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â€śSexism is sexism no matter how itâ€™s applied Senator Jacqui Lambie. If itâ€™s not okay for men, itâ€™s not okay for women.â€ť
Fairfaxâ€™s Judith Ireland also reckons â€śdouble standardsâ€ť have been applied.
â€śâ€¦ just imagine if a male politician had offered a similar opinion, about say, a woman needing to be ‘really rich and have massive boobs’. It would be a career-ending, resigning offence.â€ť
Yes, for anyone living under a rock, Lambie told Tassieâ€™s Heart radio station yesterday that she was looking for a lover with a â€śpackage between their legsâ€ť. “They must have heaps of cash … And I donâ€™t need them to speak,” she told hosts Kim and Dave.
Her comments rubbed some the wrong way, and the commentariat circle-jerk has gone into overdrive. We donâ€™t blame them — amid the death and destruction of the last week, Lambieâ€™s comments have offered some light relief.
But should men and women really be judged equally when it comes to talking about junk (or indeed, winking at a sex worker) on radio? Should we be as hard on Lambie as we no doubt would be on a middle-aged man for making a similar comment about a womanâ€™s breasts?
Making that neat comparison assumes that men and women are equally sexualised and judged for their appearance in the media and in public life — and it assumes the power relationship between men and women is equal. Theyâ€™re not; itâ€™s not — and for that reason we say rubbish to claims that Lambie is sexist.
And with all the obvious dick and donkey jokes doing the rounds since Package-gate, ex-Crikey wunderkind Matthew Knott gets our vote for best use of puns in this article, including this editorial gold:
â€śIt’s the stuff one could only dream of: an Apple Isle senator waxing lyrical about her map of Tasmania on live radio.â€ť