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.