Tag Archives: Feminism

2FU

THE creators of a Facebook page which urged companies to pull advertising from Alan Jones’ breakfast show has now called on him to made an on-air pledge. The social media group Destroy the Joint, called on Thursday for employees of the Macquarie Radio Network, including Jones, to commit to challenge “anyone who uses sex, race, […]

Alan Jones, feminism and Australian politics

Radio personality Alan Jones has been in trouble again, this time because he made some insensitive comments about the recent death of the father of Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Sydney University’s Liberal Club President’s Dinner. Jones suggested Gillard’s father ‘died of shame’ as a result of the lies his daughter had told the […]

Homosexual panic defence

A good post by Lorenzo on the “homosexual panic defence” and what it means for the status of women and gay men. Please go and read it. I would add that homosexual panic defence has become an issue again after a recent case in Queensland where one of the defendants attempted unsuccessfully to claim the […]

Breastfeeding law reaches everywhere except the courtroom

Via @simonwstockdale, I’ve become aware of the following case in Michigan, where a woman was chastised for breastfeeding in court: A woman fighting a Michigan boating ticket that had already resulted in a bench warrant says she had no choice but to take her 5-month-old with her to a Tuesday hearing as he recuperated from […]

Tribes and Tribulations

If I were an indigenous person trying to make life better for my people, I’d prefer that my cause not be “adopted” by one particular side of politics. Once you get adopted by one side, the other side won’t look at your legitimate claims and grievances, regardless of how much merit they have. Just look at the recent furore involving […]

A sense of entitlement

Here in Melbourne, I’ve been rather freaked out by the trial and sentencing of Arthur Freeman, a man who threw his four-year-old daughter Darcey off the Westgate Bridge on what was to be her first day of school on 29 January 2009. For non-Melburnians, the Westgate Bridge is a massive expanse spanning the Yarra River […]

On slut-shaming

Hamlet: Heaven and earth, Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on, and yet, within a month— Let me not think on’t—Frailty, thy name is woman!— Hamlet, Act 1, scene 2 I’ve written before about the schoolgirl who leaked photographs of St […]

Sexual harassment and the law

Personal recollections A long time ago, in the process of applying for Articles, I was sexually harassed by a male partner at a law firm. I think I was, anyway. I hadn’t received a place in the first round of offers, and I’d come to seek feedback on my interview technique. “What would you do […]

Drawing a long bow – Gillard and cohabitation

Bettina Arndt wrote a piece in the SMH the other day which Paul Norton at LP has described as a “Bondi cigar“, and I must say I’m inclined to agree with Paul’s assessment. Jason Soon alerted me to the piece in the first place, and I must say I’ve stolen his heading for my post […]

Paid maternity leave

I was doing my morning browse of the various papers when I came across this provocative statement by Susie O’Brien in the Herald Sun: Sorry, stay-at-home mums, but you don’t deserve paid parental leave. There’s one simple reason. You are not in the paid workforce. Her reasoning is that paid maternity leave is not to […]