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In Dubai, I saw women in burkhas and abiyas everywhere I looked, but I also saw those women at work in managerial positions, and I never once heard any of them referred to as an ‘uptight bitch’, a ‘bossy cow’ or them being told they needed ‘a good seeing to' if they dared to stand up to overtly sexist behaviour at work.I’ve witnessed that kind of thing here in Australia as many times as I saw a covered face over there.
On a menu for a Liberal National Party fundraiser, they declared they were serving up Julia Gillard quail with ‘small breasts, huge thighs and a big red box’ – and when there was a furore over it, dismissed it as ‘just a joke’ between the event’s two organisers.I used to live in Dubai, where abortion is illegal and being gay is punishable by death, so it wasn't like I was shocked.I just didn't expect that to be the case in a country that's often portrayed as sunny and fun. In fact, I've never seen the same deep-seated and openly acceptable sexist attitudes that exist in Australia anywhere else – including The Middle East.Currently, under Tony Abbott, Australia has one female cabinet minister – one.That’s two less women than the British and Afghan cabinets, respectively.But later on, he seemd to completely change his mind when he informed me that ‘no wife of his’ would work as she’d need to stay home and raise their children.
When I then brought up the fact that many women balance having a career with having children, he said that ‘those kinds of women should seriously question whether they should be a mother at all, as that’s just selfish’. I’m now with an English guy and, I’ve got to say, it’s a relief that I now don’t have to go on any disastrous dates with Australian guys. At any given party, you’ll most likely find the men and women decamped into two separate groups.
I’d thought it’d gone well thanks to the weeks of research, number-crunching and intense working hours I’d put in to prepare, but I didn't think my choice of shoe was going to come into it.
Still, I'm not sure quite why I was so surprised, given that I've never felt more aware of my gender than I have since moving to Australia from the UK three years ago.
Having grown up watching the laid-back, open-minded characters in I expected this 'New World’ to be more forward-thinking and relaxed than stuffy old Britain.
I was surprised to discover that same sex marriage is illegal and obtaining an abortion is very difficult.
When current PM Tony Abbott led protests against her leadership, his supporters held up placards emblazoned with the words ‘bitch’ and 'witch’.