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5 responses to “Femmostroppo Reader – November 2, 2009”

  1. SunlessNick

    “[M]ost of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches,” Daniels wrote.

    The hell? How many witches does he think there are? And do we* all work at candy factories? (Let alone getting into what witches are).

    * I’m not a witch, but I am something that he wouldn’t distinguish from one.

    Inevitably in the last article, someone brings up the slippery slope.

  2. Jo Tamar

    A good opinion piece on ob/gyn services and Catholic hospitals: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/women-are-being-failed-by-our-hospitals-20091102-htcd.html

    Amazingly, the majority of the comments (so far!) are pretty good. I doubt that will last.

    And in addition to what the author says: this is a good reason to encourage homebirth – it would free up beds for the women who really need them. (Not that homebirth would solve the problems raised by the author – far from it! – but it could easily be a piece of the solution.)

  3. lauredhel

    Oh, Jo, that’s awful. We just need to get RID of public Catholic hospitals, nationwide. The situation is ridiculous and dangerous and completely unacceptable.

  4. PharaohKatt

    “[M]ost of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches,” Daniels wrote.

    Lolz, I read that as “decapitated and prayed over”. I was wondering why anyone would buy headless jelly-babies and what not :P

  5. Purrdence

    re: the School Days link.

    I wish the school system did that in WA. How many kids would get to Year 1 with a better chance of personal academic success because they were ready, not because of some pre-determined age rule that assumes all kids are the same? The whole ‘the kid should stay with their age peers’ thing hasn’t always sat well with me, because I’ve seen kids who have been pushed through the years, even though they’re not coping (and haven’t been coping for a long time) and by the time they hit high school it’s a lot harder to get them up to speed than it would have been in primary school (and by that time they have a real negative attitude to learning and have behaviour issues as a result)…

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