Hanson-Young accuses Leyonhjelm of ‘slut shaming’

3 July 2018

Hanson-Young accuses Leyonhjelm of ‘slut shaming’

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has accused Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm of “slut shaming me” when he told her to “stop shagging men” during a parliamentary debate regarding violence against women.

Senator Leyonhjelm has refused to apologise, defending his words as being in response to a statement Senator Hanson-Young made which characterised all men as rapists, a claim she has denied.

Speaking to the ABC’s RN Breakfast on Tuesday, Senator Hanson-Young said:

“You don’t, because you’re losing a political argument, reduce the discussion or the debate down to sexist slurs and sexual innuendo, and that’s what David Leyonhjelm has done.

“That’s why I confronted him in the chamber on the day that it first occurred. I decided at that moment I’d had enough of men in that place using sexism and sexist slurs, sexual innuendo as part of their intimidation and bullying on the floor of the Parliament.”

Ms Hanson-Young said she felt a responsibility to call out Mr Leyonhjelm’s behaviour, saying:

“David Leyonhjelm is suggesting, because he can’t win an argument, he wants to bully, that I am sexually promiscuous.

“He is, for lack of a better word — and I really apologise for this — I’m thankful that my daughter is home in bed still and not up for school — he is slut shaming me. That is what he is doing.

“Women right around this country know it; men, decent men, know it. And I’m not prepared to sit here and be intimidated and bullied. It’s offensive, it’s inflammatory, and he has shown over and over again that he is unfit to be in the Parliament.”

The remarks were made while the Senate was debating a proposal to lift the ban on importation of non-lethal self-defence devices such as pepper sprays, mace and tasers and for state governments to actively promote such devices to women for their personal protection.

As Greens Senator Janet Rice spoke against the proposal, Senator Hanson-Young yelled a statement to the effect that all men are rapists, according to Senator Leyonhjelm.

This prompted him to retaliate by telling her to “stop shagging men”.

Ms Hanson-Young later approached Mr Leyonhjelm and called him a creep, to which he replied, “Fuck off.”

In a statement, Mr Leyonhjelm said he would not apologise for his words but would rephrase them, saying, “I strongly urge Senator Hanson-Young to continue shagging men as she pleases.”

Senator Hanson-Young told the ABC’s 7:30 programme on Monday night that she is seeking legal advice.