The Guardian’s Joseph Harker is blunt, clever & right

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.

blanck perspective

woman

body

feeling

flesh

emotion

child

object

sex

womb

receptacle

silence

 

man

normative

normal

standard/plain

adult

andro

power

work

business

trade

the world

important

intellect

the knowledge

the truth

penetrator

talk

 

cis

normal

 

white

standard

 

black

woman = body not permitted

slave

man = violent, sex object

artefact

 

of colour

body

 

transgender

outer

body

exclude

abnorm

 

asian woman

body

sex object

wife

possession

 

disability

body not permitted

 

indigenous

not permitted

Andrew Bolt is so oppressed

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.

Beautiful symmetry

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:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/09/the-more-intelligence-i-read-the-more-conservative-i-become

Then, The Guardian published this news story:

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/apr/14/guardian-washington-post-pulitzer-nsa-revelations

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).