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2 August, 2010


Jane Austen’s Fight Club. Posted for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t seen it on Jezebel yet ;) Chally at Feministe kindly did a transcript for it too!

10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life
Here’s the thing: it really bothers me when people dismiss the internet because they have limited experience with it and/ or they don’t understand it. The paper I’m writing actually touches on the topic of how the internet has enriched my life, and until now I thought that my observations and experiences were fairly common but as it turns out, it might not be such a common thing. I don’t use the internet for porn or downloading things illegally, is that such a shocking notion? It could well be…

I don’t have kids, and I vote
News with Nipples points out that people without children, without an easily digestible mantle like “working families”, are being ignored in this election. It doesn’t mean we don’t exist… in fact, there are a lot of us! If you’re not a 20-40 something with kids, the pollies don’t really care to talk to you. You’ll probably ask difficult questions, like “Why do you keep calling legitimate asylum seekers ‘illegal boat people’, you daft donkeys?” or “What are you going to do about housing prices, or baby boomers who keep buying all the low price housing to use as investment properties, because we can’t find affordable entry level properties and our parents keep giving us shit about renting?!”

Something I have been thinking about a lot
Marisa reflects on how the relentless pursuit of perfection in beauty has actually hurt her. It’s a really beautiful piece of writing, I encourage you to go read it in full, but here’s a snippet:

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s no point in robbing people of what makes them different or unique and they may very well end up resenting you for the imposition into their lives. What you may consider a defect or an oddity, they may consider a vital characteristic of their personality. And you do not have the right to take it from them or to characterize what it means for them.

Hand drawn logo for the Royal Bank of Sustainability. Features "RBS" and a lot of hand drawn illustration surrounding the letters on cut out brown card.
Louise Evans does design/ illustration the way I do it! It’s always confusing trying to explain my style, I end up saying I’m a graphic artist or illustrative designer. You must go see the rest of Louise’s work – lots of papercutting and hand drawn type!

How can Sarah Murdoch lend her good name to this toxic show?
Melinda Tankard Reist asks how Sarah Murdoch, who sits on the “National Body Image Advisory Committee” can be part of the terribly lady-hatin’ Australia’s Next Top Model. Most of the interesting stuff is in the comments, where Charlotte Dawson learns that flaming people on the internet makes you look like a not-very-nice person. Actually I don’t think she’s learnt that lesson yet… I think Melinda mentioned on Twitter last night that Dawson was STILL commenting! Oh dear.

The sisterhood? Jesus. How about common decency?
I knew this election would be different. Because a woman is running for the top job. Because it’s perfectly ok to dissect her hair, her clothes, her love life, her fracking EARLOBES instead of talking about her policies. Note to you: it’s not perfectly ok. PLEASE STOP. And please stop bitching about other women while you’re at it. Bernard Keane smacks the Australian media on the wrist.

politics

We have a new Prime Minister

26 June, 2010

Close up photo of the face of Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia, a white woman with chin length red hair. She is grinning. A small part of the Australian flag is visible behind her.

This has been an overwhelming and stressful week for me, so I have lain low in order to reflect and recuperate, but I wanted to mark this occasion with a post. Australia has a new Prime Minister, and she is a woman – an unmarried non-religious and childless woman! I’ve never felt so represented. It’s a remarkable thing but I hope it means that it won’t be remarkable in the future and I hope more people are represented at the highest offices in Australia too – not just the white males.

Change has happened so quickly in Australia this week, yet real change in terms of social justice happens so slowly. I know it scares most people, but I’m hungry for change. I am doing pretty well as a white middle-class woman with citizenship but other people in this country are not. I want to live in an Australia where Indigenous Australians have the same access to health and education as white Australians. I want to live in an Australia where women are paid the same as men for doing exactly the same damned job. I want to live in an Australia that shares its many opportunities and resources with people who are fleeing countries, desperate for help. I want to live in an Australia that invests in its young people and does not censor information. I want to live in an Australia that respects each precious individual and does not pander to corporations. I want to live in a fair country.

People have called me foolish and naive, and I have consequently hidden my politics but I have never changed them. I may support certain governments on many issues but I also hold them accountable for poor decisions on other issues with the same vigor. I can’t be ashamed of that, and I won’t be.

So we have a new Prime Minister, one who represents me more than any of the Prime Ministers that have looked after this country since I was born, but I am now even more encouraged to speak out about things that are important.

Events, Nerdery

Internet Censorship. No sir, I don’t like it.

23 January, 2010

Yep, the government is still planning to install mandatory internet censorship and I’m still flaming angry about it. Nick and I are part of StopInternetCensorship.org and we’re having a BBQ in Orleigh Park on Australia Day to chat with supporters and other likely chaps about our campaign against the internet filter.

If you can’t make it on Tuesday, there is a handy dandy ACTION page with some things you can do to make your opposition to the internet filter felt by the government. There’s also a Stop Internet Censorship wiki where you can contribute your ideas and discuss ways of protesting.

As part of my own personal protest against mandatory internet filtering I will be taking part in The Great Australian Internet Blackout. This means that from January 25-29 this blog, and all the other sites I run, will be going black to demonstrate against Australian internet censorship. My sites will be available – to browse as usual you’ll just need to close the blackout box. I hope this doesn’t cause too much inconvenience but I wanted to contribute, as a website owner and blogger, to a cause that is close to my heart. If you run a website or a blog and want to demonstrate against the mandatory internet filter, here are instructions on how to black your site out. I hope you do participate, because it means vastly increased visibility and the chance of informing people who perhaps aren’t as internetty as you!

The blacklist will contain material that isn’t even illegal, and you can bet it will also contain content that the government wants to suppress (e.g: political dissent!) Internet censorship affects me as a web content producer, and you as a web content consumer; moreover, it affects us as Australians and constituents with a right to a transparent government.