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.