I’m not afraid of calling myself a feminist.
Feminism is about equality. I find more and more people are quick to distance themselves from the term, which often comes with the 21st stigma of being a manhater who refuses to shave. This is complete bullshit which sets back the fight for equality.
Senator Bushby ‘meowing’ at Penny Wong is a disgusting reflection of the ongoing misogonistic attitude that is prevalent within many male politicians. The fact that he tried to justify himself as not being sexist being:
“Her reaction to the issue of the secretary’s appearance was like that of an angry cat. It could have been a male or female cat,” is an insulting attempt to dismiss any claims of sexism, to allow him this leniency would be ridiculous and appalling. Adrogenous cats! At it again! Doe’s he take us all for idiots?!
'PENNY WONG IS BEING AN OVERSENSISTIVE FEMINIST MAKING AN ISSUE OF HER SEX AND OVERREACTED'
- If she had NOT reacted it might not even have been reported. Far too many cases of sexism in politics are dismissed and ignored. She did nothing wrong in standing up for herself. I applaud her.
" All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
- MEOWING at another politician who is trying to speak, whether in defense of their party or not, simply highlights how low politics has gotten over the past decade. It really is just schoolyard tactics. How. Immature. Who voted for this guy? How can ANY self respecting woman join or support the Liberal party. (I’m going to avoid getting into an Abbott rant… but there is much to be said about his views on women.)
- Penny Wong is not making an issue of her sex, nor has she made an issue of her sexual orientation. She’s someone who deserves utter respect. Bushby made an issue of her gender and she responded in kind. How DARE anyone use this to degrade the character of Penny Wong. This is not a one-off issue.
- Wyatt Roy pointed out in defense of Bushby, that there’s no sexism in politics, the PM Julia Gillard hasn’t been made an issue of in regards her gender. Not entirely true. It’s often been made a point of that she’s a woman who has chosen NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN. OR GET MARRIED. Shock! Horror! A few years ago, this was a huge drama. If she had been a man would it have become an issue? FUCK NO. When Julia Gillard was brought onto Sunrise as Vice PM they asked her to put groceries in order of price, descending order. WHAT.
How can anyone try to suggest sexism isn’t rampant in politics? It’s simply being swept under the rug. If a woman cries out in protest she is dismissed as a moody, oversensitive, bitch. We need strong women like Penny Wong to take a stand. We need misogynistic bastards like Bushby to be chastised. We need this to be stamped out.
It is unacceptable.
Feminism is as relevant now as it ever was.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. ~Faith Whittlesey