Sunday, March 15, 2009


Because Arron doesn't know what an actual pic spam is.

Drugs are bad, kiddies.

Porny [magnetic] poetry on one's fridge is the bomb.

Going to Hogwarts!

The grossest sandwich in the 'verse

The most ridic mic stand in the 'verse

One of the great musicians of our generation.

Anything is art just so long as you label it as such.

And because no pic spam I post is complete without a cleavage shot...

=D Have a great night, folks!

OMG, Scandal!!!

That's right people: Home and Away featuring a lesbian couple could possibly corrupt your kiddies! According to the Herald Sun article linked, the popular (sadly) TV soap opera is featuring a storyline involving two women falling in love and they think it's too risque.

Yeah, sure. If it featured full-on, butt naked, strap-on including sex.

But it's not. What is featuring, however, is a storyline along the same as any other storyline the soap's had: two people meet, two people fall in love, something horrible happens, they break up. Only this time, instead of the heteronormative man&woman pairing, it's two women. For some reason expressing a lesbian pairing as being anything resembling normal is bad. Despite it being completely normal and natural.

And yet, there are still family orientated groups out there kicking up a fuss. Most of them, sorry for generalising, are related to a church in some fashion. They believe that it's bad, that it's wrong, unnatural, against their God's will.

Well, I've got this to say: if being homosexual was against your God's will, then why did he create homosexuals in the first place?

I'm quite glad that, for once, being homosexual is being portrayed as being normal in a prime time, regularly watched TV show. Because I've never seen it done outside of shows where it is the main gimmick (Will&Grace, Queer As Folk, The L Word...). I hope that it will encourage people who would otherwise see being queer as wrong that it is actually normal, that just because it is not what you are does not mean that it is bad.

I also hope that this may be the start of getting queers into the mainstream - really, we're only portray when it's funny, or stereotypically, or if it's hot. Never as normal people, with normal jobs and normal worries and normal up and downs. Because that's what we are: normal. Not a freak show, not something to be shunned, left to side. Not a group of people who "shouldn't have equal rights". (We should, but that's another rant for another day) Who are considered 'too risque' for any television slot before 10pm.

I just hope that Home and Away don't portray the couple as 'choosing' to be gay. Because it's not a choice, it's how you're born, just like race and gender. You can't help it. So why should we be discriminated against for it?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Woman, hear me roar.

Today is International Women's Day. A day of celebration of both women in general and our achievement and for the trials we have overcome in bringing equality to both sexes. Basically, celebrating the feminism movement and what it has achieved.

But what has it achieved?

Well, a lot, really. We now have equal rights, more women in the workplace in high positions, equal work hours, voting rights, places for us in university-level education and the ability to have a career and a family. Which is, don't get me wrong, awesome. It's a lot of achievement to have in 90-odd years.

But we still don't have true equality.

Women are still not paid as much as men are, for doing the same job. Women are still outnumbered greatly in higher positions (eg: politics and executives). There is no International Men's Day celebrated as widely as there is IWD (though there is one, I did not know about it until I looked it up for this blog post). Violence against women is worse than that against men. In some countries women do not have the right to go to school. Women are still looked upon as weaker than men.

[In regards to that last one, the other day at my work - I work as a team leader in a restaurant - myself and another worker, D, were putting away our buffet tressle tables and I got the comment from him "Are you sure you're okay doing men's work?" Uh, yeah, dude, those tables aren't that heavy, just awkward and long. It just...boggled me completely that he accepted the idea that because I'm a female I couldn't lift a table.]

All of that means that despite a movement spanning almost 100 years, women are still not equal to men. Which in this day and age, strikes me as fairly ridiculous. But that's what it is.

So to all of those women (and men) who think that feminism doesn't have a place in modern society, or that the movement is over, I say that you are wrong. Because feminism isn't about burning bras or breaking free of being a housewife. It's about making sure that we are as equal as each other, that we have the choice to be a housewife or a CEO, without being told at every turn that we're wrong for choosing that path, or for being thought weak, or anything. It's about making sure that every woman in every country are all treated equally and fairly.

And we still have a long way to go until global equalisation happens. And until it does happen, feminism still has a place in modern society.