Alan Jones said a particularly stupid and sexist thing this morning. It’s what Alan Jones does when he’s preaching to the converted on his radio show. He tells them things they already think so they can feel righteous in thinking them. That’s his job.
It’s been a tiring week for anyone who takes part in debate about feminism in Australia. Between silly old Grahame Morris calling Leigh Sales a cow, and Bic having the temerity to, shock horror!, release a range of pink ball points branded for the ladies, there’s been a lot to start bashing the keyboard about.
But in an environment where these skirmishes demand an increasing amount of energy, it’s time we started picking our battles a little better.
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A shopkeeper writes:
Dear The Punch,
I’ve recently hired several staff to man my clothing stall. One staff member is perfectly lovely. Handles everything competently and with charm.
But after a successful start, it seems like her sales sass is failing her. She hasn’t met our budget for the past three weeks.
She’s the daughter of a family friend and I’d hate to hurt that relationship. But I’ve got to get rid of her. How can I do it and get off scot-free?
It’s businesstime. What should she do?
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Victorians are under scrutiny this morning for admitting they consume five or more standard drinks in one session per week.
Phwoar, say the community minded. Outrageous, say the teetotallers. Wonder what they’re drinking, ask the thirsty?
But before we get too far up on our respective Friday morning high horses, ask yourselves this Punchers, do you really, truly count every drink that you have? And if you did, would it really, truly be so much less than the (at least) five Victorians admitted to.
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The death of five Australian soldiers in Afghanistan demands that the Australian Government remind the public why we are there, particularly when our soldiers are being killed by the very people we are there to help.
One of the reasons for the public confusion is that the strategy in Afghanistan went from defeating the Taliban and al Qaeda, which was achieved by the end of 2001, to being lured into rebuilding a nation emerging out of the 11th century, believing that if only we spent enough money on well-meaning social programs they will eventually love us and not harbour trans-national terrorists who threaten Australians at home and abroad.
All the while Pakistan continues to support theTaliban, an issue that the Australian Government refuses to address.
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This horrible turn of events with Charlotte Dawson proves that bullying isn’t just in the schoolyard.
Bullying can happen in all walks of life, in classrooms, offices, on the streets, in pubs.
And now, bullying follows you home through the internet. It’s very real problem for adults and it’s a problem to which we have not yet found a solution.
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OK, so not many people are in love with the carbon tax. But then who likes taxes? Find me a mug who enjoys paying income tax and I’ll show you proof of intelligent life on other planets. Ask your friends whether they now suddenly enjoy paying GST. And ring the men in white coats if they say yes.
Taxes are evil. But we learn to live with them. The question hanging over the carbon tax is whether the same sense of institutionalised submission will eventually apply to it.
This is the political conundrum for Abbott; a person who likes paying tax is as rare a creature as a government ready to repeal one and very few people believe that he will actually do as he says and dump it.
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This week I was told that I should have a baby before I’m 40, keep my weight under control for my husband and make a serious dent in my career by 28.
These ominous warnings came from Collette Dinnigan, Samantha Brick, and Germaine Greer to name a few. Surely there’s a difference between offering advice and menacing caution. I just wish my generational elders would learn the difference.
There is so much white noise, so much screeching commentary heading my way as a 22 year-old woman. I’m sick of being warned about babies and marriage. We’ll figure it out okay?
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It’s never a good thing for interns to be in the headlines.
The situation Monica Lewinsky fell into when former US president Bill Clinton “did not have sexual relations” with her is the most extreme example of that.
On the far less controversial end of that scale, it’s been sad to hear some commentators say they’d trust interns less because of various scandals in the media and political worlds recently.
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This week’s proof that someone, somewhere always appreciates the work you do. Montreal artist Jon Rafman makes art from Google Street View. According to a report from American website the Daily News, Rafman spent hours combing through millions of Google street images “to find the beautiful, tragic and sublime.”
Rafman claims viewers are able to see “intention and purpose” in the photos even though they are “artless and indifferent.” With this in mind, we invite you dear readers, to please explain the photograph above.
And welcome to Friday, what else is on your mind?
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The fact that Charlotte Dawson has been hospitalised after sustaining a particularly putrid and distressing wave of online abuse should force a serious discussion about our air-headed enthusiasm for social media.
On one hand, social media has created a terrific vehicle for like-minded people to come together and share their lives and discuss issues of common interest. At the same time, the ability to have unfettered communication with total strangers has created an easy and powerful platform for the maladjusted to have twisted sport at the expense of others.
Some people can shrug it off. Many cannot. Charlotte Dawson is in the latter category. This woman, who has never done anything to upset anyone, clearly became fixated on the bile being sent her way, in some cases by crackpots who had no Twitter followers but had simply set up accounts with the express intention of teasing and abusing people such as her.
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