The burn!
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It looks like all the shouting at Safe Schools Coalition by the arch-conservative elements in the Liberal Party (together with other commentators) has backfired spectacularly. The Guardian today reports that 32 new schools nationwide have signed-up for the programme, with only one withdrawing due to outside pressure. “Since the announcement of the review there has been a spike in school membership nationally, with an additional 32 schools becoming registered and only one school deciding to …
Jaco Erasmus takes the reins of the Monash Gender Clinic
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For some it will be news that Fintan Harte stepped down as head of the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the end of 2015. His replacement, Jaco Erasmus has this to say about the challenge of his new role: I do realise that I am taking over the reins during very challenging times. With increased demand for our services, and inadequate human and financial resources, our current waiting list is unacceptably long. He also makes a …
Gender Identity is Inside Every One of Us
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Today in The Age, commentator Bronwyn Winter laments the problems of socially imposed gender roles. I would like to live in a world where ‘male’ and ‘female’ cease to be categories of social distinction, to the considerable advantage of those labelled ‘male’ and the considerable disadvantage of those labelled ‘female’. And this sounds like a great idea. However, she then goes on to conflate gender identity as imposed by society, and gender identity as known …
Would you let Cory Bernardi near your kids?
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Today, the Australian government decided they’d have a meeting. And in that meeting a bunch of ministers decided to save the children. Not just any children. The children who would be most hurt by learning that just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you’re someone to fear. They complained mainly about the “appropriateness” of asking school children to consider other viewpoints.
Zoolander 2 is All wrong
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So, it’s no secret that Zoolander 2 features a genderqueer “supermodel” called All played by Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. As Buzzfeed writer Alison Willmore comments: That Cumberbatch sequence manages to crystallize all of Zoolander 2’s off-target fumblings in one easy moment. It’s a messy scene in which the joke quickly slides from Derek and Hansel’s cluelessness to squirmy panic, right before the three are due to hit the catwalk at …
The scourge of equality
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In the Age newspaper today is a report about the STOP SAFE Schools Coalition, an apparently new group presumably against making schools safe for everyone who attends. Their Facebook page explains their manifesto: A page to get real information about the Australian Governments “Safe Schools Coalition” initiative and the danger it presents to all children. SSSC have posted on their Facebook page that their members should purchase tickets for Minus18’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal. PLEASE …
Think of the children!
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Writing in The Age today, Australian Catholic University senior research fellow Kevin Donnelly objects to the Safe Schools Coalition’s observations. The material endorsed by the Safe Schools Coalition argues that gender and sexuality are fluid concepts and that all forms of sexuality are acceptable.  The belief that there are basically two sexes is condemned as “heterosexism” and students are told to celebrate diversity and difference. One resource argues “there are many genders beyond ‘male’ or ‘female’; gender can be …
Australian of the year vs Twitter
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Something many people learn to their cost is that when you’re on social media, you have to be careful about what you’re saying lest it come back and bite you later on. It’s a common enough problem though; sometimes in the passion of the moment, you type something you’d get away with if you were talking one-on-one. But Social Media scatters your comments to the four winds where anyone and everyone can read them.
Just a human being
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It’s a sign of how much journalism has changed over the last few years that people in the public aren’t automatically shamed or labelled by the media (although there’s always the comment trolls to take up the slack). A case in point is the Steph Kretowicz‘s interview with American musician Shamir Bailey in online magazine Dummy. The focus is on Shamir’s latest album — Ratchet — and moves slowly and respectfully into more personal territory, including, stunningly …