This, my friends, is an old-fashioned beatdown. After explaining to my kids tonight about the indefensible shooting of Malala Yousefzai I am feeling more protective than ever of women’s rights.
Don’t ever, ever, tell my daughter she isn’t as good as anyone else. Or my son, for that matter.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard fearlessly scolded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Tuesday as he sat just six feet away over his record of “misogynistic and sexist” attacks on her.
Though Abbott pushed to have House Speaker Peter Slipper resign over crude text messages about female genitalia, Gillard still lashed out at Abbott during question time in the legislature, saying she would “not be lectured on sexism and misogyny by this man. … Not now, not ever.”
“If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror,” the prime minister charged.