Gender and Politics in the media

Men shouldn’t fear “women’s anger”. SA women left out in the wilderness. Conservative Strategy To Defeat Davis: Sexism.

Women left out in the wilderness Mail & Guardian Online Two decades ago most South African women had no rights. They worked in menial jobs and lived their lives in the private sphere. Apartheid had disenfranchised them.  Then, in 1994, things looked up as everyone became equal, at least in theory – the new Constitution said so, after all, and of course everyone could vote.

But, for many, little has changed in the past 20 years. The space for discussion about women’s rights has become increasingly restricted to civil society because of societal and economic pressure on the state.

The hope of the time was embodied in the 1994 Women’s Charter for Effective Equality. It began: “As women, citizens of South Africa, we are here to claim our rights.”

Michelle Grattan: Christine Milne on women in leadership, Julia …Women’s Agenda The other day Greens leader Christine Milne noticed a tweet saying “Get out of the way Christine and leave it to the big boys”.

“I just thought to myself, that is so symptomatic of the certain element of the Australian population that never accepted women in leadership positions and now feel comfortable that they’ve got their two men back, and they’re happy with that.”

Milne had a mixed relationship with Julia Gillard. The Greens-Labor alliance (forged by former leader Bob Brown) delivered the minor party great power; in the end, however, Milne walked away from it and attacked Labor.

But in an interview with The Conversation she says: “I find it extraordinary that Kevin Rudd has come back and more or less pretended that nothing happened between him losing the prime ministership and taking it over again. “He just never refers to prime minister Gillard, sometimes refers to some of the policies, education being one, but virtually none other than that, and pretends that the whole climate package wasn’t there.

Men shouldn’t fear “women’s anger” Salon …It’s disappointing that men who speak up about feminism – or if you prefer, anti-misogyny – would feel intimidated to do so, would find themselves criticized as less than masculine, or face skepticism for ulterior motives. Writer David Futrelle, for instance, says he’s reliably accused of just trying to get laid. Thank God Stylist came along this week to offer a brief palate cleanser with a loving tribute to “the male feminists” – cool, outspoken men like Joss Whedon, Patrick Stewart and Chuck D, who says, “I’m fighting hard as hell, so women can do their thing.” And it’s worth remembering Andy Samberg’s endorsement of NOW (on Spike TV, no less) also.

I would like to believe that in a world where more compassion all around is called for, a man like Schwyzer, with some very intense admitted mental health issues, wouldn’t at this moment be expected to be the best spokesman for what happens when men involve themselves in “women’s” issues. I would hope that a frightened report of “women’s anger” wouldn’t deter others from rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in issues that in fact concern all of us. You want arguments about how things should be done? Maybe some occasional anger? Step right up, folks. Nobody ever promised that feminism was a frickin’ cotillion. In case you haven’t noticed, there are plenty of things worth getting angry and arguing about. Military and prison sex abuse reform! Parental leave! Education! Equal pay! They’re not just for ladies anymore, people!

The Conservative Strategy To Defeat Wendy Davis: Sexism Media Matters for America Erick Erickson doubled down on his sexist attack on Texas State Senator Wendy Davis as “Abortion Barbie,”writing on RedState that the moniker “fits perfectly” and recommending it be used on the campaign trail.

Let me quickly explain this to Erick. Applying the moniker “Barbie” to Wendy Davis in that context specifically demeans her based on physical attributes. Erickson also connotes the stereotype of “Barbie” representing a shallow and empty headedness. This is inherently sexist.

Anytime a female politician is singled out simply based on looks — including certain attacks on Sarah Palin — it’s incredibly problematic….

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