Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fernwood Politics

Fresh from the 'look what's stupid' file comes this exercise in futility:

A new Australian political party just for women - the What Women Want party.

Launching the What Women Want Australia party in Brisbane today, Justine Caines said women needed better representation and were sick of being paid lip service on key issues.

These included paid maternity leave, post-natal services, access to child care, education and the environment.

Ms Caines, a NSW senate candidate with a background in maternity services, said a looming, tight election made the timing right for the party's launch.
Speaking as a woman - a female-only party is not what I want.

The issues that we face as a society should be addressed by society as a whole, not along gender lines.

Frankly one becomes a little tired of the old feminist belief that society's default setting is male.

Perhaps it was once, but it certainly hasn't been in a very, very long time. And it can be compellingly argued that any lack of representation of women in past societies was not a result of an oppressive patriarchy and that the rise of female representation is driven by advances in medical and reproductive technology.

Amongst the idiot positioning is this on the Iraq war:

A recent article in the respected medical journal The Lancet estimated 600,000 violent deaths in Iraq since the invasion (Lancet figures are wildly inaccurate - Nora). That number grows by the day. How many innocent children, women and men have been killed? John Howard has given George Bush blind support. We do not believe this should have happened. Australian support should be from a humanitarian position.
Well golly gee, perhaps these women think the Hussein family rape rooms were quite alright then.

And as one might expect the rest of their policies are typical airy, fairy, touchy, feely, impractical, soft socialist rubbish.

I agree whole heartedly with the wickedly sharp feminist critic, academic and author Camille Paglia who had this observation - “If women ruled the world, we’d still be living in grass huts.”

Amen to that sister.

-- Nora

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