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tigtog (aka Viv) is the founder of this blog. She lives in Sydney, Australia: husband, 2 kids, cat, house, garden, just enough wine-racks and (sigh) far too few bookshelves.

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  1. orlando
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    Still Life with Cat has a fine skewering of one of the most wretchedly common double standards we have to deal with daily. Sometimes it’s great to have a concrete example to point to.

  2. tigtog
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    Ben Pobjie riffs on that antifeminist flamelinkbait post from the Punch:

    I am going to come right out and say it: Josephine Asher is RIGHT.
    Why, Feminism? Why do you insist on making me less of a man? Why can’t it be like it was in the old days, when men were men and women were women and everyone was happy with that, and if they weren’t they took powerful anti-depressants and repressed their feelings in a healthy and socially lubricative way, and there were never any arguments over who was going to go out and earn a living at the steelworks or merchant bank and who was going to stay home tending to the children and honey-glazing a ham? Don’t we all yearn for those days? I know I do.

    Just think of how it makes us feel, when we see a woman, say, build a house, or fire a gun, or drive a car or wear long pants. It makes us feel small. It makes us feel insignificant. It make us feel weak and effeminate. Let’s not beat around the bush here: every time a woman picks up a briefcase, a man’s penis turns to dust.

  3. Helen
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    The New Scientist commentary on new book, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality. I can’t H/T the person I got it from b/c I can’t remember who tweeted th elink – sorry!

  4. tigtog
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    Jack Schafer at Slate (via @ggreenwald on Twitter):

    Why I Love WikiLeaks

    For restoring distrust in our most important institutions

  5. Chris
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    orlando @ 1 – actually Foley has copped quite a bit of criticism on ABC radio (among other places) in Adelaide over his judgement for walking alone at night a 3am. And the opposition leader although clearly stating that everyone should have the right to walk around at night and not get assaulted seemed to me to deliberately leave open the question of whether the incident demonstrated that he lacked good judgement.

  6. Mindy
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    @ Chris – in some ways that is worse I think. It suggests that we should just accept that there are thugs out there and everything is at our own risk. There seems to be no understanding that it doesn’t have to be like that.

  7. Chris
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    Mindy – I don’t think that believing that walking around around alone at night at 3am when you don’t need to is an indicator of poor judgement because its much riskier than other times and at the same time wanting and working towards a situation where that is not the case are inconsistent viewpoints. There’s the world we live in and the one we work towards.

    I used to be someone who would walk around Adelaide with no to little thought to personal safety. And then one day I got assaulted in the Adelaide CBD when I was wandering through an area with very few people around and not paying attention to what was going on around me. Since then I’m more cautious about where/when I go and don’t let my mind wander as much keeping myself aware of what is going on around me.

    I realise its a very fine line between saying risky behavior can lead to bad outcomes and victim blaming. But at the same time I know I’ve avoided problems when travelling overseas because of my change in behavior. Its not that sort of thing that boys are warned about when growing up, but perhaps it should be.

  8. Helen
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    Great review of the Deathly Hallows by That’s So Pants:

    As dramatic trajectories go, I think the film has the character development about right at this point. When you’re sixteen-going-on-seventeen, life really does slow to a torpid pace as you drag your adolescent self through those torturous final years of schooling towards adulthood and the freedoms it represents. And no one does tell you anything and you really do have to work the world out for yourself. And even if adults did try to advise you, you would never, ever have given them the time of day.

    In one scene Harry leads Hermione into a tension-busting dance. They are holed up in a tent in the New Forest. Ron has scarpered and both are feeling mentally and physically beat. Harry extends his hand with youthful manliness. Hermione, for once, suppresses her inner control freak. They dance along to some music playing on an old-fashioned battery-operated radio, echoing a thousand films past. But this is no seduction scene. What we get is neither sexy nor romantic. It’s the senior prom these kids were never able to have. This is the dance of transition. A small gesture from the seventeen-year-old who is destined to battle evil on behalf of all humanity, whether magical or muggle, indicates a rite of passage traversed. And it doesn’t call for compromise on the part of Hermione. What we have here is a maturing of equals. In a cinemascape awash with girls depicted as legs with lips, I’m personally very glad of the individual that is Hermione Granger.

    Read the whole thing here.

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