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The most sexist Australians of 2014

The Ernie Awards rank sexist remarks by public figures throughout the year. And this year’s winners will make you both laugh and despair.

In case you haven’t heard of them, The Ernie Awards have been fighting the good fight against Australian sexism by highlighting misogynists and their stupid remarks for the past 20 years. And this year’s biggest women-bashers have just been announced.

Names like Tony Abbott, Kyle and Jackie O and, ironically, the minister assisting the PM for women, Michaelia Cash.

The Ernies accept nominations for outrageously, hilariously and infuriatingly sexist remarks that have been made in Australia throughout the year. They then celebrate the winners (losers) with a big Awards bash at Parliament House for 300-400 women.

Check out the full list, while you either howl laughing or weep in despair:

GOLD ERNIE and Political Silver Ernie

Christopher Pyne

for claiming that increases in uni fees won’t disproportionately affect women because – “women are well represented amongst the teaching and nursing students. They will not be able to earn the high incomes that dentists and lawyers will earn.”

Media Silver Ernie

Piers Akerman

“The ABC has tried to foist its left-wing agenda on the nation. Even the cartoon character Peppa Pig pushes a weird feminist line that would be closer to the hearts of Labor’s Handbag Hit Squad than the pre-school audience it is aimed at.”

Judicial Silver Ernie

Philip Strickland SC

for suggesting that former MP Jodie McKay’s recall of a conversation might not be accurate because she was in “an emotional state”.

Industrial Silver Ernie

Wicked Camper Vans

for slogans on their vans:
“Fat girls are harder to kidnap.”
“In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once.”
“Life sucks if your girlfriend doesn’t.”

Sport Silver Ernie (The Warney)

South Coast Winter Swimming Association

in response to women swimmers wanting to join the club moved the following motions:

“That the name of the South Coast Winter Swimming association should be changed to the South Coast Men’s Winter Swimming Association.”

“That member affiliation of the South Coast Winter Swimming Association is limited to males.”

Clerical/Celebrity Ernie (The Fred)

Kyle and Jackie O

For their on-air questioning of Sports Journalist, Erin Molan on how many sportsmen she has had sex with, whether she has had a boob job, and whether she has ever slept with a cricketer.

The Elaine (for the remark least helpful to the sisterhood)

Dead heat between

Michaela Cash, Minister assisting the PM on Women

“In terms of feminism, I’ve never been someone who really associates with that movement. That movement was a set of ideologies from many, many decades ago”

Miranda Devine

“After rising to the top of her party through affirmative action, out first female prime minister cynically played the victim card. Her unscrupulous complaints about sexism and misogyny just empowered the worst kind of women to excuse their own failings, and justified every sexist stereotype.”

The Good Ernie

Mark Lennon, Secretary of Unions NSW

for giving female staff 2% more superannuation than men, to acknowledge the structural issues that lead to women having one third of the super savings of men when they retire.

The Clinton (for repeat offenders)

Tony Abbott