Why are women so much harder on each other
For anyone born before about 1978 the Azaria Chamberlain case will never lose its fascination - I could read about it all day.
But the thing that so clearly stands out in today’s News Ltd report about the “Chamberlain files” is that the women jurors in the 1982 murder trial of Lindy Chamberlain were so much harder on her than the men.
According to The Daily Telegraph: “The three women - a teacher and two housewives - all voted for conviction while at least four of the nine men had to be persuaded that she was guilty.”
One woman even said that while she would vote for conviction it was “hard to accept Mrs C did it”.
Movies, TV mini-series an countless millions of words have been written about why so many people thought Lindy Chamberlain had killed her own baby.
But the jury notes that have come to light 30 years after Azaria confirm the collective wisdom that women really couldn’t cope with Lindy’s outwardly composed response to the disappearance of her daughter.
If anyone deserves sympathy it is someone who’s baby has just been nabbed by a dingo. But Australian women were very quick to judge.
We still do it all the time, we’re our own and each others worst critics. But seeing laid bare in 30-year-old jury notes proves it.
Why do we do it to ourselves.
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