Australian PM and Misogyny in Politics

 

The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, gave a speech in the House of Representatives on what she characterized as the sexism and misogyny of the Leader of the Opposition, prompting Australia’s leading dictionary of Australian English to update its definition of “misogyny” after a debate ensued over Gillard’s accusation.

Watch the speech and weigh in: Is this controversy yet another example of how women in politics have little option other than to, on the one hand, imitate the phallocentric model of male politicians and  be criticized for their masculinity, or else be labeled as weak and ineffective by imitating a normative representation of femininity?

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