Abbott again, and so soon

Tony Abbott has done it again. First he says this:

“What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price, and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up,” he said.

It’s a nice double insult – not only is ironing women’s work, but they’re not smart enough to figure out that a rise in electricity prices will make electricity more expensive. Unless a man like Tony tells them. See, they “need to understand”. Nice bit of mansplaining there, Tony. (And how are housewives doing the ironing if they “get it done commercially”? Hmm, Tony?)

Then he tells women to calm down:

“We’ve become so hypersensitive about all this stuff,” he said.

It’s not his first comment that annoys me – oh, ok, it does annoy me – it’s the dismissal afterwards. In the World According to Abbott, if women are annoyed by things he says, it’s not important. Kind of a dumb strategy when women represent 50.3 per cent of the Australian population.

5 responses to “Abbott again, and so soon

  1. My sister lives in Sydney and I regularly get emails from her with subject lines like “Abbott is such a *&#(*^(%*&$&*” etc.

    She sent me that quote and story this morning and I almost had a rage-induced seizure. I totally agree with what you’ve said. I think one of the worst things is he probably genuinely can’t understand why women think he’s such a disgusting pig. I bet he wishes women didn’t have the vote and spent all their time ironing and listening to him instead.

    • Yeah, I get the feeling that he genuinely doesn’t get it, which is why after each gaffe about women, he poses in his dickstickers, like he’s trying to distract our puny brains. Then again, he dismisses women who don’t like him as “young, professional and educated”, which implies that only old, uneducated housewives do like him – women who are used to putting up with sexist shit like his because that’s how it used to be.

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