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06 January 2016
By Matt Hrkac

Yes, sexism is still a problem

We had Peter Dutton's calling a female journalist a 'mad f--king witch', Before that, we had Jamie Briggs share a photo he had taken of a young female public servant after she had made a complaint against him; which ultimately led to his resignation as a minister.

We had Chris Gayle's sleezy behaviour during a sideline interview with Mel McLaughlin (needless to say, she did not look too impressed by his propositioning).

We have Senator David Leyonhjelm doing what he does best and stirring up trouble on Twitter.

But if the above examples aren't proof that sexism is still alive and well in our society - it's the apologists that come out in their droves to defend this behaviour when it is called out, and pinning blame on those 'damn feminists':

Then of course we have the inevitable playing the victim mentality, and the hoards of 'men's rights' activists that come along with them.

...And that's just a small sample of the comments here.

Here's a hint, guys, and it is a pretty big one: When sexism towards women is being discussed, it is not the place for you to barge in and complain about how 'men have it so hard' or about how 'men experience this too'.

By all means, bring those issues up and discuss them where appropriate. But bring these issues up separately; not in response to an article that is dealing with sexism and sexual harassment by men towards women.

About the author:

Matt Hrkac is a writer and photographer based in Geelong. He has particular interests in politics, elections, social movements and the trade union movement.

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