It would be folly to expect that women would ever approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, their abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons. Tony Abbott
As recently as 2010, Tony Abbott was given the opportunity to elaborate on the above statement and to withdraw it, if it no longer represents his views on women. He did neither, so I can only conclude he continues to hold these biologistic views about women’s potential.
I wonder if Abbott extends his beliefs on biological determinism and inequality to any group other than women? It seems unlikely that someone holding to that ideology would only apply its doctrines to sexual difference.
What are these “large number of areas” in which women can never have equal representation, cos vagina? The only one I can think of is being a sexist dick.
Abbott reveals in this statement his belief that difference is a barrier to equality. Women can never be equal to him because we are biologically different from him. Only those who are biologically the same as him are his equals. Ergo, all others are in some way lesser beings.
Does he apply this theory to skin colour as well as genitals?
The prospect of a leader of this country who holds views that are the basis for the theory of eugenics, ought to give us all pause for thought.
Not only are women lesser beings and therefore un-entitled to desire equality, it is , according to Abbot, folly to believe that we can ever be otherwise. Foolishness. Silliness. Nonsense. Madness, even, to think that women, hampered by our biology, potential destroyed by our vaginas, can aspire to even approach equal representation in large, but unspecified numbers of areas. Areas like medicine? The law? Politics? Academia? The finance sector?
In which areas of life does having a vagina determine your ability or otherwise to think?
I don’t think Abbott is unequal to me because he’s got a penis. He’s unequal to me because he thinks owning a penis makes him superior, and that makes him a fool.