nomoreuturns: All for want of a pretty flower. (Bandaid)
- this semester
- journalism and the media
- International Relations
- politicians
- presentations
- problematiques find the paradox within the question, they said. discuss a perspective no-one's ever discussed before, they said.
- negativity
- people being dicks
- not having a decent kitchen including a decent-sized fridge/freezer and an actual oven, omg *waaants*
- only seeing my cats through a computer screen
- the distinct lack of hugs in my life
- this damn throat infection that keeps trying to sink its teeth into me you will not win, i say! *drinks all the juice*
- insomnia
- not being able to focus on anything for any meaningful length of time, least of all the things I really need to focus on at the moment

In other news, this semester is nearly over, thank the gods. Less than two weeks to go, now...a presentation and an exam this week, a take-home exam and two essays next week, then I'm done. Phew.
nomoreuturns: All for want of a pretty flower. (Bandaid)
Oh wait, you already are.

If y'all don't re-elect Obama, it's quite possible we're going to be completely screwed. Not that I think he's necessarily going to put a stop to this (because so far I haven't seen sh!t to say he can), but if one of those GOP assholes gets in then it'll that much easier for them to blatantly ignore your Constitution and do whatever they goddamn feel like.

I'm not American. I'd maybe like to live there one day, but right now this doesn't affect me. But it will, even if I don't move to the Land of the (ostensibly) Free. Because the thing is, the US stance on things like civil rights doesn't just affect Americans: it affects everyone. Whether you guys like it or not, a lot of other nations - not just little nations, either - look to your policies as the benchmark for their own. I'm not saying Australia's going to throw over our admittedly not-too-shabby Medicare system to follow in America's footprints (forcing people to buy insurance is just stupid, I mean come on, really), but when your stupid-ass politicians say shit like "abortion for any reason at any stage is wrong!", our stupid-ass politicians listen. And take notes.

So...yeah, IDK. I may rant a little more later...I've got FEELINGS today. But there should a post with some pictures and videos of KITTIES \o/ coming soon, just to temper the rage.
nomoreuturns: All for want of a pretty flower. (Bandaid)
Apparently it's OK to repeal equal pay because money is "more important" to men.

“You could argue that money is more important for men [...] I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

This is the very definition of bias, you TWIT. A man expects to be the breadwinner, because he is a man, and so he is given special treatment to that effect by a male-dominated legislature. You, Glenn Grothman, are a complete and utter DULLARD.

What about all the women who are breadwinners for their families? What about those women who put in the hard yards because they are the ones who have to support their families, either because they're a single parent or because their male partner cannot or does not work or because they need two workers to support their family? What about families with two mommies?

I'm the proud daughter of a single mum. I've watched her work incredibly hard over the years to support the both of us, and I am acutely aware of the injustice of different pay scales for men and women. Although Australia has had legislation regarding equal pay for equal work since the 1960s, there is still a huge gap between men and women's salaries. It's a form of casual, state-sanctioned sexism, and it is appalling.

The War on Women isn't hyperbole. It's real. It's happening. And the way things appear to be going? We're losing.

Edit: stele3@IJ raised an excellent point in the comments:

The thing that none of these male politicians (or the press) seem to realize is that they're also waging a war on men. By hobbling a woman's ability to find work and equal pay, by potentially allowing employers to fire women over contraceptives, by curtailing women's rights to make decisions about their reproduction and thus jeopardizing their careers with unwanted interruptions of pregnancy, they are FORCING men into the role of sole breadwinner, driving them out of the home, away from their children.

They are forcing men and women both into roles, and denying them a choice in the matter. It's abominable.
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Last night, a friend of mine asked how having a green Twitter icon is actually going to help people in Iran.

He has a point. It's a Twitter icon. It's not like the people of Iran are waiting for X number of people to change their icons green because each icon-turned-green contains a tiny bit of the code for some supervirus that will - once the icons-turned-green hit a critical mass - crash all the government computers in Iran, thereby allowing the Iranians to reclaim their electronic voices and allow the whole world to know what the hell is going on in their their votes have been stolen, their voices silenced, their lives quashed.* It's nothing special.

Except how it totally is.

Okay, scenario: you're queer, and you're walking down the street. You see a car drive by...nothing special about it, really, just your average car. Maybe it's a Chevy. Or a Honda. Maybe it's red. Whatever, it's an average car. Except this car has a bumper sticker that reads NO ON 8.

That sticker is nothing's a piece of sticky paper with some words printed on it. Except it means that the person in that car believes that you should have the right to marry whomever you so choose.

That sticker is more than the sum of its parts. It's a symbol that someone cares for you even if they've never met you. That someone believes that you deserve to be heard. And that someone believes that you should be able to live your life according to the rules and laws that everyone else can live by.

It means that this person probably isn't going to turn around and call you derogatory names, or try to harm you for being who you are.

It means that someone knows that what is happening to you is wrong.

That sticker is a rally point. Upon seeing it, like-minded individuals will be encouraged, knowing that there are other people with their beliefs out there. People who don't know what it means might ask, and be educated, and in turn spread the message themselves. It means that those who oppose its message will realise that there are people out there who will not stand for their small-mindedness, their bigotry, their blind might make some of those people rethink their position on the matter.

So how does that apply to the green icons thing? Like this: I saw yesterday morning on Twitter that my friend Dili had a green icon, and had RTd how to get one. I clicked the link, got my own green icon, and passed on the method myself. By the end of the day, 11 other people on my Twitter feed had green icons.^ It was the Twitter version of the process from the above paragraph...people who believed were passing it on, people who had no idea what was going on found out about it and then clicked the link if they agreed, showing their support.

And how does that go back to the people in Iran? Well, they're on Twitter. They're being really sneaky about it so they don't get caught and possibly killed, but they're getting online and they're using Twitter to communicate. They're watching the #IranElection hashtag, and other hashtags specifically used to pass on information about rallies and protests and what the government and police are up to. And what do they see? Green, green, green. Green icons everywhere. People from all over the world with green icons on their Twitter pages. The people in Iran know that their voices are being heard, that people out there know what's going on and care about what's happening to them. They know that they are not alone in this fight.

Because I'm sure we all know the answer to this one: How devastating is it to feel alone? It is heart-breaking. It is mind-destroying. It freezes you in you tracks, makes you feel like you can't go on. But knowing that someone out there knows what's happening, and is with you in spirit? It makes all the difference.

So. That's the importance of the green icon, in my humble opinion. Agree, disagree: the choice is yours. But that's the reasoning process I utilised when I decided to change mine.

Also: here. If you decide that the icons-turned-green thing is still bullshit, and you want to do something more, check out that's a how-to for setting up a proxy server so that the people in Iran can get onto the 'net and utilise Twitter and blogs and news sites.

Also also: it should be pointed out that the color green isn't just a symbol for freedom in Iran; it's also a show of support for Mousavi (the presidential candidate who was apparently winning the election before Ahmadinejad committed the little piece of electoral fraud that started this whole mess`). If you check Mosavi out and find him lacking, but you still want to show your support through your icon, try and find an icon that represents freedom for the people of Iran and not support for him...I'm sure there are some out there.

* If that is what the icons-turned-green thing is for, a) that would be supercool, and b) sorry, people of Iran, for guessing your masterplan...I highly doubt the government will be looking at this post, though. :D? 

^ The only one I attribute to myself is my mum(!). Everyone else was probably a mix of other people. The point is, it got out there, and is being passed on to others.

` Talk about a sore loser...


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October 2012



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