Julia Gillard has been subject to a huge amount of sexist and misogynist rhetoric since she took office. I don’t always agree with her politically, but descending to the sort of bile exhibited by those opposite her have used is absolutely repugnant. Critique the policy if you will, but leave the personal attacks out.
Up until this point she has maintained a fairly stoic silence on this front, but this rebuttal is worth the wait. The sad bit of me wonders which shock-jock or newspaper polemicist will use the terms “hysterical”, “screeching”, “shrill” or similar first and show that by them, the point will always be missed.
Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
I was linked to this via Something Wonky.
I am often horrified at how difficult it is to explain privilege, and how much I then panic and start just putting random phrases (“hierarchy of oppression”, “intersectionality”, “mansplaining”, “fuck off/fuck you”) into an arbitrary order until my head explodes.
As a feminist and a gamer (Dwarf hunter! – don’t tell the cool kids), I really liked this way of explaining.
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever.
Random acts of defiance, and how having a picnic with some neighbourhood kids is actually an amazing act of political will, resistance and subversion:
Israeli and Palestinian Women Defy Checkpoints to Socialize : Ms. Magazine Blog.
Sometimes it’s like two steps forward, one step back. Was Iran worried it would be seen as some sort of feminist Mecca?
Anger as Iran bans women from universities – Telegraph.