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And the winner for the most sexist statement is . . . God!

10:07 am - 10/05/2009
This is an award in Australia. It's not something you'd want to win. Anyway, this amused me (if I'm not amused, I'd be horrified).

It has some of the sexist things Australian politicans (and celebrities) have said over the years, and more recently. Joy.

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An evangelical preacher has taken out an ignominious prize, the annual Gold Ernie for the year's most breathtakingly sexist public utterance for revelations that apparently came from the Almighty.

Channelling Him in his sleep one night, the Pentecostal church leader was presented with "'a flash from the Spirit of God", which he felt he should share via media release not long after the February bushfires in which 173 people died.

"God's conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria," Pastor Danny Nalliah, head of the Catch the Fire Ministries, had said, "'for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb." The anti-abortion message of the Messiah won a boo-off at a gala event at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday.

The 250 women in attendance had booed most enthusiastically for his (er, His) contribution but it was a close call, with the NSW Police Force getting a raucous response for making an employee work overtime for every minute she spent expressing breast milk for her baby. The Silver Ernie was shared with shock jock Kyle Sandilands, who was awarded for his response to a 14-year-old girl who revealed during a radio stunt that she had been raped. "'Right, is that the only experience you've had?" Sandilands inquired. He also took out the Clinton repeat-offender award.

Meanwhile, the Sporting Ernie, called the Warnie, was bestowed on Newcastle under-20s rugby league player Simon Williams, who remarked of the NRL group sex scandal: "It's not during the act, it's the way you treat them after. [It] could have been avoided if they had put them in a cab and said thanks." Named in honour of Ernie Ecob, a former Labor Council president who was known for his sexist remarks, after 17 years the eponymous awards really should be obsolete but, alas, chauvinistic clangers keep being dropped in some kind of sign of what's going unsaid.

Some of the best or worst dogmatic discharges over those years come from actor Mel Gibson for querying of an LA cop, "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?" And Nick Bideau, Cathy Freeman's former boyfriend and coach, who proffered, "I never turned away from Cathy, even when she was fat." The late Rene Rivkin's driver, Gordon Wood, was recognised for asking of a morgue attendant while identifying his dead girlfriend, Caroline Byrne, "Do you mind if I look at her tits?" (He's now serving a minimum of 13 years for her murder.)

While let's have a little reminder about Troy Buswell, who was West Australian opposition leader when he snapped the bra of a female employee, made sexist remarks and sniffed the chair of a female Liberal staffer. While at the bottom of the bunch, of course, is Senator Bill Heffernan for suggesting that Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard was unfit for leadership. "I mean anyone who chooses to deliberately remain barren, they have got no idea what life is about."

Yes, boos all round.But who would have imagined we'd still be subjected to prejudiced pronouncements in this day and age? It was, after all, in June 1983 that Hawke government minister Senator Susan Ryan introduced the Sex Discrimination Bill into Parliament.

Upon reflection, though, perhaps the parliamentary debates about women's rights that followed showed how deep the problem lay.

The ANU's College of Law celebrated the landmark legislation passed in March 1984 with its Silver Anniversary conference this week, and included a reenactment of the sometimes hilarious and occasionally alarming offerings made by our political representatives back then. Senator Brian Archer, for example, thought the bill was a meaningless fuss. "Men, by nature," he said, "are more likely to be leaders, providers and protectors. We can legislate all we like, but we will not change that." Michael Hodgman, the member for Denison, meantime, reckoned it was all some left-wing conspiracy to overturn the very nature of things. "I have to say that the legislation as a whole is tainted with the pseudo-intellectualism of selfish and unrepresentative feminism and doctrinaire Marxist-socialist precepts of contrived equality defying even the laws of nature." Senator John Coates even asked the government to clarify that the legislation wouldn't "handicap women golfers".

It wasn't only the blokes performing stand-up. Some of the women of the Coalition showed that they were no supporters of the sisterhood, such as senator Flo Bjelke-Petersen, who called the bill "social engineering" and went on to tell the Senate, "In my opinion, after reading it, I think that the best amendment of all would be to forget about it." Senator Mary Walters, however, deserves special mention for claiming supporters of the bill had been burning right-minded books, including the Bible. Her allegations were found to be quite fanciful.

But it was the member for Franklin, Bruce Goodluck, who would have been a fabulous recipient of the Gold Ernie, had it been around back then, for his thoughts on the Women's Electoral Lobby. "I started to do my research on this Women's Electoral Lobby. Most of the members of it were given-up Catholics. They are all women who had had problems, et cetera. They were women who had something against men." Then, in addition to his views on given-up Catholics, there were his partisan thoughts on the ladies in Parliament. "I have looked at the four women on the Government side. They are nice ladies. I have nothing against them, I have talked to them. We talk to each other. But they are all the same. They are always campaigning to save cats, save the dogs and save the whales. They are anti-nuclear and pro-abortion. I do not mean that nastily . . . But the majority of Liberal women are quiet and do not say very much. They support their husbands." And he even issued a faintly hysterical war-cry. "We have to fight back. These women have it all their own way; if we do not fight back they will take over."

Which all goes to show that as much as some things change, others laughably remain the same.


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papilio_luna 5th-Oct-2009 12:39 am (UTC)
"God's conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria," Pastor Danny Nalliah, head of the Catch the Fire Ministries, had said, "'for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb."

Oh, how I wish it was actually rare and unusual for our religious leaders to say shit like that.
rattus_aerius 5th-Oct-2009 12:52 am (UTC)
That guy should go hang out with Pat Robertson and James Dobson. :P
mercystars 5th-Oct-2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Lol, how sad it is that my reaction was, is THAT all he said...?
salienne 5th-Oct-2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, same here. :/
escherichiacola 5th-Oct-2009 12:46 am (UTC)
"God's conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria," Pastor Danny Nalliah, head of the Catch the Fire Ministries, had said, "'for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb."

God is so ~pro-life~
ms_maree 5th-Oct-2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't want to even think bout the mental gymnastics that this guy was using while 'channelling' God. Because children also died in the fire.

So apparently God was so upset at all these deaths of innocent children in the womb, that he ...went ahead and burnt innocent born children. That will teach us!
popehippo 5th-Oct-2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I have looked at the four women on the Government side. They are nice ladies. I have nothing against them, I have talked to them. We talk to each other. But

And THAT'S where he should have shut up.
rattus_aerius 5th-Oct-2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, well God just spoke to me and He said that guy's full of shit.
illogical_me 5th-Oct-2009 12:51 am (UTC)
title or description
ms_maree 5th-Oct-2009 01:12 am (UTC)
In Australia, there are two major Parties, the Labor Party and the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party is the more conservative party. This is what he is referring to.
sirdrakesheir 5th-Oct-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Liberals are conservatives.

Up is down.

War is peace.
ms_maree 5th-Oct-2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I think their names comes from their economic policies. But socially, they are conservative. But not as conservative as the Republican Party. They tend to be a little right of centre.
azure_rhymes 5th-Oct-2009 02:27 am (UTC)
I just barked out a laugh, thanks.
sirdrakesheir 5th-Oct-2009 02:38 am (UTC)
They have a terribly upside-down ways in Australia I have heard.
milkradio 5th-Oct-2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Their toilet water flushes backwards!
sirdrakesheir 5th-Oct-2009 03:50 am (UTC)
I hear that is a sign of Satan.
theseremnants Re: Whatever, dude:5th-Oct-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
i will love this forever
noir_aya Re: Whatever, dude:5th-Oct-2009 03:58 am (UTC)
A+
ateenwriter 5th-Oct-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
wtf Australia
celtic_thistle 5th-Oct-2009 02:15 am (UTC)
So basically, the verbal equivalent of:



Edited at 2009-10-05 02:18 am (UTC)
static_ninja 5th-Oct-2009 03:54 am (UTC)
HOLY SHIT IS THAT SECOND PIC REAL?!
I laughed for like 5 minutes. I'm a bad person :-(
layweed 5th-Oct-2009 02:16 am (UTC)
I don't get it.

If God were really ALL THAT POWERFUL, don't you think it would've been easier to just like, magically use his Godly powers and prevent women from getting abortions?

Oh wait, their definition of God is wrathful and likes punishing people rather than being accepting and understanding.
sunshinedan 5th-Oct-2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Wait wait wait...
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Since when is "sugar-tits" demeaning.
ms_maree 5th-Oct-2009 03:03 am (UTC)
What!?
goes_kaboom 5th-Oct-2009 03:22 am (UTC)
...
morbidimpishfae 5th-Oct-2009 03:22 am (UTC)
You're joking right?
dancesontrains 5th-Oct-2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, you.
violetrose 5th-Oct-2009 03:33 am (UTC)
"God's conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria," Pastor Danny Nalliah, head of the Catch the Fire Ministries, had said, "'for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb." The anti-abortion message of the Messiah won a boo-off at a gala event at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday.

God loves children! That's why He's going to kill children, because we killed children!

Wait, what? Seriously though, all these idiots can just fuck off. But, I'm actually glad statements like these are starting to be contraversial and not especially acceptable.
amber_protocol 5th-Oct-2009 03:58 am (UTC)
"I mean anyone who chooses to deliberately remain barren, they have got no idea what life is about."

noir_aya 5th-Oct-2009 04:07 am (UTC)
"I mean anyone who chooses to deliberately remain barren, they have got no idea what life is about."
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dancesontrains 5th-Oct-2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
But who would have imagined we'd still be subjected to prejudiced pronouncements in this day and age?

...Every woman?
sitakhet Hey, assholes:6th-Oct-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
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