Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Fed up with Women!

I am utterly fed up with hearing how badly women in Australia are being treated, especially in political circles. But the problem is men behaving badly. I wouldn't be endlessly hearing about women being treated badly if men treated them properly and with respect.

Generally in Australia in my opinion women are treated as equals and with respect on the same level that men receive. In my personal life, women are treated fine, different at times but always as equals. In fact in my family all the women are strong and equal, and treated with respect. 

I do have take domestic violence and male control out of the equation, but otherwise, I think it stands that women and men are equal.

So what has happen in our Federal and possibly State Parliaments towards women appals me. That is not the Australia I know. It is clearly a long time problem and it needs to stop now. The policies my workplace introduced in the last decade or so were very strong on any kind of sexual harassment, male or female. Some were sacked for their actions, although fairly minor offences. Racial harassment ditto. Homophobia, ditto. 

On a personal note, twice in the last month I have overheard conversations between a young man and a possible female employee, and while all quite above board, the wankery that the male drivelled on with to the younger women, who remained quite silent astonished me, as did his stock standard business speak.  If only these men, and women, could actually hear themselves, really hear themselves.  I turned to R and said, "I am so glad we have never worked office jobs". He agreed. 

Our parliamentary institutions cannot be out of step with what is happening in society and other workplaces and it has been very much proved that our parliaments are just that, with the most extraordinary goings on. I can't walk in women's shoes, but I can imagine. I hope what has been aired makes this as a point of change.

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  1. I hope for change too - but won't be holding my breath. Blue is not my colour.

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    1. EC, I am probably a foolish optimist. Me not so keen on blue either.

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  2. I wrote a letter to the newspaper about how disgusted I was, but I must have been too harsh, it never got printed. Perhaps I shouldn't have called them scumbags, but what else do you call men who are supposedly leading our country but instead are wandering the halls of parliament, drinking smoking and preying on women? and I suspect there are some women who aren't saints either.

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    1. Good on you River, even if your language was intemperate. Your time wasn't wasted as papers take notice of what is written, even if it doesn't get published. Yes to what you say, and I doubt it just one party.

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  3. Your header is a little ambiguous - are you fed up with women (couldn’t care less) or fed up with women (joining their cause). Anyway all I can say is no matter what their mothers aunts sisters grandmother’s do or say....they will always behave the way they want or feel/think is the way it should be. Always have and always will!

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    1. Cathy, I am actually fed up with hearing the details and the goings on. The real point is that it is not women who are the problem but men. I have some hope that as new generations enter politics, things will change. They have to.

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    2. Andrew I left a word out/ wrote the wrong word - I intended to write MEN and instead wrote THEY. Changed the whole meaning of what I was saying.
      Should have been....men will always behave......

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    3. Cathy, I just sat on the balcony for a few minutes thinking about this and there is so much I could say, but I am privileged old white man. I can only say I have faith in the young and upcoming generation.

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  4. My very good friend, the Aussie writer Mary Moody, is always going on about this on her Facebook page. I recently saw a photo of all the men in parliament using their phones, and looking away, when a female opposition speaker was standing. Not only was this disgusting behaviour, but I'm amazed that mobile phones are allowed inside parliament. This must stop.

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    1. Cro, it is not a good look is it. It is probably unreasonable for them to not have their phones, but oh for discretion and public appearances.

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  5. Sexism, racism, homophobia. It's all power plays, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that people in power resort to such plays. Democracy should be a restraint on all that and probably is, but not always.

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    1. Kirk, quite so, but there is some terrible devil for women in the detail. We will see at the next election.

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  6. There are male bastards everywhere, not only in Federal and State Parliaments. The trouble is that politicians have been elected to set standards in this nation.

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    1. Hels, we certainly expect them to set high standards. Sadly their behaviour reflects on all male politicians and staffers.

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  7. Something that shocked me to no end was that when I went to college in 2011, a young man in my A and P class talked to the girls there in the most shockingly suggestive ways. I'm not a prude, and I'd been around for 50 years so I wasn't new to rude men, but this one was disgustingly blatant. And all the girls flocked around him. He always had an arm around one of them holding them close, and spewing his patter. I was always astounded that the professor just ignored this behavior. It wasn't professional and it should have been part of the curriculum that he learn this, in my opinion. But, I am an old fuddy duddy, it appears. It's just that I grew up at a time when women were actively protesting these things, burning their bras, challenging the patriarchy. When did the protesting stop, do you think?

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    1. He sounds scary, Debby. It has been a slow but hopefully progressive path since bras were burnt, but no one could say there is not a long way to go yet.

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  8. John is disgusted with these stories of how men treat women. He is constantly pointing out "old white men" and their feelings of entitlement.

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    1. Jackie, sadly in what we've been hearing locally, such men while may have dinosaur attitudes, are not necessarily so old.

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  9. Drunk on power, some men, I suppose, think they can do anything. We heard about the exploits here the US. I wondered when I'd see your commentary on it.

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    1. Strayer, very much power and entitlement. Maybe it is a good thing that the goings on have received world publicity. Koala stories would be better though.

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  10. Yes it's going to be an interesting federal election Andrew, Scot Morrison has let himself down on a fairly regular basis over the last years. I think if Labour had a better choice than Albanese as leader they could be a shoe in.. will be interesting to see.

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    1. Grace, I don't think Albanese was ever made leader to win office. He was there to fill in for a couple of times until the Morrison gloss wore off, but the gloss has worn off rather more quickly than was thought. Morrison is still doing well enough in the polls.

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  11. I am reminded of the old quote from Margaret Attwood:
    Something like: "Mean are afraid women will laugh at them and women are afraid men will kill them."

    With men wielding most of the power of the world, women are often afraid. I know if I had spoken up I would have lost my jobs, and try and get another one without references.

    Intimidation is real.

    And nice men don't speak up. It is a massive problem.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I just read that Attwood quote the other day for the first time and meant to include it somewhere. Thanks for mentioning it. I don't blame women for not rocking the boat, but it is so good when they do.

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  12. I don't get it, it's like we are moving back to the 50's on so many social inequities.

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    1. Sandra, we are, especially social inequity. It is troubling and long term it will be troubling for those who are responsible for it.

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  13. I always had the feeling that men and women were very much on equal terms in Australia, so was shocked at the appalling behaviour of some men in Parliament.

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    1. Sami, mostly due to a huge imbalance of power, in my opinion.

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