Marry a man, man

As you may know, my homeland of Australia (from which I am thrilled to be writing this very blog post!) had an election over the weekend. It ended in a hung parliament, since neither party won enough seats to claim a majority. This has left us all feeling rather confused and annoyed, and hopefully it will be resolved soon. But to be honest, no matter who ends up on top, I’ll be disappointed, because both parties have made it clear that they will not support marriage equality for Australians (also because, according to Women on Boards, the percentage of women in this new parliament will be 24%, down four percent from before the election). On the issue of marriage equality, we have this brilliant Old Spice parody from Aussie political satire show “Yes We Canberra”:

Transcript below the jump.

Hello ladies. Look at your man. Now back to me. Now back at your man. Now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me. But he is sleeping with me, because he’s gay like me. And we can’t get married. Look down. Back up. Where are you? You’re on a boat, with the man your man can’t marry. What’s in your hand? Back to me. I have it. It’s a wedding ring from that guy I love. Look again. The ring has now been taken away by both major parties to pander to conservatives. Anything is possible if you’re gay, except getting married. I’m on a high horse.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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