i was listening to question time in parliament last week (yeah, i know i'm a bit of a geek like that) and at the end of one question about the minister of social development, hon bill english (on behalf of the PM) tagged this line to the end of his answer:
What is it about female Ministers that irritates Labour so much?
this totally pisses me off. the implication that questioning a minister about her portfolio responsibilities, or questioning the prime minister about his confidence in any minister, is sexist simply because that minister happens to be female is rather pathetic. it speaks more to mr english's view of female ministers in his cabinet, that he can't see beyond their gender and restrict his comments to their portfolio responsibilities.
you can find a full transcript of the questions here, and it clearly shows that none of the questions regarding confidence in hon paula bennett had anything to do with her gender. so why did his answer include it?