Kate Bailey talks Australian politics, with a little help from a handful of gifs.
Australia, not unlike most nations, is suffering at the hands of a sexist-by-policy government led by the personification of everyone’s creepy uncle, Tony Abbott.
Across the world we must understand the lessons of this oppression, in order to change the path of the future. Time has passed, but we could all do with a reminder of the day sexism in politics was made a worldwide social media trending topic, and what we can learn from it. In 2012, then-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard served now-PM Tony Abbott a 15-minute response to his myriad of clumsy misogynistic slip-ups.
Abbott had accused a member of Parliament of sexism, after some text messages from a civil lawsuit had been revealed. Oh, the lives of the bold and the beautiful!
Anyway, Gillard used these remarks as a catalyst to review some of Tony’s previous sexist statements and personal attacks. As a young, Australian feminist watching Gillard make poignants statements not only about women’s rights but about double standards and accountability as well, I saw the glimmering beacon of real change. It was the first time I had seen an Australian woman stand up for herself so publicly, so articulately and only with a basis of rationality.