Did you see the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today? Giant banner: GILLARD FAINTS Is she eating well enough?
What the fuck?
No, seriously, what the fucking fuck? If a male politician had fainted, it would read: Is he working too hard? Because the implication here is that Gillard shouldn’t be in a position of power because her little mind can’t do too many things at once. Like remember to eat well. To maintain her figure. So she doesn’t let herself go.
But Phillip Coorey’s story isn’t even about food: Gillard faints at Anzac event:
JULIA GILLARD needs to remember to eat before attending Anzac Day ceremonies.
See, puny mind.
While low blood pressure may be an impressive achievement for a politician, yesterday, for the second time in four years, the Deputy Prime Minister swooned during an Anzac Day service in her Melbourne electorate of Lalor.
Then buried towards the bottom, this:
In April 2007, Ms Gillard, then the deputy opposition leader, was treated by ambulance officers after showing signs of fainting at the local Werribee Anzac parade.
”I had rushed there from another commitment, hadn’t eaten lunch, so towards the end of the ceremony felt a tiny touch light-headed and was basically fine,” she said after the event.
”So I thought I will fall out of the official lines … and take a seat, and some very dear St John Ambulance volunteers were then concerned about me and I sat in the … van and had a yak with them, and that was really it.”
Ah, so a throwaway line from 2007 is used to chastise her on the front page of a “serious” broadsheet for not doing what a “good woman” should do, which is eat well so she doesn’t get fat, instead of entertaining the daft notion that she could run the country.
Yesterday, the ambulance officers were not so eagle eyed.
So she didn’t even faint. Was just a bit wobbly, so she went and sat down. And it somehow warrants a giant banner on the front page, and a story on page three – both positions important real estate. And then the final dig about the ambos not coming to her rescue. Because she’s a woman and all that.