It’s nice to see half the damn country call out Scott Morrison after he made a horrendous apology over the Parliament House rape scandal, in which he said he understands why rape is bad because, as his wife Jenny had to remind him, he has two daughters.
In case you missed it, Morrison literally said that “Jenny and I spoke last night, and she said to me, ‘You have to think about this as a father first. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?’ – Jenny has a way of clarifying things, always has.”
If ever we needed more proof that Canberra has a serious problem with women, the fact this line got through all of the PM’s speechwriters and aides is pretty solid evidence.
The man literally claimed he consulted his wife, and then thought about his daughters, before coming to the conclusion that a Liberal staffer’s rape allegations from inside Parliament House are extremely serious.
Aren’t we past men needing to have daughters to comprehend that women are human beings deserving of dignity? https://t.co/9d2S04X1dR
— Maddison Connaughton (@madconnaughton) February 15, 2021
As a father of sons I am doomed to never understanding how one might even begin to act with moral integrity or respect women.
— Benjamin Millar (@BenjaminMillar) February 15, 2021
imagine saying something like this and thinking it's some big flex of your emotional awareness, and not just you revealing an inability to feel empathy for women you're not personally related to https://t.co/y2937SOm7N
— alex (@lexgallagher) February 15, 2021
Feel so sad for all the dads out there who are cursed to hate women forever bc they only have sons.
— Kara Schlegl (@karaschlegl) February 16, 2021
Very quickly, people started wondering what Scott and Jenny talk about over dinner.
Some people wondered what their conversation even sound like. Did she really have to talk him though why rape is bad, step-by-step, using their daughters as examples?
Then people questioned what Jenny thought about other things. Just imagine if the Prime Minister consulted someone with empathy for all of his policies, such as the ongoing detention of the Tamil refugee family from Biloela.
Jen: so this woman
Jen: no just listen, I want you to try and imagine she is a person.
Jen: with feelings
Jen: with a father. Imagine her father. Imagine you were her father.
Scott: oh I sorry for father. https://t.co/ItgZcuPojY
— Michelle Brasier (@michellebrasier) February 15, 2021
Is rape bad?
1. Check with empathy coach
2. Ask cabinet
3. Ask wife
4. Ask cabinet if it’s ok to quote wife.
5. Quote wife
6. Ask wife if it’s ok to be quoted
— Rhys Muldoon (@rhysam) February 16, 2021
So, if there was no Jen Morrison wouldn’t know rape is bad?
— Robyn (@robynbryant33) February 15, 2021
What does Jenny think of the Biloela family detained on Christmas Island I wonder, two girls now aged 3 and 5 https://t.co/qDEvaZPKx3
— Bridie Jabour (@bkjabour) February 15, 2021
how exhausting it must be to be married to this cardboard cut out of a man
she has to walk him through “rape is bad” https://t.co/awcw6Kzn3w
— Leena (@LeenaVanD) February 15, 2021
Perhaps all mail regarding these children should be addressed to Jenny…. https://t.co/5qrSG3tyMJ
— Shifa Mustapha (@bintburton) February 16, 2021
If Jen ever gives birth to an unemployed person it could be a gamechanger.
— Neil McMahon (@NeilMcMahon) February 15, 2021
And then my wife said "what if this happened to you or someone you care about?" and it was such a novel concept.
— Jordan Raskopoulos (@JordanRasko) February 15, 2021
Morrison has now appologised for his earlier comments, stating that he realised they were insensitive after a long discussion with Jenny and the kids
— The Chaser ???? (@chaser) February 16, 2021
Amid all this chaos, who could forget a trailblazer of the genre:
the all-time "as a parent" take is still Sonia Kruger deploying "as a mum" to argue for banning Muslim immigration
— Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) February 16, 2021
Poor Jen. She’s got a lot of work ahead of her.