This is a great stocking filler for the #Me Too, Year That Was ...... Where to start. Well my year started with the Women's March in New York, the reaction - in small part - to the election to a deeply Misogynist man to the White House. But in truth the reaction was, as WE know, to the years of appalling behaviour women have endured for decades.
The apron above is an item selling on the Emily List website, it is the speech our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard made in the house in reaction to the behaviour she endured by the Opposition, headed by Tony Abbott. Lets just look at the sort of parliament we have now.
"Mr Turnbull's acknowledgement that gender inequality contributed to the culture of domestic violence and lack of respect for women in Australia was more reason to seek gender equality in the public sphere...The lack of women in government seats is particularly shocking and nowhere near good enough from a party that says it is committed to ending gender-inequality that leads to domestic violence," - Melanie Fernandez, Chair, WEL Australia in The Sydney Morning Herald article, House of Unrepresentatives: Female Coalition MPs at lowest level in two decades.
Add to this, the women, who are there, even the woman in charge of the "Status of Women", will not call themselves Feminists.
This government also has a growing number of very deeply Conservation Christian men. Read Julia Baird's stories about the abuse and expectation of submission by women married to men on the church.
"Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically*. Church leaders in Australia say they abhor abuse of any kind. But advocates say the church is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence, it is both enabling and concealing it."
Can " The Handmaid's Tale " be too far off?
Then we have Harvey and Don and all the other abusers. The #ME TOO campaign in 2017.
In 2018 we should not stand silent, we should all be feminists.
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