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Populism and gender: Interview with Professor Anne Phillips
Are some women just plain stupid? Or is their vote for a man who is proudly sexist an important example of women exercising their own agency? Are they empowered by their freedom to choose a 'pussy' grabbing President? Or have they succumbed to the worst aspects of patriarchal Populism?
Has everyday sexism become so ubiquitous in modern life that we don't even notice it - or choose not to? And if so, how do we make sense of the current momentum around the #MeToo campaign?
These are just some of the questions BroadAgenda's Chief Editor, Virginia Haussegger, asked one of the world's greatest feminist scholars and thinkers, Professor Anne Phillips, of the London School of Economics. A prolific writer, Prof Phillips has authored numerous books including the seminal text 'The Politics of Presence'; 'Gender and Culture'; 'Democracy and Difference'; 'Engendering Democracy'; 'Democracy and Difference'; 'The Politics of the Human', just to name a few!
Prof Phillips is briefly visiting Australia and we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with her following her address to the Centre for Deliberative Democracy, at IGPA, the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.
Today's short interview (4.55 mins) is the first in our 3 part series with Prof Phillips in which we discuss gender in relation to Populism, Multiculturalism and Democracy.