Joseph Harker’s piece in The Guardian about culture and sexual abuse does two things. First, it exposes the disparity between treatment of the white community and black, Muslim or Asian communities. It condemns those who hold responsible every member of a group for the actions of a few. The second thing the article does is bluntly name the endemic problem of sexual abuse in the white community, which very few people in the mainstream are prepared to do.
For these reasons this is one of the most important pieces I’ve read about culture, sex abuse, racism and the treatment of different groups within the broader community. The piece is focused on the UK but it can easily be applied to Australia’s culture of “othering” and blindness to the sexist failings of the white community.
It’s a year old but worth the read. See it here.
woman = body not permitted
man = violent, sex object
body not permitted
One of the most succinct & important analyses of Australia’s damaging 2014 budget proposition:
A succinct comparison of black disadvantage and white privilege:
Andrew Bolt appears to be under the impression he is so oppressed that he needs the government to level the power imbalance after being maltreated by the very powerful Aboriginal population of Australia, afforded so much prestige in this great nation.
Our conservative members of Parliament are so concerned about Bolt’s right to offend that they’re prepared to change a piece of legislation providing protection to oppressed minority groups.
The Liberal Party’s proposed legislation will give more power to the already powerful and take away a fundamental right of the power-less: the right to freedom from bigotry. Further, Bolt and his government cohort are defending his right as a person of privilege to decide how you get to culturally identify. I can think of no better person to dictate to me what my cultural identity is than Andrew Bolt.
Changing this legislation will damage the diversity of Australian culture and remove the right for certain groups to be safe.
Clever and accessible Tedx Sydney 2014 talk by the on target Stella Young:
Stella Young has the right to talk about whatever she pleases but when she is not expected to talk only about disability, then we will know we have made progress.
Within days of The Guardian providing a platform for Australian Attorney-General George Brandis to theatrically denounce Snowden as a traitor, that publication, along with The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing. The symmetry was poetic.
See the Brandis piece here:
Then, The Guardian published this news story:
It seems difficult for Brandis to justify his advocacy of government secrecy when the publications were recognised for their role in the very act that Brandis condemned, by the award that proclaims to ‘honour democracy’ (http://www.pulitzer.org/node/8501).
This piece nicely elucidates the rigid, white able-bodied privilege of acting: http://blackamazon.tumblr.com/post/73426007744/post-gg