Apparently I have misunderstood the word misogyny for rather a long time. I always thought it was a step beyond sexism. Apparently, it means woman hater. I have called people I know misogynistic but clearly that was a wrong call. No one I know is a woman hater. Some may have poor attitudes to women, but of course the women they know are ok. Substitute racism or homophobia and that works just as well.
While the fine nuances of politics are endlessly fascinating, it is the out there things we notice, via the media filter of course.
Just because Australia has a female Prime Minister and female Governor General, does not mean Australia is not sexist.
Photo from Fairfax Press.
Prime Minister Gillard seemed to speak from the heart and impromptu but as what she said went viral around the world, I rather wish she had polished what she said beforehand.
What our PM essentially said, was don't attack me because I am woman. She has a point. I do not recall a male politician attacked with such vehemence as Julia has been. She stands above it all.
Although I was a Howard hater and I did not like him, at times I admired him, especially his political skills.
While I've have never loved Julia, I do respect Prime Minister Gillard.
But my extremely cynical almost 55 year old self is starting to really like our Julia. If she bopped the evil Abbott on the nose and got done for assault, I would still give her a character reference.