Bob Ellis is Not Sexist.
A while ago now, Bob Ellis wrote a... thing... about how women "are tough enough for service on any battlefront but not tough enough to be peeked at in the shower'. He went on to compare the filming and transmission of a female cadet having sex to things that happen in M.A.S.H. and Sex and the City and yadda yadda, totally the same thing. Uh huh. This is in response to the 'Skype Scandal' that led to the revelations that exposed the culture of abuse within the Australian Defence Force Academy that had been ongoing for decades.
I don't quite even know what he's trying to say here. Why are deeds long common at office Christmas parties used by women to ruin good men's careers? Rape's ok, and only ruins left-wingers and that actually it should be fine regardless of your politics? I've got nothing. As he says "has wowser-feminism gone too far?" I... I really don't know. He says "I do not mean in this piece to defend pederasts" but you could have fooled me. "Strauss-Kahn and Mark McInnes [...] for unconsensual groping, are ruined for what, in my day, occurred in drive-in theatres every night." Yeah, it used to be ok makes everything right.
But, you know, He isn't sexist.
This little gem explains all the ways in which his non-sexist-ness has been expressed over the years:
What I Know About Women by Bob Ellis "Writer, married, 70".
"a tremendous con job has been done to women; this spin that says women have sex in order to have orgasm. In fact, women have sex in order to have babies."
All of them, always, forever. We only ever have sex to have babies. Got that, you lot? Babies.
"Women have also been made to be confused by the merchants of glad; clothing and so on, and this foolish notion they can have it all."
Wait, what? Clothes are somehow a bonus?
"My wife Anne is wonderful and is on my side when I've been accused of being sexist. I hate it - I wouldn't mind if it was in some part true, but it's not."
Does she have clothes, I wonder?
"If it were so, I wouldn't be able to write women as characters in dialogue as well as I do."
I dread to think, frankly.
And there we have it. Totally not sexist.
not convinced, are you?
One comment scraped in before the comments got closed. I can't say I'm really surprised.