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Lessons from Lawsy

"The gap between being an outspoken woman and an opinionated man in this country is so wide, you’d be forgiven for thinking Don Draper was PM."

"The gap between being an outspoken woman and an opinionated man in this country is so wide, you’d be forgiven for thinking Don Draper was PM."

 

 

25 comments so far

  • theres a difference when youre an apex predator like Lawsie...Charlotte is not on the same heirachy wrung. Alan Jones will turn into Lawsie one day...its got nothing to do with confidence its power. Whether that power is real or imagined it still comes across the same. Charlotte got into trouble because she was powerless (and had a book coming out)...Lawsie still enjoys power, because hes wealthy. He now enjoys a different type of power than being in control of a radio show but power is power.

    Commenter
    grimotr
    Location
    inner west
    Date and time
    October 08, 2012, 9:14AM
    • @ grimotr
      Agree and while it is true that there is still a yawing divide in this country between acceptable public behaviour from men and women, Lawsie was much more savvy in his approach than Ms Dawson. We can only assume that the ABC approached Mr Laws for comment, a very different power position for a start than Ms Dawson, who conducted a silly running ongoing exchange with trolls on the internet. An exchange that she was unable to control. She got to emotionally invested and couldnt let go, even though anyone would know that the only way to deal with this sort of exchange is to disengage - In the same way we tell our children to disengage from cyber bullying. She demonstrated no perspective, maturity or insight in her approach. The reverse is true of Lawsie.He was obviously approached by the ABC to comment and saw it as an opportunity to get on TV for free, obviously wasn't taking the situation seriously and was toying with a very serious Ms Sales who in the current typical broadcast media paradigm was trying to trap him into saying something that he clearly was to smart to say. This was an experienced wily broadcaster milking the publicity while saying not much. Lawsie 1 Leigh Sales 0. What was the ABC thinking in allowing this? On the other hand Ms Dawson was too invested and emotionally engaged and placed herself in the position where she became the target. Not very smart.

      Commenter
      Seriously
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 10:10AM
  • Probably true to an extent but Lawsy has been around for a long time and has earn't the right to the respect he has.

    Women never get to be around that long because of sexism but you'd have to compare a 70 year old media icon woman to a pretty boy reality TV host for it to be a fair comparison.

    Commenter
    Age too
    Date and time
    October 08, 2012, 9:34AM
    • You've got me picturing a drunk and surly Kerry Anne calling Charlie Pickering an unwashed hippie.

      Commenter
      Lucid Fugue
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 08, 2012, 12:04PM
    • i reckon germaine greer would come close - if she wasn't so keen on creating quotable, catchy material

      Commenter
      1+1
      Date and time
      October 08, 2012, 7:17PM
  • Totally agree, but can you pass around this memo:
    Mole
    n.
    1. A small growth on human skin, usually slightly raised and dark and sometimes hairy.
    2. A small insectivorous mammals of the family Talpidae, usually living underground.
    2. A machine that bores through hard surfaces, used especially for tunneling through rock.
    3. A spy who operates from within an organization, a double agent.
    Moll
    n. Slang
    1. A woman companion of a gunman or gangster.
    2. A woman prostitute.
    Also-can you you simply refer to women as women-not by their parts or those they own such as "ovaries"?

    Commenter
    M!
    Location
    Melb
    Date and time
    October 08, 2012, 10:38AM
    • Hooray!!! Somebody can still read and write "Moll" is yet another word that has fallen victim to the mass illiteracy of the 21st century. Dawson showed her ignorance by mis-spelling it, and not one journo (including the writer of this article) has corrected her.

      Commenter
      Jimbob
      Date and time
      October 08, 2012, 4:51PM
  • Lawsy is he still around he must be an old carcass now goodness gracious and you think he is respected. The older generation dont think so.

    Commenter
    Pickled Herring
    Location
    Frankston
    Date and time
    October 08, 2012, 10:47AM
    • There's a rush of people claiming bullying when what they're really complaining about is a robust, honest and possibly justifiable criticism of their behaviour or work etc. Make judgements about them that are are forceful/robust/strong but positive and they fall over themselves to agree and re-Tweet your praise. Make equally forceful/robust/strong judgements about them that are 'negative' - the great Gen-Y bogey word - and they chuck a tantrum, play the victim - and cry 'bully'.

      Some people have a short memory. I'm no fan of Laws, I always thought he was a preposterous w@#&er, but no one can deny his genuine success and ability over decades. Charlotte Dawson? Hmmm. Apples and oranges. Laws was playing a game, a game he's moved beyond and just popped back into for a laugh. Dawson is taking it seriously, unfortunately.

      In a world where innocent people are shot and bombed every day just trying to live their lives, a Twitter 'attack' is no attack at all. Get some perspective, carry on.

      Commenter
      4892
      Location
      south
      Date and time
      October 08, 2012, 10:49AM
      • The difference is not male vs. female. The difference is John Laws has an outstanding history of adding to public debate on matters of wide concern, earning the respect of leaders and the public alike. Ms Dawson's claims to fame appear to be limited to her former marriage to Scott Miller and being a "slashie" (actress/model/social commentator/etc.). Let's put away the "beat up" tool of journalism and try something elese.

        Commenter
        JZCarr
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        October 08, 2012, 11:01AM

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