Defence Minister Stephen Smith may see the first female body come back from the frontlines in Afghanistan and rue the day he peeled back the discriminatory laws that stopped women from taking up the most dangerous roles.
But he probably won’t. He probably won’t be Defence Minister and he probably won’t have implemented the changes before Australia withdraws from Afghanistan.
And, because he’s a fairly intelligent sort of bloke, he’ll probably have thought through the squeamishness of letting women do dangerous jobs and realised that’s what you do in a liberal, non-discriminatory society, even if it means poor press if things go to shit.
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The battle of the sexes is over. Sorry to break the bad news blokes, but women have won. Well, this round at least.
The last three years have represented a global tectonic shift in women’s economic, political and professional fortunes that has unravelled gender roles centuries in the making.
This new financial reality in which many women out earn men or are the family breadwinners has triggered a startling and widespread identity crisis for men.
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