I used to think the argument that Prime Minister Gillard has been excessively targeted for abuse was a pretty dubious proposition. I used to think that although there was clearly some elements of sexism amongst some of the criticism and abuse, you could easily find equivalents in, say, the casually anti-catholic nature of some of the criticism of Tony Abbott. I used to think the Prime Minister was using whatever sexism towards her existed as a weapon against her opponents, rather than as a weapon to fight sexism itself.

I used to think all of that. But it’s pretty hard to think that anymore.

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