A cheeky protest movement in Australia has women flaunting their cleavage online in response to a blogger’s criticism this weekend of the country’s prime minister, Julia Gillard.
Australian columnist Grace Collier sparked the brouhaha on Sunday after telling a panel on Australia’s ABC Radio National that Gillard should show less skin in the workplace, reports News.com.au.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for a Prime Minister to be showing her cleavage in parliament,” Collier said. “It’s not something I want to see. In my opinion as an industrial relations consultant, it is inappropriate to be in parliament, it is disrespectful to yourself and to the Australian community and to the parliament to present yourself in a manner that is unprofessional.”
Collier’s comments frustrated blogger Jennifer Wilson, who suggested that women tweet images of their breasts, along with the hashtag #ConvoyOfCleavage, in the hope that the photos would “stamp out this irrational horror of the female breast” through “immersion therapy.”
The Internet rose enthusiastically to the challenge. Soon, feminist Facebook group “Destroy the Joint” had created a montage to the movement, using some of the hundreds of cleavage photos posted by protesting women.
“It’s a humorous way of telling Grace Collier she’s an idiot,” Jenna Price, a Destroy The Joint spokeswoman and media academic at Sydney’s University of Technology, told News.com.au in a follow-up article. “Here’s news for Grace: [W]omen have breasts.”
So far, Gillard has yet to respond to the cleavage criticism or solidarity movement, although a source from her Labor Party was quoted in News.com.au as telling Grace Collier to “crawl back into the gutter she came from.”
The prime minister, who made international headlines in October after delivering a blistering speech against her colleagues’ sexism, has again become the subject of apparently sexist attacks. At a fundraiser earlier in June, a restaurant owner distributed a satirical menu that included a Gillard-themed dish with “small breasts” and “huge thighs.”
John Lennon, NYC, 1980
“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
– Allow me to parse this quote from Serena Williams‘ about the Steubenville rape victim, which she shared in an interview with Rolling Stone. By asking if the sentencing for Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays was fair — they got one year and two years, respectively, by the way — Williams’ seems to be implying that she thinks the punishment might be harsh. After all, “they did something stupid, but…” Because raping someone is just “stupid”? Not the first adjective I would use, but okay. Williams then goes on to criticize the victim who, by all accounts, was doing what all her other fellow classmates (including the rapists) were doing that night — drinking at a high school party. Should parents have serious conversations with their children — girls and boys — about underage drinking and binge drinking? Of course. Does that mean that the victim is responsible for the despicable things those young men did to her while she was passed out? Absolutely not. And what does her virginity or lack thereof have to do with anything? But what I find most bothersome about Williams’ statement is that she starts off by calling what the rapists did “stupid,” but then says that the victim is “lucky” it wasn’t “much worse.” So which is it, Serena? Are the rapists in this case simply “stupid” or are they capable of “much worse”? Also, saying “I’m not blaming the girl” before BLAMING THE GIRL doesn’t negate the fact that you’re, in fact, blaming the girl. [Rolling Stone] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear
TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7536
“If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.”
We’ve all heard this argument a million times when talking to people about the latest revelations of government snooping or the latest roll-out of creepy Orwellian technology. The implication is that the only people who complain about having their privacy violated are criminals who deserve to have their privacy violated. It is a simple phrase, learned by rote, that is meant to bring the conversation to a close.
We all know that this is argument is fundamentally flawed, but sometimes it is difficult to argue the point with someone who insists that they are fine with seemingly any level of government intrusion in their personal lives…
Tras 7 años como Unlimited Crew, Barranco fue testigo de nuestra primera aparición como MADAFAKINGS en el evento “Reggae To Drum&Bass” junto al argentino Dj Rastacore, formando parte de su Sound System, el pasado 21 de Marzo.
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The American Justice System - zoom pic > read it > share it everywhere you can.
aahh. the ‘troubled young man’ vs. ‘muslim terrorist’.
sometimes i’m just like: fuck the legal justice in america. humanity fails again.
June 19: 60th anniversary of the execution of Comrades Ethel and Julius Rosenberg
At the height of the Cold War witch-hunts, two Communist Party members were framed for “passing atomic secrets” to the Soviet Union. Despite a massive international outpouring of protest, these parents of two young children were executed at Sing-Sing Prison in upstate New York on June 19, 1953.
In the midst of the Chinese Revolution, the Korean War, the purge of the U.S. labor movement and the McCarthy hearings, the relentless anti-communist and anti-Semitic propaganda demanding the Rosenbergs’ legal lynching was meant to silence dissent in the belly of U.S. imperialism.
Despite the threats to themselves, their children and their supporters, the Rosenbergs stood strong and upheld their principles to the very end.
The executioners’ state attempted to tear sons Michael and Robert away from their parents’ supporters. Luckily communists Abe and Anne Meeropol won the ensuing custody battle and adopted the boys, who disappeared from public view for nearly two decades. Eventually they resurfaced and founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children to support the kids of political prisoners and other persecuted activists — which Robert has called “our constructive revenge.”
Comrades Ethel and Julius, presente! Hasta la victioria siempre!
Cenk Uygur: “The minute Cheney says somebody’s a bad guy, I go, ‘Wait a minute, I’ve got to rethink — he must be a really good guy.’”
“So my amazing daughter, Emma, turned 5 last month, and I had been searching everywhere for new-creative inspiration for her 5yr pictures. I noticed quite a pattern of so many young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney Princesses, no matter where I looked 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess…We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world”
- Jaime Moore, Not Just a Girl
This is awesome!