Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Penny Wong and Sophie Allouache have a baby and it’s boring. Fantastic!

Penny Wong (Federal minister for finance) and Sophie Allouache (partner and public servant) finally give birth to their first child. Australia has taken a step further into equality and rationality by openly welcoming a high profile politician who is both gay and a new parent. Had Penny Wong begun her career in the US, I am quite certain she would not have seen the political sucess and electorate acceptance she has seen here.

THAT is why the birth of her first child within a long term gay relationship is news.

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A higher proportion of male geniuses may not be biologically determined after all.

When it came to the debate over whether there were more male maths geniuses than female, it always bothered me that the data appeared to demostrate a larger number of men at the extremes of IQ (both low and high), while women tended to be bunched in the middle, be it with an identical average score. This difference has been assumed to be universal and thus biological.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two attractive women working in IT? Together? Pure. Fantasy.

Minor debate has fired up in parts of the Australian IT community over whether this ad is sexist.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How you dress says a lot about your self-awareness. You don’t have total freedom. Yet.

Women are going to hate me for saying that what they wear matters. I know this.

Recently I saw this article in The Age Online. In short, it describes how women sitting in a university waiting room (waiting to participate in a study) reacted in a “bitchy” way toward a planted woman who entered the room wearing very revealing clothing. The inference was that dressing in a revealing way will lose you friends. Anywhere.

Sigh.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Female engineers. You suck at selling yourself.

Women working in male dominated fields are painfully aware that at least some of their colleagues will have trouble seeing them as professional equals. I am in my early 30s and I still occasionally have colleagues that see me as the resident graduate trainee. While it is progress if you consider attitudes towards female engineers from 20 years ago, “graduate” status meant that my work was assumed to contain more mistakes than male colleagues at the same skill level. Not helpful. On the other hand, If your organisation openly admits to having a female hiring quota, you may face an even tougher battle changing the perceptions of your make colleagues. Even if you were not hired as a result of the quota.

But colleagues are not the number one haters. The biggest battle professional women face is with their own minds. I’m not saying that genuine discrimination from colleagues doesn’t exist, but that each woman’s worst discriminator is herself. In short, if a woman suspects that her colleagues might consider her to be more junior and less experienced than she really is, she will live up to the stereotype and tend to perform worse.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Why Kyle and Jackie O always seem to have listeners (bummer).

Finally I have a bee in my bonnet worth writing about.

Kyle Sandilands: Massive Cunt (I love that word).

I have always wondered why Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” still have a job. But before I go on to examine some of the reasons, let me just have one last crack at pushing these turds into unemployment.

Sign the petition to push Kyle Sandilands (and his sidekick Jackie) out of his job. Instead of hitting his employer, which has failed in the past, this time the online community is targeting the money. You only need to watch The Wire to know thats where the shit is at. Sponsors of Kyle’s program a pulling their ads in droves (check the petition for the latest withdrawls). The latest figures say Southern Cross Austereo (Kyle’s Employer) has lost around $8 million in advertising money.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Late term abortions are necessary. Without them women will die.

It wasn’t hard to predict that pro-life organisations would capitalise on reports that a woman undertaking a late term abortion has ended up seriously ill in Hospital. Its not like they haven’t done that before.

A few days ago I read an article about a late term abortion that appeared to have gone tragically wrong.

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Celebrate father’s day proudly! Even if there wasn’t a man around to raise you.

My father is not a part of my life (never was) so I don’t celebrate him on father’s day. But I celebrate anyway! This piece is for all of you out there who sometimes feel left out of the celebration because you were not raised by a man. I propose that you should still celebrate father’s day. All you have to do is give up on the notion that a father should be male. Simple!

Let me explain.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mothers make awesome fathers and vice versa.

Today in The Age newspaper I read an article about fathers that I instantly wanted to correct. Re-write in fact. This feeling is not new when it comes to The Age actually.

It annoys me when someone tries to demonstrate that a family isn’t complete without a mother and a father. More specifically, a man and a woman. Almost always this opinion is based on the false assumption that all mothers (women) have one type of personality and all fathers (men) have another complimentary personality type. Sigh.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Find something other than appearance to compliment little girls on. Or you will do them harm in the long run.

Sadly, thoughtful articles like this one are a rare sight on The Age these days. I will vent my frustration about that some other day.

I have blogged in the past about why I think compliments on appearance are never a good idea (unless looking good is actually the recipient’s profession). Now Lisa Bloom explains why we should refrain from complimenting the appearance of little girls as well. Regardless of how adorable they might look.

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