The book Listen, bitch is a book about misogynist language. Many of the poems, including those below, are found-text assemblages, composed entirely of public statements nominated for Ernie Awards for Sexist Behaviour in their respective years. See The Ernies Book: 1000 Terrible Things Australian Men Have Said About Women (Meredith Burgmann and Yvette Andrews, Allen & Unwin, 2007). Many thanks to Meredith and Yvette, the Ernies founders, for permission to use their work in this way.
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The research and writing of Listen, bitch was supported by an ArtsACT grant during 2018.
you don’t need a model
to work this one out If you take out
and place it outside on the street
and the cats come and eat it
whose fault is it, the cats
or the uncovered meat ? The GST
will greatly affect the workers of Australia
and their wives hairy legged
femocrats they will abort
a baby just because it is
inconvenient or summer is approaching
and they want to wear a bikini there is
of course, nothing wrong with
a husband, faced with his wife’s initial
refusal to engage in intercourse, in
attempting, in an acceptable way, to
persuade her to change her mind and
that may involve rougher than usual
handling sweetheart, you don’t need
a model to work this one out the simple solution
is to prohibit all females
from using these
It's very unladylike to be yelling in the Parliament
Constant male bashing It’s not
in our values I’m a country guy so I know
Why would I vote for Malcolm in a skirt?
It’s not in our values to push some people down
to lift some people up. That is how
to fly a plane, ride a horse, and
That is true of gender equality.
We don’t want to see women rise
only on the basis of others doing worse.
Men who feel rage as a result of the failure
of their mothers … are highly likely
to project that rage onto future intimate partners,
and often all women. [I hope he’ll get] tough here
with a few backhanders…shove a sock
down her throat False accusations of violence
being used to destroy men’s lives.
Just tell her you know where she lives
and leave it at that. Lol. She will flip
It’s not in our values men having fewer rights
it ain’t a good look We don’t want to see women rise
I’m a country guy so I know how to feel rage
We're sorry. Removing the photo
sent the wrong message about demonising men
Many of the comments …were reprehensible
& we'll work harder to ban trolls
from our pages. Now that young lady
has a wonderful set of cahoonas
I’m a country guy so I know
how to project that rage onto future
intimate partners Lol. She will flip
I’ve had plenty of mates who’ve asked me
if they can project that rage onto …all women
shove a sock down her throat
and leave it at that. Lol.
We don’t want to see women
We're sorry… & we'll work harder
(then you’ll no longer be able to attack)
It’s very unladylike to yell.