More than 700 convicts were included in the Fleet, along with sailors and soldiers – and today, it’s even a little bit cool to trace your family back to a convict settler. There’s no doubt that those who survived those early years were incredibly hardy, determined and resourceful people. But for me in particular, I find the story of the women founders of this country to be quite amazing. Continue Reading
This is a big question: who owns my body? The obvious answer, you’d think, is me. And in an ordinary conversation, nobody would argue with me. But the moment I step outside my house, I’m faced with a multitude of arguments – and none of them take my wishes into account at all.
If I go to a football match (doesn’t matter which code), I’ll inevitably see women represented there in the shape of shapely cheerleaders in their amazingly skimpy outfits. Amazing that they stay on while they leap and gyrate in front of the crowd, each routine a dance filled with hip thrusts and butt wiggles suggestive of only one thing. Continue Reading
Here’s a question for you – with equality between the sexes apparently won, done and dusted, (according to some pundits) – where are all the female game show hosts?
For a while there, things were looking up. It seemed the message about negative representations of women in advertising was finally getting though, and while not actually being acted upon, wasn’t being argued about. It appeared that one day we might actually not be plagued with boobs and bums plastered across billboards, televisions and newspapers. That day wasn’t coming soon – but the suggestion, if not the promise, was there.
This is the kind of day that young girls dream of, and feminists around the world work towards. When I was a teenager, like most other girls, I assumed that leadership was for men – but wondered why women weren’t allowed in. Back then, I never thought for a moment that my country would have a woman leader, because for the most part, women were connected to the home and to children.
In part 2 of this series, I look at the influences and experiences that brought me to atheism.
I went to church when I was a kid. Not with my family, mind – just me, on my own. I liked it. I liked knowing that there was a big guy up there somewhere, looking over me. It felt comforting. My Dad was in the army so we travelled around a lot. Having god up there also meant I didn’t feel so lonely, always being the new kid at school, and never sticking around long enough to develop real friendships. God was my imaginary friend. Given that I didn’t come from any religious tradition, I guess that choosing to go to church was my first attempt at rebellion :-).
Victoria’s government is planning to regulate advertisers to prevent them using exploitative or discriminatory depictions of women. Apparently, the Australian Association of National Advertisers already have a code of conduct and a tradition of self-regulation. As a result, AANA says they will fight the government’s plans. They say regulation is unnecessary – because they have this voluntary code of conduct, which they all follow… voluntarily.