Well, Julia’s minding the shop while Kevin Rudd is in Bali, the first woman to ever act as PM. I haven’t checked, but I’m sure all the blokes who comment at Catallaxy are having pink fits. As Audrey Apple observes, some men (a minority I am sure) find smart and successful women rather threatening. The usual resort to the consequent feeling of inadequacy is… a focus on how they’re not teh good looking enough!
Look at Julia Gillard. Agree with her or not, no reasonable person could deny she’s got a mind like a steel trap and the determination to go all the way. For her efforts, her critics have spent countless hours discussing her hair style, her voice and her decision to remain childless. A particularly vile chap called Matthew Hutchinson has even set up a Facebook group called “Julia Gillard has a face like it caught fire & was put out with a chain.” Hutchinson’s petrified of the possibility that she might one day be leader and represent us to the rest of the world with her ‘dirty, skanky, wh*rish mouth.’ Frankly, I’m petrified of the idea that he might one day breed.
Good to note, as tigtog does at Hoyden, that some media outlets have moved on from this crud:
I was glad to see the Sunrise team’s approach. Fluffy breakfast TV it may be, but they have promised to name and shame any newspaper that focusses on her hair or clothes during this period. Onya Kochie.
I like what Gillard herself has to say:
“I’d like to think that maybe there’s a young girl who’d watch the TV today and think to herself, ‘maybe I can do that when I grow up’ and if one girl thinks that then I think that’s great,” she said.
Photo borrowed from The Age.