Another Puncher was picking up their Friday night take-away last week from the local MSG-emporium. The young woman at the counter was quietly spoken and polite. Her boss, not so much.
Said boss kept touching up the young staffer on the back and bottom. She looked uncomfortable. The Puncher was tempted to intervene and tell him off, but backed off for fear of getting her in trouble or putting her job at risk.
When is the right time to butt in?
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Rising proudly from the rich green lawns between the main Defence Department buildings at one end of Canberra’s Kings Avenue stands an enormous concrete eagle atop a giant octagonal spire.
A gift from the Americans, the militarily erect structure brooks no ambiguity and invites no compromise. Its clean straight lines proclaim strength and purpose.
Its positioning is important too, across the basin of Lake Burley Griffin where it forms a counterpoint to the four-strutted flag of democracy over Capital Hill.
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The fetishisation of the female backside reached royal heights this week with the global worship of Pippa Middleton’s bum.
The frenzied prostration before the bottom of HRH Catherine Middleton’s younger sister and bridesmaid highlights anew the objectification of women deeply entrenched in our culture.
This was in the Daily Mail: Many women admired her dress, but an army of male fans were happily distracted by her shapely rear as the procession went up the aisle.
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My Granny, bless her, still thinks computers are science fiction. She’s a remnant of a very different world- one where doctors wouldn’t blink if you packed your pillow with asbestos, then lit a smoke while rocking your darling little one to sleep.
It was also a world where “sexual harassment” was science fiction.
The recent Kristy Fraser-Kirk suit sparked some intense discussions in the workplaces and pubs around the nation. Some men saw a dangerous and unholy precedent on the horizon which threatened to ignite a wave of similar (and possibly frivolous) suits. Others saw justice and the protection of a woman’s right to feel safe at her place of work.
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Room 22B of the Federal Court of NSW grew pretty crowded as Kristy Fraser-Kirk’s $37 million sexual harassment lawsuit against David Jones, its directors and ex-CEO Mark McInnes came to a head.
But if you went to the public gallery expecting to see any of the high-profile players you’d be sorely disappointed.
While the case itself had enough salacious and emotive elements to see it dramatically splashed across print, TV and online as a top-rating story, the scene in court was one carefully cloaked in the cool, passive-aggressive language of the legal profession.
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Kristy Fraser-Kirk, the young woman who launched a $37 million law suit against David Jones and its former CEO Mark McInnes, is feeling the strain.
Yesterday her barrister Rachel Francois told the Federal Court Fraser-Kirk has developed an adjustment disorder and the “media intrusion” into her life since news of her case broke was partly to blame.
The point was raised during arguments over whether the names of potential witnesses in the mega sexual-harassment case should be made public, with Fraser-Kirk’s team saying it wanted to protect other women from suffering the same intrusions as the former DJ’s marketing staffer.
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