When Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young stood up in Parliament in July and called out David Leyonhjelm for uttering a sexist slur, it started a national conversation about slut-shaming, about workplace conduct, about the persistence and power of the boys’ club on Capital Hill.
But, as the mother of an 11-year-old girl, it was a conversation she had to have at home, too.
Speaking to Mamamia‘s No Filter podcast, the South Australian Senator recalled what happened after she demanded an apology from the Liberal Democrat, who she claimed yelled that she ought to “stop shagging men” during a motion relating to violence against women.
“David then went outside the chamber, where he wasn’t [legally protected from defamation claims] by parliamentary privilege, did TV and radio interviews and doubled down. He told people I was well known for having lots of boyfriends, went on a national radio show and told people the name of a man he believes I’ve had sex with – which I haven’t, by the way. But what does that matter?” she said. “It was the ultimate slut shaming.”
In the midst of it all, Senator Hanson-Young sat down with her daughter, Kora.