Quit the military now, Australian army chief tells misogynists

Ground crew and a pilot of Royal Australian Air Force. Photo: AFP

Australia's army chief yesterday told troops to quit if they could not respect women, warning he would ruthlessly rid the military of misogynist men after a new sex scandal exploded.

Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 2:47am

Sexism furore as fundraising dinner menu pokes fun at Australian PM Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

A high-profile Australian political candidate apologised yesterday for a menu at one of his fundraisers, featuring a quail dish named after Prime Minister Julia Gillard which was described as having "small breasts" and "huge thighs" and made a vulgar reference to her genitalia.

13 Jun 2013 - 1:11am

Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin a pink nightmare for protesters

Barbie's pink life-sized home in Berlin is sexist propaganda, say protesters. Photo: AFP

To some it would be a dream home, albeit a slightly kitsch one. To others it resembles a very pink house of horrors that has no place in a modern city. The first life-sized Barbie house to be unveiled in Europe opened in Berlin yesterday, but Barbie fans were far outnumbered by feminist protesters and leftwing activists who shouted "pink stinks" and called the plush plastic villa "sexist propaganda".

17 May 2013 - 4:48am

Outrageous sexism in the People's Daily

Smoother rides promised.

We were slightly saddened to come across the People's Daily Online piece headlined, "Beautiful female journalists at two sessions", which then had links showing 17, albeit comely, female journalists engaged in covering the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress. It's hard to know what the message was here.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am 1 comment

Australian PM's partner apologises for Asian doctor joke

Tim Mathieson.

Tim Mathieson made the comment on Monday during a reception at Gillard's official Canberra residence, The Lodge, attended by members of the West Indies cricket team. Mathieson, who is not married to Gillard, has worked to raise awareness about men's health issues. He brought up the need for men to have regular checks for prostate cancer.


30 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

US-trained Afghan female military helicopter pilots battle sexism

Qualified military helicopter pilots Masooma Hussaini (left) and Sourya Saleh are still waiting to fly in Afghanistan. Photo: MCT

Unlike most women in Afghanistan, Sourya Saleh knows how to drive - but she's taken the wheel only with her brother beside her, out of respect for tradition. Her friend Masooma Hussaini is still learning.

Both, though, are experts in a more demanding mode of travel: they have flown 204 hours each as pilots of military helicopters.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:00am

Quarter of Australian women sexually harassed at work

A quarter of women in Australia have been sexually harassed at work in the past five years, according to a report released in the wake of a row that erupted when Prime Minister Julia Gillard accused the opposition leader of misogyny.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Anti-sexism classes for chauvinist French ministers

Cecile Duflot, minister for equality of territories and housing, addressing parliament in "that dress". Photo: AP

First there was Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who allegedly referred to women as "material", then catcalls in the French parliament just because a female minister wore a floral dress.

But when the agriculture minister - in an interview last month about promoting gender equality - suggested women couldn't get their heads around technical jobs, that was too much.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Australians split over PM’s sexism judgment

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AFP

A poll shows that Australians appear to be split over Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s judgment that her main political rival is sexist.

Gillard’s fiery speech to Parliament on October 9 in which she branded opposition leader Tony Abbott a misogynist for a string of allegedly sexist comments has been lauded by feminists around the world.

30 Oct 2012 - 12:41pm

Australia PM's misogyny speech prompts dictionary rethink

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fiery speech calling the opposition leader a misogynist has prompted a dictionary to broaden the word's definition.

Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, lashed out last week at Tony Abbott in parliament, saying she would not be "lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man".

18 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

British newspapers male-dominated, women's group finds

British newspapers male-dominated, women's group finds

Sexist stereotypes, humiliating photographs of women, and male bylines dominate the front pages of British newspapers, research reveals.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Julia Gillard triggers storm by calling opposition's Tony Abbott 'sexist'

Julia Gillard.

A blistering attack by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in which she labelled the opposition leader a misogynist has gained attention and praise worldwide, but the domestic reaction has been mixed.

11 Oct 2012 - 3:38am

Australian PM’s sexism speech sparks divisive reaction

Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AFP

A blistering attack by Prime Minister Julia Gillard labelling Australia’s opposition leader a misogynist has gained global attention but sparked a divisive reaction about her judgement and the role of sexism in politics.

10 Oct 2012 - 2:45pm

Australian PM lashes out at ‘sexist’ Abbott

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AFP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched a scathing attack on opposition leader Tony Abbott Tuesday, accusing him of sexism as he attempted to have the parliamentary speaker sacked.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:14pm

Farewell my concubine?

Officials in Guangdong are planning a novel take on sex education classes. Instead of just imparting the facts of life to their pupils, they intend to hold special lessons in self-respect and self-reliance for young girls in elementary and middle schools.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am