Recently, Tony Abbott has been labeled a misogynist by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has a less than stellar track record with women in the public eye, and yet privately he is surrounded by them. So is he a misogynist, or has he simply been misunderstood?
Here’s the history:
– In a 2010 magazine interview, Abbott claimed that his daughter’s virginity was a ‘gift’ that should not be given away ‘lightly’.
– As Health Minister, he reduced the number of abortions, adding it was a ‘national priority’. In this time he also tried, but failed, to block the introduction of abortion pill RU-486, limiting the autonomy women have in making decisions about their own body.
– Abbott commented in 1998, “What if men are, by physiology or temperament, more suited to exercise authority or to issue commands?”
– In 2010, when trying to appeal to a female audience about the carbon tax stated, “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price”.
– Rejected the inclusion of Gardasil (the anti-cervical cancer drug) from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Furthermore, he stated he would not be getting his daughters vaccinated.
– As a university student, threaten a fellow SRC candidate by punching the wall beside her head.
Abbott’s wife Margie has publicly come out in support of Abbott, claiming that he does not have a problem women.
With this history, do you think Abbott is a misogynist?