Nov 9, 2012

Patriarchy under siege: the rise and rise of gender

It was a bad week for the patriarchy, but some conservative men showed they still have principles ...

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

It was a bad week for the patriarchy, but then again there have been a few of them lately. While it wasn’t a female president being re-elected (some of us still think President Hillary Clinton would have done a better job over the last four years), gender was front and centre in Barack Obama’s re-election and the defeat — defeat after defeat — of conservatives in the Senate and on social issues referenda across the US.

Something’s happened this year on gender in English-speaking countries at least, not just on women but for men, and particularly a certain kind of man — powerful, wealthy, white males used to a social and economic structure that handed them authority almost as of divine right. And it’s bound up with the interconnectedness afforded by the internet and social media, which links people who share languages regardless of national boundaries.

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56 thoughts on “Patriarchy under siege: the rise and rise of gender

  1. Holden Back

    Oh come on! Reading The Australian is nowhere near as much fun, (or as necessary, or useful) as prostate exam!

  2. Jimmy

    I tink the whole gender issue is being a little overblown, yes obama won what 55% of the womens vote but he also won the Latino vote, the youth vote and the black vote and given the white vote is decreasing rapidly in America (both genders)as a percentage of the population the black & latino votes might have more importance.

    Also in Australia yas Gillards speech struck a chord but all it did was crystalise perceptions in voters minds (of both Abbott and her, positive and negative) the bigger reason for the ALP’s comeback is that crystalisation occurred at a time when Abbott’s porkies about the carbon tax are being realised and people are starting to question whether he has anything other than attack, whether there is a policy in there somewhere that is positive.

  3. justin cotton

    women have it easy compared with gay males. Fact.

  4. Jimmy

    Justin Cotton – “women have it easy compared with gay males. Fact.” Any other massive generalisation you would like to make? Asians are bad drivers, perhaps?

  5. justin cotton

    Agree that Gillard’s attacks on Abbott’s supposed mysogyny are a mistake, because most intelligent voters know it reeks of double standards. What if he was to call her a ‘misandrist’, you’d never hear the end of it.

    I’m no fan of Abbott and wouldn’t vote Lib under any circumstances. But the reason for any lack of support he has is that people know he is a one trick poney, conservative fuddy duddy, and has no positive policies of his own.

  6. justin cotton

    It’s just my view Jimmy, call it opinion. I think there’s good grounds for saying so. I’m tired of feminists going on about how important they are and how evil men are. It’s very divisive.

  7. Jimmy

    Justin Cotton – “Agree that Gillard’s attacks on Abbott’s supposed mysogyny are a mistake” Who are you agreeing with? I never said it was a mistake, just that it wasn’t a massive vote changer, just sharpened peoples focus.

  8. Jimmy

    Justin Cotton – “It’s just my view Jimmy, call it opinion.” You are entitled to your opinion, just don’t try to call it fact.

  9. justin cotton

    I don’t recall women being denied the right to marry who they love (unless they are gay), or being beaten up, verbally villified, tarred in the media by the likes of Margaret Court or Corey Bernardi, just because they are women. Pretty solid general evidence there. I’m not discussing how individuals experience life, I’m talking about the treatment of groups here generally.

  10. justin cotton

    Regarding the other topic, whether I was agreeing with you or not about Gillard’s attack on Abbott?

    What a nit picker. Well I say it was mistake, because I haven’t met one male who agrees with it, even though they might detest Abbott. And there’s probably a fair few women turned off by it as well.

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