Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's 15-minute speech condemning Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's sexist statements and "repulsive double standards" was all over the internet yesterday, but if you (like me) didn't have time to check out the video, I suggest you make it a priority today. Here are some sample quotes from Gillard's fiery speech:
-"I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not. And the government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever. The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynists are not appropriate for high office. Well, I hope the leader of the opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation. Because if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the house of representatives, he needs a mirror.
- "I was very offended personally the Leader of the Opposition said abortion is the easy way out."
- "I was offended when he stood next to a sign that described me as a 'man's bitch.'"
Again and again, Gillard uses Abbott's past misogynist statements to string him up and hang him. The speech is smart, damning, and damned incredible. Here's the video and you can read the whole transcript of it here.