An advisor to LNP Senator Ian MacDonald has launched an ‘aggressive’ tirade against column-writer Dr Carole Ford after she attacked the boy’s club mentality of politics and the lack of women at the top. She wrote of a culture that she says prevented many from taking part: “This is not an organised conspiracy, but portrayal of women in politics in the media is certainly a deterrent to many to enter the fray.”
But Max Tomlinson wouldn’t have a bar of it and shot off a stiffly-worded email to Dr Ford which repeated the phrase ‘get a life’.
“Question: Why don’t you have a go? Answer: Like most women, you probably don’t possess the necessary drive, determination and decisiveness that men innately possess. It’s not a personal criticism; it’s a fact of biology. Where, for example, are the great female explorers, mountaineers, warriors, inventors, chefs? Blokes dominate most areas of human endeavour because Nature equipped them with something called testosterone. That was part of Nature’s grand design to enable men to be stronger, more fearless and more determined than their sisters. Sorry, Carole, fact not fiction,” he said.
“Women occupy a special but different place in the world to that of men. I’ve been married to a wonderful woman – a proud mother of four successful adult children, not a nuclear physicist – for nearly 40 years. For yeras [sic], I’ve heard women like you ask my wife at cocktail parties, functions and dinner parties: And what do you do? The clear inference in the pregnant silence that follows my wife’s answer that she is a proud home-maker makes my skin crawl. Women like my wife are the life-givers, the embodiment of sacrificial love (the purest form of love), the primary keepers of the flame of civilisation that separates us from the animal world, and yet the Sisterhood frowns on them for not joining the anti-male club that you so typefy [sic].”
Ms Ford told the Brisbane Times:
“It’s just extremely disappointing that any man in 2012 would think that way,” she said.
“It surprised me that in this day and age people would get angry about a request for woman to have better representation in parliament. It’s astounding that people would be angry that we make that request.”
The out-of-proportion wunderdoll that has been around for decades might be showing signs of slowing down. Mattel, the toy company that makes her, has blamed Barbie for a profit dive of 53 per cent. That’s the result of a six per cent fall in worldwide sales and nine per cent in the United States.
Guess who’s not selling well?
Gimantha Jayasinghe, a director with industry analyst NPD, said Barbie was caught between an increasing trend toward high-tech toys and growing demand for cheaper items.