Turnbull’s government has a ‘sexism problem’

Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.

Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.

Analysis for The New Daily.

Victim blaming takes the Briggs debacle from bad to worse

Perhaps the most disturbing part of the festival of bad behaviour brought to us by Jamie Briggs and his supporters is that the victim blaming and political opportunism is not likely to be over any time soon. 

Drum_newWeekly column for The Drum.

No ifs or buts – it’s not okay to flirt at work

Here’s my latest piece for The King’s Tribune…

Every now and then, some well-meaning pop-psychologist or otherwise knob-end decides it would be jolly good to assure women that it’s okay to flirt at work. Each time they do, I want to slam my head against the nearest ergonomically-enhanced workspace.

Just last month, a female writer in one of the local broadsheets exhorted women to “simultaneously be a feminist and a flirt” to succeed in business. She tittered that the economic benefits far outweigh the disapproval of the sisterhood because a recent study by the London School of Economics found the use of feminine wiles improves one’s prospects of brokering success by up to a third.

FFS. This psychobabble is like encouraging a woman to promote her wood-chopping skills by lopping the tree branch she happens to be standing upon. Nothing has more potential to undermine the endeavours of women to achieve workplace equality than to turn the office into a local hangout for RSVP.com.

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