This disgusting sexist double standard must cease
Good on you Adrian Piccoli for finally having the guts to say what so many wouldn’t. For too long men in politics have been judged more on their hair cuts and the choice of their ties than on their ability to do their jobs.
Poor Tony Abbott, with just a smattering of lycra to protect him, has had to suffer sexualised appraisals from the commentariat.
Lindsay Tanner has had to carry on those broad shoulders the burden of being known as “thinking woman’s crumpet.” And as if doing a tax review wasn’t enough to deal with, Treasury Boss Ken Henry practically has groupies.
Good on Mr Piccoli for calling out NSW Premier Kristina Keneally (who by the way turned up at Jeff Shaw’s state funeral this week in a gorgeous white trench coat that really set off her gleaming hair) for constantly “sexualising” you.
Ms Keneally (who is nobodies girl, if you know what I mean, snicker snicker!) has perpetuated years of denegration of male politicians by blatantly referring to Mr Piccolli’s hair and suits in parliament. His hair! And his suits! It’s disgusting.
She’s almost as bad as that Julia Gillard, (who, have you noticed, has recently lightened ranganess of her hair, and has, as Malcolm Farr once pointed out on Insiders, rather prominent earlobes). Gillard shamelessly flirts with Tony Abbott on the Today Show, thereby undermining his authority as a genuine political counterpart ... typically patronising behaviour.
Luckily former sex discrimination commissioner Pru Goward, who’s now one of Mr Piccoli’s Coalition partners (no, not that kind of partner, settle down) in the NSW Parliament, has leapt to defend his honour.
“This is a particular job, it is not an average job. Most Australians in their workplaces are not allowed to do this sort of thing,” Ms Goward said.
[I’m not entirely sure what “this sort of thing” is exactly. It’s got something to do with the term “rurosexual”].
But nonetheless, Mr Piccoli has had enough.
“I take great offence at constatnly being sexualised by the Premier. If it’s not my suits, it’s my hair,” Mr Piccoli said.
Three cheers for you Adrian - by the way, love your shirt.
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