“Misogyny is a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are
female”. Allan G.
morning it’s hard to know who is the most hated man in Australia. If social
media bytes are anything to go by, the award goes to Sydney broadcaster Alan
Jones. A couple of days ago, without a doubt, it would’ve been a faceless man
in a blue hoodie.
men, who’ve most likely never met, share a sense of entitlement, an internal
disconnect between their actions and consequences and most of all, a hatred of
drawing a long bow to tar these men with the same brush? Jones is notorious for
his attacks on our Prime Minister, essentially because she is a woman. It could
be because she’s not his hero John Howard, who is of course a man. But even her
predecessor, and possessor of male genitalia, didn’t cop as much personal
criticism from Jones, despite it being Rudd to topple Howard from his God-given
right to rule our country.
long used his position as a highly influential media personality to promote the
Liberal Party and push a right wing agenda. His listeners can’t seem to get
enough of him. So while it’d be logical to presume that all non-Liberal
politicians are fair targets for his ACMA-sanctioned vitriol, female political figures seem to cop more than their male counterparts. Take
the infamous “chaff bag” threats last year, when Jones repeatedly inferred on
air that the Prime Minister should be “put in a chaff bag” and dumped
at sea. If this doesn’t represent violence against women, I don’t know what
does. But he didn’t just stop with Gillard, Sydney mayor Clover Moore and
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young received similar, misogynistic contempt. As
for the chaff bag, Jones also had one for the then Greens leader, Bob Brown,
but perhaps being gay makes one less of a man in Alan's mind?
When influential figures have air time to repeatedly
indoctrinate their audience with hatred against a gender, race or religion and
the regulatory body, in this case the government appointed Communications and
Media Authority, defend his right to do so, it legitimizes a culture of disrespect.
This weekend Jones was caught out taking his
women-hating campaign against Gillard a step further, by publicly asserting
that the Prime Minister is a liar and this caused her father to die of shame.
Will this be comment be a bridge too far for Jones?
While other Lefties are rubbing their hands with glee that this could be his
undoing, I doubt this will be the final death knell for his influential career. (Update: maybe not the original comment, but after seeing his "apology", who knows) Why? Because misogyny is rife in Australia and if his previous assertions about
wanting to kill Gillard and dispose of her in a sack in the ocean aren’t deemed
inflammatory enough, why would this be? By bringing Gillard’s father into the
picture he might be offending our sense of good taste but he’s not actually
accusing the Prime Minister of partricide.
And that brings us back to the man in the blue hoodie.
What’s he got to do with Alan Jones? We all know that rape is about power not
sex, right? We have a culture that is infused with and condones misogyny, if
Jones’s popularity is anything to go by. Through the week victim blaming was
rife. On the Facebook site “Help find Jill Meagher”, before her body was found, a
commenter asserted that she’d been drunk “led someone on”, this would have
pissed the poor man off “and the consequences followed her”. His logical
conclusion being “she met with foul play as a result of her actions
inside the pub”. Let’s not blame the guy who anonymously wrote this, he was
just mouthing the inference of more influential media figures. Through the week
our own local shock jocks were calling Ms Meagher a party girl and drawing
their own victim shaming conclusions. And we know that women having fun,
outside of the marital home, drinking, wearing high heels and a pretty dress
get what they deserve.
If Gillard deserves to be killed (put in a chaff bag
in dumped in the sea) for being an outspoken woman, what chance do ordinary women have? According to trial by
media, a woman drinking with friends, without the protection of her husband,
and daring to walk home alone is obviously asking to be sexually assaulted and
So why do we hate the accused, when he’s done exactly
what so many men in our country believe she brazenly courted?
According to the anonymous commenter on Facebook, rape
and even “foul play” may be warranted, if a woman merely has a drink in a
public place with friends. Is it any wonder in a society that doesn’t blink
an eyelid, when a public figure explicitly states his "joking" desire to kill a number
of female politicians? That he didn’t really mean it and anyway, nothing’s off limit if
you hold public office. These two men are merely the tip of the iceberg, reflecting
the deep vein of hatred towards women that simmers in Australia.
Society needs to change and we all contribute in some
way to the environment that creates people who do not respect human dignity.
We’ve created Alan Jones too.
have just lost 42 minutes of my life live-streaming Alan Jones’s “apology”. To summarize:
he was just repeating what someone said earlier on the day at his Godson’s
birthday party and he probably shouldn’t have repeated it. Oh and carbon tax
made me do it. The Gillard government’s failed promises made me do it. The “chaff
bag” was just a figure of speech. And anyway, the tape could have been edited
so he mightn’t have said it after all. Oh and people say nasty things all the
time about him, so suck it up Juliar.
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