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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.(Photo: SMH)