ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents -

As hap­pens most years, you can ex­pect to hear a few grum­bles this com­ing Wed­nes­day about whether the fairer sex re­ally still needs a whole day set aside to mark In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. One per­son likely to per­suade the naysay­ers that the an­nual March 8 cel­e­bra­tion does in­deed re­main as rel­e­vant as ever is Eliz­a­beth De­bicki, who is not shy when it comes to call­ing out the sex­ism she be­lieves is still alive and well in 2017. Of be­ing con­stantly com­pared to fel­low Aus­tralian ac­tor and porce­lain-skinned blonde Cate Blanchett, a de­fi­ant De­bicki be­lieves such com­par­isons are in­dica­tive of a lazy ten­dency to “com­part­men­talise women”. And lest such talk be mak­ing the men feel ner­vous on this lovely Sun­day, iconic fem­i­nist Glo­ria Steinem also speaks ex­clu­sively to Stel­lar this week about why men are not the en­emy and why both sexes stand to ben­e­fit from the fight for gen­der equal­ity. It’s a win-win, she as­sures us. And on that note, may the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tions be­gin.

Sar­rah

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