We can be angry that the government has passed a vote that disadvantages single parents – and I say parents because as soon as we agree on the use of “mother” we admit defeat in the war against the assumption that parenting is not a 50/50 job and I will not concede that, ever – and also be very, very proud that finally Abbott got called on his misogyny, which he has by-and-large been getting away with. And every time he gets away with it, we’re one step closer to a PM women should be very, very afraid of.
Most of the calls from people who think yesterdays speech was unimportant in light of issue X, Y and Z were from men (At least from what I have seen), and I think those men need to have a think about what it would be like to be one of the people Gillard stood up for yesterday. One of the people that our Prime Minister defended, and one of the people who gets called the same foul names our Prime Minister does, and one of the people that are the victims of sexism and misogyny on a daily basis. It may be just a political stunt or sideshow for you, but for a lot of women it’s a daily issue. We are insulted, belittled, dismissed and controlled EVERY DAY. And to see someone stand up and say “Enough is enough” to a man that a lot of women are deeply afraid will come to control their lives IS important. It IS an issue to a lot of women.
But once again what matter to women is swept aside because men have decided THEY know what the real issue is.