Mia Freedman has some powerful words to say to Mark Latham.
Mark Latham wants women to shut up. Shut up about your mental health problems, he insists. Shut up about the challenges of balancing paid work and family demands. Shut up about being victims of domestic violence. Shut up about your grief and your trauma. Shut up about anything you believe is upsetting or unjust. Shut up about your rights and about inequality. Shut up about your post natal depression and the murder of your children.
Just shut up.
Week after week in his column, paid for and published by the Australian Financial Review, Mark Latham tells women in no uncertain terms to shut their mouths, in the most disparaging, demeaning, insulting and derogatory ways.
He viciously castigated journalist and doctor Lisa Pryor for daring to admit she takes medication to treat her depression. He eviscerated journalists Annabel Crabb and Sarah MacDonald for writing with generous honesty about the realities of motherhood. And this week, astonishingly even for him, he derided Rosie Batty for speaking publicly about the murder of her son Luke in her bid to raise awareness about domestic violence.
You see, Mark Latham believes we women should keep our thoughts to ourselves. And when we do open up about our lives, Latham seeks to bully and intimidate women by mocking us on the various media platforms upon which he leaps to launch his attacks.
Despite his incessant demands for brave women like Rosie Batty to shut up, Mark Latham flatly refuses to shut up himself. He has powerful platforms and multiple megaphones to amplify his bile thanks to the media outlets who employ him. He appears regularly as a contributor on Sunrise, on 3AW and he has a weekly column in the Australian Financial Review.