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  • Media Circus: USA Convention Season Edition

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    What might Hillary really be thinking? How about Michelle?

    Here in Oz, buckle up for more Brandis Equivocation-Watch.

  • Media Circus: Australia votes 2016

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Need a last minute guide and cheat sheet generator to take into the polling booth (and know which polling place near you has the oughta-be-obligatory Democracy Sausage sizzle happening)? Here’s the links you need.

  • WTF OTD: Me-me-me-ternity leave

    Photograph taken of the photographers reflection in a mirror, mostly what we see is the camera with some fingers and some forehead

    A schmaltz-free post on mothering for Mother’s Day! Denise Huza’s response on xojane to an author interview that made a lot of women (not all of them mothers) pretty damn cranky: – “After years of mothers getting little recognition for what they do, we are finally making headway. It’s no longer a secret that mothering is hard, thankless work. Foye’s argument for “me-ternity” (a term I hope I never have to type or read again) craps on that fight.

  • Friday Hoyden: “Mama” Cass Elliott

    A paleskinned fat woman with dark hair lies front-down and naked upon a bed of white daisy-like flowers. Her head is held high with a wide smile looiing into the camera. We can see her head, one shoulder, a bit of buttock, and her feet up in the air. One hand is just visible holding a flower next to her face, and we see another flower held between her toes so it lies just on the sole of one foot.

    Just look at her fancy white-booted footwork in this clip of The Mamas and the Papas performing “Dancin’ in the Street”.

  • Media Circus: Sets The Bar For Ministerial Conduct Impossibly High edition

    A wide-eyed owl with open beak. Image is captioned "O RLY?"

    Today’s news links are of highly paid professionals in positions with above-average levels of public interaction who have somehow failed to hurdle extremely low bars for standards of conduct.

    What’s piqued your media interests lately? (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!)

  • Here’s 200 things to keep me busy for the rest of this year

    The Greek philosopher Diogenes (404-323 BC) is seated in his abode, the earthenware tub, in the Metroon, Athens, lighting the lamp in daylight with which he was to search for an honest man. His companions were dogs that also served as emblems of his "Cynic" (Greek: "kynikos," dog-like) philosophy, which emphasized an austere existence.

    One of my 2016 New Year resolutions has been daily decluttering. Nothing too intensive on any one day, just picking a corner/box/drawer/cupboard/shelf and committing a Neatness Of The Day. Some Daily Neatnesses will no doubt be more impressive undertakings than others.

  • Media Circus: ASIO chief slammed for expert advice edition

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    What’s piqued your media interests lately? As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for items covering any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

  • Feminist burnout: the toll of continually responding to the news cycle

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    Late last year, writer Tanya Ashworth contacted me for my answers to some questions she had about the effects of immersing oneself in the background media consumption required to write regularly about feminist issues: the drip-drip-drip of piece after piece of anti-women incident coverage and condescending/fatuous/abusively sexist op-eds. Yesterday she finally managed to get that article published, and my answers are in fine company – Clementine Ford, Van Badham, Lou Heinrich and Viv Smythe: optimism in the face of online abuse.

  • Quicklink of the Day #2: #DestroyTheJoint excludes voices of women with disabilities

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    So disappointed and angry about DtJ excluding the voices of women with disabilities from their #beingawoman discussions; it’s especially appalling that DtJ community admins have blocked simple announcements about the upcoming White Flower Memorial gathering to commemorate women, men and children with disabilities who have died as a result of violence, neglect or abuse.

  • Quicklink Of The Day #1: Transgender Day of Remembrance

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    Assigned Male on Tumblr posted about what’s important to remember not just on the official day.

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