Irony In Print

11 March 2012

On Friday, the Sydney Morning Herald published a letter criticising the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, in which the writer suggested she should “stay at home and bake cakes”.

Did the writer of this letter not realise the irony of what he was doing when he put fingers to keyboard to write this letter the day before – Thursday 8th March, International Women’s Day?

It would appear we still have a long way to go.

And what’s the male equivalent of this?  Has anyone suggested that Kevin Rudd, Barack Obama or David Campbell should “stay at home and put up shelves” or whatever it is men are supposed to be genetically programmed to do?



  1. “…lie on the sofa with a few tinnies”…? I find it heart-breaking that there are still these dinosaurs left. In total contrast to your letter-writer, last year a male Muslim friend of mine ran a half-marathon in Bradford, a northern English town. The mayor was there to congratulate al the runners at the finishing line. She’s the first female Muslim ever to hold that office in the UK. My friend was pumping her hand, saying, “No, no! Congratulations to YOU!” So this attitude isn’t racial or cultural – it’s just plain stupidity.

  2. It’s also ageist, in the case of Clover I think. Stupid old baby boomer; she should go home and leave the world to young people. Yeah, why don’t we? they’re making made such a great job of it – witness the GFC. But that’s OK, it was only poor and unskilled people who suffered. Oh, and baby boomers lost a lot of their superannuation/pension/future income. But hey, they had too much of it anyway.


  3. it’s not a dinosaur thing either – I’ve seen young men exhibit this kind of attitude a lot.

    It’s incredibly infuriating.

    • I certainly agree with this and wasn’t implying that it was restricted to older men. Just a few years ago, when I was CEO of a charity, I left a board meeting to go and get a file. While I was out of the room, a man in his 30s said, “God preserve me from menopausal women!”. Unfortunately, I only learned of this some months later. What is equally shocking, however, it that not one of the other six people present slapped him down. In total contrast, Sally’s and my father, born in 1921, never uttered or harboured a sexist thought in his life.

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