Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Gina B on 09/27/2010

Bitches Get Stuff Done

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Just do a search on Facebook with the name of Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard and you’ll get a page full of results that poke fun at her due to her gender. To pick the two most popular pages as examples, we’ve got “How the hell is Julia Gillard meant to run the country from her kitchen?” and “Dear Julia Gillard, if I vote for you, you better make me a sandwich”.

Stay classy, Australia.

Firstly, as I know that the majority of you aren’t up to speed with Australian politics, I’ll explain how it is that Gillard came to power. The circumstances in which Julia Gillard came to power a mere 90 or so days ago were considered controversial by much of Australia. Though there was a growing sense of disillusionment with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd due to various decisions he made, as well as his perceived lack of ability to connect with the Australian people, I doubt there was any question in the minds of the general public that he would lead the Labor Party to contest the 2010 election. However, with the installation of his deputy Julia Gillard to the office of Prime Minister on that blustery June morning came the inevitable barrage of jokes.

From what I’ve seen, the ridicule can be classified into three main categories: the sexist jokes, the ‘stab in the back’ jokes and then, of course, we’ve got the ranga jokes. You know, because she’s got red hair and that’s hilarious. I’m willing to let those last two slide, but the sexist jokes? Sorry, no can do. Now, I know Facebook isn’t gospel and I know that people join these groups or like these pages just for kicks – but what gets me is this: there are an alarming number of girls in these groups and I know firsthand that some actually agree with the essential message of the group, that a woman should not be the head of government.

The night before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation, Australians were watching their normally scheduled TV shows when news bulletins flooded every channel, with reporters talking of hushed backroom meetings between the heavyweights of the Labor Party and Kevin Rudd taking to the floor to announce that the party powerbrokers wanted him out. As we all know, in this day and age any big news is talked about as it happens online; that night, twitter and Facebook were buzzing, with a large amount of updates questioning Julia Gillard’s ability to run the country due to her gender. A surprising (and disturbing) number of girls I know, girls who go to academically selective schools because they’re smart and have big plans for their futures, made disparaging comments about Gillard’s gender. I literally struggle to comprehend this. My school’s aim is to produce independent young women and for six years we’ve been told we can achieve anything: these girls want to be doctors, lawyers, economists. Why is it that being Prime Minister is out of the question?

Just a week or two into her “proper” tenure as Prime Minister now that the Labor Party formed a minority government with a Greens MP and three Independents after last month’s election, I hope Australia can give Julia Gillard a decent chance to show us what she’s got before we cast judgement on her on the basis of only her policies and effectiveness, just as we would any male Prime Minister.

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  • Camille @ at 5:14 pm, September 27th, 2010

    Good luck with the last bit, dear.
    Here in New Zealand, people (including female classmates of mine) are still ridiculing Helen Clark for her supposed ‘masculinity’. I really do fail to see how we can judge a Prime Minister based on nothing but their gender, appearance, and the fact that they wore pants (egad!) to meet the Queen…

    Very nice piece :)

  • Ryan @ at 5:32 pm, September 27th, 2010

    I don’t like the fact that women demand laws such as Affirmative Action “women first” legislation.

    When I read Christina Hoff Sommers article, No Country For Burly Men I was convinced that women’s political agency in government is of detriment to men and as such society as a whole.

    Women demanded that although 80% of jobs lost in the U.S. recession have been men, women petitioned the president to restructure the Stimulus Package and divert it to women.

    I realize that women have a biological tendency to see themselves, their saftey, welbeing and health as more important than that of men and boys. It seems women look to men and government to provide and protect them. They even go so far as expect men to die so that they may live in the event of emergency.

    In Great Britain women have established more representation for their gender than in the United States. As such I’ve paid close attention to what they advocate for.

    Among other things women leaders have demanded that all women’s prisons be shut down and converted to prisons for men. They have also demanded that women be given lesser sentences than men for the same crimes.

  • Marisa @ at 6:58 pm, September 27th, 2010

    @Ryan: Please realize that not every woman wants the same thing. Those women demand those things, that doesn’t mean all women and feminists are evil and unfair.

  • Annonymous @ at 7:14 pm, September 27th, 2010

    Ryan,

    You are an idiot, AND a disgrace to the male gender.

    Yours,
    The Internet

  • Katherine C. @ at 10:06 pm, September 27th, 2010

    Nice piece :) It’s so depressing to see perfectly good politicians dragged through the hyper-sexualized, insecure, and just plain unfair mud of the media. It reminds me of what Americans did to Hilary Clinton. Keep fighting it!! :D

  • Ryan @ at 11:07 pm, September 27th, 2010

    @Marisa

    I do realize that not all feminists hold the same views. However, the feminists who hold these views are women’s leaders in the Federal Government and in your national women’s associations. These are your feminist leaders.

    Just because all feminists are not the same does not excuse the actions of your feminist leaders. Read the article I sited. Look at the directives women’s leaders have handed down from the British court in regard to the mandate to give women lesser sentences for the same crimes. Understand that Harriet Harman also sought to close down women’s prisons and turn them into prisons for men.

    The Stimulus package was indeed diverted to women at the request of your women’s leaders. The threat that men and boys face from feminists is very real.

  • Ryan @ at 11:11 pm, September 27th, 2010

    I would like to add that it is these very same feminists who seek to separate children from their fathers. It is these same feminists who place men inside of jail cages should we fail to financialy support independent women.

  • Alex Catgirl @ at 3:21 pm, September 28th, 2010

    As I have never been to Australia, I have to rely on what my aunt, who was born and raised there,tells me of the place as it’s not like anecdotal accounts by random people on the internet are reliable.

    Still she confirms the allegations that the majority of Australian men are very Neanderthalic so it’s not surprising they would post such gibberish.

    As for women stating they do not believe a women should be prime minster, they are most probably wifey/mummy things who are told by traditional men they are the epitome of womanhood, women in powerful positions pretty much burst their bubbles.

    Running a country is way more impressive than raising a bunch of crotch droppings and tiding up/managing some mediocre blokes hovel.

  • Alex Catgirl @ at 3:28 pm, September 28th, 2010

    @Katherine C.

    I wouldn’t put Julia Gillard in the same category as Hillary Clinton.

    Hilly is just some guy’s (I don’t care for Clintonian politics/ policies)wife.

    Being a former first lady(a/k/a window dressing) hardly qualifies someone for high office.

  • Katherine C. @ at 5:31 pm, September 28th, 2010

    @Alex Catgirl: Excuse me, but Hillary Clinton is NOT “just some guy’s wife.” She has a Yale law degree and has worked in government and policy-making since she graduated; as a First Lady she spearheaded successful campaigns to reform Arkansas schools and not-so-successful but gutsy and well-run ones to reform health care. She is the author of multiple highly respected political/legal writings and she was twice named (before she became a first lady) one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the U.S. And most importantly, if we’re talking about qualifications for “high office”, she was a New York Senator- the first female senator from that state- for eight years before running for president. And I don’t agree with a lot of her politics either, but it is NOT fair to just dismiss her as “some guy’s wife.” It’s really backward to define women in terms of their marriage.

  • Ryan @ at 7:09 pm, September 28th, 2010

    I don’t think women can be in political positions of power or influence at all without making women only and women first laws.

    Instictually women must feel weak and vulnerable. Perhaps that’s why they demand to be put first in college admissons and job hirings. Perhaps that is why women scream for men and government to save them in times of emergency.

    Typically women find it easier to be provided for by a man. After divorve women are unable to survive on their own.

    Without a men supporting them and without being provided and protected by men or government women would surely perish. I do wonder what would happen if women were required to survive on their own without special laws and such.

  • Layla @ at 8:48 pm, September 28th, 2010

    Dear Ryan,
    Rather than whining and moaning on this site about how the big bad women in our society make the lives of men an unbearable hell, go to some troll-infested cesspool where your ideas can be sympathized with more.
    Oh, and here’s a nice thought: It’s also a MAN’S decision whether or not he wants to stay together with a woman who needs for him to provide for her. Think carefully before you decide who is the victim in the lovely situations you illustrate for us.

  • Layla @ at 8:55 pm, September 28th, 2010

    @Ryan : I also want to add that a good majority women do indeed have the capability of supporting themselves when left alone. Yet, you just seem to focus on the ones who are too busy raising children and helping their families domestically. You’re being terribly sexist in all aspects.

  • Ryan @ at 9:33 pm, September 28th, 2010

    @Layla Actually it’s not usually a man’s decision. Women abandon their family most often with the initiation of 70% of all divorce.

  • Ryan @ at 9:52 pm, September 28th, 2010

    Layla, if you think about it feminism isn’t about equality but special laws that give you privleges and choices that men and boys don’t have.

    All the way from family law, education, health care, judicial system, political and economic system. Women are not obligated to serve their country in a time of need as men are.

    Think abo..ut it, women have choices and. men have responisbility to enable those choices. Women are not responsible for sex and conception. You have no liabilities in marriage either. All of your choices are financed by male responsibilites and liabilites.

  • Layla @ at 9:53 pm, September 28th, 2010

    @Ryan: Whether or not the statement you just posted is true or not, the woman is not in total control of the divorce process. Her partner’s input must also be involved in order for the couple to divorce successfully. Yet, a lot of women aren’t cynical, thieving wretches as you so put it.
    Also, you’re not going to change anybody’s minds about women or men here anytime soon.

  • Layla @ at 10:04 pm, September 28th, 2010

    Ryan, you’re saying that the all of the onus and blame is being put on the men in situations such as sex and marriage, which is clearly untrue. Or am I the only one who has seen society stereotype women and not men on what they have done with their lives?
    No matter what special services are being thrown at women, men will always have the upper hand in almost every field. Are you saying that we’re not facing any consequences just because of the fact that we’re female? It’s just the opposite.

  • Ryan @ at 2:51 am, September 29th, 2010

    @Layla Yes, in all maters of sex and conception it is the man that is responsible.

    Sex and conception are seen as something a man does to a woman and not a mutual act requiring mutual responsibility and thus allowing for mutual choice. Men have no conception rights at all. By law the body of a child is considered a woman’s property. Her property her choice.

    Conception is not something a man does to a woman yet men are the only gender that’s made to take responsibility and can not abort responsibility as women can.

    The same goes for sex, no matter how much alcohol and or drugs a man and woman have consumed it is only the man who is made responsible should consentual sex take place. While under the influence, it is only women who are said to be incapacitated and unable to make proper judgement. Feminists call this date rape.

  • Ryan @ at 3:34 am, September 29th, 2010

    @Layla All I’m saying is that men deserve the right to play a meaningful role in the lives of our children. There should be default shared custody of children after divorce.

    I also have a hard time believing that women will ever let men have the same choices they do in terms of gender roles. Women are hypergamous in their preference of what type of men they are attracted to. Women always look for men of higher status and resource potential than they have. In essence women prefer to date or marry up.

    As such, there are implications to this when it comes to gender roles. I doubt women will ever support men financially and allow us to be a stay at home Dad.

    Being that women won’t date or marry men who make significantly less money than they do, women will always make men take on the provider role. You will do this while at the same time competing against us in college admissions and business hirings with unfair laws and special advocacy. Why do you do this?

    Men need the opportunity to outproduce women because we are forced to pay for and support women. Besides, unlike women, men are not attractive to the opposite sex for the simple fact that we exist. Men have no inherent value to women.

    Why did women divert the Stimulus Package to themselves though 80% of jobs lost have been to men.

    Men need jobs so that we can give women our money, esspecially women who have left us in divorce.

    If men don’t provide to women both in marriage and esspecially after divorce we can be placed inside of a cage or when out of work they will garnish our unemployment money. Women have choices that are financed by male responsibilities.

    Men have no other options. Women don’t even value the role a father plays in the life of our children because if you did then not only would you share custody but feminist would not fight so hard against shared custody legislation.

  • Katherine C. @ at 10:46 am, September 29th, 2010

    Guys, PLEASE don’t feed the troll!!!

  • Emily @ at 12:23 am, October 2nd, 2010

    Ryan=Troll
    That’s all that needs to be said.

  • blakerivers @ at 1:58 am, October 2nd, 2010

    @Alex Catgirl: “crotch droppings.” Wow. I must admit, I laughed. I’m not crazy about children like most people are, but I’ve never thought so badly of them as to call them “crotch droppings!”

  • Jack @ at 1:03 am, October 13th, 2010

    Ryan, one of the things we need to learn in life to be functional human beings is the ability to see beyond the views of the people closest to us.

    Your father may have raised you alone, but that doesn’t mean his word on a subject should have such an impact on the way you act as a person.

    The hardest part about life is getting past your nurture, and allowing yourself become your own man.

    Don’t let the actions of others dictate your own, especially when you know in your heart that what you’re saying or doing is untrue or wrong.

    Be your own man Ryan.

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