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She’s got it: Responses to Tony Abbott’s ‘sex appeal’ comments

Donaghue, N. (2013) She’s got it: Responses to Tony Abbott’s ‘sex appeal’ comments. The Conversation, 16 August .

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Since opposition leader Tony Abbott’s self-described “daggy dad” comments about Liberal candidate Fiona Scott’s sex appeal, gender issues have re-emerged in Australian politics.

Labor frontbenchers claim that these comments reveal what Abbott “really thinks” about women, and cite it as evidence that he is stuck in the past – “a 20th century man”.

But beyond their immediate use for point-scoring in the election campaign, responses to Abbott’s remarks reveal some of the complex and competing elements of how sexism is responded to in Australian social life.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Journal or Publication Title: The Conversation
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