Interestingly, whilst you say that you were offended by the Howard stripper, John Howard himself was not.
His exact quote: ""I was certainly not offended".
I think that is testament to his strength and character.
I do, however, understand why Gillard would be offended. But, if she was offended, she should show such offense when it is created. Not months after. This does not make sense to me. It appears as though she is self-generating offense for her personal political gain. I would not be surprised if this stunt again blows up in her face. Most other things do.