There are two politically based news items that have grabbed my attention recently. Both involved women calling out their own political party for the way it addresses bullying and harassment. To me, the latest Canberra stoush is not about political views or party loyalties., it’s grass roots Team Boys versus Team Girls and it appears the girls are sick and tired of having their pigtails pulled.
Whether you barrack for #Team Girls or #Team Boys it looks as though a voting decision is being forced onto the population at large. It’s nothing new just the age-old struggle betwixt women and men but this time fence sitting is no longer a choice. The girls are no longer content to discuss the situation behind closed doors and are intent on a spill; a spilling of the beans that is.
In my opinion, women are by nature and nurture, peace keepers. Speaking generally, we are not intrinsic boat rockers and — more often than not — not only shy away from confrontation but do all in our power to diffuse situations, judge impartially and err on the side of caution. However, experience tells me that once a woman has been pushed beyond reasonable bounds, you’d better watch out. The fallout of such a circumstance will be of monumental proportion. I wonder if this is what has happened to the women revealing their dissatisfaction with the Liberal Party recently.
I don’t know any female politicians personally. However, it’s hard to ignore them from a distance given how often they appear on the television, in newspapers, on radio and even in my social media’s news feed. Are these women different from the rest of the female population? Would I consider them megalomaniacs because they dared enter the hallowed grounds of male-dominated politics? Are female politicians really only there to be looked at? I don’t think so.
All of me needs to believe the majority of these women are not and do not have a collective death wish. All of me needs to believe they are not just in it for the money. All of the female me needs to believe they have morals, standards, genuine hopes and visions for Australia of which we can be genuinely and justifiably proud.
Don’t get me wrong — being female does not give anyone the right to play the special treatment card, expect kid glove treatment, demand top billing or purposely use the eyelash batting/cleavage exposing tricks of the trade. The ability to breast feed is purely a bodily function and should never afford the giver exceptional status or undue adoration.
The simple biological fact of being female should hold no more value than that of being male. Yet, it shouldn’t relegate these individuals to second class either. Giving birth and menstruating do not automatically reduce brain power; just like having a penis doesn’t automatically divert blood flow. It’s all just so organic and none of it should be placed either in the pro or con list.
Did all the women in the Liberal Party have a meeting one day and decide to stick it to the man? Methinks this is highly unlikely.
So, fence sitting, I assume we can all agree, is a truly uncomfortable bum position. Every now and then a stance is unavoidable. Maybe individual frustration along with a general and genuine desire to make it better pre-empted these had enough bombshells? The fact it appears to be top heavy with oestrogen may simply be a much-needed, hormone rebalance reality check, dividing all that testosterone bravado into more palatable dosages.
I honestly need to believe these are genuine, well-thought-through, academically arrived at, emotionally gender neutral reactions of a highly educated group of citizens who refuse to take it anymore and have decided to speak out and damn the consequence.