Posted in February 2015

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

“for obvious reasons”

“for obvious reasons”

Today’s random reading from the newsfeed led me to an article on the wreck of the Batavia in 1629 off the Western Australian coast. I had not known anything much more on the subject other than it was a ‘famous shipwreck’. So I read the article. What caught my eye was this small paragraph, and … Continue reading