*This post is at risk of being edited when more of my brain is awake and fully functioning.
It is six hours into the sixth day of the year, and I really should still be asleep. But the sun is up, which usually means I am as well – and if I’m being perfectly honest – this morning was one of those mornings where I wanted to be up early. Being awake now means I get to write this post, while my thoughts are still in tact and not wondering about unpacking stock or making sales.
It is six hours into the sixth day of the year, and I can safely say it’s been pretty abysmal as far as sexism is concerned. I really don’t want to get into a debate about feminism vs. egalitarianism, or whatever qualms you have about the term. In the past five days, the following things have happened:
- ISIS murders a female citizen journalist after accusing her of being a spy
- Chris Gayle is offensive to Mel McLaughlin on national television and WOMEN write commentaries like this about it
- Peter Dutton’s idiocy manifests itself in a tangible form, courtesy of the magic of text messaging
- Jamie Briggs’ conduct in Hong Kong has come to light
- Misogynist Moffat strikes again, with the new ‘episode‘ of Sherlock. Though who is really surprised at this point in time?
- Our good friend Donald says Hillary Clinton is “constantly playing the woman card”
- It’s only recently come to any attention that women may have to pay for pap smears come July 1. Even though it was announced nearly three weeks ago.
I’m sure there’s more. I don’t even want to think about the number of women who have been abused or killed since the beginning of the year. All of this makes me furious – not only the actions and the words themselves, but also some of the responses from others. Gayle may believe his comments were “just a bit of harmless fun” (or words to that effect), but young cricketers look up to him. On some level, his behaviour reinforces the ‘normality’ of making such comments, for young men and women alike.
Never mind the fact that the government is literally putting women’s lives at risk. Most of my friends and I are lucky enough that we can fork out the $30 or so every three years for a pap, but what about the women who can’t? I’m trying very hard to stay away from hyperbolic rhetoric, so you can fill in my next thought here.
Perhaps I am more sensitive about this – like I’m probably more sensitive about issues of race than others. But it doesn’t mean I’m wrong. All I can say is that I hope it gets better from here. I doubt it, but I will always have hope. (And Tchaikovsky).