Firstly, allow me to introduce foreign readers to a novel Australian expression … ‘drop-kick‘. This post was originally about one drop-kick in particular. It was then broadened to consider how female drop-kicks are represented in the media generally, particularly in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia’s ABC is notable for the extent to which it embraces the leftist/feminist/SJW perspective. On 17 March 2020 the ABC published an article about COVID-19 developments in Australia. Perhaps you might like to scroll down to the item about Hamilton Island.
That article mentions “a man diagnosed with coronavirus who recently travelled to Hamilton Island“. Actually it was a woman. Until this tourist travelled there, there were no other reported cases of COVID-19 in the region. The article also mentioned that the “ABC understands the patient recently travelled from New South Wales where they were first tested.”
A regional newspaper article published on 19 March 2020 (pay-wall protected) provides further/clearer details of the incident …
“A woman admitted to Mackay Hospital on Tuesday with coronavirus defied health orders and flew to Hamilton Island after being diagnosed with novel coronavirus in Sydney. It is understood the UK tourist, in her mid-30’s, was found on a Hamilton Island beach after NSW Health authorities alerted their Queensland counterparts”.
“She is understood to have told health authorities she did not understand the directive to self-isolate after testing positive to Covid-19“.
Meanwhile another article decries people who point the finger at those who may be carrying the virus:
‘I was shamed for not self-isolating after a ski-trip to Aspen‘ (17 March 2020) I assume that this women did not test positive for the virus – or at least not prior to being ‘shamed’.
“Seriously people, this is not the time for judging, finger pointing or shaming. Our world is in uncharted territory, we are all desperately trying to filter through the mass of news we’re consuming eager to decipher what works for us and our families.”
Yes, similar to the way feminists refrain from finger-pointing at, or shaming, men. All the time. Oh please, spare me the tunnel-vision!
A few more items related to the impact of Covid-19:
Coronavirus: Woman faces terrorism charges after coughing on groceries (27 March 2020) USA
Woman cops $1,000 fine after ignoring orders to self-isolate (27 March 2020) Australia. Good, #PussyPass denied
Is online shaming of COVID-19 rebels effective? Maybe, but not for everyone (25 March 2020) Canada. No mention of gender differentials in this article.
Bella Hadid shares coronavirus advice while eating burrito topless (25 March 2020) The view of her breasts is somehow important, right?
Brit abroad dragged from pool and arrested for breaking quarantine in Spain (24 March 2020) Surely a strong independent woman.
Self-Isolation Means Many Women Will Be Trapped With Their Abuser (24 March 2020) Just forget about male victims of abuse, OK? It’s just such a rare aberration – not worth worrying about.
Coronavirus porn is a thing, and of course it is (20 March 2020)
‘The coronavirus is killing far more men than women‘ and ‘Majority of NYC’s coronavirus cases are men between 18 and 49 years old’ (20 March 2020) and a Janice Fiamengo video entitled ‘More men die: Women most affected‘. Ooh, I hope I don’t break the spell by injecting reality.
Women Are Hit Hardest By Coronavirus Shutdowns – You Can Help (18 March 2020)
Business booming for cam girls amid coronavirus outbreak (14 March 2020)