It isn't anywhere in the same league as what they did to JG, every single time she stepped out she was critiqued on her clothes, her hair, her gay boyfriend, her barreness. TA gets nothing compared. None of the male politicians do.
In regards to the Carbon tax, I stand by what I said, a lot of people think that their power bills will go down when it is scrapped - and they just won't.
And I agree, I dont care what Tim does for a living, however obviously some people do or it wouldn't be in the media.
Maybe less females enter politics as they don't want the public scrutiny that would bring? I swim in a bikini, I wear my boardshorts when windsurfing, and my clothes are far from a stylists advice.
But my bigger problem is my main role in life is to shield and protect my children at this stage in their lives.
So if I ever enter politics it will be when my children are much older. Their father could do it now and I'd still be protecting them. Why me and not him? Because that is my choice as a woman and mother
I'd be interested to see just how many women have very young children as a percentage. Politicians also tend to be older with adult children (see TA as an example). And the Afghanistan thing I would also love to see answered - if they can find more women suitable for cabinet in a country that has historically denied women education altogether, what is up with Australia and our education and family/work balance?
I think being honest about what women face when they go up the ladder does not mean we always have to point to examples of where men have also experienced some critique.
I feel over the years the commentary on women's clothing and looks/ weight outweighs the commentary on men 100:1. That's just my personal observation.
For the record @pegasus I was 100% not referring to you.
But I do think the people who don't believe in climate change, are hateful towards "boat people", don't believe in gender equity, etc are generally less intelligent than your average person. That's my experience in real life too. You don't fall in that category.
And it's not because they don't agree with the majority. It's because they are wrong. I would also say that people who thought the world was flat or was created in 7 days 2000 years ago were not the smartest tool in the box.
- I am still for certain positive discrimination measures. I just believe as funding is limited others need to be tailored a bit more to those in greater need.
Last edited by VicPark; 17-09-2013 at 15:31.
Just had a thought. Maybe there aren't as many female cabinet ministers because there aren't as many female polticians... Because politicians don't really have access to flexible working conditions. It's not as if they can say "I want to work a half day" when parliament is sitting. Their constituents voted them in to vote on their behalf... So they can't really wag when question time is on.
Makes it hard for women with young kids but that's life.
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