Question #91: Doesn’t this infuriate you?

September 10, 2012

The following information comes from The Sydney Morning Herald (September 2 – Fathers’ Day):

“Women must work an extra 64 days each year to earn the same as their male colleagues, new figures show. The pay gap has also widened in the past year, prompting calls from the trade union movement for legislative change…

…On average, men earn 17.5 per cent more than women in comparable jobs.”

Come ON…

This information appeared next to an article about Alan Jones’ comment:

Alan Jones let rip a tirade on 2GB against Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This time it was about her promise to help get more women in the Pacific into parliament and other decision-making positions. Gillard argued raising the status of women was the best way to reduce the appalling domestic violence statistics in the region.

Jones didn’t agree. He claimed that, “Women are destroying the joint – Christine Nixon in Melbourne, Clover Moore here. Honestly.”

He then said, “There’s no chaff bag big enough for these people.” He has also previously said our Prime Minister should be put in one and thrown out to sea.

Such malice – and for what?

Let me just say – GOOD ON YOU, JULIA! There is nothing wrong with that wonderful vision for our sisters in the Pacific.

How interesting that a man like Alan Jones – who has the luxury to spread his poison over the airways, should find offense to this. How exactly is HIS life affected by this promise?

Does Alan Jones really give a rat’s bum about any of us? Obviously not, ESPECIALLY if you’re a woman…Oh, unless you listen to his show.

Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon responded by branding the Jones comment “good old fashioned sexism”.

Well it is.

But as the film Miss Representation pointed out – why would girls want to become a voice in our governments, when they are treated with SUCH contempt?

Fortunately, Jane Caro (awesome activist who wrote the above article) has started a small stir by creating the hashtag #destroyingthejoint – there’s also a FB site of the same name, although I’m not sure who started that one.

Who cares. It’s a chance to say that it’s simply NOT. ON.

More women in government – equal representation! Equal pay!

But as I’ve always said, it starts with us because men vote for men and women predominantly vote for men too. That’s not to say just vote any ol’ gal in – but our mindset has some changing to do.

You may not like Julia Gillard, but this promise is a wonderful one and we should all acknowledge it – not just oppose everything.

Deep Breath.

x

PS I posted this on my Questions for Women Facebook Page but it wouldn’t hurt to put it here too. There is a petition with Change.org asking for Alan Jones to apologise for his mysoginist and sexist comments.

Click here and have your voice heard!

9 Responses to “Question #91: Doesn’t this infuriate you?”

  1. Leone said

    In addition to the Destroying the Joint Facebook page, there is also a petition to get the advertisers on 2GB to make Alan Jones apologies for his sexist remarks.

    I encourage you to sign it. The time has come to stop him and his ongoing mysogyny: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/all-companies-which-advertise-on-2gb-get-alan-jones-to-apologise-make-a-contribution-to-gender-equality

    • questionsforwomen said

      Thanks Leone! I put this petition on my Facebook Page last week and I have signed it. I hope it achieves what we want. Fingers crossed – he’s foul. 😛
      I’ll add it to the post.

  2. Leopard said

    Heya! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award: http://cratesandribbons.com/2012/09/11/one-lovely-blog-award/
    =)

    • questionsforwomen said

      I’m speechless. WOW! Thank you so much. I’m not exactly sure what this is, but I thank you for your nomination…
      I sound like I’m at the Oscars! Haha! 😀

    • questionsforwomen said

      OK, I’m admitting to being totally clueless…I was wondering if you knew what the protocol is with these awards? How do they work? Do I have to do something now?
      So many questions! Sorry to bother. 😛
      Paula

      • Leopard said

        Heehee, I guess the award is just a way of connecting with other bloggers and sharing blogs that we find inspiring! You can, if you want, copy the rules (from my post) and nominate 15 other blogs that you want to recognise. They will then nominate 15 others, etc etc. =)

      • questionsforwomen said

        Ohh, OK…so does anyone actually get an actual award? Or is it solely done to inter-connect?
        Thanks so much for your patience. Hahaha! 😀

      • Leopard said

        Yeah, everyone who gets nominated gets the ‘award’! It’s not an actual award from an organisation… I was disappointed when I found that out too =P

      • questionsforwomen said

        Thank you SO much for explaining. Yay!! Thanks heaps for the award! Woooo Hoooo!! 😀

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