Press reports yesterday evening brought the excellent news that an alliance of women MP from the ÖVP. SPÖ and Greens had secured enough support within the various parties to ensure that the ‘daughters’ will find a place in the national anthem:
The behaviour of some male ÖVP MP’s towards their own female MP’s on this issue has not projected a particularly good image over the last week for a party trying to reposition itself as a modern relevant force. There is also an interesting interview in the der Standard, today, with Political Scientist Peter Filzmaier (Professor at the Department for Political Communication at Danube University Krems) in which, amongst other things, he highlights the conservative ÖVP’s voter gender imbalance and the problems the party has in attracting the support of 30 to 60 year old women in urban areas:
ÖVP leader Michael Spindelegger is reported in today’s der Standard as being open to a change in the Austrian national anthem to include reference to ‘daughters’ as well as ‘sons’.
See http://wp.me/p1crq5-jS for earlier story.
Links to a ‘childish’ behaviour from male MP’s and Christina Stürmer singing ‘Heimat bist du grosser Söhne und Töchter’.
So the attempts by the OVP to modernise and ‘liberalise’ their party image have not exactly been enhanced by the antics of some of their male MP’s who seem to have scored an own goal against their own women MP’s:
There are always arguments about language and gender (and yes the way we use language is important) but in this case the addition of ‘Home of great daughters, sons’ to the national anthem would certainly do no harm in helping to promote gender equality – at minimum the ‘political correctness gone made’ argument would help keep the debate to the fore in a country where ‘traditional’ gender attitudes are still strongly reflected in many areas despite large parts of society having largely moved on.
Below is a link to Christina Stürmer’s ‘Heimat bist du grosser Söhne und Töchter’, do have a listen: