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Tanya, what “sexist double standards”?

13 February 2018

7:46 AM

13 February 2018

7:46 AM

All over the world, every minute of every day, men have affairs. Women, strangely enough, also have affairs. And so the world turns.

Not so 50/50, apparently, for those who see the world through distorted gender goggles.

Last week Daily Telegraph revealed Barnaby Joyce’s affair with a former staffer who is now pregnant with his child. No, it’s not excellent news for the government.

Those with a gender agenda are attempting to use Joyce’s situation as yet another opportunity to stick the angry fem-capped buckled up boot in.

Labor deputy Tanya Plibersek says Joyce’s affair should prompt the government to reflect on sexist double standards. Come on, it’s not really top of the list is it? Aren’t there 5,879 things they should reflect on before getting to this?


When asked about Joyce-gate, with one breath, Plibersek said the spending of taxpayer funding was the “only area in which there is genuine public interest.” That, of course, comes after it was revealed jobs were created for the former staffer, and well-paid roles at that. No, that’s not excellent news for the government either.

But then Plibersek couldn’t resist adding comment to the gender-loaded question about a sexist double standard existing in politics. When asked if Joyce had received less scrutiny than if this had been a woman, she replied that indeed “horrible things” were said about Gillard, Kernot and others.

She may as well have replied, “Yes, I believe that exists”.

Her comment’s not really standing by her previous remark that spending of taxpayer funding is the only area of genuine public interest, is it?

This supposed ‘double standard’ is being hurled around by fem-folk desperately attempting to peddle male privilege like struggling door-to-door salespeople.

Let’s get one thing straight; male politicians are not more privileged than female politicians. All politicians are privileged. They are all riddled, infested, dripping and punctured with privilege. Whopping six figure salaries, electoral allowances, Comcars everywhere, a spare car for the family (sorry, a private plated vehicle for electorate use), travel allowance to top up the property portfolio, a squad of staffers whose own ambitions to join your esteemed ranks depend on catering for your every need (including the odd school run, trip to the vet, and some shopping here and there), smoked salmon nibbly things for midnight snacks after boozy nights out on rentseekers’ corporate cards; this pack of chancers are so privileged they think average Joe sees a difference between them.

Newsflash: we do not.

Tanya: check your privilege.

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