Sexual equality debate rages after DJ Alan Jones’s outburst

A furious debate on sexual equality is raging in Australia following misogynistic comments made by the country’s best-known radio DJ, who announced on his show that women in positions of power were destroying the joint.

Alan Jones’s outburst followed the announcement that Australia would be spending $320m promoting Pacific islands women in business and politics.

[Prime minister Julia Gillard] said that we know societies only reach their full potential if women are politically participating, scoffed Jones, who has previously suggested Gillard be put in a sack and dropped out to sea.

Women are destroying the joint, he said. [Former state chief police commissioner] Christine Nixon in Melbourne, [Sydney lord mayor] Clover Moore here. Honestly.

Days of heated debate — including a vigorous social media campaign against him — on the extent of sexism in the country have followed his comments — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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