To VAX or not to VAX—part 2

To VAX or not to VAX—part 2

I did a bit more research on the Whooping Cough vaccine (yes, I know, I should do that sort of thing before writing the previous post!). This was going to be a comment on the previous thread, but was so huge, it deserved to be a post on its own. It was the death of … Continue reading

To VAX or not to VAX—the VAX ‘debate’

To VAX or not to VAX—the VAX ‘debate’

Before I get into the TL;DR part, I will cut to the chase. Whether or not you have (yourself or) your children vaccinated, should be a matter of totally free choice, free of coercion or disincentives, and fully informed of the risks of vaccination or being unvaccinated. It’s pretty simple really. However, we currently have … Continue reading

More excuses for male violence

More excuses for male violence

Just when you thought you had heard all the excuses for male violence, out come even bigger whoppers. This post was going to be titled: “Messy House—It’s siege o’clock”. So the situation today: A 28-year-old male took two boys hostage (aged one and three), presumably they are his sons. He also has a pregnant wife. … Continue reading

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Last year I reported on the closure of Elsie, Australia’s first domestic violence shelter, under the NSW Government’s “Going Home, Staying Home” homelessness ‘initiative’. Most of the women-run services were closed, and services generally went into the hands of larger religious organisations. Two items hit my newsfeed today. Firstly, the very same state Liberal government … Continue reading

What is the real toll?

What is the real toll?

Since the beginning of 2015, the number of women killed at the hands of males known to them (ie ‘domestic violence’) has hit the unprecedented all time high of “two per week”. The normally quoted statistic is “one woman per week killed by male partner or ex-partner”—of course, this was rounding down, as the generally … Continue reading

White Ribbon Australia—Update

White Ribbon Australia—Update

Updates for WRCA. A SnoopyDance Moment when The Guardian announced on Monday that Tanveer Ahmed had been dumped from misogynist-rag The Australian for yet more plagiarism (rather than misogyny, victim-blaming, feminist-bashing or anything else… nice principles there Australian). Nor was it Ahmed’s first whoopsies in the cut-and-pastey faux pas. The psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

RIP—Lesley Gore

RIP—Lesley Gore

On Monday, 16th February 2015, singer-songwriter, lesbian, and feminist activist passed away in New York City, aged 68. She is survived by her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson. Ms Gore is probably best remembered for her 1963 song “You Don’t Own Me“, a fabulously female-liberating anthem, harking in the beginning of the Second Wave … Continue reading

White Ribbon Australia—and 50 shades of betrayal

White Ribbon Australia—and 50 shades of betrayal

White Ribbon Australia is currently making ‘news’ for all the wrong reasons. First to come to my attention was Clementine Ford’s most brilliant, and word perfect article in Daily Life, titled “White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed’s dangerous message on domestic violence“, in which she expertly exposes Ahmed’s ’emasculation’ and ‘disenfranchisement’ excuses (for male violence) as … Continue reading