The riotous annual event recognising the most sexist statements by Australian public figures over the past year has just happened this week.
Public humiliation visits every retailer occasionally. But to young women who are a bit on the large side, the embarrassment being visited on clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch must be as delicious as a good public flogging.
The often reliable Leigh Sales has a piece in The Drum listing “The ten questions Labor MPs are asking themselves”. Sadly, yet unsurprisingly, all ten pertain to the leadership of the party. Sales doesn’t seem to consider it even a possibility that anyone is allocating any brain space to policy or governing the country. Now, as much as it is a depressing thought, I acknowledge that there is every chance she is right. But as a reporter with a substantial platform, she has a choice about where to direct the conversation. She could, for instance, be inviting responses to these, alternative, questions, that Labor MPs have every reason to be asking themselves.
From gyzym on Tumblr: just shut up …consuming media critically is a skill, and in an age where media is more prevalent than ever before, it’s a skill worth having. It’s a skill worth having because you are going to continue to be exposed to media, and it is going to continue to attempt to manipulate you. In which it… Read more →
Australia’s annual awards for public displays of sexism took place at NSW Parliament House last night. Gold below the fold.
There was a bit of a controversy on Sunday when The Daily Telegraph, which is apparently still passing for a newspaper, put up a story called “PM Julia Gillard and Senator Pansy Wong – a reluctant embrace of an emotive issue; gay marriage”. Here’s the story in question. Let’s be very kind and move past the coding as gay of… Read more →
So, as we’ve probably all noticed, Australian news is kind of… Australia-centric? I’m wondering what news stories you’ve been encountering that really should be getting wider coverage. Here are some of mine: After years of military dictatorship, Burma is on the verge of democratic reforms… or so it would seem, because the new civilian government, backed by the military, is… Read more →
The SMH is at it again.
The Hugo nominations are out! The full list is below.
Any favourites? Any surprises? Any rejoicing at the rather marvellous gender balance? (Is this the first time with this many women? Has anyone done the maths? And check out that Best Novel category!) Any unrejoicing about the lack of racial balance (I think, and project from past experience; for many of these authors, I don’t know how they identify when it comes to race.) Other comments? What category are you watching the closest?
Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.
Looks like Selleys doesn’t want women to buy its products.
Welcome to the December 5, 2010 edition of down under feminists carnival, going up late because of Reasons!
Headlines: “Student becomes new police chief in Mexican town” vs “Just 20, young mother becomes Mexican top cop”
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.