George Megalogenis writing about Gillard’s speech in “Online sensation exposes Abbott’s gender card play to millions“:
What Gillard’s speech clarified is that Abbott doesn’t understand his opponent, even if he once got on well with her. He mistook her silence before last week as weakness. She didn’t react to the taunts because she didn’t want to seem shrill. He kept pressing, expecting that she would eventually crack. But she was biding her time, waiting for the opportunity when he over-reached.
And ohmygod, the number of times men have tried to clumsily use ‘feminism’ against me in really belittling ways like some game of Gotcha while apparently being oblivious to the sexist implications of what they’re doing, in exactly the same way that Abbott did to Gillard? So many times. Anyway, we can add this moment to the list of experiences women recognised in Gillard’s speech and why her words resonated with us. Megalogenis’ whole article is so worth the read if you want to Google the link so you can sneak past the paywall.