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9 responses to “Recently in WTF”

  1. Jamie

    I feel a little guilty at giving the neighbor’s daughter a fairy-themed crystal growing kit a couple weeks ago. My daughter picked it out, and I like the who science aspect, but sometimes I despair because try as I might, I can’t convince my daughter not to love pink fairy things. Conversely, she also loves explosions and Science! and many other things. We often refer to her as our chainsaw princess from an early xmas pic of her in frilly dress-up gloves wielding a toy chainsaws with a look that you wouldn’t want to be on the other side of.

  2. tigtog

    LOL at chainsaw princess – I think she needs a manga story!

    It’s hard to stop girls who are surrounded by pop culture and consumerist visions of pink fairy princesses from absorbing those messages and wanting those sparkly things. It certainly happened to my daughter, despite me dressing her mainly in reds and yellows and greens as an infant. She grew out of the pink sparkly phase a long time ago, and is now in rather severe backlash, which has its own problems: how do we reject being constrained to only the dainty aspects of femininity without demonising everything fluffy/sparkly/dainty instead? Because that happens a lot, and it’s yet another way of denigrating the feminine, because to some people that’s all that femininity is/should be.

  3. Book Girl

    This is fucking terrible, so far past WTF as to end up in a different galaxy:

    Note in the second link, it’s not actually a post by Tankard-Reist herself, but a guest post about the issue.

  4. Book Girl

    There were two links in my comment – this is the one that went missing – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-29/20111129-terry-martin-sentenced/3702258

  5. The Amazing Kim

    That journalist dude in the British media inquiry who said that no one “needs” a right to privacy and that “privacy is for pedophiles”. WTF, right there.

    In trivial matters, Coles’ repeated claims that they are reducing prices on (x) “because we all buy (x)”. I swear I have never bought any of the items that we all buy.

  6. Mindy

    @TAK – I often find myself saying “unless you are celiac/observing a religious dietary requirement/vegetarian/vegan/dairy intolerant etc. I don’t know who wrote the ads or indeed who approved them but they need to be sat down and have a few things explained to them. Fail.

  7. tigtog

    TAK – ugh, Paul McMullan, former deputy features editor of NOTW.

    “Circulation defines the public interest,” he said, which meant that everything was legitimate as long as the public bought the paper.

    “You have to appeal to what the reader wants. I was simply serving their need,” he said, before describing a career of capers justified by the observation: “You just don’t go up to a paedophile priest and say, ‘Hello good sir; you are a priest; do you like abusing choir boys?’ ”

    This, he argued, apparently gave cause for a culture of blagging, surveillance and even phone hacking, although he stopped short of incriminating himself on that one.

  8. YetAnotherMatt

    “You have to appeal to what the reader wants. I was simply serving their need,” he said, before describing a career of capers justified by the observation: “You just don’t go up to a paedophile priest and say, ‘Hello good sir; you are a priest; do you like abusing choir boys?’ ”

    That sounds more like a discussion on the research that lead to the publication of a magazine marketed to paedophiles.

  9. Jo Tamar

    Ah, so much WTFery!

    And here’s another one, from this article about police being shitty that someone they arrested for a horrible crime is now seeking to try – legally – to be released:

    ”Baker [Crump's co-accused] was very lucky to ever serve a life sentence as a now-deceased detective pulled his gun out to shoot him and was talked out of it. They [Baker and Crump] only lived because of the professionalism of the NSW and Queensland detectives investigating the murders. We would immediately have become the hunted if they had been killed, say, ‘trying to escape’.

    [my emphasis]

    First, a disclaimer: what Baker and Crump did was terrible. However, Parole Boards tend to be remarkably hard-nosed – and after nearly 40 years, it is actually possible that he now poses no risk to the community (although 40 years in an Australian prison is unlikely to actually reform anyone /snark).

    However, the quote above says SO much more about the police than anything else – and is definitely worthy of some WTFery. I’m sorry, but “we didn’t do something horrendous because there would have been community outrage”, which is basically what that last sentence says, is NOT the same as “professionalism”!!!!!!!

    The police force. Not known for fostering a culture of introspection and self-awareness.

    (Not saying all cops are bad, or even that most are. It’s just that, to be a cop, you have to back your own judgment and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your colleagues, which does not promote the kind of environment in which self-regulation works.)

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