Gender and Politics in the media

AU: The Gender Wars Down Under. What’s a woman PM to do? Gillard, Thatcher and the politics of being a woman.

Steve Marshall: ‘Don’t judge Australia by its politics’ TVNZ … BBC correspondent Nick Bryant responded “don’t judge Australia by its politics”. The quote’s ringing in my ears after a less than admirable week that’s seen Australia’s political landscape dominated by gender wars and sexist menus rather than good …

Julia Gillard: Liberal Party dinner menu ‘grossly sexist’

The “gender wars” down under Telegraph.co.uk Political reporters, who have seen some highly grubby antics in their time, declared it one of the lowest moments in the history of Australian politics. Then came the news that more than 100 members of the Australian defence force had been caught …

Political gender wars SBS But while some might think the gender wars have cast a low light on Julia Gillard’s political career, Australian correspondent for The New York Times, Matt Siegel said she will be remembered for how she approached gender issues. “I think the misogyny …

Women targeted Tasmania Examiner Women targeted. June 17, 2013, 10:24 a.m.. I FEEL compelled to respond to Larry Digney’s rant (Letters, June 14) about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech on women’s issues. I can’t help but wonder if he still holds the same views after the events of …

What’s a woman PM to do? Sydney Morning Herald I simply don’t understand all the fuss about Julia Gillard talking about a women’s issue (abortion) to a group of women (“PM’s cynical ploy fails to win voters”, June 17). It would have been more surprising and inappropriate if she’d discussed problems …

 

 

Abbott, sexism debate fires up Gillard The Australian One issue that brings together Gillard’s personal motivation and a potential rallying point for Labor is sexism, due concerns in some quarters about Abbott’s stance on women’s issues. So this week represented something of a perfect storm for Gillard …

Gillard, identity and the limits of political discourse The Conversation The legitimacy of gender as personal and political issue in the coming election is less natural. Should misogyny and unbecoming comments be discussed in public or around the kitchen table among friends? Certainly. How about as an issue central to an …

Gillard, Thatcher and the politics of being a woman Women’s Agenda The denigration of the first female Australian prime minister on the basis of her gender echoes that endured by the first female prime minister of Great Britain. While Julia Gillard has suffered the juvenile attacks of men from the political right …

Poll shows ‘gender war’ backfires for PM Sky News Australia The poll suggests that Ms Gillard’s lament that the abortion issue would be a plaything of male politicians under a Coalition government, did not resonate with men. Ms Gillard’s standing as the preferred prime minister also headed south giving her her …

Women attack PM on gender The Australian GREENS leader Christine Milne and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop have warned against Julia Gillard’s revival of gender politics, calling it an unfair attempt to silence legitimate criticism of her government. Key independent MP Andrew Wilkie …

 

 

Gender war backfires as men ditch Australia PM New Straits Times SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s attempt to marginalise the opposition by claiming it would change abortion rights and sideline women has backfired with a poll Monday showing male voters are deserting her. Gillard, the country’s first …

Australian men desert Julia Gillard The Times (subscription) Australian male voters have deserted the ruling Labor party, bringing support both for the party and for Julia Gillard, the prime minister, collapsing to devastating lows and making the position of the beleaguered PM even more tenuous. Polls published …

Nielsen poll puts Labor’s primary vote below 30 per cent as MPs gather for …  ABC Online The shift in voter sentiment is beyond the poll’s margin of error, and is most noticeable among male voters, where there has been a 7 per cent drop in support for Labor. The poll’s publication comes as Labor grapples with obvious leadership tensions …

Male support for PM crashes Sydney Morning Herald Julia Gillard’s controversial attempt to rescue Labor by claiming Tony Abbott would marginalise women and change abortion rights has backfired, with support among male voters collapsing. In a finding certain to ratchet up pressure on the Prime Minister …

Australia Labor Party Snubbed by Male Voters, Coalition Scores – Nielsen Poll International Business Times AU Mr. Stirton explained the specifics, “We’ve got Labor’s primary vote down seven points amongst men, but up one amongst women. We’ve got Labor’s two-party preferred vote down 10 amongst men, p two amongst women, and approval of Julia Gillard down …

Gillard slips further in polls Business Spectator Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s support has deteriorated further in the latest, led by a sharp decline in the support of male voters. The Fairfax Media/Neilsen poll released today shows Labor’s support continues to slide, led entirely by a seven per …

A PM’s clumsy gender war The Sunday Dispatch Gillard described the election as “a decision about whether, once again, we banish women’s voices from our political life”. Voters looking for facts to substantiate this assertion will search in vain. Labor cannot win re-election by mounting a case …

Male voters desert PM – The Age A controversial attempt to rescue Labor’s election prospects by claiming Tony Abbott would …

Bill Shorten’s wife Chloe is president of the board of Women for Gillard. AAP … The Conversation Julia Gillard’s pitch last week to female voters has backfired dramatically, with Labor’s primary vote in today’s Nielsen poll falling 3 points to 29% while support among men has plunged 7 points. With the leadership crisis consuming the party as MPs …

Gay Jibe Sparks Gillard Worry Women Will Shy From Public Life Businessweek The fallout capped a week in which gender and sex dominated the political agenda three months from an election that opinion polls indicate Gillard’s Labor party will lose in a landslide. The nation’s first female prime minister thrust gender into the …

Mr Abbott, don’t let gender-obsessed, post-60s feminists distract you The Australian POLITICS really does imitate art. At the moment we are trapped in one of those almost comically off-putting modern productions of Gotterdammerung. No pyrotechnics or exploding Valhallas, just a dreary postmodernist men and women in suits thing with …

Buttrose calls for calm in gender war Herald Sun Reflecting on this week’s so-called gender war, Ms Buttrose said Australians want to see politicians get back to pressing issues like the economy, education and refugees perishing at sea. “I don’t think women’s voices are going to disappear from …

Show respect: gender issue turning politics into sideshow Brisbane Times Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has branded the Prime Minister’s latest declaration on anti-women comments a false gender war (”PM fires up at bad-taste politics”, June13). Ms Bishop should reflect on the use of the term gender war. The frequent…

Leave abortion out of politics The Australian Wisely, NSW Labor MPs Ed Husic and Stephen Jones questioned the merit of injecting the abortion issue into the political fray. Leading feminists have also questioned Ms Gillard’s decision to again play the gender card. It is regrettable she has decided …

Australian women told to beware tide of ‘blue ties’  Winnipeg Free Press Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard played the gender card this week, warning women that “blue tie” misogynists will push women from power if she is defeated as expected in the Sept. 14 election. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, whom Gillard has attempted to portray as an unreconstructed 1950s misogynist, would oversee a government “dominated by men in blue ties,” she said.

THE AUSTRALIAN: Gillard’s clumsy gender war BDlive Before an enthusiastic audience of Labour women on Tuesday, Gillard launched Women for Gillard — a fundraising vehicle seeking to exploit her attempt to manipulate a gender divide in the community. Yet the poorly scripted speech confirms how detached …

Women voters deserve more than the ‘A’ word On Line opinion The so-called ‘gender-war’ headlining the Australian political stage at the moment is embarrassing. Both major parties have fallen short in respecting the dignity of women, as well as men, and it appears that the most effective way to win votes in …

Labor campaign loses way, thanks to Gillard WA today If Mr Abbott has a ”problem” with female voters, Ms Gillard has a problem with male voters and she just made it worse – even some male Labor MPs were annoyed. Other MPs just despaired at her poor timing and judgment. Speculation is growing that Kevin …

No shame in Gillard using her strengths Perth Now Which is why the hysterical reaction – and make no mistake, it has been nothing short of hysterical – to the launch of Women for Gillard has been entirely unsurprising. Right on cue Gillard’s unapologetic attempt to woo female voters was shrilly …

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