Are you sitting down?
I have a confession to make.
I didn’t watch the debate between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott last night.
Partly because I’m not sure I can cope with that much Tony Abbott in one sitting, but mainly because I forgot it was on. I was away in a beach house at Culburra with the extended Family ManFriend.
But, since we’re talking politics, one thing that does shit me is the constant reporting on polling that says women are supporting Gillard because she’s a woman. Hmm. Not buying it. Perhaps they’re supporting Gillard because she isn’t Abbott. Perhaps they’re supporting Gillard because, until the last months of Rudd, Labor enjoyed years of public lovin’, and even when the love died, they moved mainly to the Greens, not to the Liberals.
The gender question is fucked. The pollsters started asking it in NSW when we got a female Premier, and it’s pretty insulting to everyone. After all these years they didn’t ask if men were voting for male politicians because they owned a penis. Yet now women are assumed to be silly enough to vote for a vagina, rather than a politician’s policies or their party’s policies. Sigh.
So, back to the debate. Who watched it? Thoughts?