HOW DO POLITICIANS ADDRESS GENDER EQUALITY RIGHTS?
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The main purpose of the article is to analyse the language and argumentation used by Polish politicians in debates on equality and gender equality rights. The material analysed in the article includes shorthand records gathered in the internet archives of the Sejm and the Senate during legislative works on the bill on the equal status of men and women. The conclusion, drawn after the analysis, supports the initial theses of the authors (Marek Czyzewski, Sergiusz Kowalski, Andrzej Piotrowski), who claimed that the basic 'mode of public discourse' in Poland is the so-called 'ritual chaos', which manifests a lack of will of agreement and ostentatious self-presentation. During the debate the MPs defined the key words such as 'equality' and 'parity' in various manner, they marginalised the problem of discrimination of sexes and showed a lack of professionalism in their presentations. It was surprising to see one of the strongest voices against the bill presented by the representative of the 'Platforma Obywatelska', which normally claims liberalism and equality. Meanwhile, the most rational and balanced views and arguments for equality of rights for women were presented by a representative of the 'Samoobrona'.
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