"Cultural power is not symmetrical, and a man saying he was on the lookout for a wife with an outstanding front bench fnarr fnarr wouldn't get away with it because women's bodies are pre-objectified in our culture."But the main objection to Lambie, implicit though it was, was that she didn't play the role of the politician in these situations, which is to be flustered. The breakfast FM appearance is a time-honoured enactment of the elite-popular split in Oz politics -- having resigned ourselves to being ruled by a self-selecting caste, the mass of the population gets a taste of reverse power, of sorts, when pollies are embarrassed in pop culture situations. Lambie didn't play that game, because she's not from the political caste -- she gave the answer a lot of listeners were probably giving back, jokingly, listening along in the car. The horror is not at the crudity of the remarks, the horror is that she didn't see her role as being a stooge representative of Parliament, to the people it rules. For added giggles, the issue centred on a dick joke, and the phallus, as the locus of power, must be veiled at all times. Indeed the half-buried Parliament house is a veiled phallus. For $500, you can buy this topic for your cultural studies MA. What it also shows is the way in which the arrival of the PUP senators and Ricky Muir has thrown the whole "elites" bullshit of the Right into sharp focus. For years, party and media members of the political caste have presented themselves as representatives of the masses against the elite, this line reaching its absurd heights with Nick Cater's The Lucky Culture. The masses, we were told, were right-wing, free-market, piously conservative and religious. And were happy to be represented by the likes of Miranda Devine. Well, surprise. A few of the masses made it into Parliament, and they are nothing like the straw dogs that the Right had established. Their politics cleave to no simplistic Left or Right split, their manner is far from the petit-bourgeois fantasy of the Caters et al, and they don't seem to be in a mood to conform to a deadened Australian political culture. So one cheer for them, however they got there, and whatever might happen. Anyone who really thinks that a senator giving a zoo crew as good as she gets hasn't realised the degree to which they've internalised Australian political ideology.
Rundle: like a Lambie to the slaughter as dick jokes uncover the Right’s elitism
Accusing Jacqui Lambie of sexism is unfair, and ignores the spectres of prejudice caused by class and gender.