Julie Bishop and the prism of gender

30 Oct

Gender Inequality

Look. Julie Bishop doesn’t have to call herself a feminist if she doesn’t want to. Her public disavowal of the very political movement that made her success possible says far more about her than it does about feminism. But her refusal to “look at the world through the prism of gender” is insane.

There is nothing in this capitalist world that should not be viewed through the prism of gender, especially if you are  a member of the bloody government. Bishop is one woman who has achieved success at the highest level because of a constellation of fortunate circumstances, including, I’m sure, hard slog. However, there are millions of women who slog just as hard in circumstances far less conducive than those experienced by Ms Bishop. “I’ve had a very privileged upbringing as many women in Australia have,” she says. “We don’t fear violence, we don’t fear hunger. We don’t have the degraded life that many women around the world suffer.”

Um, what? There are millions of women and girls in Australia who fear violence. There are thousands of women and girls  in Australia who go hungry, and are dependent on charity for food and somewhere for themselves and their children to sleep. They don’t count as women? The “we” Bishop speaks of excludes anyone whose life experience does not coincide with her own, a lack of imagination that is a given in conservatives circles.

I don’t give a toss if Bishop doesn’t call herself a feminist. I’m a bit challenged by that myself these days, when feminism seems to have become about the right to sculpt our labia, and binge drink till we vomit in the gutter just like the blokes do. But the ignorant refusal to consider the world through the prism of gender is a symptom of a self-absorbed, smug woman entirely out of touch with reality.

Apart from that, I’m wracking my brains to think of one thing, one single thing Bishop has ever said publicly that is interesting, original or enlightening. She’s like a bloody Stepford wife in the Abbott government.


7 Responses to “Julie Bishop and the prism of gender”

  1. Robert West October 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    JB is a very good Politian so good in fact that she does not get into the spotlight by not giving her opinions or thoughts .
    This has allowed her to have a brace of reporters of both sides singing her praise and whilst she does not enter the fray they keep singing She should have been in Advertising


    • Jennifer Wilson October 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

      I guess it depends on whether a “good politician” means being interested in the well being of all the people, or playing the political game well. For mine, I’d hope it was the former but I’m an idiot.


      • Robert West October 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

        Yes you are spot on as anyone who thinks there are conviction driven Politian’s is not reading the papers well. Most recent is Shorten signing off on terror rules then sending a letter querying them that is true politics


        • Gruffbutt November 3, 2014 at 12:51 am #

          Yep. Convictions (at least in public) are political suicide.

          ‘Let me say that I’m quite frankly outraged at these new laws that I’m passing in a heartbeat without debate.’ Are we far away from a quote like this (TM me) becoming reality without anyone blinking?


  2. Gruffbutt November 3, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    I think the time is right for Michael Palin to take off the Julie costume and tell everyone he was only joking, FFS.


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