Eva Cox in The Conversation: Tony Abbott: a confused, conservative sexist, but not a misogynist.
Milanda Rout in The Australian (paywalled): Feminist insists Abbott no misogynist.
Eva Cox’s article does not “insist” that Abbott is not a misogynist, she merely describes how he doesn’t meet her definition of one while acknowledging that opinions vary. Cox argues that Tony Abbott’s attitudes on a conservative sexist and classist policy level rather than a purely maybe-misogynistic personal level are far more problematic for women voters, even given that the Gillard government has a flawed record itself e.g. enacting sexist policies such as the drastic cut to the sole parent allowances that just came into action on January 1st, 2013. Her take home point is the following:
The question of character is not likely to be a major factor as mutually-slung mud has diminished both leaders. Both are relatively unpopular and it seems voters will focus on competency issues and policies.
Therefore I am concerned that the current campaign may fail to connect with voters in any significant way but also weaken the possibilities of debating good social policies.
This is the area where real gender issues arise and neither party is focusing on addressing income inequality, and inadequate welfare and community services.
Milanda Rout, describing Cox’s article, appears to eschew nuance altogether in favour of gloating gotchas directed at Gillard. Quelle surprise.