Turkish Delights


Turkish Delights.
You’ve got to hand it to the Turks though, day in day out; they are manning the ramparts at Gezi park fighting to preserve 600 trees to be razed to the ground making room for a mosque which the pro-Islamic government is hell-bent in building.

The daily sight here on Australian TV with water cannons toppling protesters does not endear the present Turkish PM. What is endearing though is the number of both female and male protestors trying to make their voices heard. Secularism is what the people want, and we want it now, they are shouting. The Turkish people want change!

You sometimes wonder what it would take to get some people on the streets in Australia. I would have thought with the latest batch of misogyny rearing its head, some might think, enough is enough. There is war being waged against women. How could it not be shown any clearer? On TV, on Radio, in the media and in parliament, women are continuously being berated, slandered, belittled, vilified and degraded. What happened to all the ‘workshops’, the ‘male bonding’ groups, the ‘counseling’ that was supposed to have been undertaken by society in order to rectify this behavior.

It’s almost as if the efforts to educate men (and women) into accepting women as equals have been given fresh oxygen, rich mixtures of well rotted misogyny manure instead.
Perhaps we reconcile ourselves that it happens elsewhere as well. Nigella Lawson was attacked by her husband and even though it was noticed by passersby and the photographer, who took multiple shots of the attack, not a single person took action. We seem to be more than mortified by attacks against females in India but we seem to ignore what is happening here in good old Aussie-land.

The attack by a radio presenter questioning on whether Julia Gillard’s has a bone fide hetero male partner was just about the pits. It was a slur on gays but also on a woman living with a hairdresser. Are all women who are nurses and own cats lesbians? This could conceivably be expected to be asked next… What about radio announcers? Are they all child molesters or dog stranglers?

Sisters, ‘we must reclaim the night’ wrote someone in huge white lettering on a rail bridge at Glebe some thirty years ago. Some wit changed it in ‘reclaim the knight.’
Women were always creatures to be cared for, admired, adored and loved, regardless of sexual preference. I can’t see how people are now changed into hatred for those with breasts and vaginas. Are they perhaps also the same who loath the asylum seekers swept on our shores or the climate change deniers, skeptics?

I suspect they are. I have yet to hear a person on the ALP side of the fence making derogatory remarks about women. No doubt they are lurking in the undergrowth of our suburban landscape as well, in any case they seem less in numbers.

But as the people are fighting in Turkey for the rights of a public park, where are the people fighting for the rights of women not to be put down in Australia?

Where are the water cannons on our streets?

11 Responses to “Turkish Delights”

  1. petspeopleandlife Says:

    A really good post Gerard. I liked this a lot. I can not say that I enjoyed reading this though for I had no idea that Australia was still in the dark ages concering fair treatment of women. I like to think that the US is ahead in this game of life but sometimes I’m not sure as in the case of the politician/s who claimed that a rape will not result in pregnancy. He was promptly pulled up by the collar of his shirt and given a good shaking through public outcries. But all in all the US has been slow especially the military where the harrassment of women in service has been largely swept under the rug. I could go and on of many instances but this will suffice, I hope for now.



  2. Andrew Says:

    One of my good friends is from Perth. He lives abroad and rarely goes home. The reason? When he goes there it reminds him, he says, why he left – intolerance, racism and bigotry. It amuses me that so many people from overseas want to move to Australia whilst most of the Aussies I know who have moved away would never go back. Perhaps the country is going through an identity crisis. Having a Welsh woman PM is probably a first but she does little to endear herself to her constituents. The alternative alas seems equally alarming. I’d vote for Yvonne Goolagong (Cawley) or perhaps Margaret Court. 15-0.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I think the PM has done a good job so far but the good news is not allowed to be given priority with Murdoch owning all the news and being anti-ALP ( Aus. Labour Party) he only dishes out the misogyny bits. Not in any helpful sense but more the in the leering and nurturing misogyny even more.
      Wendy left the old bastard.Good for her!

      Here the good news!
      1. There are 960,000 more jobs in Australia than in 2007.
      2. Since 2007 our economy has grown 13%. Compare that to the US economy which has grown by 2.25% and the European economy which has shrunk by 2%.
      3. Australia has one of the lowest levels of debt in the world, the equivalent of a $12,000 mortgage for someone earning $100,000 per year. That’s why we have a AAA Credit Rating from the three key ratings agencies.
      4. Interest rates have fallen from 6.75% to 2.75% since 2007 – the lowest rates on record. A family with a $300,000 mortgage is saving more than $5,000 a year.


      • Andrew Says:

        All may be true Gerard but that’s not what people vote for. They should but they don’t. They vote for personalities. Look at Maggie. She had all sorts of makeovers, especially her voice, until she was so secure she felt she was invincible. And then the men in the grey suits tapped her on the shoulder and said on your bike. As Rupert has done with Wendy. Maybe she should stand for PM instead.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes Andrew, you are right. Something I never really understood. The good things are not what drives voters. It is ‘personality’.
      It is annoying though. I should just stay away from politics.


  3. paul walter Says:

    Well done Gerard. You and Helvi are magic.


  4. Patti Kuche Says:

    I thought Australia might have made more progress in the “little woman” department!

    Weak men, wherever they are, will always find victims on whom to project their fears and anxieties. That this is often mistaken as “power” and the victims are usually women seems to be the driving force of religion, politics and business.


  5. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, but the last couple of years things have gone bad again. The attacks on women because of their gender is on the rise. This would not happen in the US or in Europe to that extend.
    The media is most guilty of that but any regulation to reign that in is seen as an attack on ‘freedom of speech’. The media in Australia is 68% Murdoch owned and dominated, so…The shock jocks on the radio are given carte blanche to attack mercilessly our PM who happens to be a woman. Then, we have the climate skeptics, the boat/foreign people haters and so it goes.


  6. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    It shows a certain sense of inferiority-complex and threat on the men’s part. What on earth are they afraid of? They have had a long run at “superiority”. Of coure we have it here in the States as well and it’s ugly and demeaning.


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