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  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Hey gorgeous, nice tits!   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    I’m resolved to make a fuss and get away faster next time. Also, I’m intrigued by your interpretation that they might be preying on vulnerable tourists. I felt that maybe they’d targeted me because I was not conforming to culturally expected norms of behaviour; that by asking for directions and not keeping my eyes demurely [...]

  • bookaholic wrote a new blog post: Hey gorgeous, nice tits!   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThe first time I tried talking about street harassment with a male friend, he told me that he would be flattered by the attention.  This sort of stymied me, because I couldn’t agree with him, but didn’t have the words to describe how being the subject of street harassment feels.  That experience prompted me to consider [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Lesbian feminist or feminist and ?   2 years, 3 months ago · View

    I had difficulty with finding the space to admit it myself. I grappled with why I wasn’t into guys for a year or so before it even occurred to me that I might be into women. I think queer women may have it harder than queer men in this respect because we are constantly told [...]

  • bookaholic wrote a new blog post: Lesbian feminist or feminist and ?   2 years, 3 months ago · View

    ThumbnailI’m fond of saying that everyone should be a feminist, because everyone either is a woman, loves a woman, is queer* or all three; which is why lesbians make such good feminists.  When I told my friend B this, she saw right to the heart of the matter, and asked if I had a girlfriend.  Astute [...]

  • I’m quite impressed by the media coverage of this. Last gay sex scandal in Australian politics (the married NSW cabinet member caught coming out of a “sauna”), the headlines screamed “GAY sex scandal,” this time they’re just talking about harassment. Does anyone else get that impression?

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Abortion   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    I’ll be following this, it sounds like a really interesting idea. As a lapsed Catholic and a feminist I often find that I have to explain my views with reference to both. In doing so, I see what common ground there is very clearly. I’m not sure that the common ground can allow Catholics to [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post “Science” Says No to Single-Sex Education   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Interesting. I went to a sex segregated school — they’re very common in middle class communities in Australia because private schools get a fairly decent amount of government funding, were founded by religious groups and have a much better reputation than state schools (in my state, we have a ridiculously complicated system for grading yr [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post When good girls go dumb   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Comforting, but not really addressing the larger problem, not that there’s much we can do as individuals I suppose, other than live our lives as we like and show people how awesome intelligent women are.

  • I agree with jss — abortion is a right relating to a woman’s body regardless of the stage of development of the fetus. However I take issue with your straight up characterisation of abortion as no moral choice. While I respect your view, I feel that it is possible to be pro-choice, without saying that [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Refusing to Limit Myself   3 years ago · View

    Maybe you could look up the latest crime statistics for your area and share them with your family? I think the problem might be that is that we like to imagine that bad things happen to people who act in risky ways (particularly apparent in attitudes to rape), whereas actually 70% of rapes are perpetrated [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Rupert Murdoch’s wife punches pie-throwing protester   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    The coverage here in Australia (70% of the press owned by Murdoch, I get most of my news from Murdoch papers) has been dominated by defensiveness on the part of the Murdoch press. One interesting thing was that in an article about Wendi and the pie this morning, they characterised Wendi as a social climber [...]

  • I find the word lady to be a bit of an insult. I’m not a delicate hypochondriac from the upper classes confined by Victorian morals. I’m a woman with goals, and I’m not going to let anyone tell me I’m not. I’m a sailor and have a mouth like one. I laughed when my Gran [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Women’s World Cup – Not “just about winning “   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thanks for writing this. I’m Australian and while we dropped out quite early I was so excited to see women’s sport on mainstream news reports. I’m not a soccer player, nor particularly sporty but I will never forget a friend of mine crying when the coach of her Auskick team kicked her off when she [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Free Speech v. Harassment in Southern New Mexico   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    Sometimes it is necessary to look objectively at what the law says in order to see what will happen. Saying what the law should be is important, but so is saying what it is. My understanding of US trends in defamation is that the bill of rights requirement for free speech is satisfied with a [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Bella, Jacob, and Edward: The Threesome Cycle of Abuse?   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    I find your depiction of Bella as an abuser difficult to accept. I would instead describe her as a self-abuser, or better yet, a masochist. She seeks out pain, death and suffering to validate her existence. When Edward abandons her, her narrative literally stops, months represented only by blank pages. Regarding your discussion of Edward’s [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post The Culture of Catcalls   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    I know what you mean about female cyclists getting more catcalls: I had two experiences within the one week, one of which seriously scared me when the car containing my harasser stopped behind me and he got out, acting in an aggressive manner. It’s so frustrating trying to have a rational conversation about it when [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post A False Human Rights Movement   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    I do understand the Catholic Church’s moral position on abortion on the basis that if all human life is sacred, then it is impossible to draw an arbitrary line on the basis of how long since conception, and an embryo must be have the same intrinsic humanity as an adult. I even agree. What I [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post I am not my hair   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    It is really disturbing the way that dislike of hair on women is imprinted into our society: I was backpacking during winter, so left behind the razor for the weight and the sheer uselessness of it, but you should have seen the comments when I got home to an Australian summer. Challenging the norm is [...]

  • I can see your point that in this case, the young woman was painted as the innocent victim, and that this was a consensual sexual interaction between an older man in a position of authority and an underage woman. What I cannot agree with is that the flaws in the law which this example highlights are [...]

  • bookaholic commented on the blog post Why do people avoid using the word “woman”   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Personally, I am slightly annoyed when people call me ‘lady.’ I am neither married to a knight, live in leisure nor aspire to the outdated model of femininity which the word ‘lady’ encompasses. As I reject this extremely limited and outdated model of what it is to be female, so I reject the term.

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