In Sydney, anyway. I’m so taking Amanda from Pandagon there if she ever comes visiting Sydney. A salon in an old shop/townhouse on Enmore Road. It has one side-wall purple, the other silver, miniature disco balls and purple-glitter boa-type streamers hanging everywhere, and halogen-blue fairy lights draped all round. For the insufferable music snobs, there are arty hipster musician photos… Read more →
Which is the shiny new hangout for the folks from Shakespeare’s Sister, which will remain as their archive site. Shakers, update your blogrolls! Update: The new site has been made unusable through DOS attacks, so the Shakers are back at the old site, now renamed Shakesville also. Misty posted this fabbo photo pranking Fred Phelps, founder and chief pastor of… Read more →
Sexism-free literature is “propaganda”, by its very nature. Or so Andrew Riemer, Herald book critic, firmly believes, as quoted by the SMH. According to the ABC, John Hinde has bequeathed a new literary prize, one of Australia’s richest. The prize is to honour his wife, Barbara Jefferis, feminist author, hoyden, and the first female president of the Australian Society of… Read more →
Kathy Sierra, writing about how she has cancelled an upcoming conference speech and other engagements due to overwhelming fear following hate-speech and threats directed at her online. The threats were at a sufficiently high level that Sierra has reported them to the police and apparently the FBI is investigating them, because making death threats online, just as in “real life”, is a crime.
The United Aborigines Mission. This stuff went out of fashion years ago, didn’t it? Those missions – the ones that stole children, tortured them, and stripped them of their heritage – they’re completely gone, aren’t they? What with the Bringing Them Home report and all. Not a trace survives, at least not out and proud. Or so I thought. Until… Read more →
LP is offline at the moment UPDATE: Back online now. We’ve exceeded our bandwidth, and despite a request to the webhosts previously to roll over into the next payment plan and keep continuity of service if that happens, apparently the sales people who promised this have not implemented it with the tech people. You know how that goes. As the… Read more →
A great post from 2005: That was the question I was asked: how would you prove to a blind man, that photography exists? I knew what he was getting at. We had been discussing psychics. He was a firm believer in psychic powers, had had psychic experiences, and regularly visited a psychic. His point was, since I had not experienced… Read more →
image from reuters.com Panda babies can even soothe the savage enpeevened breast: mr tog and I have been watching a rather moreish British drama on cable telly, starring the rather moreish Martin Shaw, wherein he plays a maverick High Court Judge, Judge John Deed. On more than one occasion, His Lordship has had occasion to bluntly inform someone that he… Read more →
Benazir Bhutto writes of being the first ever elected national leader to give birth while in office. Her pregnancies became political capital. And yet another female minister has stepped out of Cabinet to the back bench in order to spend more time with her offspring – NSW MLA Carmel Tebbutt. I empathise, and even applaud her. I’d applaud a male… Read more →
It really pays for politicians to check what their oft-overlooked web support staff are getting up to. Especially if they have designed one’s webpage using somebody else’s template. Because there are several problems with that. Ethically, obviously, if one’s web design team rips off code that somebody else has created without attribution, it’s not a good look. If, as part… Read more →
I’ve got a cold that’s making concentrating difficult, and I’m having a bit of a down in the dumps reaction to having concentrated so hard on fundamental feminist theory the last few weeks while getting the basic FAQs for the Feminism 101 blog researched and posted. As an educated member of the professional class, I’m pretty privileged with regard to… Read more →
Pamela Bone’s piece, published on International Women’s Day, on the perceived kowtowing from Western feminists towards cultural relativism certainly stirred up a few reactions. I didn’t blog on it myself as my reaction was essentially the same as the one I’d had to a similiar piece from Janet Albrechtsen recently, but Shaun and Kim over at LP both took it… Read more →
As I was leafing through the comments thread, impressed at their perspicacity and contemplating the differences between femininity, femaleness, and womanhood, I was also cruising some online toy stores.
Anti-evolutionists often make the claim that Darwin was racist as if, even were the accusation true (we’ll get to its falseness shortly), that a racist stance would somehow invalidate his scientific discoveries. These claims have repeatedly been shown to be incorrect characterisations, generally involving selective quoting (and editing) of Darwin’s writings out of context, a practice referred to as quote… Read more →