Rant #20328 'The Meow'

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?!


  • 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

Karl Bushby - The 3000


Right now, Bushby is camping fifty miles from the Painted Desert in Arizona. A position I am incredibly envious about, because I would really like to visit the Painted Desert as I promised someone a couple years ago.

The man has really shown an amazing amount of resolve in traveling thousands upon thousands of miles for the last fifteen years with barely any real supplies and escaping the clutches of death. I have wanted to do the exact same thing Bushby has done, travel across the world on foot, but internal and external problems have kept me from doing so.

To you, Karl Bushby, I tip my hat and give you my deepest respect.

If you can walk 3000 miles, Karl Bushby could walk 36,000 more.

Karl Bushby is not an ordinary hiker..

He is an ex-British paratrooper..he’s an adventurer.  He’s an explorer. That is everything his Twitter description says – but follow him for a few minutes and you’ll see he is much, much more than just those brief words. Karl Bushby began walking at age 29–that was in 1998. His hike began in Chile, and as his own website describes, he only had $300 in his pocket..He continued his trek to North America.. he also completed the first ever recording crossing on foot of the Bering Strait. It was then on to Siberia.. And Asia. And Europe. 20,000 miles strong so far– and his goal for the 15-stretch is 36,000. He’s almost there..At least more than halfway home, in a sense.. As all things go in modern times, social media is the way to find information about Bushby.. He is followed by almost 2,000 people at this time on Twitter.. he is updating in real time–an amazing thing if you compare his first journey in 1998 to now. Just a little over a decade later, there is so much that has changed in the world–and for Bushby, who can now stay in contact with the world even though he is meeting just one person at a time.. Bushby’s website says he has met lots of people–and stated “99.9%” of them are good. At this point in the walk, Karl Bushby is making a 3,000 mile hike from Los Angeles to the Russian embassy in Washington D.C. He has a plan–and a hope–to get a visa and be permitted to complete the longest continuous walk in modern history.. I was alerted to this journey by a faithful reader–hat tip to JoyL for alerting me to something I wish I would have been following prior to this.. This week, Las Vegas WEEKLY featured a good write-up about Bushby’s journey, reporting that he has defied odds and had an ‘unbroken path that would make history’.. Just today, MOTHER NATURE NETWORK repotrted on his walk.. You can contact Bushby or just, like I am now, follow him on Twitter.. There is something very amazing about this man’s voyage.. It began last century. Since then we have sped up in our lives .. We zoom through our earthly vessel like a fireball in the sky. But not Bushby.. He takes his time. He walk. He discovers. He takes the time to see his surroundings–become salt of the earth and at the same time depend on it.. It’s very poetic what he is doing.. Your attention to his passage on earth is truly recommended.
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