A Change.org petition has been created calling on the Australian Financial Review to remove and publicly apologise for an article in which former Labor leader Mark Latham criticised Fairfax columnist Lisa Pryor and working mothers, and used fairly insane sentences like "left feminism is akin to a psychoneurotic disorder".
Last week, the AFR - owned by Fairfax Media, which also publishes this site - ran an article from Latham titled ‘Why Left Feminists Don’t Like Kids’. In the piece – a response to a Good Weekend column from Pryor, in which she stated she manages her workload as a journalist, medical student and mother of two with the help of “caffeine and antidepressants” – Latham essentially attacked Pryor and “inner-city mothers” for, uh, not appreciating motherhood as much as he does? (sorry, it's hard to tell what he's actually going on about through all the humble-brags about his "huge native garden" and "gourmet cooking" prowess).
The petition, launched by Daily Life contributor Jenna Price, is directed at the AFR's editors Michael Stutchbury and Paul Bailey.
“AFR – remove Mark Latham’s disgraceful attack on medical student and mother, Lisa Pryor, from your website and force Latham to apologise. Ask this year’s winners of AFR’s ‘100 Women Of Influence’ to say enough is more than enough,” the petition states.
how can latho be 53 years old and have such an ass-backwards understanding of feminism— eleanor robertson (@marrowing) November 19, 2014
Shorter Mark Latham: I am fundamentally incapable of understanding the experiences of a human being who is not myself.— Ruby Hamad (@rubyhamad) November 19, 2014
. @apatrickafr It is not my responsibility to write a response, it is your newspaper's responsibility to publish an apology.— Lisa Pryor (@pryorlisa) November 20, 2014
Latham's piece - already widely ridiculed across social media - also brought rebuttals over the weekend from fellow Fairfax contributors Jacqueline Maley and Annabel Crabb, who described Latham's statements as "at least borderline defamatory".