Something odd has been happening in my country lately (Australia).
You see, we have a female Prime Minister – our first – and we are having a Federal election in September. So things are understandably getting nasty as one side faces off against the other to win votes.
Our PM is Julia Gillard and she’s not super popular at the moment. But despite that, we seem to have forgotten about how to treat a woman in power.
We’ve gone all blokey and sexist and it’s frankly, embarrassing!
One of the most bizarre examples recently was a restaurant owner mocking her in a menu at a fundraiser where they referred to her as having small breasts, large thighs and big red box (she has red hair). She has also had vegemite sandwiches thrown at her by students. How quaint – NOT!
And even before she became Prime Minister, a dotty old blustering politician in the opposite party, stated that she was not qualified to lead the country because she is deliberately “barren”. Shock horror! She has no children! How can she possibly be a good leader, right? Oh dear.
And then just a few days ago, our PM was interviewed on a Brisbane radio station and asked if her partner – she’s got no kids and is not even married, peoples! – was gay because he was a hairdresser.
How did we suddenly get all jelly kneed and clueless about how to respect a woman in power?
What are these men afraid of?
Because, you see, while there are many women out there in the social media galaxy that are not backwards in coming forwards about what they think of our PM, these are men in public arenas who really should be showing respect to the office of the Prime Minister (despite what they think of the person who holds that office).
I mean, what would be the outcry in the United States if Barack Obama was asked if his wife was gay because she’s got muscly arms?
So let this blog be my official apology to all of my international followers. I’m sorry if it seems that Australia has gone way off track. Hopefully we will once again be the fabulous, modern and dynamic country we normally are! Stick with us!