BULLSH!T DISCUSSES: The bullying of Julia Gillard


“On what should have been one of the proudest days of Gillard’s political career, she bungled it with a less than flattering haircut and a frumpy ’80s tapestry print jacket… Get yourself a stylist your own age.” – Anita Quigley- Daily Telegraph

“I mean anyone who chooses to remain deliberately barren… they’ve got no idea what life’s about.” Senator Bill Heffernan.

“Juliar Bob Brown’s Bitch” “Burn the Witch”. Placards at anti-carbon tax Rally

“You’ve got a big arse, Julia, just get on with it.” Germaine Greer – ABC, Q&A.

Here’s a few of the insults thrown towards our former Prime Minister Julia Gillard over the years. Below is a video that showcases more of what Julia Gillard had to endure in her time as Prime Minister.

So here at BULLSH!T, we’re throwing it over to you. What do you think of the treatment of Julia Gillard? Do you think it was unfair? Do you really not give a shit? Do you think the misogyny angle was used too much? Do you think it was absolutely disgusting?

The general consensus from the BS team is whether a supporter of Gillard or not, the comments made about her appearance and other factors that had nothing to do with politics, were absolutely disgusting. Was this simply because she’s a woman? Or is there more to it than that?

We’d love to hear your opinions.

Discuss away BS readers.


2 thoughts on “BULLSH!T DISCUSSES: The bullying of Julia Gillard

  1. Personally, I think she got spared a fair bit of abuse because she was a woman. Look at what Tony Abbott puts up with; comments about his genitals in swimwear, and accusations he is a pedophile because he is Catholic (bit like saying Ed Husic fucks goats because he is Muslim, but there would be some outrage about that one.)

    Australia is a crude country and politicians in Australia are not spoken about in tones of respect. That is the way Australia is.

    Instead of complaining that she was being treated different;y because she was a woman, Gillard should have come out and said that she should be treated differently because she was a woman, because that is basically what most people wanted. They were uncomfortable seeing a woman treated with the same level of disrespect and lewd commentary that men are treated with. I think she should have come out and said, fine, if you men want to belittle each other that way, fine, but when you speak about me, and all women, a little more civility is expected.

  2. I am disgusted by the way she was treated in terms of her appearance. Bully away about her politics all you like, because that’s normal politics. But do I care about what jacket she was wearing? No I do not. Save it for celebrities who’s lives revolve around looking good, not the prime minister who’s life revolves around things that are a little more complicated, like running a country.

    I would say the same thing if this kind of nonsense went on over Kevin’s suit choices but it doesn’t. I concede that it does happen to Tony Abbott, but generally his swimwear is the subject of cartoon sections of the paper, not on the front page as news.

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