There is no doubt that gun control in the United States is a tough and important question and, in my mind, there is no doubt that something needs to change. But after the awful events in Connecticut yesterday, simply saying “Hey America, you should ban guns” or “We did it here after Port Arthur and […]
Tuesday’s a big day, in both the US and Australia. In the States, we’ll finally know the winner of the metaphorical horse race. Back here, our horse race is of a literal kind, as we celebrate the race that stops a nation. But as a metaphor for the election process, the “horse race” is lacking: […]
As the water recedes, and the East Coast is faced with the significant clean up after Hurricane Sandy, it’s probably worth a minute to consider whether it’s possible for the US to mimic the actions Australia took after the Queensland floods. After a period of significant flooding in Queensland in 2010–11 — covering an area […]
Today, I cast a donkey vote for the first time in my life. This is not something I do lightly. I take voting and my duty as a citizen very seriously, even though, for the most part, I live in an area where my vote doesn’t matter much as it’s a fairly safe seat. For […]
About eighteen months ago, fired up in a fury of righteous indignation about the way the Labor party snuck some pretty significant income redistribution- especially toward fairly wealthy retirees- into the Carbon Tax bill, I did what any occasionally-aspiring political pundit would do, and took to Twitter. I declared my allegiances fixed, then and there, […]
This is a bit of an overshare. It’s the kind of thing that would usually be private. Unfortunately, by co-sponsoring HR 212, Paul Ryan has made my private health issue a matter of public policy. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It’s pretty sucky. Basically, it means that I have a hormonal imbalance that does all sorts […]
This round’s clash is the AFL’s annual Women’s Round, where the contribution of women to Australian football’s wonderful and diverse culture is celebrated. At least, it is if you’re not watching the Fox Footy channel. Since its colonial beginnings, women have always been a significant part of Australian Rules football and its culture. As early as […]
In the seven years I’ve lived in Sydney, I’ve spent a fair bit of time, and money, in drinking establishments. I’ve seen fights- I even got literally stuck in the middle of one after a guy standing behind me mouthed off to the guy standing in front of me. I’ve seen girls doing racks of coke in the bathroom. I’ve had my arse slapped. I’ve seen people passed out on sofas. I’ve seen girls have screaming matches on the street.
And you know what? Not one of those occasions has been at a small bar.
It’s easy for feminists to hate on Taylor Swift. She sings about wearing dresses and plays a sparkly guitar, and worries a lot about her love life. There’s a tendency to call her “anti-feminist” because of these things. It’s silly and pretty contrary to the ideals of feminism to suggest any kind of expression of […]
Here are some of the other stories people shared on Twitter today about #sexisminthestreet: *Please note* All these replies came from public twitter accounts- handles as displayed on the tweets. If anyone is uncomfortable with me using their reply, I’m more than happy to take them down.