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    Emma Watson's UN speech dismissed as 'whining, leftie, PC crap' by UK columnist

    ... It's also interesting to note that Liddle seems to have a particular problem with "actresses" using their public persona to push for social justice issues, name-checking Watson and Angelina Jolie while other celebrity social justice warriors like Leonardo DiCaprio were spared ...
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    Thabks BL
    the link within the article was good for thought too.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/emma-w...25-10lhz9.html

    On the issue ofaccess to reproductive health the vatican is within an unholy alliance with the Taliban and Boko Haram against the right to access contraceptives. Conversely the Islamic Republic of Iran has greatly improved access to contraception for married women though there remain significant barriers for unmarried women and teenagers.
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    Two quick cross-references to the Donald Trump thread (again). More utterly shameful behaviour by Trump.
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    Enough is enough: the 2016 election is now a referendum on male entitlement

    This is a fantastic article.

    Donald Trump’s inflated masculinity and unabashed claim over women’s bodies speaks to female voters’ lived experiences and, hopefully, men’s need for change
    Lashing out at his accusers this afternoon, Donald Trump attacked all the women who say he has groped, kissed or inspected them naked without their consent. He called them “horrible, horrible liars” and vowed to sue the New York Times for reporting their accounts.

    Minutes before the Florida rally where Trump declared war on women and the media, Michelle Obama offered a diametrically opposite view of reality and morality at a campaign appearance in New Hampshire. Condemning Trump’s conduct as “intolerable”, she forcefully argued that no woman deserves to be treated this way. The contrast between the two couldn’t have been more dramatic.

    “This is not about politics. It’s about basic human decency,” the first lady said, urging her listeners to vote for Hillary Clinton. “It’s about right and wrong. Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’.”

    Her words echoed the thoughts of millions of women who watched last Sunday’s presidential debate and heard Trump deny he’s ever sexually assaulted women, even though he himself has publicly described having habitually done just that. What Trump didn’t realize was how many of his listeners were thinking about all the times that men had done such things to them.
    And in the moment future historians may define as an historic turning point, countless women said to themselves, “Enough.”

    By midweek, even before Michelle Obama voiced that thought, the floodgates had opened as a rapidly expanding array of women described various forms of sexual assault they said Trump had inflicted on them – and told their stories, on the record, to the Guardian, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, People magazine, and the Palm Beach Post, among a growing list of publications.

    Since Trump thinks the best way to deal with any charges is to counter-attack as viciously as possible, his campaign immediately promised to dredge up more allegations of Bill Clinton’s past sexual misconduct.

    But no matter what Bill Clinton has done, he’s not running for president – and nobody has ever accused Hillary Clinton of grabbing the genitals of a stranger or pushing a man up against a wall and shoving her tongue down his mouth. The overwhelming majority of sex crimes are committed by men, and neither Trump nor most of the commentators trying to keep up with the current firestorm seem to understand that that fact alone has transformed this race.

    What Trump is now up against is not only his own actions, but the lived experience of every American woman.

    Is there a gender empathy gap?
    The last couple of decades brought a sea change in women’s sense of empowerment, as well as a new awareness of issues ranging from harassment to sexual consent. And as Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes could attest, women are no longer willing to remain silent about what men have done with impunity in the past.

    This week, a man finally acknowledged on national television what many women already understood about the 2016 election. “This is a gender war,” Donny Deutsch announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe the morning after the second debate. “Women in America are going to stand up and revolt – every woman in American who has ever been held down, oppressed, harassed. And if you’re not seeing that, you’re missing it.”

    And yet many men are still missing it.

    Following the second debate, a series of national polls revealed a gender split that showed women opposing Trump by increasing margins. If only women voted on election day, Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide with 458 electoral votes to only 80 for Trump, as Nate Silver reported on FiveThirtyEight.com.

    As recent days have finally made clear, the 2016 election constitutes a referendum on male entitlement – and a Clinton victory will herald an earthquake that remakes the social landscape as dramatically as it does the national agenda.
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    Double standards and women's cards: Hillary Clinton's Catch-22
    In just a few days, the United States may elect its first female president.
    Yet for 69-year-old former secretary of state, senator and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, everything that has led her to this moment may add up to the reason she instead becomes the first woman to lose a presidential election as a major party candidate.
    Clinton is facing a kind of Catch-22. She is only in the position she is in now because of her years of political experience and the emotional scar tissue that has grown thick around her public persona.
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    Clinton feels as though she can't show her heart and soul to the American public. She can't scream at Trump on that debate stage.
    When she shed a tear while campaigning in New Hampshire before the 2008 primary, she was accused of being cynical, or simply cracking under the strain.
    And so a double standard does apply: When Biden cries, it's a man showing he has a heart, if it's Clinton, she's an emotional mess unfit to the presidency.
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    Has media coverage of women like 'wheelie-bin girl' focused too much on looks and 'ladylike' behaviour?
    Women have made headlines this week for not acting "ladylike" at the Melbourne Cup, their "unfashionable cleavage" and for being "bad role models" for other mums.
    Each incident sparked outrage on social media as women continued to ask why there was so much focus on the way they look.
    Despite the strides women have made to break the "glass ceiling", commentators and experts said recent incidents were just further evidence of Australia's "deeply sexist culture".
    "It's not a coincidence that these things seem to happen in groups — they're kind of connected in terms of the policing of women's bodies surging at particular times," said Dr Meagan Tyler, author and RMIT research fellow specialising in feminist theory and gender.
    "We have done away with some of the more obvious elements [of sexism] — legal discrimination, enforcing equal pay, we finally got rid of the ability for men to rape their wives in marriage — but we haven't moved on in the cultural terms, in the more subtle ways in which there are sexist standards in everyday life.
    "I think beauty standards is one of those key areas but I think, again, we are seeing a shift. We are seeing a backlash against beauty trends and an awareness — among women not shaving their armpits, things like that — and also a push back against that in mainstream press coverage of what women should be."
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    Council backflips on controversial naming of violence shelter

    A New South Wales council has reversed its decision to name a domestic violence shelter after the local mayor, who has admitted assaulting a partner almost 20 years ago.

    Port Stephens Council last week resolved to establish a centre in Raymond Terrace and to name it the "Bruce MacKenzie Centre for Victims of Domestic Violence".

    But the decision sparked a backlash after it was revealed Bruce MacKenzie — the current mayor of Port Stephens — had been involved in a domestic incident almost 20 years ago.

    Cr MacKenzie was charged over the incident involving his former partner in 1997.

    No conviction was recorded but an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) was issued.

    In a statement issued this afternoon, Port Stephens Council said Cr MacKenzie had "flagged his intention to disassociate his name from a proposed women's refuge".

    Cr MacKenzie said he did not want anything to "overshadow" the establishment of the facility and he thought it was more appropriate the refuge be named after "an individual who has made a significant contribution to women's issues in Port Stephens".


    Mayor 'not proud' of assault history

    Cr MacKenzie said he was not proud of his past actions and would be happy for the name of the facility to be changed.

    "Twenty-odd years ago I was wrong," he said.

    "But other than me, would this destination for domestic violence have happened? The answer is no.

    "That unit belonging to the council would still have been vacant in 10 years time."

    Cr MacKenzie maintains he was not behind the idea of giving the centre his name.

    "I didn't call it after myself," he said.
    "There was a motion moved because some of the councillors knew the work I had put into it."



    Earlier this year the ABC reported that Raymond Terrace was dealing with a domestic violence assault rate more than two and a half times the New South Wales average.

    Port Stephens Domestic Violence Committee chairwoman, Sue Pollock, said it was important the focus remained on the bigger issue.

    "We've been seeking funding and advocating for years to get some kind of safe house or refuge in Port Stephens," she said.

    "It's about doing the best by women and kids to keep them safe."
    It is estimated that more than 250 women and children were made homeless by domestic violence in Port Stephens in the past year.
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    Women aren't the problem in the film industry, men are
    This week Australia's screen producers will gather at their annual conference to discuss the state of the industry.
    One of the many hot topics under review is the Federal Government's recent attempt to address the industry's woeful gender equity record.
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    Like Screen Australia, industry commentators typically place the burden for women's omission from the screen industries on women themselves, rather than seeking to examine the specific dynamics of what must now be plainly called a deeply ingrained pattern of injustice.
    This is subtly reiterated by the regular release of statistics describing how women are missing from film industries around the globe.
    But what if, after 40 years of intransigent inequality, we shifted focus and instead turned to address specifically those who benefit from maintaining the status quo?
    Research data shows that films with male producers, on average, have creative teams that are 70 per cent male. Similarly, the average creative team for a film with female producers is 60 per cent male. No matter the gender of the producer, key creative roles for men predominate.
    What if we used industry data to demonstrate the impact of dominant behaviours, and to inspire new approaches to encourage change in the industry?
    This is what we did. We analysed data describing all the key creative roles in films submitted to the AACTA awards between 2006 and 2015. This data includes information on 205 films, which generated 997 key creative jobs.
    Using a technique known as social network analysis, we are able to observe how the film industry operates as a series of creative networks in which male-only or male-dominated creative teams thrive.
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    Like Screen Australia, industry commentators typically place the burden for women's omission from the screen industries on women themselves, rather than seeking to examine the specific dynamics of what must now be plainly called a deeply ingrained pattern of injustice.
    In my experience, men in this industry tend to be blithely unaware - not the broadcasters, but the produces and content-makers.

    I have a TV show for 6 year olds in which the main character - the captain of the team - is female.

    I met a good friend of mine, a director, content creator, and layout supervisor, who asked me which gender the show was targeted at, to which I said neither and both. He then umm'd and ahh'd for a while wittering on about how broadcasters want either/or (which is actually only true if you're stuck in the last century), then finally suggested I make the show for boys because, you know, boys like action comedy but girls don't!

    Finally, after pontificating on the target audience on behalf of boys and girls everywhere, he also concluded that I should therefore make the main character male, because then it would appeal more to boys.

    Suffice it to say I called him out on it which, unsurprisingly, he didn't like as he no doubt thinks he's very progressive and open-minded. Boys need female heroes just as much as girls do - more so, actually. And we have a responsibility to produce for television-viewing the change we want to see in the world, if I can hijack Gandhi. Frankly, it's all bollocks. A team-focused super-hero show with action, comedy, and character development should and does appeal to all.

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    I have a TV show for 6 year olds in which the main character - the captain of the team - is female.
    Is this still the case?
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