Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gillard and the Gender Card

The reasons for boycotting the 2013 Australian Federal Election are piling up.

More and more, I increasingly feel alienated from the political apparatus, and increasingly become aware of the fact that our democracy is a functional farce.

After screwing over single mothers, Gillard now apparently is rallying the members of her sex, with odd comments such as these:

"A prime minister - a man in a blue tie - who goes on holidays to be replaced by a man in a blue tie. A treasurer, who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie, to be supported by a finance minister - another man in a blue tie. Women once again banished from the centre of Australia's political life.''

She also made mention that abortion would once again become the 'political plaything' of men in Australia.

Headline grabbing, but completely vacuous of any substance.

She reminds me of lecturer I had once for identity politics at uni - her argument was that because men wrote all the early medical literature on pregnancy and such, it meant that men were evil and had stolen a woman's reproductive rights.

As one of the few males in the stupid journalism course as it was, it was an irksome statement, and completely changed my view on what the motives of feminism actually are.

Being a disaffected, alienated, and a tad cranky young Australian male, Gillard's comments solidify my opinion that she is now simply playing the gender card in a pathetically desperate bid to be re-elected.

Many women I would believe can also see through these attempts at fear-mongering - for instance, subjects such as abortion haven't even been on the political agenda at all, and the abortion drug RU-486 was even recently legalised in Australia.

So it's not like there hasn't been any progress.

However, given Ms Gillard's hatred of single mothers, maybe she would actually prefer that they have an abortion instead of carrying their child to full-term?

Last week we had the Treasurer running around flogging the dead horse of the republic debate, and this week to divert attention away from leadership speculation, Gillard has used emotive language about abortion somehow becoming the 'plaything' of men.

Even her own backbenchers and senators have been somewhat surprised by the comments, as it doesn't seem to be on message or relevant to the electorate.

It's anyone's guess as to what is actually going on in the Labor Party; the simple fact is that they are no longer fit to govern, and they deserve no more words written about them.

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