If I could meet anyone in the world today it would be Julia Gillard. Why? She has wised up to the fact that men in Australia say and do whatever they want to women because they have been getting away with it forever. I would love to clink champas glasses with her for telling that misogynistic wanker off.
I may not be Australian, but I am all too familiar with Australian men. Living and working in Sydney in a past life unfortunately gave me the opportunity to meet my fair share of Australian men. I must say I am not a fan for the primary reason that “Shelias” rank at the bottom of their totem pole and Australian men are not afraid to make this very clear to women. Calling women Shelias in and of itself makes this pretty clear.
The concept of putting women on a pedestal is positively laughable in Australia. A typical Australian male, take Abbott for example, thinks women should iron, not be revered, honored, and respected. Far from being put on a pedestal by Australian men, I would have been happy to have just gotten general respect in my interactions with Australian men. I was once told that I didn’t look like someone who went to college. I asked the guy why and he said, “Because I have blonde hair and big tits.”
I can completely empathize with Gillard’s frustration of not being respected by Abbott, her own colleague, for the simple fact that she is female. After closing one of the largest deals in my company at the time, the General Manager told me that I am meek and don’t fight hard enough.?
In the majority of my interactions of with Australian men, I was treated condescendingly for no other reason than I am a female and therefore inferior. My last position reporting to an Australian male was the worst. Day in and day out this bloke would over talk me, reject all of my ideas, and make condescending remarks to make me look stupid. Working with and for Australian men was a living nightmare.
Among other things, Australian males have what I like to call the” Mate Preference Syndrome.” Being dissed over a mate was a very common occurrence in my attempts to “date” during my years of living in Australia. It would usually go something like this..
The Guy: “Hi MacKenzie. I am not going to be able to hang out today.”
The Guy: “My mate just got tickets to the footy.”
MacKenzie: “But we had plans..”
I could never really figure out how anyone in Australia got married because how does a girl get to know a guy if he is always hanging out with his mates or for that matter, vice versa. One time I got dissed so the guy could go to his mate’s mate’s birthday party. I am pretty sure he didn’t even know the mate’s mate. That sure really made me feel fantastic! I used to always say if it is a choice between an Australian male hanging out with me or walking his mate’s dog he would definitely choose walking the dog.
One thing I did notice about the syndrome is that it doesn’t kick in until after about three weeks of dating a guy. My joke was always the longest an Australian male can remain charming is three weeks.
I kid you not. Every time I actually did date a guy, after 21 days he suddenly wanted to hang out with his mates over me and was no longer affectionate toward me. Each time this happened I felt like I was taking a nice warm shower and out of nowhere, the water shut off without me touching the tap. The character in my book calls this behavior Lily’s law of 3 and she explains in the book why she thinks Australian male charm is so short lived.
In briefly recapping some of my interactions with Australian men, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the myriad of stores I have about Australian men. If you are curious, you can read them in my book. I can happily say that I don’t miss working with and dating Australian men. My guess would be if all of the women mysteriously disappeared from the earth, Australian men wouldn’t even notice until the next time they felt like treating someone condescendingly.
I hope Gillard taking a stand against Abbot’s unsavory views and treatment of women will empower more Australian women to say shape up or ship out.