Tag Archives: Women’s Rights

Feminism Is SUCH A Dirty Word

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FYI
If you can’t laugh at it,
you’re taking it wayyyyyyyy too seriously!
and that, my friends will not change anything.

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Source: 9Gag

I’ve noticed over the last couple of decades
that Feminism has become
less about equal rights for women
and more about fewer rights for men (by exclusion, etc).

Which on the whole,
is just crappy!

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Source: 9Gag

Now while I have a REALLY strong opinion about
how women have historically been treated
as economic bartering tools
or slaves
or spoils of war;
I don’t usually expose vehement opinion about how to fight this
long-held, male-dominated ‘situation’
here on Pialosophy.

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I just try to cajole or suggest or nudge
the idea
that women aren’t equal to men
BUT
we should receive equal respect and treatment (socially, politically, economically)
as men
in our society.

Our society, peeps.
The one we share and all in live in.

Ask yourself this two-part question:
a) when you see a young boy dominating ‘play’ (taking charge, telling others what to do)
how do you describe him?
b) when you see a young girl dominating ‘play’
how do you describe her?

Just check out this 45 second video . . .

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And this 1 minute video . . .

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Now consider this:
For about twenty years and a few million men and women,
this woman

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

has been the face of Feminism.

Now
– with no disrespect –
I just want to say that I have found a LOT
of Germaine’s current attitudes & arguments, distasteful.

I’ve looked for examples online
but can’t find a good example to make my point 😦

I would like someone other than G.G.
to be the face of Modern Feminism.
Someone like Sheryl Sandberg.

You see,
Sheryl believes that women should build women up,
not tear men down.
She believes that we should be empowering our children
boys and girls
to see leadership in a group for exactly what it is – taking the lead!

Her initiative “Lean In
started in 2010
has been growing and gaining strength.
She has started a dialogue amongst strong and creative and incredible women,
to challenge the long-held
and incorrect
belief of what Feminism is.

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We have SO many incredible versions of what a Feminist is.
Of women showing how to be strong and brave and true!

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Man! I get goosebumps each time I watch this video
(ok, technically it’s an advertisement)

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Source: 9Gag

I just wish, that we could just all agree that
no matter what your gender,
you deserve to be safe, educated, fed and housed.
no matter what colour, creed or religion.
and no matter where we live on
this blue planet.

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What is Wrong With Our Country?

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Bit by bit over the past decade,
I have developed a steadily growing discomfort
at how my beloved Australia has been developing.

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Australia has ALWAYS engendered a certain amount of racism

sorry Great Britain, that’s your legacy

First Settlers – Indigenous Aborigines + Irish + Chinese
Post WWI – Germans
Depression – Anyone with an accent
Post WWII – Germans + Italians
1950’s & 60’s – Italians + anyone with a Russian ‘sounding’ accent
1970’s & 80’s – Vietnamese, et al. + Americans (not Canadians) + Middle East
2000’s – Anyone who is Islamic + looks like they could be Islamic + has a strong accent from somewhere + arrived by via a boat of any description

This is obviously not an exhaustive list.
I could go on . . . 

A vast majority of our society
seems to be developing a more conservative,
and therefore radical,
attitude towards every kind of social behaviour.

Parenting, immigration, multiculturalism, sexism, pornography,
economics, art, education, beauty, media, celebrity, etc.

And this behaviour is becoming grossly unacceptable.
The behaviour of so many of my country men & women is abusive, ill-informed, bigoted and down right scary.

I AM scared.
I am scared of what my country is becoming.

Need some examples?

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Yumi Stynes

Yumi Stynes
works in the media – radio presenting, television, etc
and is married with two children, and another on the way.

On a morning television show,
in 2012
she made a throw-away but inappropriate comment
about a serving Victorian Cross recipient, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith.

Although she apologised on air and in person to the ‘victim’
(he laughed it off with laconic humour and holds NO grudge to this day)
she was attacked through out the media and in her personal life.

Facebook, her blog, her employers websites, emails
and
even on her way to dropping her eldest daughter to school.

Another mother,
who she did not know,
approached her and said:
“I hope you lose you job and all your money and I hope that you become SO poor that you and your daughters become homeless”.

WTF !?!?!

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Attacks on Women & Girls,
have also escalated over the past two decades.

It’s almost as if there is a surge against women’s rights,
being enforced with brutality and sexual assault.

FYI
These attacks are NOT confined to certain cultural groups
who are maligned in the media as being women-haters.
These attacks are happening throughout our society
– economic + cultural + religious + ethinic

Boys are STILL being raised as women-haters,
invoking violence, abuse and appalling behaviour.

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Victor Dominello

Just today,
a news article was written describing the enormous despair
felt by NSW Minister for Citizenship & Communities, Victor Dominello,
towards violence against women.

He explained that in the previous week, while overseas,
he had learned of some unbelievable violent incidents
being perpetrated, and reported
IN AUSTRALIA.

Violence against our girls

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Not in Saudi Arabia, where women have few civil rights,
or Taliban-beholden Northern Pakistan
or military-controlled Cambodia.

It was happening in modern Australia.
LAST WEEK !!!

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Julia Guillard

Whether you are a conservative or left-wing or anywhere in between,
I believe you would find it difficult to objectively defend the treatment metered out
to the then Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Guillard.

The majority of it was purely personal, much of it centred around her gender.

Just a taste of what was written about our  serving  PRIME MINISTER !

Just a taste of what was written about our
serving PRIME MINISTER !

God it makes me sick when I remember it.

Think I’m, over-reacting?
Type  “Julia Guillard does not speak for me
into any search engine and see what comes up.

One of the the very VERY few who spoke about Julia Guillard
with objectivity,
was Australian ravishing redhead,
Eden Riley.

Julia Guillard & Eden Riley, Women Extraordinaire

Julia Guillard & Eden Riley, Women Extraordinaire

Eden put aside her own ‘leftie’ political agenda
(she has none, btw)
and interviewed Julia for her regular Friday blog posts: “Street Talk”,
where she would interview a stranger.

 The interview was refreshing and honest and unbiased.
It was one woman interviewing another woman.

But . . .

. . . towards the end of the blog post, Eden said “But she wasn’t getting a fair go. And I hate unfairness”.

FYI
Eden Riley was then, herself,
attacked in the media and online
for being biased,
some even going so far as to attack her
because she had not interviewed the Leader of the Opposition
(who was and is a man).

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And peeps,
I think that is what is happening in Australia at the moment.

We are being unfair.
We are being stupid.
We are behaving in a manner that is ‘Un-Australian’.

There is SO much wrong with the world already,
why can’t we just build on our successes
and grow as a nation?

Don’t answer that question.
It’s rhetorical.
I already KNOW the answer 😦

I think that although this seems like a MAMMOTH problem,
that cannot be fixed easily,
it’s not!

All we have to do as Australians, is
STOP
and then think:
“In 10 years time, will I be proud of this moment?
Will I have made a positive difference?
Will I want my children to emulate me?”

If we were able
truly able
to act and think like this,
Australia would one day be a nation I believe we could all be proud of.

Not like it is today.
Unfortunately.

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