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The real problem with Michaelia’s Cash outburst

1 March 2018

11:07 AM

1 March 2018

11:07 AM

Oops. Michaelia Cash committed the cardinal sin. She dropped the façade fem-folk have worked hard to concoct, that women are permanently perfect, let her emotions get the better of her and snapped.

Judging by the capricious commentary which spewed from that moment forth, you could be forgiven for thinking she had produced a dripping severed head from her bag.

If this was a play, the director would have at this point strutted on stage shouting, “No, no, no, no, no… This is not how this scene is meant to play out. You have taken on the role of villain. That is not in the script…”

But it wasn’t a play, it was live political drama and it made for tense viewing.

Under pressure from Doug Cameron who was quizzing her about her newly hired chief of staff, Cash’s eyebrows raised. Her face twisted and anger fell out. “If you want to start discussing staff matters, be very, very careful,” she scathed. “If you want to go down that path today, I will do it.” It was in a ferocious tone women have been very careful not to let in public – that is the real problem with Michaelia Cash’s outburst.

Cameron laughing and telling her to take a “chill pill” was the equivalent of telling someone who is on the verge of losing their cool to calm down in a patronising tone while wagging a finger in their face.

Predictably, Cash became increasingly irate. “Do you want to start naming them for Mr Shorten to come out and deny any of the rumours that have been circulating in this building now for many, many years?” she raged.

Cash did not give any more information about the rumours but it is now, surely, just a matter of time. Journalists have started digging on the 11 women who work in Shorten’s office. A new front page is surely under construction as we sip our coffee this morning.

The problem for fem-commentators who are obsessed with keeping women in a permanent state of victimhood is Cash doesn’t follow the script. There were calls for her resignation yesterday as there were last year from furious fem-bots who have steam coming out of their ears behind closed doors — which is the only place you’ll ever hear them speak in such ferocious tones.

To be clear: it is not Cash’s job to protect other women. If women are having affairs, they are not suddenly guiltier because Cash has voiced that. Just because more women enter politics doesn’t mean protection for women will increase. That’s not equality. Every human being is equally responsible for themselves and the choices they make – in and outside Canberra, whether Cash is shouting about it or not.

If you resort to absurd bonk bans and attempt to pretend that politicians aren’t human beings, this is what you will get. Constant outrage that they aren’t perfect and ludicrous ongoing disbelief that all women don’t prioritise this bonkers sisterhood simplicity.

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