators and party strategists were caught short, falling back on masculinised biases that failed to recognise women’s genuine response to a carefully crafted, but heartfelt attack. However, once the strategists recognised their errors, both sides decided to elevate their version of the gender card to enhance their election chances.

Will this sudden interest in women by the political strategists either influence voters or the policy options on offer? If so, who will benefit? [Read more…]


Gillard Presses On As Brown Claims Criticism Is Sexist

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said today that criticism of Julia Gillard was sexist.

Julia Gillard

Brown’s comments came after several days of speculation about Gillard’s leadership, culminating in a Labor caucus meeting on Sunday and a BBQ at The Lodge, ahead of the return of Parliament tomorrow. [Read more…]


New Conversation About Equality Needed, Says Plibersek

Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of WomenTanya Plibersek, the Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of Women, has delivered an interesting speech about the need for “a new conversation about equality”.

Speaking at the Sydney Institute, Plibersek said “the fact remains we cannot yet say that equality has been won”. She cited income differentials, the lack of women in the higher echelons of business, and violence against women as evidence.

The minister argued that “there is a solid body of evidence that gender equality is good for the economy as a whole” and outlined a range of measures in support of this. [Read more…]