Gender and Politics in the media

Gillard: feminist fantasy to political reality, ‘Now, listen here, luv’-when words become weapons, Gender equality stymied by the myth of merit

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Gillard’s man problem
The Canberra Times JULIA Gillard doesn’t have enough men in her life. Male voters, that is. We’ve heard a lot about Tony Abbott’s problem with women voters – the polls document it and MPs report it from their electorates. So what about the Julia story with men? Since the 2010 election, according to Nielsen polling, Labor’s primary vote has been 3 points higher, on average, among women than among men (32 to 29 per cent). The Coalition primary vote has been 3 points higher among men than women (48 to 45 per cent).

Julia Gillard’s attack on sexism hailed as turning point for Australian women The Guardian When Australia‘s prime minister, Julia Gillard, told the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, this week that if he wanted to know what misogyny looked like he should pick up a mirror, it was seen by many women as a defining moment for feminism in the country. “I almost had shivers down my spine,” said Sara Charlesworth, an associate professor at the University of South Australia. “I was so relieved that she had actually named what was happening. She was so angry, so coherent and able to register that enough is enough.”

Julia Gillard: feminist fantasy to political reality Daily Maverick It is not often that a Youtube video has you air-punching behind your desk, but when it happens it is usually for something cool like a music video of a beloved rock band, or a clip of an awesome sports move. Like a football goal, kicked into the net from a mile away. Last week, though, over a million people were watching an online video of, wait for it, a parliamentary speech, and judging by the social media reaction thereto were doing the victory-happy-dance in response.

Gender equality is stymied by the persistent myth of merit The Conversation When Tony Abbott discussed the fallout from Peter Slipper’s resignation on ABC 24, he argued that he would rather that women were judged on what their actions are, rather than on the basis of their gender. This notion is aligned to another commonly held observation — that women should be judged on ability rather than on gender. The “ability card” perspective is especially familiar in relation to arguments justifying why women lag behind men in levels of recruitment, promotion and pay. When a woman applying for the same job as a man is shown to have less ability according to the standards of merit deemed for a position, this largely determines that the man is the right person for the job. No one can say that the “gender card” was used to discriminate, because clearly the woman’s “ability card” did not meet the standards.

Gender irrelevant in political arena Herald Sun IN making the decision to run for Parliament I considered a range of things. What attracted me to the idea was the chance to affect positive change in my community. However, it wasn’t a decision I could take lightly. I also considered other career or study opportunities as well as lifestyle considerations including the additional public scrutiny and diminished work/life balance. As a woman in her mid-thirties I also had to consider the implications on my desire to start a family of my own. The last of these is the critical and often discussed consideration faced by women, that, let’s face it, is not faced by men with the same gravity.

Politics aside, Gillard’s words rang far too true Sydney Morning Herald Much has been written about the Prime Minister’s scathing attack on Tony Abbott but I believe Lenore Taylor says it all in her column (”PM’s speech did stir hearts but remember the context”, October 13-14): ”To be clear, I thought Julia Gillard gave a great speech but that it was delivered for at least some of the wrong reasons, in the wrong context, at the wrong time.”

Women should avoid this column Herald Sun (Login Required) WARNING: THIS column could be called brave or simply designed to drive women crazy. BY NOW we have heard enough I think about how the ladies felt about Julia Gillard’s savaging of Tony Abbott on Tuesday. Some have written they loved it, some that they loathed it. Some felt she had finally stood up for women, others that she had let

Canberra’s sex wars are underpinned by real sexual inequality in Aussie …  Herald Sun OUR first female prime minister gave voice to the silent rage of generations of women, says Jessica Irvine. THE sex wars in Federal Parliament are indicative of a deep vein of discontent, from women and men, about juggling work and family responsibilities. In an extraordinary 15-minute speech last Tuesday, Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, gave voice to the silent rage of generations of Australian women.

Abbott suffering a Labor Party stoning Sydney Morning Herald Of course Twitter went into a fever (Labor MP Steve Gibbons tweeted: ”That douchebag Tony Abbott.”) Of course the speech went viral on social media. The Prime Minister’s outrage would have resonated with every woman who has endured boorish men.

Labor, including MP Kate Ellis, cannot lecture us on sexism The Daily Telegraph ACCORDING to the ultra politically correct, Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered the speech of her career last week, shrilly attacking Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and branding him as “sexist” and a “misogynist”. Wendy McCarthy, one of the founders

‘Now, listen here, luv’ – when words become weapons Sydney Morning Herald NOT many weeks into my teenaged sister’s first full-time job as a secretary, a train strike made it impossible for her to get to work one day. Promptly, her boss sacked her. My mother, infuriated, rang him. At first, she was civil and her voice level. But at a certain point, he said to her: ”Now, listen here, luv.” My mother exploded, saying that she was not his love, and that he had a damned cheek to address her that way. When he persisted, she rained down on him language that I would say we had not heard before, except that there had been moments when the six of us had tried her as far as any mother should be tried. Still a teenager myself, I was proud of, and inspired by, Mum that day.

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