Monday, March 03, 2014

Our Anna

Former Premier of Queensland Anna Bligh has a new look. Isn't it just so de rigeur to focus on a female politician's looks? I see her new look as being freed from the constraints of looking conservative and well groomed. Good on her. I recently read of her legislative achievements for Queensland gays and lesbians when she was in a position of influence and power, and they were significant. Politicians cannot stop homophobia, but if the laws are there, at least the chatter goes behind closed doors. It works the same for racism.

Who could forget how well Anna Bligh handled the disastrous Queensland floods of a couple of years ago. She made not only Queensland proud, but the rest of Australia.

Photo from news.com.au


Russia seems to be the opposite, where politicians like to gee up the populace against gays. The  protests against Russian government homophobia had some effect. It went behind closed doors, and that is an achievement. My own City of Melbourne is debating whether it should continue is sister city relationship with St Petersburg, because the city has enacted some extreme anti gay laws. I don't think breaking the relationship is a good idea. Keep talking and arguing is best.

Later: City of Melbourne, at the urging of gay organisations in St Petersburg, kept the sister city connection with St Petersburg.


16 comments:

  1. Looks are such a double edged sword for women politicians who need to look decent enough and yet not too feminine/weak and definitely not sexy/provocative.

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    1. Isn't that the sad truth. Clever, strong women with a clear vision for our state or nation, tap dancing about soft outfits or business suits :(

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    2. It is true Rubye, but I do like both sexes to be well groomed. It is easier for a bloke though.

      Hels, a bit off topic, but did you see in the paper in a light piece, that Jeannie Pratt has her own hairdresser who had worked for her for thirty odd years, daily! Now that is real money.

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  2. Russia is unpredictable country, so is the serious problem not only about the gays unluckily it is our the neighbour. I hope situation will be Ok. Let's wait.

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    1. Gosia, there is certainly something else for Russians to focus on at the moment.

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  3. Sigh. I wish that we focused on rather more important issues about our politicians than what they are wearing, but it seems we can't.
    I think that keeping the sister city status, and hopefully some dialogue about homophobia, is best. Though it wouldn't surprise me if the issue was just ignored.

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    1. EC, maybe influential women should rebel by all wearing the same style and coloured suit every time they are in public, just like men do.

      They have advanced in gay rights in the past, and I am sure they will again.

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  4. Australia has come a veeeery long way in our lifetime, Andrew. The question is who any leaders can use as scapegoats when they finally run out of Jews?

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    1. FC, always the scapegoats but I shouldn't think Jews are much now. I am sure if I am wrong, I will be corrected.

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  5. I think the fact that her new look is a result of cancer treatment makes it a little bit different to the usual run-of-the-mill tiresome fixation with women's appearances.

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    1. Jayne, mid posting I realised it was probably hair grow back after her cancer treatment. But no matter, I think it looks good and quite non politician, kind of a slightly rebellious style against old age, and when she was young, she was of a rebellious against society type.

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    2. She does indeed look good - far less conservative than her lady politician bob.

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  6. Seriously wouldn't have noticed what she was wearing or her hair, that smile is a stunner and was all that registered :)

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    1. Indeed Grace, a wide and open smile is a winner.

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  7. Anna Bligh looks natural and terrific. Are Kim Novak and Liza Minnelli taking note?

    As Jayne noted, Bligh is recovering from cancer treatment. Earlier on in the treatment she made a very positive statement appearing in public completely bald.

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    1. Victor, I did come across photos of her bald. While I do vaguely recall she had cancer, it was clearly serious if the treatment caused her to lose her hair.

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