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The Misogyny of New Zealand As Exhibited By Don Brash

Having just read Don Brash: a turbulent private life (Stuff, 10th April, 2014) I find Don Brash's underlying misogyny (as I read it) very depressing, far more than his cries of, "Oh woe is me, I work too hard [but that's not a bad thing is it, eh eh, wink]"

The first statement that made me reel a little was this:
She not only bore me two wonderful children ...

Maybe that's just language from the 1950s coming through and doesn't mean what I think it does - good little pack horse, did her job well!

But this:
... there is an awful lot of adultery going on. And perhaps that is why devout Muslims require women to be covered from head to toe.
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It seems to me that the great majority of human males are programmed to find women sexually attractive, and that programming goes way back in evolutionary time.
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... there is an extremely powerful biological urge which most men have to learn to control.

Really, it's a woman's place to ensure she doesn't tempt the men is it?!?

  1. Fucking grow some balls and take responsibility for your actions
  2. Women also find men sexually attractive
  3. Men are NEVER talked about like this

But the most depressing part of this article is that Don Brash is (and always was) representative of a substantial (but by no means majority) portion of the New Zealand populace. He says what they want to hear because he thinks like them.

When Don Brash was in politics at least they weren't hidden - in fact I applaud him for standing up for what he / they believe in. But now they are unrepresented they are hidden behind louder more politic voices .... but they still think what they thought when Don was around.

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