These pictures showed Gillard looking fragile with her security guard shielding her from danger. This footage has drawn more coverage across the world than any recent stories about Australia. In some places, the only coverage Ms Gillard will receive and by extension, the only way in which she will be known in some country is as the woman cowering from a threat, being protected by a man. The widespread coverage shows that many aspects of the media are not comfortable with the idea of powerful women.
Many female politicians (as the below article shows) are portrayed in this way, a way in which male politicians are not. When they show any sort of emotion, the media leaps on to it in order to show, arguably, that the women adhere to traditional stereotypes of being highly emotional and prone to showing vulnerability. This is an example of the male orientated media environment that is currently prevalent.
There are no pictures of Mr Abbott being escorted away from the protest that was essentially directed at him. Why is this? Is it because that would not provide such a perfect image of vulnerability as the little lady cowering in the arms of the big burly man? Or were there simply no pictures of Mr Abbott doing the same?
Source: The Guardian