Thursday, June 24, 2010

Women are not Necessarily Better for 'The Job'

I am not at all into politics.
My mum and dad have been majorly into it since I was a kid, and I think that turned me off.
There's not much I care for less than politics, other than, maybe, sport.
No, that's not true.
I like sport better than politics.
And I hate sport.
So I'm not here to say anything enlightening or voice my opinion on the whole #spill thing that happened on Twitter last night.
(I still don't even know what that means...I know...I'm very sorry...please excuse such extreme ignorance.)

I just want to say one thing because this is annoying me.

Having a woman Prime Minister of Australia is not good, just because she's a woman.
If you like Julia Gillard, that's fine.
Get excited.
(Because if I was a betting woman, which I'm not, I would put money on her being the new PM today.)

But if you just want to see a woman in the job?
That's not right, surely?
There are only two people currently in politics that I would like to see hold the position.
Neither of them are her, and I'm not saying who.

I just think that a woman is not going to do a better job, just because she's a woman.

Right, stepping off my soap box.
I just needed to get that out.


  1. I hope you have a nice, safe bunker to hide in after your post today. All the political crazies are all fired up and you're poking them with a stick. :-)

    My 2c (giving us a combined total of 4c) is that even if Julia Gillard is the right person for the job, it's a little sad that she takes the role from someone else thanks to party infighting and faction powerbrokers, rather than earning it by facing a public election.

    I know we don't actually vote for Julia or Kevin, but we do go into a Federal election with an expectation of knowing who will be leading our country and I don't think it's right for the Australian people to be bypassed because the Labor party doesn't think Kevin07 can win them the next election.

    OK. I've exhausted my abilty to comment intelligently on politics (my dad was involved in the trade unions. No healthy and informative political discussions happening a my place growing up). :-)

    PS I agree, we need the right leader which isn't determined by gender. (room in your bunker for me?)

  2. Spooky. Lovely husband and I had a very similar conversation last tnight. He was amazed that I was not excited by the idea of Julia as PM: "But you loved Maggie Thatcher. how could you NOT want a woman for PM?"

    (I did love Maggie. She was a brilliant PM. But she was brilliant because she had solid POLICY, not because she was a chick.)

    Give me sound policy and follow through on policy rather than spin or gender, any day.

  3. I'm annoyed because I was aiming to be the first female prime minister :-)

  4. I don't know a lot about her as I'm from overseas, but not too impressed with what I have heard. I voted for Obama over Hillary Clinton in the primaries. Some of our fuckwittiest politicians are women (cough Sarah Palin cough).

    Yeah, I don't care what they have between their legs, I want sound policy.

  5. Spot on Thea, Is this the way we want to get our first Female PM? It appears to me that she maybe forced in to a position that she may not be ready for.. The thing that scares me the most is that because of all this infighting and unsettled behaviour in the Labor party, we are going to be left with Tony Abbott as our next PM...EECK

  6. I guess, the way that this is being done isn't the best way...however if it was put to an election Kevin Rudd would not win.
    If I was a part of the Labor Party, I would be wanting to do as much as I could to keep my party to lead the country.

    I voted Kevin Rudd in, I liked his policies, I liked how he ran his campaign and how he encouraged the young first time voters to actually think about their vote instead of following what their parents voted.

    However, I am disappointed in Rudd and voting for Tony Abbott is not an option for me. I don't like his policies, I don't like his "women are less than men" views and to be quite honest, he makes my skin crawl.

    In Rudds speech last night, he said that the Australian public voted for him.
    What he needs to understand that if Australia went to a vote now, he would lose.

    Historically, I'm very excited for Australia today.


  7. I hate politics a little more than I hate sport too *insert eerie twilight zone music here* I think we were separated at birth although I was born before you :) I agree with you, putting JG in the job simply because she's a woman is wrong. Putting her there because she's right for the job or the best candidate is a different matter. I figure, though, they're all poor choices and I'd support her against a few others :)

  8. I'm with Susan. It would be a shame, that if she gets the job, she gets it in this way.

    And I totally get what you're saying Thea. A women shouldn't get the top job "just" because she's a woman. It's about being the best "person". Yes - it would be great for Australia to have a female prime minister. Some day. Today? Hmm. Not sure.

    To be honest, I don't follow politics much either, so I'm not sure if she's right or not. She seems very capable of communicating, but I also think she's thought out every step to date. No one takes a Deputy PM role without their eyes on the big prize, now do they?

    In any case, the federal elections will be the true telling later this year.

    And just finally, I thought it interesting that Australian Story ran a piece on her this week. Quite timely, don't you think? Hmmmm....

  9. The only thing I like about Gillard is her views on the Education system.

    That is really all that concerns me at the moment, besides the Health System, but seeing though I was incredibly annoyed over that last year, I would rather just not think about it and hope I stay healthy for a while.

    I completely understand what you are saying, I don't care what gender they are just as long as they get the job done.

    We need a leader that knows what they are doing and wont put Australia in more debt. That would have been the only good thing about Howard, he had us out of debt. Rudd, well he put us back in.

    Just my 2cents.

  10. Still feel like I'm walking around with my blinkers on going...'Huh?' !!!!!!!

  11. very valid - I just so didn't see it coming...

  12. Yuh. I don't get it "Out new female prime minister". Why not just "Our new prime minister?"

  13. Nothing political to say, since I'm also overseas -- but, to add to Wanderlust's ref to "cough SarahPalin cough" . . . it's an insult to all women when people [cough men cough] assume a woman will support a woman politician simply by virtue of the fact that she was also born with a uterus. What IS tht?!!


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