Friday, October 12, 2012

Wheeler Centre: Abbott, Slipper, Gillard and misogyny

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Following up from my ABC column, I was interviewed by Jo Case from the Wheeler Centre about Gillard's parliament slap-down, the media and misogyny. You can read it here.

Jo also spoke to Alison Croggon, Stephanie Convery and Ben Eltham.

On the difference between misogyny and sexism, here's what I told Jo:
I've seen no evidence that Abbott feels hatred towards women. No doubt Mr. Abbott loves his wife and daughters, and they him. And his female colleagues have backed him. 
I have seen evidence of sexism in Abbott's statements. For example, in 1988 Abbott questioned whether under-representation of women in power was a “bad thing”. “What if men are by physiology or temperament,” he asked, “more adapted to exercise authority or to issue commands?” 
But for the record, 'misogyny' doesn't always refer to 'hatred of women'. That's one dictionary definition, from the Greek. It also refers to contempt—and has since at least the seventeenth century. Some men display contempt for women, in sexual exploitation, religious decrees or anti-abortion legislation, without necessarily feeling any hatred. In this, they are misogynists.
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1 comment:

Rolly Christian said...

"...Some men display contempt for women, in sexual exploitation, religious decrees or anti-abortion legislation, without necessarily feeling any hatred. In this, they are misogynists."

What of the many women and men who act against sexual exploitation and human trafficking of women and girls alike but do not support abortion on ethical grounds. They are clearly not misogynists.

This is just name calling to help derail further rational debate with bluster and hot air. Trading insults rarely promotes productive robust discussion.

Given the availability of many contraception options in Australia, our national annual abortion rate of approx 80,000 is nothing for local feminists to be proud of is it?