Friday, 4 May 2012

UC Course Changes: Published Emails

Last night there was an 'Information Session' and Q&A for students studying journalism in relation to the course changes at the University of Canberra. Matthew Ricketson and Jason Wilson (the Dean of Journalism and the course convenor respectively) spoke to students and answered questions about the changes, consultation of students and unit content.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Again with the Slut Shaming: The 'Sex Injury' Compensation Case

If you haven't heard about this one (and I expect most Australians will have, it's just the headline grabbing story), read about it in detail here.

Essentially, a woman in employment for a Commonwealth government agency was sent on a work trip to a town in NSW. After working during the day, she met a male friend from the town at her motel. They had sex, and during this time a light fitting fell from the wall, hitting the woman. The light hit her face, injuring her nose and teeth.

She applied to ComCare (the agency that administers worker's compensation for public servants) and they denied her claim. Now she has won a court case, five years after the incident, with the Judge finding she is entitled to compensation.

Monday, 5 March 2012

White Privilege and My Problems With The Concept

Lately, thanks to the world of Tumblr and the so called 'social justice bloggers' there, I have become aware of the concept of 'white privilege'.

White privilege is a part of critical race theory that makes claims about the differences between white people and all others, and how white people inherently, because of the colour of their skin, get treated better than others and the advantages they receive in life due to being white.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Some Men Need To Get 'It' Already

In the past week I have come to an unfortunate realization- that when it comes to sexual assault against women, some men still do not get it.

What I mean by ‘it’ is what a real and everyday thing sexual assault and harassment is to women. Some men seem to not have grasped what is right and wrong to do to women, and seem perplexed when you point out their faults.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Tampons and Transphobia

Trigger Warning: Transphobia, cissexism

Edit: Thank you for those who let me know that the appropriate term is 'trans woman' with a space. It has now been changed. This article explains why (via Elichrusos)

Libra is the Australian & New Zealand arm of an international brand of women's 'feminine hygiene' products. So basically, they sell tampons, pads ect. I've never tended to pay much attention to their advertisements to be honest. To me, tampon ads to seem to (usually) all look the same. Some of them I find mildly offensive due to the stereotyping of women in the advertisements, but most of the time they don't even make my radar.