While many are disappointed that Tanya Plibersek declined to lead the ALP, I don’t blame her. Those women who have dared to lead are treated awfully. She doesn’t need to change. We do.
While the judge may have ruled in Geoffrey Rush’s favour, the subtext is clear to those who come forward: the system will not protect you.
In the wake of the Gillette ad, the term “toxic masculinity” has been thrown around, but I’m not entirely sure we know what we’re talking about.
Women are subject to behavioural expectations. If we don’t hold our anger, we’re viewed as “hysterical” or “out of control”, not worthy of what we seek. Serena Williams is merely the latest example of it.
I see it every day in this country, in the matter of gender, one invariably blames the other. I suggest we all start being responsible for our own actions.