feminism and testicles: tracey spicer versus misogynists
I almost feel sorry for today’s misogynists. They’ve taken quite the beating lately (from our Prime Minister and from the public). If this goes on I might find it within my heart to lend them a box of tissues. Lavender scented, of course.
Recently, journalist Tracey Spicer wrote an open letter to misogynists. In the letter, she thanked the sexist men she has worked with over the past 25 years for everything they taught her.
‘I had no idea I was so fat, ugly and stupid.
‘When you yelled across the newsroom, “I want two inches off your hair and two inches off your arse”, suddenly, a light went on.
‘Of course! The size of my posterior is directly related to the content and credibility of the stories I’m reporting on for this network. Silly me.’
The article currently has the most comments on The Age’s website (924 compared with 456 for the second most popular article). The letter also went viral on Twitter, with users saying the piece was ‘bloody brilliant’ and ‘just outstanding’.
It’s easy for Julia Gillard to point a finger at Tony Abbott. It’s not so easy to point a finger at faceless corporations – the sexism ingrained in our very culture. This is why it’s so important that open letters like Tracey Spicer’s continue to get written. That our politicians (both male and female) take a stand against pig-headed indecency. That each and every one of us stands up to someone who makes a sexist remark – whether it be on the street, in the workplace, or in our homes.
After all, if things get intense you can always hand them a box of lavender scented tissues.
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