Uni professor: Rockhampton is not a sexist town

ARE Rockhampton people more sexist than their city counterparts?

Are Central Queenslanders more sexist than their city counterparts

This poll ended on 12 October 2012.

Current Results

Yes

24%

No

51%

The same

23%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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Central Queensland University's Dean of Commerce and Law Assoc Prof Rob Fisher said he had not seen a lot of sexism in Rockhampton for years.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's accusation of misogyny towards Tony Abbott has put the issue of sexism in the national spotlight.

"I live and work in a fairly rarefied environment being the university, so I have not witnessed any sexism first hand for a while in Rockhampton," he said.

Assoc Prof Fisher recounted when he first started work in a Rockhampton factory during the 1970s.

"What I heard people say about female co-workers would call for instant dismissal nowadays," Assoc Prof Fisher said.

"I've never thought it was fair for people to assume a place like Rocky is sexist especially when sexism runs rampant in parliament."

Mr Fisher said in all communities "the message is clear" this sort of behaviour could put you in strife whether it be personally or professionally.

"There has been a cultural shift, coupled with new and revised legislation to prevent sexism issues in society," he said.

He made reference to the mines, and how it could be a place much more prone to sexism because of the male-dominated environment.

Assoc Prof Fisher acknowledged sexism probably could not be removed from society, but steps had been taken to prevent it in the workplace.



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