Women’s Agenda reports:
[T]here were plenty of sexist comments and actions to be shared from the past year, with 234 nominations in total.
Ernies founder Dr Meredith Burgmann (pictured) described it as a particularly “gruesome year” with numerous high standard entries.
There was also an “avalanche” of late nominations for the entire Liberal Party Room, for giving just 11 votes to its most popular candidate for leader.
Below are the ‘winners’ of the Ernie Awards. Gold Ernie
Cricket Australia for sacking a female employee, Angela Williamson after she campaigned for abortion reform on social media. Political Silver Ernie
Barnaby Joyce – referring to his daughters during the Equal Marriage campaign, “We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband, and I want that to happen.” Media Silver Ernie
Tim Blair – “February 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Frankly, wasn’t it better when they used rabbits.” Celebrity Silver Ernie
Don Burke who used his self-diagnosed Asperger’s syndrome to excuse sexual harassment charges against him. Sport Silver Ernie (The Warney)
Cricket Australia for sacking a female employee, Angela Williamson after she campaigned for abortion reform on social media. Judicial Silver Ernie
Magistrate Michael Barko who described a domestic assault charge as “a lower-end allegation that happens in every second house” and accused the woman of “slapping the court in the face” for failing to turn up. Industrial Silver Ernie – dead heat between
Coopers Hotel Newtown for posting on social media “Keep calm and slap a bitch as we approach the finals of this year’s NRL!”
Sky News The Outsiders program – After criticism of the sexist attack on Sarah Hanson-Young, they sacked the junior woman producer who wrote the strapline, the only woman working on the show. The Elaine (for remarks least helpful to the Sisterhood)
Minister Michaelia Cash – “If you want to start discussing staff matters, be very, very careful. Because I’m happy to sit here and name every young woman in Mr Shorten’s office over which rumours in this place abound. ” The Good Ernie (For Boys Behaving Better)
Former Sydney Swans player, Brandon Jack – “The following statement is true: rape culture is real. If you roll your eyes at these words, dismissing the idea as an overreaction by hypersensitive feminists, then you are part of the problem. This is something we can no longer hide from – so please, don’t weep for your toxic masculinity.” The Trump (for repeat offender)
Tony Abbott (again) https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/ernie-awards-winners-2018-sexism/
Angela Priestly for Women’s Agenda writes:
[W]e couldn’t help but gasp at comments shared yesterday by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Here’s what he had to say while talking to reporters. “My wife works, but I can tell you she’s a great wife and a great mother. We never had an au pair, she never asked for one. We have never been in a situation to employ an au pair and made an active decision not to.”
The comment is patronising and judgmental, and carries the subtext that women need to ‘ask’ for au pairs, but only if they’re struggling at being a ‘wife’ or a ‘mother’, or are not all that ‘great’ at either or both roles. There are, as my colleague Georgie Dent tweeted last night, just two many shades of wrong to unpack in it. https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/my-wife-works-but-shes-a-great-mother-peter-duttons-au-pair-comments-are-so-wrong/
Emily Clark for ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports:
They’ve been described as the “gods of the court” — the report writers whose written assessments can affect the Family Court’s decision on which parent gets custody of their children.
For parents who say the report writer got it wrong, the choice is stark: pursue the legal “fight of your life” to overturn the report or accept losing custody of your kids.
Now, a group of parents has banded together to launch a challenge against one report writer in New South Wales, alleging his practices “place the public at risk”.
The group has accused him of a string of failures including “grossly inaccurate and incomplete” recording of interviews, “misdiagnosis”, and that he “applies unscientific theory”, particularly in response to allegations of child abuse and family violence.
Their campaign has resulted in the alleged problem practitioner being referred to the Medical Council of New South Wales, a body that has the ability to suspend the practitioner’s registration if it believes the public is at an immediate risk.
The group of parents hope their action will bring renewed scrutiny to the regulation of Family Court report writers, who critics say can operate “beyond the rule of law”. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-04/family-report-writer-used-in-court-referred-to-medical-council/10038516?
Georgina Dent from Women’s Agenda writes:
Technology has enabled work to bleed into every waking moment. Progress has meant women are educated and working. House prices and the cost of living render two incomes necessary in many households. These factors have converged but it’s women who are carrying the “mother-load” to make it all work.
The global average is that women do three times more caring on a daily basis than men do. In some areas of the world Barker says it’s as high as six times as much while in others it’s closer to two times as much but it’s not equal anywhere.
There are only so many hours in the day and if the load isn’t shared women will break under the pressure. The reality is that if men did as much as women on the home front life would be infinitely easier for women. Sharing it all would make ‘having it all’ almost a cinch. https://womensagenda.com.au/uncategorised/an-inconvenient-truth-the-solution-to-having-it-all-we-cannot-igno/
Older women experiencing homelessness has risen 31 per cent since 2011, according to new research.
The report, “Retiring into Poverty”, released by the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group, said systemic factors such as lower superannuation, unequal pay and forced time off to raise children were key factors of the increase.
The number of older women accessing the private rental market increased by 45,000 in a five year period, which according to the report, was not viable for older women who were experiencing poverty due to systematic factors.
[A]n issue older women faced was they tended to not “self identify as experiencing homelessness”, meaning more work had to be done within the sector to identify them.
The model we have in Australia is completely broken, because it’s based on crisis services. What we need to have is a housing response for older women experiencing homelessness because they simply need affordable housing . . . https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2018/08/report-finds-sharp-rise-older-women-experiencing-homelessness/
Some 150 or so protesters eventually assembled on the forecourt of the SBS building where they were welcomed by veteran anti-Muslim agitator Avi Yemini, a habitual associate of Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and other luminaries of the local fascist right.
“We are going to show the Victorian socialist state that there is still hope,” Yemeni said. He led the crowd in a chant of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi”, before explaining that he wasn’t interested in hating women.
“I bloody love women,” he said. “This is about empowering men, about giving men a voice.”
Later, the marchers heard from veteran men’s rights activist Robert Brockway, who complained about the cruelty of terms like “mansplaining”, “manspreading”, “manflu” and “man babies”.
“It’s time to stop the name calling!” he pleaded.
Yet Brockway’s sensitivity about such indignities (he also objected to “man child” and “deadbeat dads”) sat rather strangely alongside the priorities of other attendees, such as the members of the Infidel Brotherhood, the fascist Antipodean Resistance and Blair Cottrell’s Lads Society.
The white T-shirts being sold by the organisers raised funds, Yemini said, for “Dads in distress” while the event attracted a sizeable contingent from the Australian Brotherhood of Fathers.
“It’s OK for you to stand up,” Watson said, “to have your rights listened to, to have your issues addressed.”
Yet even as speakers spoke of male fragility and the legitimacy of men’s feelings, a contingent from the Australian Proud Boys loudly denounced the 100 or so supporters of the rival Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (Carf) as “soyboys”, “cucks” and “manginas”. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/26/stop-the-name-calling-anger-unites-march-for-men-protesters?
Elizabeth Warren this week introduced a plan for legislation that would rein in big business, redistribute wealth and potentially curb corporate political donations.
The Accountable Capitalism Act, which Warren announced in an article for the Wall Street Journal, “restores the idea that giant American corporations should look out for American interests”, the Massachusetts senator and potential presidential candidate wrote.
Corporations have a “feedback loop”, according to Warren, in which executives receive shares in a company “as a reward for producing short-term share-price increases”. That, Warren says, is one of the reasons why the average chief executive of a big company makes 361 times what an average worker makes. In 1980, a top CEO made 42 times the average worker’s wage.
The bill would eliminate those incentives and give workers more of a voice on company boards. Companies with more than $1bn in annual revenue would be required to have employees elect 40% of directors, and have the approval of 75% of directors and shareholders before making any political donations. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/18/the-resistance-now-elizabeth-warren-accountable-capitalism-act?CMP=soc_568 https://www.wsj.com/articles/companies-shouldnt-be-accountable-only-to-shareholders-1534287687
MEXICO CITY (AP) — They’ve long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to trade fairs: attractive women hired to be greeters or simply as eye candy, sometimes scantily clad in short skirts and high heels or crop-tops and hot pants emblazoned with corporate logos.
Now Mexico City has prohibited the use of models known in local parlance as “edecanes” at events sponsored by the local government, breaking new ground for a country where deeply entrenched gender stereotypes often continue to relegate women to supporting roles in the workforce.
Indra Rubio, who coordinates the gender justice program for Oxfam in Mexico, called the capital’s model ban a “small but very important step” for a country that’s “still macho.”
“We need to question as a society: Why is a woman’s body seen as an object?” Rubio said. “This places the woman always at a disadvantage, if her participation in the workforce is subject to her physical appearance.”
[A]s recently as last week, the Mexican Health Ministry organized a discussion on breastfeeding that was widely mocked for its all-male panel. And an initiative called “Not Without Women Mx” that urges men to boycott forums that omit female experts from panels was launched without a single woman sitting at the lead table. https://apnews.com/f72718f5a1c344d8ad48c1659bf208df