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Maturity ain’t my strong point

And it feels good.

There’s this guy I can’t stand. He used to go out with a really good friend of mine. He bashed her up, was convicted of assault, yet still tells me he didn’t hit her, and that she asked for it. Obviously, consistency isn’t his strong point.

I’ve stopped going to my local pub because he’s always there and I want to punch him in the face. Yes, I understand the irony of using violence to make my anti-violence point.

Anyway, I just walked past the douchebag in the park, and did that thing where you pretend to rub the side of your nose but really you’re flippin’ the bird. I hope he saw it.

I award myself the News with Nipples Award for Excellence in the Field of Being Childish.

Fielding shows his colours

Is there nothing those scheming aborting women won’t do to rort taxpayers? Well, that’s what Family First Senator Steve Fielding seems to think: Fielding says parental leave open to abortion rort:

The paid parental leave legislation, which is being debated in the Senate, allows for women who have stillbirths to claim the payment.

During debate, Senator Fielding raised concerns that some “drug addicts” or “welfare cheats” could deliberately fall pregnant, then have an abortion after 20 weeks and rort the system in order to be eligible for payments.

“Drug addicts and welfare cheats can go out there and get themselves pregnant and then after 20 weeks have an abortion and still pocket the Government’s cash,” he said.

Ooh, make that drug-addicted, scheming, aborting, welfare-cheating women.

Steve Fielding, I award you the Tony Abbott Budgie Smuggler award for Excellence in the Field of Misogyny.

Verity Firth, Minister for Obfuscation

If you want a lesson in how to have your intentionally ambiguous language not questioned by journalists (probably because repeated questioning just results in politicians delivery the party line over and over until the journo gets the shits and gives up), check this out: Firth aims to clear air with $15m for heaters:

THE state government says the decision to remove unflued gas heaters from about 100 schools in the state’s coldest areas is not an admission the heaters cause respiratory problems in children.

The Education Minister, Verity Firth, yesterday announced funding of $15 million to replace the heaters in schools where it is too cold to open doors and windows to clear the pollutants they emit.

Um, so the heaters aren’t dangerous but you need to have the windows and doors open to let the pollutants out? And not only do open doors and windows defeat the purpose of having the heater on, but it’s an enormous waste of energy. (And taxpayers are footing the bill, blah blah.)

She denied the decision to retrofit schools was prompted by the results of the $2 million study into the heaters the government commissioned from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

She said sustained pressure from Labor MPs in the Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains and Bathurst, and a six-year campaign by parents and the Asthma Foundation had convinced her it was prudent to act.

So the Government is spending $15 million because a few MPs and parents were unhappy. Yeah, right.

“This decision today is more about those specific cold-climate schools where the local community believe and the stakeholders believe that under the current evidence they’re not necessarily getting the ventilation they need,” Ms Firth said.

Is it a ventilation problem, or a heater problem? I’m confused.

Ms Firth, I award to you the Verity Firth Award for Excellence in the field of Obfuscation.

Paul Sheehan gets it wrong, again

When Paul Sheehan writes about feminism, I know there’s going to be a blog post in it. Today in the Sydney Morning Herald: Feminism’s failure to lend a hand.

I already know how this is going to go: Western feminists haven’t toppled governments around the world that make women’s lives very difficult, so we should discredit them.

He’s writing about gender stereotypes and Natasha Walter’s book, Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism. I blogged about an exercpt of this book in January. My main criticism is that Walter blames raunch culture, and the consumerism that goes with it, on feminism. Since I haven’t read the book, my criticism can only be about what was published in British tabloid, The Daily Mail, so I know it’s not the whole picture.

Anyway, we’re here for Sheehan:

You could drive a truck through what’s missing from Living Dolls as Walter fixates on men’s raunch magazines, like Nuts, or Zoo or FHM, and reality TV shows, ascribing to them a great deal of blame for the obsession among so many young women with glamour, modelling and highly sexualised self-packaging.

Walter largely skates over the damage done to the self-image of women by other women, the ones who dominate the vastly bigger fashion industry, via the air-brushing of bodies in fashion magazines, the selection of absurdly unreal body types as the ideal, the use of extremely young women as models, and the obsession with air-brushed female celebrities. All this is driven by women, to exploit women.

See? Men’s mags aren’t to blame for body image problems, it’s other women! The conversation in Australia on this issue is solely about the air-brushing in women’s magazines, and there’s no mention whatsoever of the role of men’s mags in creating unrealistic ideals of what women should look like. (That was also my criticism directed at The Punch’s woeful attempt to be a part of this conversation.)

Sheehan then goes on to stick the boot into the Feminism Matters conference last week – one that Lexy and I attended and rather enjoyed.

Why is much of the most corrosive pressure on women coming from other women? Why is the rise of militant Islam so intent on curbing the freedoms of women? What has happened to nearly 100 million ”missing” girls in Asia?

Ah, because Western feminists met in a Western city to discuss issues relevant to women in that country, we’re irrelevant because we’re not saving our sisters in Muslim countries. Gotcha. I think I’m going to have to revise my policy of no name-calling.

For me the low point was provided by Dr Sue Goodwin, a senior lecturer in the faculty of education and social work at the University of Sydney, who said: ”We’ve just come through a very conservative, repressive 15 years in Australia.”

Oh, now fuck off.

I found the gaps in Living Dolls, like those of ”Feminism Matters”, a metaphor for contemporary ”feminism”, which is proving largely irrelevant to the great struggle being waged by women beyond the bubble of Western progressive secularism.

Paul Sheehan, I award to you the Sam de Brito Award for Excellence in the field of Missing the Point.