This week it’s Maxine McKew telling her version of what really happened behind the parliamentary scenes. I’ve yet to see anybody sound particularly impressed about this, even those who hoped for more from McKew while she held office.
Then there’s the latest dehumanising bullshit being dished out to asylum seekers:
There’s also been a strong reaction to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s report on Sexual Harassment:
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick says targets are most likely to be women under 40 and harassers most likely to be male co-workers.
“Four out of five perpetrators are male, although we did find that targets of sexual harassment, the overwhelming majority were women, but also there’s a growing group of men who are sexually harassed in the workplace,” she said.
The survey shows the type of harassment against men is typically different from that perpetrated against women.
“It is predominantly from other men, and it’s often – the target is often the man who is not part of the traditional macho culture of the organisation. So he’s the man who likes music not sport, he’s the man who sits about outside the group, maybe exhibits greater feminine qualities than other men,” she said.
“They’re the ones that are the targets of sexual harassment. It is about gender stereotypes, it’s also about power. In fact women are five times more likely to be harassed by their boss or manager, men more likely by their co-worker.”
What’s piqued your media interests lately?
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