Turnbull and Dutton wage war on women

16 Oct

Turnbull Dutton

 

When Tony Abbott was Prime Minister it was difficult to imagine myself feeling more contempt and loathing for any politician than the contempt and loathing I felt towards him.

The emotions one experiences for public figures are paradoxical: they can be fiercely visceral and at the same time entirely abstract, as the relationship is not a personal one and the individual is unknown, except superficially. Nonetheless, they can keep you awake at night if the anger provoked is strong enough.

Tonight my contempt and loathing meter has exploded with the news that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have conspired to secretly remove a raped and pregnant refugee, brought here just a few days ago for an abortion, back to the scene of her rape and the purview of her rapist, whose child she is now almost certainly doomed to carry to term.

The woman had, on the advice of psychologists and doctors conveyed to her through her lawyers as the government did not permit her to see either professional, requested counselling for both the sexual assault and the termination of the pregnancy it caused, before she underwent the procedure.

No counselling was permitted by the government. The date set for the procedure passed as she repeatedly begged for precursory assistance. The government then disingenuously decided she had refused the abortion, and whisked her back to Nauru on a chartered plane without allowing her lawyers to speak with her.

If you have been sexually assaulted, if your body has been, against your will, violated by another, it is going to be traumatic to undergo any subsequent procedure that involves the penetration of your body, even if it is with your permission. Only people of immense stupidity or immense, unspeakable cruelty could fail to appreciate this reality.

What Turnbull and Dutton have done is truly horrific. It ought to make every woman tremble in fear and rage. This is what powerful men can do and will do to women, in the pursuit of their own interests. This is how they still despise us, devalue us, abuse us and use us. This is a war on women, expressed today and in this manner against a Somali refugee, expressed tomorrow against whichever woman who in some way they fear presents a  threat to their hold on power.

I happened to be at Question Time yesterday when Turnbull gave a splendid performance of urbanity, sophistication, confidence, superiority, authority, intelligence and charm, self-deprecatingly admitting his financial privilege which he attributes to fate, and nurtures in the Caymans. Hockey and Abbott sat side by side on the back benches, grim as the two evil fairies at the christening. The contrast between Turnbull and Abbott could not have been greater.

And yet… Abbott was the iron fist in the iron glove. Turnbull is the iron fist in the velvet glove. Turnbull denigrates woman as much as does Abbott. He’s simply a lot more sophisticated in his ability to conceal the denigration. He’s simply a great deal better at paying lip service to women he believes will further his cause than Abbott ever was. Turnbull has as much of a double standard towards women as did his predecessor. There are still women of calibre, and then there’s the Somali refugee.

I can only hope the feminists in this country will stop fighting about who is allowed to call herself a feminist and who isn’t, and the eternally fraught questions of body hair and breast implants as symbols of hard-won choice, and instead turn their energies towards fighting Turnbull. With Abbott we at least knew where we stood. Turnbull will trash us with charm and blinding eloquence, and we won’t even notice until it’s too late.

 

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22 Responses to “Turnbull and Dutton wage war on women”

  1. Marilyn October 17, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    No doubt Doug will find some way to justify this monstrous behaviour but the notion of trafficking the girl by force all over the Pacific while she is too sick to fly is so deranged I have to think our pollies are monsters.

    And the ALP arseholes and c……ts need to be forced to face the fact that their evil policy done by Gillard and Roxon that stripped all human rights from refugees and gave 100% power to the minister is why they are getting away with it.

    I cannot bear to think of the terror and fear this young women has suffered first in Somalia and now here where we seem to be convinced that being just like Al Shabaab, Boko Haram and IS is a good news story.

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  2. Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) October 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Just for the record:

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  3. iODyne October 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    Duncetton has publicly avowed he is pro ‘life’. Turnbull has personal regret in experience of multiple miscarriages of Mrs Turnbull. These two Catholics have faffed about until the Somali woman’s rapists fertilised blob of jelly is now advanced to 14 weeks. This amateur psych thinks their personal lives impact this sad situation and it should not have.

    They run the same govt which fined a desperate penniless WA woman $500 for taking essential hygeine needs, then compounding the Ovary Hate by refusing to allow the CrowdFund people to pay her fine for her. I can only deduce that men hate ovaries.
    That we bleed for a week and don’t die and indicates they have failed to insperminate us.
    Is it fear? Is it all men [deep down]? Defactos On ICE bashing toddlers to death is another too frequent aspect of this ovary hate IMO.
    “You took sperm! Kill kill!” is how I see it. The insane father who bashed his boy to death is another, resenting that the mother had his sperm prize. It’s PRIMAL.

    [sorry I found it hard to mention the name of Rose B’s family. too sad and horrible. and 2. I know most men are kind and gentle, and I exclude them from this rant]

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  4. meizpod October 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Their contempt is for anyone not like themselves – privileged old grey men in suits still rule for the benefit of privileged old grey men in suits.

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    • Marilyn October 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

      And the racist cowards in the media who have egged them on.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. : ) oOo (@jen165) October 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Your last paragraph is disgraceful.
    I heard that the woman changed her mind. But I’m sure the media will go around in circles as usual.

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    • Marilyn October 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      She most emphatically did not change her mind you racist fucking moronic coward scumbag arsehole.

      Sorry Jennifer, I am sick to death of the trash.

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    • Jennifer Wilson October 19, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      Disgraceful because???

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